Cars with wireless phone charging

No lead? No problem? Here are the cars with wireless phone charging pads to boost your battery whenever you drive

John Evans James Wilson
Apr 16, 2019

You’re in a hurry to drive somewhere, grab your phone with barely any charge in it and halfway into the journey, realise you forgot to bring its charging lead.

In-car wireless charging promises to put an end to this frustrating scenario, as increasing numbers of cars offer a wireless charging tray to boost your phone’s battery without any leads.

Naturally, you’ll have to have a compatible phone and case which supports such modern technology, and one that fits in the space provided. If in doubt on the size, check with the car manufacturer to get the dimensions of the charging pad.

Wireless charging is still seen as a bit of a luxury - partly thanks to the tech only being available on high-end phones - so it isn’t standard on a lot of cars, but as the list below shows, you are still spoilt for choice.

Cars with wireless phone charging

Depending on the make and model, wireless charging may come as standard, as an optional extra or as part of an options pack. The result of which means you can pay anything from zero to a couple of thousand pounds for the privilege of charging your phone without a wire in your car.

Click on any manufacturer to jump to more details, or scroll down for more information on the technology.

Car brands offering in-car wireless phone charging:

Phones that work with in-car wireless charging

Working out which phones function with in-car wireless charging is made simpler because most companies use a single standard, known as Qi. This standard is used by all of the cars on this page, as well as popular phones from Samsung, Apple, LG and Sony.

Any phone that supports the Qi wireless charging standard should be compatible and this information is usually prominent in devices’ technical information.

In high-end phones, the technology is increasingly becoming as standard as a Bluetooth or 4G connection, and it’s possible to buy wireless charging cases for those without the feature.

Although the technology may be compatible, your phone may not physically fit on the charger. That’s particularly the case with “phablet” models, which are larger than a standard phone but smaller than a tablet. These include the iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8+.

Some (but not all) phones with Qi wireless charging include:

  • Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X
  • LG G6, G6 Plus, G7, V30
  • Nokia 8 Scirocco
  • Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S7 Active, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8 Active Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+
  • Sony Xperia XZ2

 

Wireless charging with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

If you want to use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which replicate your phone’s display on an in-car screen, enabling the legal use of some apps, then you’ll normally need to connect your phone with a wire.

Wireless connectivity to run either software and wirelessly charge your phone is being introduced, but it isn’t common. For the time being then, if you plan to use either phone mirroring platform regularly it’s probably not worth paying more for wireless charging as well. 

How does wireless charging work?

You may have a cordless appliance such as an electric toothbrush at home that sits on a charging plate without needing to be plugged directly into an electrical socket. The charging process it uses is called inductive charging whereby a magnetic field transfers the electrical energy from the charger to the motor’s battery, without any risk of electric shock.

The wireless phone charger works the same way. Chargers and phones are certified to a single standard, known as Qi, by the Wireless Power Consortium, which includes phone manufacturers and car parts companies.

The same technology is now starting to be used for much larger applications, as manufacturers are also introducing wireless charging for electric cars.

 

Who’s behind the technology?

It’s a company called Qi. It has set the standard for wireless charging so that it’s compatible across devices, rather like Bluetooth works with multiple devices. Products must meet safety standards, including shutting down charging if an object is detected between the phone and charger; metal objects can overheat and cause burns.

  

Car manufacturers offering wireless phone charging

(compatible with the Qi standard)

Depending on the make and model, wireless charging may come as standard, as an optional extra or as part of an options pack. The result of which means you can pay anything from zero to a couple of thousand pounds for the privilege of charging your phone without a wire in your car. 

Manufacturer

Models

Audi

A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q7, Q8, R8, TT

BMW

1 Series, 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, X6

Citroen

C5 Aircross, Berlingo, C3 Aircross

DS

DS 7 Crossback

Ford

Edge, Focus

Honda

Civic

Hyundai

Tucson, i30, Ioniq, Santa Fe, Kona, Nexo

Jeep

Cherokee

Kia

Picanto, Optima, Sportage, Niro, Sorento, Stinger

Lexus

ES

Mercedes

A Class, B Class, E Class, S Class, GLE

Mini

Clubman, Countryman, Hatch

Peugeot

508, 3008, 5008

Seat

Arona, Ateca, Leon

Skoda

Octavia, Superb, Kodiaq, Karoq

Toyota

Camry, Prius

Vauxhall

Adam, Grandland X, Crossland X, Insignia

Volkswagen

Golf, Tiguan, Polo, T-Roc

Volvo

XC40

           

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