Cars with Apple CarPlay

Simpler and safer use of your phone apps: these are the cars with Apple CarPlay, making it easy to pair your phone

BuyaCar team
Jul 16, 2018

Apple CarPlay has quickly become an essential feature for many iPhone users. It gives you control over your phone’s most important apps via your car’s touchscreen, and uses voice control with Siri to dictate incoming messages.

It’s simple to use too - just plug your phone in, or connect it wirelessly, and you get access to Maps, Music, Messages, as well as third-party apps like Spotify. Most manufacturers, like Volkswagen, Ford, and Vauxhall, all supply cars with this system. And manufacturers that don’t, like Jaguar and Land Rover, are working on it.

One of the main criticisms of Apple CarPlay is that it makes you use Apple Maps. Apple Maps falls quite some way behind the market-leading Google maps - mostly because less people use it, which gives the apps up to date data. But an update to the iPhone’s operating system coming later this year will allow users of Apple CarPlay to use Google Maps, as well as community driven mapping app Waze.

Below we’ve highlighted some of the best cars with Apple CarPlay, and further down there is a complete list of cars for sale in the UK with Apple CarPlay.

 

Best cars with Apple CarPlay

  • BMW 3 Series Wireless CarPlay means that you can use the system even if you forget your charging cable. It's shown in split screen, so other vehicle information is visible at the same time. Unfortunately BMW charges a subscription. 
  • Citroen C4 Picasso A dual-screen layout (above) on all but entry-level models gives you the luxury of using CarPlay (to listen to music, for example), while sat-nav directions and other information are visible at the same time.
  • Mercedes A-Class The A-Class' two widescreen displays ensure that your apps are large and clear on one screen, leaving the other for additional driving information that you might need, including sat-nav directions.
  • Volkswagen Golf Golfs built since April 2017 have large, glossy touchscreens that make CarPlay brighter than ever. The optional 9.2in Discover Navigation Pro display is so clear that you'll have no excuse for missing your turning.
  • Volvo XC40 Virtually everything is controlled by the portrait touchscreen, so Volvo splits the screen when CarPlay is in use. Apple apps are large and easy to read and there's also display space for the ventilation controls and Volvo's own sat-nav.

UK cars with Apple CarPlay

Abarth

Since 2017, the Abarth 595 and Abarth 695 have been available with the system

Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo Giulia models built since October 2017 have had CarPlay available as an option. It's also available with the new Stelvio.

Audi

Most of the Audi range has been available with CarPlay since 2017, including the A3, A4, A5, A6 and A7, as well as the Q2 and Q7 SUVs.

The R8 and TT sports cars also gained the system in 2017 but it was only available on the Audi Q5 in 2018.

BMW

BMW rolled out CarPlay to the majority of models in 2017, including the 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 6 Series and 7 Series. It was also added to most of the brand's SUV line-up at the same time, becoming available on the X3, X4, X5 and X6. The X1 got the system in 2018.

For a short while the system was installed permanently but the company has now moved to a subscription model. New car buyers pay around £235 for three years of use and then need to renew. If you're buying used, you'll need to factor this in and ensure that the car has the right specification to support CarPlay.

Citroen

Citroen was an early adopter of CarPlay, adding it to C3 and Berlingo Multispace models in 2016. It was added to the Citroen C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso (now renamed C4 SpaceTourer) range at the same time.

DS

Citroen's premium brand added CarPlay to its models at the same time as its sister company. The DS 3, DS 3 Cabrio, DS 4 and DS 5 all got the software from 2016.

Fiat

The big-selling Fiat 500 city car became available with CarPlay in 2017, along with the larger 500L and Tipo. It arrived on the 500X in 2018.

Ford

CarPlay is available on the latest Fiesta, as well as the new Ford Focus and the updated Ford Mustang.

Honda

CarPlay has been standard on higher-specification Honda Civics since the latest model was launched in 2016.

Hyundai

CarPlay is available across most of the Hyundai range, although it's usually only standard on higher-specification cars. It was added to the i10, i30, i40 and Tucson in 2016, followed by the Ioniq, Kona and Santa Fe in 2017.

Jeep

The latest Jeep Compass has been available with the system since going on sale in 2017. It was extended to the Grand Cherokee, Renegade and new Wrangler in 2018.

Kia

Kia began offering CarPlay on its models from 2016, when the Niro and Optima Sportswagon were launched with the software. These were followed, in 2017, by the new Picanto, Rio and Stonic. Carplay was added to the Sportage in the same year, and the Sorento when it was updated early in 2018.

Mercedes

CarPlay arrived on most Mercedes vehicles in 2016 but it's generally optional - particularly on smaller and lower-specification cars. The previous-generation and new A-Class are available with the system, along with the B-Class and certain C-Class models. The E-Class, CLA, CLS and SL can be fitted with the technology, as can the GLA, some GLC models, and the GLE.

Mini

CarPlay was rolled out to Minis in 2018, becoming available on the Hatchback, as well as the Clubman and Countryman.

Nissan

The number of Nissans with CarPlay is expected to grow soon, but you'll only find it currently on the Micra and new Leaf.

Peugeot

The recent Peugeot 3008 and 5008 have been fitted with a dual-screen dashboard that Peugeot calls i-Cockpit, and CarPlay is included as part of this. Other models available with the Apple software include the 208, 2008, 308 and 508.

Porsche

CarPlay was added to the Porsche range in 2017, with the 718 Boxster and Cayman, as well as the 911, Macan, Cayenne and Panamera all compatible with the system.

Renault

The large dashboard screens, optionally available on modern Renaults such as the Megane and Koleos, are perfect for displaying your phone apps clearly. Both of these cars are available with the technology, as are the Kadjar, Scenic and Grand Scenic. For now, the smaller Clio and Captur only support Android Auto.

Seat

A new generation of Seat models has arrived over the past two years, coinciding with the roll-out of Apple CarPlay, and so the current versions of the Seat Ateca, Arona and Ibiza have been available with the technology since it launched. It's also been added to the Alhambra, Leon and Toledo between 2016 and 2017.

Skoda

The new Skoda Karoq and Kodiaq crossovers are available with CarPlay, and the technology was added to the rest of the range in 2016, including the Fabia, Octavia, Rapid, Superb and now-discontinued Yeti.

Subaru

The latest Subarus have much-improved dashboard technology, including Apple CarPlay as standard on the Impreza, Outback and XV.

Suzuki

The Ignis, Baleno, Swift, SX4 S-Cross and Vitara all offer CarPlay, which is typically standard on higher-specification models.

Vauxhall

Most Vauxhalls are compatible with Carplay. It was added to the Adam, Astra, Corsa, Insignia and Viva ranges in 2016, followed by the Crossland X, Mokka X and Zafira Tourer in 2017. The new Grandland X also has the technology.

Volkswagen

Another early CarPlay adopter, Volkswagen introduced the system to most of its range in 2016, including the previous-generation Polo, Golf, Passat, Scirocco, Sharan, Tiguan, Touran and Beetle. It's also available in the new T-Roc.

Volvo

The portrait touchscreen in modern Volvos supports CarPlay, and is fitted to the current XC40, XC60 and XC90, as well as the S90 and V90.

 

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