The best 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
Aug 30, 2019

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

1. BMW 3 Series

Latest BMW 3 Series deals from £10,495
Monthly finance from £144
The BMW 3 Series is a very strong contender for the best car in the mid-sized saloon market. With it's great looks, fantastic interior and brilliant engines, there isn't much more you could ask for.

Add to that it's list technical additions - including Apple CarPlay compatibility - and you've got a very complete package. The 3 Series also makes great use of it's dual screen set up, meaning you can still make use of the standard car's functions alongside Apple CarPlay functionality.

BMW 3 Series buyers' guide

2. Citroen C4 Picasso

Latest Citroen C4 Picasso deals from £7,995
Monthly finance from £136

Like with the 3 Series, the Citroen C4 Picasso features a dual-screen layout on all but entry-level models giving you the luxury of using Apple CarPlay alongside a standard sat-nav and other information simulataneously.

The C4 Picasso has recently been replaced by the new Citroen C4 SpaceTourer, which will also offer you a similar set up.

Citroen C4 Picasso buyers' guide

3. Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Latest Mercedes-Benz A-Class deals from £9,995
Monthly finance from £134
A stylish hatchback with plenty going for it, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class has made significant progress against it's rivals in the family hatchback market.

The A-Class features two large, widescreen displays, ensuring your apps are large and clear on one screen, while the other can be used for additional driving information such as a sat-nav.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class buyers' guide

4. Volkswagen Golf

Latest Volkswagen Golf deals from £7,495
Monthly finance from £123
But the Volkswagen Golf remains the king of the hatchback sector. It's the best built, the most refined and the most practical, and it also offers plenty of technology, including Apple CarPlay.

Models built since April 2017 have large, glossy touchscreens that make apps much easier to see. The optional 9.2-inch Discover Navigation Pro display is so clear that you'll have no excuse for missing your turning.

Volkswagen Golf buyers' guide

5. Volvo XC40

Latest Volvo XC40 deals from £23,990
Monthly finance from £314
Volvo has garnered a reputation for producing some of the most cutting edge cars you can buy. With each model filled with the very latest technology in terms of entertainment and safety.

In the XC40, virtually everything is controlled by the central touchscreen, so Volvo splits the screen when Apple 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.

Volvo XC40 buyers' guide


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