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

Simon Ostler James Wilson
Nov 17, 2021

If you need a car that can keep up with your busy and fast-paced lifestyle, one feature you'll be interested in is wireless phone charging. It's a relatively new bit of technology that comes built in to the car and means you don't need to worry about remembering your charging cable if you're travelling.

Cars with wireless phone charging are becoming increasingly common, it normally comes in the form of a flat storage area with a wireless charging surface where you can put your phone and be safe in the knowledge that it will be charging while you're on the move.

You'll need to have a phone that's compatible with wireless charging, and you'll also want to make sure your phone fits in the space provided for wireless charging, but anyone able to make use of this handy feature will wonder how they ever managed without it.

Read on to find out more about wireless charging, and check out our list of cars that are available with wireless phone charging.

Cars with wireless phone charging

Depending on the make and model, wireless phone charging may have been available as standard, or it might have been an optional extra. So if you're shopping for a used car, it's worth taking the time to check whether the exact car you're looking at has the technology equipped.

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MakeModel
AudiA3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q7, Q8, R8, TT
BMW1 Series, 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, X6
CitroenC5 Aircross, Berlingo, C3 Aircross
DSDS 7 Crossback
FordEdge, Focus
HondaCivic
HyundaiTucson, i30, Ioniq, Santa Fe, Kona, Nexo
JeepCherokee
KiaPicanto, Optima, Sportage, Niro, Sorento, Stinger
LexusES
MercedesA-Class, B-Class, E-Class, S-Class, GLE
MiniClubman, Countryman, Hatchback
Peugeot508, 3008, 5008
SeatArona, Ateca, Leon
SkodaOctavia, Superb, Kodiaq, Karoq
ToyotaCamry, Prius
VauxhallAdam, Grandland X, Crossland X, Insignia
VolkswagenGolf, Tiguan, Polo, T-Roc, ID.3, ID.4
VolvoXC40

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.

Be sure to check that your phone fits in the car's charging tray, which could be an issue for larger phones in older cars.

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 has been developed for these smartphone integration systems, which requires phones running the latest software, and often only newer cars. Your phone doesn't necessarily have to be charging to connect to Apple CarPlay or Android auto as the connection is established via Bluetooth and on-board Wi-Fi.

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 considering 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.

 

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