Cars with WiFi

We'd all be a bit lost without the internet - so here are some of the best cars with WiFi

Jul 11, 2018

WiFi, and the internet in general, are becoming an almost-essential part in anyone’s life. They provide a vital safety net, as Google’s infinite search results will attempt to get you out of any holes you may find yourself in. While in your car you may want to find somewhere to eat, somewhere to park, or even, somewhere to charge it. 

This goes some way to explaining why cars are regularly being offered with WiFi. Technological advances now allow your car to be a two-tonne WiFi hotspot. There’s no denying that it will keep the kids occupied in the back on a long journey too. But why use WiFi instead of just 4G?

For one, WiFi is more reliable. WiFi systems in cars use antennae, usually attached to the roof. This makes the signal much more dependable, which is useful if your passengers are playing an important online game, or streaming a football match. It's also important to remember that some devices, including some tablets and even some iPads, don't have data streaming capabilities and need a WiFi connection in order to get online. Of course, you can tether off your phone, but some network providers charge even more money to allow you to do that.

Here are our top eight cars with WiFi. Continue reading for our verdict, or, click the button below to get searching for cars WiFi.

BMW 5 Series

Manufacturer price from £36,275 2017 models from £23,000

BMW’s 5 Series is a good looking and spacious family car which is much more agile than most of its competitors. Business users love them as well thanks to powerful and economical diesel engines too.

BMW’s Car Hotspot LTE allows up to 10 passengers to connect to the car’s WiFi, making it one of the best around. The car is connected via the built-in SIM card with a fee-based hotspot plan from a service provider. You’ll need to buy a data tariff for this service, which typically starts at around £100-130 a year.

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport

Manufacturer price from £19,330 2017 models from £14,795

The Insignia Grand Sport offers fantastic value for money as it has much more space and equipment than other competitors at the same price point.

Its headline feature is its OnStar concierge system, which allows you to press a button and speak to an adviser in Luton. A wireless hotspot is also included in this price - but that price is £79 a year, with internet connectivity charged on top of that.

Word of warning though - Vauxhall will stop selling OnStar services on new cars from January 2019, and it will stop the service altogether at the end of 2020.

Volvo XC90

Manufacturer price from £50,435 2017 models from £43,200

Luxurious, safe, and well-connected. The XC90 does it all. Volvo is well known for its safety features, but as of late, it’s also becoming famed for its depth and breadth of technological advances.

Volvo calls its WiFi system On Call, and it’s a subscription based service. That means that owners need to buy a SIM card to use it. Generally the subscription is thrown in for the price, but an extension costs another £35 a year, plus VAT. It does allow you to monitor fuel levels and service intervals via an app though, which is more than a bit helpful.

Toyota Prius

Manufacturer price from £24,245 2017 models from £20,450

The Toyota Prius is the grandfather of the hybrid, as well the de-facto choice for those wanting a car that's powered by both petrol and electric. As you’d expect of a car so closely linked to technology, the Prius of course has WiFi.

Toyota’s catchily named Touch 2 with Go Plus system doesn't allow you to install a SIM card, you’ll need to connect it via your mobile. This means it will use your data. However, if like many, you have unlimited data, this is useful and it means you don’t need to take out a seperate subscription.

Audi A3

Manufacturer price from £21,810 2017 models from £15,000

Upmarket family hatchbacks; there are an ever-growing number of them thanks to the surge in brands like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes. The A3 is probably the most solid and grown up-feeling of the lot, and it’s also carrying a lot of tech too.

The Audi Connect entertainment system brings with it in-car WiFi that allows up to eight devices to connect to it. This advanced system also allows the driver to scroll through their Twitter feed, and write Tweets through voice recognition software.

Ford Focus

Manufacturer price from £17,930 2017 models N/A

Although it technically hasn’t made its UK debut yet, it is available to order. The new Ford Focus will arrive in September, starting at £17,930.

Included with the Focus is Ford’s new FordPass Connect system. This brings with it a WiFi hotspot for up to 10 devices, as well as live updates for the satnav. Prices are yet to be announced for this yet - but it will include Ford’s latest SYNC 3 entertainment system, which has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too.

Lexus NX

Manufacturer price from £34,895 2017 models from £28,500

Lexus cars are some of the most well-made in the world, if you regularly pay attention to Auto Express’ Driver Power survey. The NX is a crossover that is no exception, plus its sharp design and hybrid variants help set it apart from the pack.
 
The Lexus Hotspot allows up to five WiFi devices to connect to it, although, it is a dealer-fit accessory that costs £370. You’ll need to pick yourself a SIM card with data too.

 
Tesla Model S

Manufacturer price from £68,650 2017 models from £69,000

When Elon Musk isn’t building submarines, or spacecrafts, he is also CEO of Tesla, one of the most forward-thinking car companies in the world. The Tesla Model S is one of the most technologically advanced cars around, and is also one of the most expensive ways of getting WiFi in a car.
 
Its system will allow up to seven devices to use it at a time (useful because the Model S can seat up to seven people), and it will provide real-time traffic updates for the driver too.

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