Could this be the development that gives the Vauxhall Corsa the edge over its supermini rivals? Vauxhall has announced that its latest generation IntelliLink infotainment system – which made its debut on the new Astra, earlier this year – is now available on the Corsa.
IntelliLink – which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – is available as standard on all models except Sting and Sting R. We’ve experienced it in the new Astra and can vouch for its ease of use and clarity of maps, including Apple Maps and Google Maps.
R4.0 IntelliLink system
The R4.0 IntelliLink system offers drivers a USB and Bluetooth interface for audio streaming and viewing photographs, videos and films, as well as the ability to make hands-free calls. As soon as an iPhone or Android smartphone is connected, the user is able to interact with the 7-inch touchscreen, as well as charging the device.
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A key advantage of using smartphone apps – especially maps – is that they are always updated. Furthermore, the smartphone maps provide realtime traffic information and points of interest. Based on our experience with this and other systems, pre-installed navigation maps could be a thing of the past.
OnStar for the Corsa
But that’s not all, because Vauxhall OnStar is now standard on SE, Limited, Black Edition, Red Edition and Corsa VXR models, giving drivers access to a service assistant and integrated 4G/LTE architecture. In short, OnStar turns the Corsa into a wi-fi hotspot, providing a stable internet connection for up to seven devices.
We tested the OnStar service during a recent drive of the new Vauxhall Astra and were impressed with the ease of use, speed of connection and quality of service. Our call was answered promptly and the sat nav was re-routed to our chosen destination. OnStar goes much further, providing around-the-clock automatic crash response, stolen vehicle alert and roadside assistance.
Vauxhall is offering OnStar and wi-fi free for the first year, with a second year of OnStar, excluding wi-fi, available for £79. This, in itself, gives the Corsa a USP in a competitive sector. The combination of OnStar and the new IntelliLink system means the infotainment system in the best-selling Ford Fiesta is looking a bit outdated.
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Simon Oldfield, Vauxhall’s sales and marketing director, said: “We do not just offer drivers of larger cars the opportunity of enjoying the latest connectivity and infotainment technology. We are making it available across our entire product portfolio with very attractive offerings.
“The new R4.0 IntelliLink system with smartphone integration available for the Corsa is the perfect example. This system along with OnStar enables fast, stable and extensive internet access for every Corsa occupant.”