Android Auto mirrors selected features on your smartphone and displays them on a car’s infotainment screen. This allows you to get directions, make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music on the go. The list of cars available with Android Auto is growing all the time, so we’ve selected 40 of our favourites.
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The current Audi A4 is a dream car for gadget lovers, helped in no small part by the excellent virtual cockpit. Audi’s smartphone interface is fitted as standard, bringing Android Auto to one of the best compact executive cars you can buy.
Sync 3 is standard across the Mondeo range, from the £21,795 Style, through to the £29,745 Vignale. Meanwhile, Ford is spearheading a so-called SmartDeviceLink Consortium, which it hopes will rival Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Toyota – the other foundation member of the group – hopes to get a system to market in 2018.
In the meantime, the next Fiesta will be what Ford is calling “the world’s most technologically advanced small car”, which, as you’d expect, will feature Sync 3. The all-new Fiesta will be the first Ford to offer B&O Play, designed to provide the best possible sound experience.
Honda is a bit late to the Android Auto party, although things are little more advanced in the US, where the Civic and Accord are equipped with the smartphone mirroring system. But don’t worry, the tenth generation Civic, which goes on sale in March, will feature a new version of Honda Connect, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Hyundai claims that the top trim version of its new i10 city car is “the only car in its class to offer Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and live services in a single infotainment system”. It’s available in the feature-packed Premium SE model, which is priced from a not at all unreasonable £12,745.
While BMW continues to shun Android Auto, even in the tech-laden 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz is happy to embrace the mirroring system. The Android Auto website lists 13 models, including the new E-Class.
SEAT’s new Ateca – the Spanish firm’s first SUV – features the latest generation of the Easy Connect infotainment system, boasting SEAT Full Link, which incorporates Android Auto.
A new Skoda Octavia will go on sale in January 2017, boasting a fresh new look and improved technology across the range. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink and SmartGate are fitted as standard.
Volkswagen cars feature App Connect, which it claims was the first of its kind to offer a choice of three interfaces: MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The new Golf will feature a redesigned infotainment system.
Finally, Android Auto is available on the XC90, which already included Apple CarPlay.
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