Put simply: Apple CarPlay mirrors selected features on an iPhone and puts them on a car’s built-in display. It allows you to get directions, make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music on the go. Best of all, it’s a plug-in-and-play system, so you won’t have to go through a laborious syncing routine. The list of cars available with Apple CarPlay is growing all the time, so we’ve selected 40 of our favourites.
Can’t decide between the Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3 Series or Jaguar XE? Maybe the fact that the A4 is available with Apple CarPlay will swing things in the direction of Ingolstadt. Apple CarPlay and Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit is our idea of geek heaven.
The Audi Q2 is one of those cars you know will sell like very hot cakes. It manages to combine two things that are in great demand: the Audi badge and the compact SUV. Throw into the mix the availability of Apple CarPlay and you have the recipe for the most trendy set of wheels this autumn.
If you’re spending well over £150,000 on a Bentley Boutique Hotel Room you have every right to expect Apple CarPlay. In fact, we think you have every right to expect the entire contents of an Apple Store.
Selected Cadillac models are available to order in the UK, but right-hand drive isn’t an option. The CT6 is larger than an E-Class, but smaller than an S-Class and offers Apple CarPlay via a large 12-inch screen.
It’s fair to say we’re a little bit excited about the all-new Citroen C3. Its chunky and funky crossover-esque styling should give it an edge over rival superminis, while the Airbumps are taken from the much-loved C4 Cactus. Along with Apple CarPlay, the C3 also features an on-board dashcam, allowing you to film your drive and share it on social media.
Citroen Berlingo Multispace
Remember the Citroen Berlingo Multispace? The van-based MPV is one of four Citroen models to offer Apple CarPlay.
Citroen C4 Picasso/Grand C4 Picasso
The recently refreshed C4 Picasso and the larger Grand C4 Picasso also offer Apple CarPlay connectivity via the Mirror Screen.
DS 3/DS 3 Cabrio
There’s good news if you fancy a DS 3 but don’t want to spend much more than the £14,395 for the entry-level Chic with a PureTech petrol engine. A Mirror Screen with MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay is available for just £100 across the entire range. It could be the only option you need.
Ferrari 488 GTB/Spider
Admittedly, the availability of Apple CarPlay is not going to be high on the list of priorities when you’re ordering a Ferrari 488 GTB or 488 Spider, but it’s good to know you can sync your iPhone should you grow tired of that turbocharged V8 soundtrack.
Ferrari California T
Meanwhile, Apple CarPlay is also available on the Ferrari California T…
As well as the new F12tdf. This track-focused Ferrari is the ultimate version of the F12 Berlinetta and only 799 will be built.
We conclude our Ferrari love-in with the GTC4Lusso – the name chosen for the new version of the FF. The GTC4Lusso is focused on the number four – four seats, four-wheel drive and four-wheel steer. But you only get one Apple CarPlay.
Ford has confirmed that all of its 2017 cars will feature support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This includes electric vehicles, light commercial vehicles and pick-ups. It’s part of Ford’s Sync 3 system.
“Ford is not taking the traditional approach of introducing Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto on a few piecemeal models or as an expensive option on luxury vehicles only, “ said Jeffrey Hannah, director of North America for global automotive tech research firm, SBD.
Which is why Apple’s website lists the entire range of Ford vehicles for 2017…
Cynically, we could suggest that Apple CarPlay is best reserved for the 2.3-litre Mustang, as you won’t need it on the 5.0-litre V8 version. But we won’t…
Alternatively, the Honda Connect system in the all-new NSX will allow for the operation of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system also features Apple’s Siri Eyes Free, allowing you to keep your hands on the wheel when perfecting that turn on your favourite B-road.
Hyundai has been a bit slow adding Apple CarPlay to its cars in the UK, with the North American market leading the way. All that is set to change, with the latest version of the i10 – to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show – adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its 7-inch touchscreen navigation system. Hyundai says it will be available on the ‘high trim only’.
The Ioniq is Hyundai’s answer to the Toyota Prius and is available from £19,995. You’ll need to jump to the more expensive Premium spec to get your hands on a seven-inch touchscreen, wireless charging and Apple CarPlay.
Kia Optima Sportswagon
The Sportswagon is a fancy name for the new Kia Optima estate, which goes on sale in September 2016. A full suite of connectivity and active driver assistance technologies are available, but while Android Auto is offered from launch, you’ll have to wait until ‘later in the production run’ to take advantage of Apple CarPlay.
Lamborghini has built the Centenario to mark what would have been founder Ferruccio Lamborghini’s 100th birthday. Only 40 will be built – 20 coupes and 20 roadsters – all of which have been sold. The not so small matter of £1.6m+ secures a 770hp V12 engine and a body built entirely of carbonfibre. Apple CarPlay comes as standard.
The GLS is the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz range of SUVs – positioned as the S-Class of the segment. As you’d expect from an SUV starting from £70,000, Apple CarPlay is available on the GLS. For best results, make sure you add the sublime Harman Kardon surround system to the mix.
Order a Mercedes-Benz E-Class in 350d or 350e guise to take advantage of the COMAND Online system, which features a 12.3-inch display including smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Peugeot has updated its 2008 crossover for 2016 and its Mirror Screen is now compatible with Apple CarPlay for the iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus.
If you’re after Apple CarPlay in a Peugeot 208, you just need to make sure it was built after November 2016. Check with your local dealer for more details.
Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster
If the sound of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine doesn’t float your boat, you’ll be pleased to know the 718 Cayman and Boxster models are available with Apple CarPlay.
The Porsche Connect Plus system is available from the 911 Carrera up and includes online navigation, Apple CarPlay, 4G telephone module and wireless internet access.
It’s a similar story in the Porsche Macan, with Apple CarPlay available in the sporting SUV. It’s also worth noting that the recently revised Panamera also offers CarPlay connectivity.
With the exception of the Mii city car, SEAT offers Apple CarPlay connectivity across its range of cars, but our pick would be the new Ateca – the Spanish firm’s first SUV.
The Skoda Fabia is the value alternative to the Volkswagen Polo and is available with Apple CarPlay.
It’s a similar story in the Skoda Octavia…
As well as the flagship Skoda Superb. In fact, Apple CarPlay is available across the entire Skoda range, with only the Citigo left out of the party.
The Suzuki Baleno provides the proof that you don’t need to spend a fortune to get your hands on Apple CarPlay. Prices of the supermini start at £12,999 and the cars feature a user-friendly touchscreen with smartphone integration.
It’s a similar story in the Suzuki Vitara crossover, with smartphone linkage available in all but the entry-level model.
Vauxhall’s IntelliLink infotainment is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and offers a 7-inch colour touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity as standard. Opt for the SRi and Elite models to take advantage of on-board wifi.
You’ll also find Apple CarPlay as standard on the new Vauxhall Corsa.
Volkswagen claims to be the first manufacturer to offer a choice of three interfaces to connect smartphones: MirrorLink, Android Auto and, of course, Apple CarPlay. There are far too many Volkswagen models to list here, so we’ll include the evergreen Golf…
You’ll also find Apple CarPlay on the all-new Volkswagen Tiguan. It’s part of the Car-Net App Connect services, with can be used with the following infotainment systems: Composition Media, Discover Navigation and Discover Navigation Pro.
Earlier this year, Volvo added Apple CarPlay to the XC90, allowing iPhone owners to pair their phones with the excellent Sensus Connect infotainment system. The upgrade costs £300.
You’ll also have to part with £300 to secure Apple CarPlay on the new S90 and V90 models, with the upgrade adding two USB ports and one Aux. input.
For up-to-date information on Apple CarPlay, check manufacturer websites or speak to your local dealer.