What is Apple CarPlay and which cars have it?

01 March 2022 Blog

Find out all about Apple’s smartphone mirroring service and see which cars have it

Cars are often advertised as having Apple CarPlay, but if you’re unsure exactly what Apple CarPlay is and what it does, worry not, because Motorpoint is here to help. Simply put, Apple CarPlay is a way to control your Apple iPhone 5 or later through your car’s touchscreen infotainment system. It also switches to your car’s speakers and microphone system for optimised audio quality.

It’s a win on so many levels, because instead of picking up your phone, risking safety and breaking the law, Apple CarPlay lets you access key functions via the car’s touchscreen, including Maps (including Google Maps!), Phone, Messages, Music and Calendar, plus other approved apps including Microsoft Teams and WhatsApp.

Digital voice assistant Siri adds to CarPlay’s convenience and safety – in many cases you can simply ask Siri to do something for you, often by pushing the voice control button if your car has a multi-function steering wheel (ie steering wheel with buttons on). Or you can try shouting Hey Siri – this should be enough to allow you to dictate a Whatsapp reply without taking your eyes off the road.

For some cars you’ll need to plug in your phone using a USB cable (just like you’re charging it), but others allow a wireless connection with Bluetooth. Either way, you’ll be automatically prompted to open CarPlay without having to dig around for it. Once it’s activated, flicking back to your car’s infotainment system is just as easy.

Read on to learn more about CarPlay’s key functions below…

Maps

CarPlay is full of cool features, but we’d vote sat-nav its handiest, because even if your car isn’t equipped with sat-nav as standard, CarPlay is your instant upgrade – all you need is a touchscreen. Apple CarPlay defaults to Apple Maps, but third-party navigation apps such as Google Maps and Waze are also compatible.

Just remember you’ll be using your mobile data to navigate, so an unlimited data plan might be an idea. It’s also worth saving maps for offline use if you’re planning on driving somewhere remote that doesn’t have cellular coverage.

Phone and messages

Just like Bluetoothing your phone to your car, CarPlay lets you make and receive calls – ask Siri to call someone in your contacts list, and you can simply accept an incoming call by pressing the touchscreen. You can also return missed calls or listen to voicemail. CarPlay also removes the deadly distraction of texting. Have Siri read your text messages aloud (don’t worry, it’s not automatic, so friends can’t sabotage trips with your parents), and you can dictate messages like ‘home in ten minutes’, all without weaving down the road like you’re 10 times over the drink-drive limit.

Music

CarPlay lets you access your music catalogue or favourite streaming service via the touchscreen, either by scrolling on the screen, or – much better – asking Siri to play an artist or song.

You’re not locked into using Apple Music either, because third-party apps such as Spotify are also available. And if you prefer radio, you can choose from over 100,000 live radio stations. Your ears have never had it so good.

Calendar 

CarPlay’s Calendar function lets you quickly check your diary on the go, listing key events and times so they’re easy to see at a glance. But CarPlay’s more powerful than that too - you can dial into a meeting on your phone, or select the location and navigate straight there. It’s properly joined-up thinking from start to finish, so it’s no wonder many Apple fans prefer using CarPlay to their car’s standard infotainment system.

A full list of European cars that have Apple CarPlay

Listed below is every car that currently supports Apple CarPlay – we've excluded non-European brands, but if you're after the entire global list, head to Apple.

Abarth

  • 2017 - 2021 Abarth 595
  • 2017 - 2021 Abarth 695

Alfa Romeo

  • 2018 - 2021 Giulia
  • 2018 - 2021 Stelvio

Aston Martin

  • 2017 DB9 Volante
  • 2017 V8 Vantage
  • 2017 V12 Vantage
  • 2017 - 2018 Vanquish
  • 2017 - 2018 Rapide
  • 2021 DBX

Audi

  • 2017 - 2020 A3
  • 2017 - 2021 A4
  • 2017 - 2021 A5
  • 2017 - 2021 A6
  • 2017 - 2021 A7
  • 2017 - 2021 Q2
  • 2017 - 2021 Q7
  • 2017 - 2021 R8
  • 2017 - 2021 TT
  • 2018 - 2021 Q5
  • 2019 - 2021 e-tron
  • 2019 - 2021 Q8
  • 2020 - 2021 Q3
  • 2021 e-tron Sportback
  • 2022 e-tron GT
  • 2022 Q4 e-tron
  • 2022 Q4 Sportback e-tron

Bentley

  • 2017 - 2021 Bentayga
  • 2019 - 2021 Continental
  • 2020 - 2021 Flying Spur

BMW

  • 2017 - 2021 1 Series
  • 2017 - 2019 6 Series
  • 2017 - 2021 2 Series
  • 2017 - 2021 4 Series
  • 2017 - 2021 5 Series
  • 2017 - 2021 7 Series
  • 2018 - 2021 8 Series
  • 2017 - 2021 X3
  • 2017 - 2021 X4
  • 2017 - 2021 X5
  • 2017 - 2021 X6
  • 2018 - 2021 X7
  • 2017 - 2021 3 Series
  • 2018 - 2021 X1
  • 2018 - 2021 X2
  • 2018 - 2021 i3
  • 2019 - 2020 i8
  • 2019 - 2021 Z4
  • 2021 1 Series
  • 2021 2 Series
  • 2021 3 Series
  • 2021 4 Series
  • 2021 5 Series
  • 2021 6 Series
  • 2021 8 Series
  • 2021 X5
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  • 2021 Z4
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Citroen

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  • 2017 - 2021 C3-XR
  • 2017 - 2021 C4 Cactus
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  • 2017 - 2021 C4 Spacetourer
  • 2017 - 2021 C-Elysée
  • 2017 - 2021 C-Quatre
  • 2018 - 2021 Berlingo
  • 2018 - 2021 C5 Aircross

DS

  • 2016 - 2021 DS 3
  • 2016 - 2021 DS 3 Cabrio
  • 2016 - 2021 DS 3 Crossback
  • 2016 - 2021 DS 4
  • 2016 - 2021 DS 5
  • 2017 - 2021 DS 4S
  • 2017 - 2021 DS 5LS
  • 2017 - 2021 DS 6
  • 2018 - 2021 DS 7 Crossback

Ferrari

  • 2016 FF
  • 2016 F12 tdf
  • 2016 - 2017 California T
  • 2016 - 2017 F12 Berlinetta
  • 2016 - 2020 488 GTB
  • 2016 - 2020 488 Spider
  • 2017 - 2020 GTC4Lusso
  • 2018 - 2021 812 Superfast
  • 2018 - 2021 Portofino
  • 2019 - 2021 Monza SP1
  • 2019 - 2021 Monza SP2
  • 2020 - 2021 F8 Spider
  • 2020 - 2021 F8 Tributo
  • 2020 - 2021 SF90 Stradale
  • 2021 812 GTS
  • 2021 Roma
  • 2021 SF90 Spider
  • 2022 296 GTB

Fiat

  • 2017 - 2021 500
  • 2017 - 2021 500L
  • 2017 - 2021 Tipo
  • 2018 - 2021 500X
  • 2018 - 2021 Argo

Ford

  • 2017 - 2019 C-MAX
  • 2017 - 2019 Fiesta
  • 2017 - 2019 Flex
  • 2017 - 2019 Focus
  • 2017 - 2019 Taurus
  • 2017 - 2021 Edge
  • 2017 - 2021 Escape
  • 2017 - 2021 Expedition
  • 2017 - 2021 F-150
  • 2017 - 2020 Fusion
  • 2017 - 2021 Transit
  • 2017 - 2021 Transit Connect
  • 2017 - 2021 Mustang
  • 2017 - 2021 Super Duty
  • 2017 - 2021 Explorer
  • 2018 - 2021 EcoSport
  • 2018 - 2021 Ford GT
  • 2021 Mustang Mach-E
  • 2021 Bronco
  • 2021 Bronco Sport
  • 2022 Evos
  • 2022 Maverick

Genesis

  • 2017 - 2021 G80
  • 2020 - 2021 G70
  • 2020 - 2021 G90
  • 2021 GV80
  • 2022 GV70

Honda

  • 2016 - 2021 Accord
  • 2016 - 2021 Civic
  • 2017 - 2021 Ridgeline
  • 2017 - 2021 CR-V
  • 2017 - 2021 Pilot
  • 2018 - 2021 Odyssey
  • 2019 - 2021 Clarity
  • 2018 - 2020 Fit
  • 2019 - 2022 HR-V
  • 2019 - 2021 Insight
  • 2019 - 2021 Passport

Hyundai

  • 2015 - 2016 Genesis Sedan
  • 2015 - 2018 Azera
  • 2015 - 2021 Sonata
  • 2016 - 2021 i10
  • 2016 - 2021 i30
  • 2016 - 2021 i40
  • 2016 - 2020 Elantra GT
  • 2016 - 2022 Tucson
  • 2016 - 2021 Veloster
  • 2017 - 2021 Santa Fe
  • 2017 - 2020 Ioniq
  • 2017 - 2022 Kona
  • 2017 - 2019 Santa Fe Sport
  • 2017 - 2021 Elantra
  • 2019 Santa Fe XL
  • 2019 - 2021 Accent
  • 2020 - 2021 Nexo
  • 2020 - 2021 Palisade
  • 2020 - 2021 Venue
  • 2021 Bayon
  • 2022 Ioniq 5
  • 2022 Santa Cruz

Jaguar

  • 2019 - 2021 E-Pace
  • 2019 - 2021 F-Pace
  • 2019 - 2021 I-Pace
  • 2019 - 2020 XE
  • 2019 - 2021 XF
  • 2019 - 2020 XJ
  • 2019 - 2021 F-Type

Jeep

  • 2017 - 2021 Compass
  • 2018 - 2021 Grand Cherokee
  • 2018 - 2021 Renegade
  • 2018 - 2021 Wrangler
  • 2020 - 2021 Cherokee
  • 2020 - 2021 Gladiator
  • 2022 Grand Wagoneer
  • 2022 Wagoneer

Kia

  • 2014 - 2021 Soul
  • 2015 - 2020 Optima
  • 2015 - 2020 Optima Hybrid
  • 2015 - 2021 Sedona
  • 2015 - 2021 Soul EV
  • 2017 - 2020 Cadenza
  • 2017 - 2021 Sorento
  • 2017 - 2021 Sportage
  • 2017 - 2021 Forte
  • 2017 - 2021 Niro
  • 2017 - 2020 Optima Plug-In Hybrid
  • 2018 - 2020 Niro Plug-In Hybrid
  • 2018 - 2021 Rio
  • 2018 - 2021 Stinger
  • 2019 - 2020 K900
  • 2020 - 2021 Telluride
  • 2021 Seltos
  • 2021 K5
  • 2021 K8
  • 2022 Carnival
  • 2022 EV6

Lamborghini

  • 2017 Centenario
  • 2018 - 2021 Aventador
  • 2019 - 2021 Huracán
  • 2019 - 2021 Urus

Land Rover

  • 2019 - 2021 Discovery
  • 2019 - 2021 Discovery Sport
  • 2019 - 2021 Range Rover
  • 2019 - 2021 Range Rover Evoque
  • 2019 - 2021 Range Rover Sport
  • 2019 - 2021 Range Rover Velar
  • 2020 - 2022 Defender

Lexus

  • 2019 - 2021 ES
  • 2019 - 2021 LC
  • 2019 - 2021 LS
  • 2019 - 2021 NX
  • 2019 - 2021 RC
  • 2019 - 2021 RC F
  • 2019 - 2021 UX
  • 2020 - 2021 RX
  • 2021 ES Hybrid
  • 2021 IS
  • 2021 LC Convertible
  • 2021 LC Hybrid
  • 2021 LS Hybrid
  • 2021 NX Hybrid
  • 2021 RX Hybrid
  • 2021 UX Hybrid

Maserati

  • 2017 - 2021 Ghibli
  • 2017 - 2021 Levante
  • 2017 - 2021 Quattroporte
  • 2018 - 2021 GT Convertible
  • 2018 - 2020 GranTurismo

Mazda

  • 2018 - 2021 Mazda 6
  • 2019 - 2021 CX-5
  • 2019 - 2021 CX-8
  • 2019 - 2021 CX-9
  • 2019 - 2021 Mazda 3
  • 2020 - 2021 CX-3
  • 2020 - 2021 CX30
  • 2020 - 2021 Mazda 2
  • 2020 - 2021 MX-5
  • 2022 MX-30

Mercedes-Benz

  • 2016 - 2021 A-Class
  • 2016 - 2021 B-Class
  • 2016 - 2021 CLA-Class
  • 2016 - 2021 CLS-Class
  • 2016 - 2021 E-Class Cabriolet
  • 2016 - 2021 E-Class Coupe
  • 2016 - 2021 GLA-Class
  • 2016 - 2021 GLE-Class
  • 2017 - 2021 E-Class
  • 2017 - 2021 GLS-Class
  • 2017 - 2021 SL-Class
  • 2018 - 2021 GLC-Class
  • 2018 - 2021 S-Class
  • 2019 - 2021 C-Class
  • 2020 - 2021 GLB-Class
  • 2020 - 2021 GLS-Class
  • 2021 EQA-Class
  • 2021 EQC-Class
  • 2022 EQB-Class
  • 2022 EQS-Class

MG

  • 2016 GT
  • 2016 - 2021 MG5
  • 2017 - 2021 RX5
  • 2017 - 2021 GS
  • 2017 - 2021 ZP
  • 2017 - 2021 ZS
  • 2019 - 2021 Hector
  • 2019 - 2021 MG
  • 2019 - 2021 MG Ei5
  • 2019 - 2021 HS
  • 2019 - 2021 ZS EV
  • 2020 - 2021 eHS
  • 2020 - 2021 Gloster
  • 2020 - 2021 MG 3

Mini

  • 2018 - 2021 Clubman
  • 2018 - 2021 Countryman
  • 2019 - 2021 Convertible
  • 2019 - 2021 Hardtop 2 Door
  • 2019 - 2021 Hardtop 4 Door

Mitsubishi

  • 2017 i-MiEV
  • 2016 - 2021 Pajero
  • 2016 - 2021 Pajero Sport
  • 2016 - 2021 Mirage
  • 2016 - 2021 Mirage G4
  • 2017 - 2022 Outlander
  • 2017 - 2022 Outlander PHEV
  • 2017 - 2021 ASX
  • 2017 - 2021 Triton
  • 2017 - 2021 Delica D:2
  • 2017 - 2021 Delica D:2 Custom
  • 2018 - 2021 Eclipse Cross

Nissan

  • 2017 - 2021 Maxima
  • 2017 - 2021 Micra
  • 2017.5 - 2021 Murano
  • 2018 - 2021 GT-R
  • 2018 - 2021 Kicks
  • 2018 - 2021 Leaf
  • 2018 - 2021 Rogue
  • 2019 - 2021 Altima
  • 2019 - 2021 Qashqai
  • 2019 - 2021 Rogue Sport
  • 2019 - 2021 Sentra
  • 2019 - 2021 Terrano
  • 2019 - 2021 Titan
  • 2019 - 2021 Versa
  • 2020 - 2021 Patrol
  • 2021 Armada
  • 2021 XRAY
  • 2021 Granta
  • 2022 Frontier
  • 2022 Pathfinder
  • 2022 Ariya
  • 2022 Largus

Peugeot

  • 2016 - 2021 208
  • 2016 - 2021 2008
  • 2016 - 2021 308S
  • 2016 - 2021 3008
  • 2016 - 2021 4008
  • 2016 - 2021 408
  • 2017 - 2021 301
  • 2017 - 2021 308
  • 2017 - 2021 308 SW
  • 2017 - 2019 508
  • 2017 - 2021 5008
  • 2016 - 2021 Expert
  • 2016 - 2021 Partner Tepee
  • 2016 - 2021 Traveller
  • 2018 - 2021 Rifter

Porsche

  • 2017 - 2021 718 Cayman and Boxster
  • 2017 - 2021 Panamera
  • 2017 - 2021 Macan
  • 2017 - 2021 Cayenne
  • 2017 - 2021 911
  • 2020 - 2021 Taycan

Renault

  • 2017 - 2021 Clio
  • 2017 - 2021 Espace
  • 2017 - 2021 Kadjar
  • 2017 - 2021 Mégane
  • 2017 - 2021 Mégane Estate
  • 2017 - 2021 Scénic
  • 2017 - 2021 Grand Scénic
  • 2017 - 2021 Talisman
  • 2017 - 2021 Talisman Estate
  • 2018 - 2021 Koleos
  • 2018 - 2021 Fluence
  • 2019 - 2020 Twingo

Rolls-Royce

  • 2020 - 2021 Cullinan
  • 2020 - 2021 Dawn
  • 2020 - 2021 Ghost
  • 2020 - 2021 Phantom
  • 2020 - 2021 Wraith

SEAT

  • 2016 - 2021 Alhambra
  • 2016 - 2021 Ibiza
  • 2016 - 2021 Leon
  • 2016 - 2021 Toledo
  • 2017 - 2021 Ateca
  • 2018 - 2021 Arona
  • 2020 - 2021 Tarraco

Skoda

  • 2016 - 2017 Yeti
  • 2016 - 2021 Fabia
  • 2016 - 2021 Octavia
  • 2016 - 2021 Rapid
  • 2016 - 2021 Superb
  • 2017 - 2021 Karoq
  • 2017 - 2021 Kodiaq
  • 2017 - 2021 Scala
  • 2018 - 2021 Kamiq
  • 2020 - 2021 Enyaq iV

Subaru

  • 2017 - 2021 Impreza
  • 2018 - 2021 BRZ
  • 2018 - 2021 Crosstrek
  • 2018 - 2021 Legacy
  • 2018 - 2021 Outback
  • 2019 - 2021 Ascent
  • 2019 - 2021 Forester
  • 2019 - 2021 WRX
  • 2019 - 2021 WRX STI

Suzuki

  • 2016 - 2021 Baleno
  • 2016 - 2021 Ciaz
  • 2016 - 2021 Hustler
  • 2016 - 2021 Ignis
  • 2016 - 2021 Lapin
  • 2016 - 2021 Solio
  • 2016 - 2021 Solio Bandit
  • 2016 - 2021 Spacia
  • 2016 - 2021 Spacia Custom
  • 2016 - 2021 SX4 S-Cross
  • 2016 - 2021 Vitara
  • 2018 - 2021 Jimny
  • 2018 - 2021 Swift

Toyota

  • 2018 - 2021 Aygo
  • 2019 - 2021 Avalon
  • 2019 - 2021 Corolla Hatchback
  • 2019 - 2021 Camry
  • 2019 - 2021 C-HR
  • 2019 - 2021 RAV4
  • 2019 - 2021 Sienna
  • 2020 GT 86
  • 2020 - 2021 4Runner
  • 2020 - 2021 Corolla
  • 2020 - 2021 Highlander
  • 2020 - 2021 Prius
  • 2020 - 2021 Prius Prime
  • 2020 - 2021 Sequoia
  • 2020 - 2021 GR Supra
  • 2020 - 2021 Tacoma
  • 2020 - 2021 Tundra
  • 2020 - 2021 Yaris
  • 2021 Mirai
  • 2021 Venza
  • 2022 Corolla Cross

Vauxhall

  • 2016 - 2020 Adam
  • 2016 - 2021 Astra
  • 2016 - 2021 Corsa
  • 2016 - 2021 Insignia
  • 2016 - 2021 Viva
  • 2017 - 2021 Ampera-e
  • 2017 - 2021 Crossland-x
  • 2017 - 2021 Mokka
  • 2017 - 2021 Zafira

Volkswagen

  • 2016 Spacefox
  • 2016 - 2018 CC
  • 2016 - 2018 Scirocco
  • 2016 - 2021 Amarok
  • 2016 - 2019 Beetle
  • 2016 - 2019 Beetle Cabriolet
  • 2016 - 2019 Golf R
  • 2016 - 2021 Caddy
  • 2016 - 2021 California
  • 2016 - 2021 Caravelle
  • 2016 - 2021 e-Golf
  • 2016 - 2021 Fox
  • 2016 - 2021 Golf
  • 2016 - 2021 Golf Cabriolet
  • 2016 - 2021 Golf SportsVan
  • 2016 - 2021 Golf Variant
  • 2016 - 2021 Golf SportWagen
  • 2016 - 2021 GTI
  • 2016 - 2021 Jetta
  • 2016 - 2021 Lamando
  • 2016 - 2021 Multivan
  • 2016 - 2021 Passat Variant
  • 2016 - 2021 Polo
  • 2016 - 2021 Sharan
  • 2016 - 2021 Tiguan
  • 2016 - 2021 Touran
  • 2016 - 2021 Transporter
  • 2016 - 2021 Passat
  • 2017 - 2021 Atlas
  • 2017 - 2021 Crafter
  • 2017 - 2021 CrossFox
  • 2017 - 2021 Gol
  • 2017 - 2021 Saveiro
  • 2017 - 2021 Voyage
  • 2018 - 2021 Arteon
  • 2018 - 2021 Bora
  • 2018 - 2021 Magotan
  • 2018 - 2021 Sagitar
  • 2018 - 2021 T-Roc
  • 2021 ID.3
  • 2021 ID.4
  • 2022 Taos
  • 2022 ID.6
  • 2022 Talagon

Volvo

  • 2016 - 2021 XC90
  • 2017 - 2021 S90
  • 2017 - 2021 V90
  • 2018 - 2021 XC60
  • 2019 - 2021 S60
  • 2019 - 2021 V60
  • 2019 - 2021 XC40