Those days are gone when connectivity features like Android Auto and Apple Carplay were luxury. Now, these features have become so common that entry-level cars like Maruti Suzuki Alto and Datsun Redi-GO are also being offered with these smartphone integration techs. These convenient methods enable you to actually access many of your phone’s functions like messages/calls, phonebooks, notifications, music, podcast, maps, and many more on the vehicle’s in-dash screen once the phone is plugged into the system via USB cable. However, attaching/detaching cable to the phone could be really annoying. So, considering the issue, tech giants have now come up with more advanced wireless connectivity support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so you can easily connect to these interfaces via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Here we have round up the 5 most least-expensive cars that offer this feature.
1. Nissan Magnite
The Nissan Magnite is the most affordable car to get the wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay feature. However, these features are restricted to the top-spec XV and XV Premium variants only, which are priced between Rs 6.99 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. On the other hand, its entry-level variant starts from Rs 5.59 lakh.
Interested buyers can also opt for the wireless charger along with several other premium accessories, making it a complete package.
2. Renault Kiger
Renault Kiger, the cousin rival of Nissan Magnite, also gets the convenience of wireless connectivity to Android Auto and Apple Carplay, however, it is only offered with the top-end RXZ variant, which retails from Rs 7.69 lakh to Rs 9.75 lakh, depending on the powertrain and paint choices.
3. Hyundai i20
Hyundai i20 was the first mass-market model to offer the wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay; however, it was Nissan who has promoted this feature aggressively.
In i20, this tech is only restricted to the Sportz variant that comes with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Unfortunately, the top-spec Asta and Asta (O) trims miss out on this feature. Instead, you will get bigger 10.25-inch infotainment with BlueLink connected car technology in these variants.
4. Kia Sonet
Kia has recently updated the Sonet with some new features, including the wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay. Similar to the Hyundai i20, only the mid-spec HTK+ and HTX variants are offered with these features. Interestingly, both these trims also get the same 8-inch touchscreen unit as i20, whereas, its higher variants come with the 10.25-inch unit.
As for pricing, one has to shell out a minimum of Rs 8.65 lakh to a maximum of Rs 11.29 lakh for these variants.
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5. Hyundai Verna
Hyundai has recently updated the Verna with the wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay support. With this, it has become the only sedan of its segment to offer these features. However, like both its above-mentioned Korean siblings, only the mid-spec variants of Verna (S+ and SX) come with the wireless connectivity feature. Depending on the fuel type and gearbox options, these trims range between Rs 9.60 lakh and Rs 13.30 lakh.
Soon Hyundai Creta will also be updated with wireless smartphone integration techs along with several other features such as OTA map updates, welcome greeting, and new voice commands, remote engine start/stop with smart key, and many more. Head here for details.
*All prices, ex-showroom.