Did you know Vauxhall now offers the ability to sync your smartphone to your car? That’s right, there’s a chance your car could be Apple CarPlay-compatible. We thought we’d touch on some of the key features and benefits of CarPlay, as well as a guide of to how to sync it to your car, to make sure you’re getting the very most out of your Vauxhall and it’s cutting-edge technology.
With the introduction of Vauxhall OnStar, our phones and tablets aren’t all that’s connected to the internet, now our cars are too. CarPlay is Apple’s solution to giving motorists a seamless online experience from their phone to their car. Described by Apple as ‘the ultimate co-pilot’, CarPlay makes the motoring experience more enjoyable and much safer.
The power and simplicity of Apple Maps can now be displayed on your Vauxhall infotainment screen. Using information such as addresses in the likes of your emails, text messages, contacts and calendars, CarPlay can predict where it is you'd like to go. You can even ask Siri for directions to wherever it is you want to go.
With Apple CarPlay, you can now safely and legally send and receive text messages while behind the wheel. Siri can read, reply and send text messages on your behalf, reading them aloud through your Vauxhall's speakers, allowing you to keep your eyes focused on the road and remain concentrated on driving at all times.
Using your Vauxhall's built-in controls, including those mounted on your steering wheel, CarPlay allows you to access all your iTunes content, such as albums, playlists, and even your Apple Music membership! You don't even need to use the controls if you don't want, just ask Siri to change the track for you!
How does it work?
In a nutshell, it takes things you do with your iPhone, such as listening to music, making and receiving calls, and even using it as a Sat Nav, and displays it all on your Vauxhall’s in-built display, removing the temptation to illegally use your phone while behind the wheel.
And what’s even more convenient is that navigating through your iPhone via your Vauxhall couldn’t be simpler. It’s up to you, you can choose to either use the steering wheel-mounted controls, your in-built touchscreen infotainment system, or simply ask Siri, Apple’s personal assistant, to carry out tasks for you, such as “Hey Siri, call mum.” – it’s really as simple as that!
Apple CarPlay’s intuitive Maps integration really does make the system and great co-pilot. As well as the ability to ask Siri to give you directions to say, the nearest petrol station, CarPlay can also predict where you’re most likely to want to go by using addresses in your emails, text messages, contacts, and calendars. It’s really THAT powerful.
How do I connect my iPhone to my Vauxhall?
Syncing your iPhone to your Vauxhall couldn’t be easier, just follow these three easy steps:
Make sure that Siri is enabled on your iPhone.
Connect your iPhone to the infotainment system with a lightening cable. For best performance, use your phone’s factory-provided lightening cable.
Unlock your iPhone and allow CarPlay to access your iPhone. If CarPlay does not start automatically, press on the CarPlay icon on the home screen of the infotainment system. Please note that some functions of CarPlay, like music streaming or Siri voice recognition, might require a 3G or 4G Internet connection.
Are my iPhone and Vauxhall CarPlay-Compatable?
Apple CarPlay isn’t compatible with every Vauxhall model currently on the market, nor can you upgrade your old Vauxhall to be CarPlay-compatible.
To use Apple CarPlay, your must have one of the iPhones and Vauxhall listed below:
Compatible iPhone Models
iPhone 7 or 7 Plus
iPhone 6s or 6s Plus
iPhone 6 or 6 Plus
iPhone SE, 5s, 5c, or 5
Compatible Vauxhall Models
Deals and offers on CarPlay-compatible Vauxhall
At Lookers Vauxhall, we currently have an array of deals and offers on Apple CarPlay-compatible cars, including Corsa, ADAM, Astra, Insignia, Crossland X, Viva, and Zafira Tourer. You can view these all, here, or, alternatively, you can contact your nearest Lookers Vauxhall branch where one of our experienced sales executives will talk you through our current deals.
If there are any features of Apple CarPlay that you’d like to learn more about, or have any questions about connecting your iPhone to your Vauxhall, feel free to contact us at your nearest Lookers Vauxhall dealership, where one of our team will be more than happy to talk you through CarPlay's features in benefits in more detail.