‘Hi Siri, can you show me the way to Pavilion Kuala Lumpur?’ The next thing you heard is Siri replying you via your car speakers.
Apple has already installed CarPlay system into more than 100 model vehicles in US and announced support for more future models. This smartphone casting technology CarPlay is meant to combine the smartphone functionality into the car infortainment system. The CarPlay is able to bring some of the iPhone applications such as Maps, Siri, iTunes and more onto vehicle touchscreen for use while driving.
However, there are only a few cars that have Apple CarPlay preinstalled into the system in Malaysia. Most of the cars are belong to the premium range. Here we would like to recommend five cars with less than RM200,000 which come with Apple CarPlay that you can purchase in Malaysia.
Honda Civic Turbo – RM122,500
The tenth generation Honda Civic is the first C-segment car that brought in the Apple CarPlay. The Civic has went through a total make over with brand new look and turbocharged engine. In terms of gadget and features, there are a lot of them are waiting for drivers to explore. Honda has made Apple CarPlay pre-installed for all variants starting from 1.8S, 1.5TC as well as 1.5TC-P. The Civic does support Android Auto, however it is still not available in Malaysia yet.
Hyundai Elantra 2.0 Executive– RM116,388
Hyundai has recently launched the 2017 Hyundai Elantra in Malaysia, available in both 2.0 four cylinder engine and 1.6 Gamma T-GDI turbocharged engine for buyer to choose from. The Elantra has a long history in Malaysia C-segment car market and has garnered a loyal fan base along the years. The brand new Elantra is looking sporty with a new redesigned front with C shaped LED DRL as well as brand new headlamps design. The Elantra supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the go. The Elantra is also being equipped with infotainment system with reverse camera display as well as tyre pressure monitoring system. The Elantra is being priced at less than RM120,000 for its 2.0 Executive model and stands at a very competitive position with Honda Civic and Toyota Altis.
Volkswagen Tiguan Highline – RM168,990
Volkswagen has brought in the second generation Tiguan to Malaysia market. After the Volkswagen Touareg has been discontinued in Malaysia, the Tiguan is the only SUV option in the market. The Tiguan is built with 1.4 litre TSI engine and six speed DSG dual clutch gearbox. The new Tiguan is bigger and longer in size but surprisingly 50kg lighter than before. The Active Info Display offers multiple driving information and navigation on a 12.3 inch screen. App-Connect is equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto as well as MirrorLink on the 8 inch infotainment touchscreen located on the center console. Now the driver is able to operate the system at the touch of the button on the steering wheel.
Volkswagen Beetle Sport – RM147,888
Volkswagen iconic Beetle is back again with more exciting features. The turbo charged Beetle is more powerful now with a seven-speed DSG gearbox. The Beetle is definitely is an eye catcher, the significant curvy body-frame is what makes the Beetle so attractive. The two door Beetle is looking stunning in and out, the body colored interior trim and cozy leather seat arestandard for all variants. The Beetle Sport's 6.5 inch touchscreen infortainment system with App-Connect is equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink as well as eight speakers. One can never go wrong with the truly iconic Beetle, it is powerful, vibrant and edgy to make sure you have a fun driving experience.
Volvo V40 T5 Inscription – RM180,888
The Volvo V40 receives a facelift recently, the redesign ‘T’ shaped daytime running lights is the highlight for the brand new V40. Volvo is known for its comprehensive safety features, the V40 witnesses how Volvo balance between aesthetic and safety. The V40 comes with Volvo Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Cross Traffic Alert, City Safety collision avoidance and mitigation (works up to 50 km/h), Dynamic Stability and Traction Control, Torque Vectoring, Active Bending Lights and seven airbags. Not to mention, the V40 features a 7 inch infotainment system which is equipped with Apple CarPlay. The Drive-E T5 2.0 litre turbo produces 245hp and go from 0 to 100KM at only 6.3 seconds.
We predict the potential of Apple CarPlay to go further in the automotive market. For owners from iPhone SE onwards, Apple CarPlay provides much more functionality you already enjoy in your car, turning your infortainment system into all in one hub for messaging, entertainment as well as other utilities. If your car do not support Apple CarPlay, fear not, there are aftermarket head unit one can install. Companies like Alpine, Kenwood and Pioneer have also up their game to make Apple CarPlay available into their latest head unit system.