What are the best Android Auto and Apple CarPlay car radios in 2019?

BySheridan Hurwit 2019-06-21 5551

In a car, the car radio is undoubtedly the best companion on our daily commute. Today, most of them are equipped with a Bluetooth connection, can navigate with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, or even watch videos on a touch screen. Several manufacturers (such as Sony or Pioneer) offer many references and it can be very easy to get lost, especially in terms of compatibility with your vehicle. Find our guide to find the best Android Auto and Apple CarPlay car radios.

Day by day, technology continues to improve to make our comfort more pleasant when driving a vehicle. To do this, these "connected" car radios make it possible to always keep your eyes on the road, while taking advantage of the functionalities of your smartphone.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

On the market today, there are two widely used solutions: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. These two systems offer an almost similar user experience that allows you to connect your smartphone via USB or Bluetooth to enjoy all the content on your phone: GPS functions (with Google Maps or Plans), receive/transmit calls and SMS, listen to streaming music via Spotify, Apple Music or other with good sound quality, and many others. All this is managed by voice commands that give motorists a certain amount of freedom when driving.

These car radios are mainly used to improve driving. Without disrupting concentration on the road, they provide us with tons of information in real time (weather, road conditions, alternative paths...). This is clearly a significantly improved hands-free kit.

Sony and Pioneer

Sony and Pioneer

Sony and Pioneer are two major players in this market and offer many different models. We have selected the best references to help you in your choice. Follow the guide!

Sony car radios

Sony car radios are a guarantee of quality and the XAV-AX3005 is one of the most complete models to enjoy a "connected" and complete experience in your car. In the double DIN format, however, it connects to the top compartment and then allows the 6.95 inch screen to cover the entire surface of both compartments (10 centimetres high). The user experience is as intuitive as on a smartphone and opens up access to many features available on your phone (music, calls/SMS, etc.).

Its audio rendering allows it to provide a good musical experience during your travels, with EXTRA BASS functionality to improve its depth. It also benefits from compatibility with DAB+ (digital radio), which is roughly the same as DTT television for FM radio.

Of course, the Sony car radio is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so it naturally supports Google Assistant and Siri for voice commands.

The Sony XAV-AX3005 model is generally available for around 400 euros.

The Pioneer SPH-DA230DAB car radio is a real multimedia player to put inside your vehicle. With its 7-inch touch screen, it offers intuitive connectivity to the majority of smartphones. Its amplification offers a power of 4 x 50 W, which offers a good sound quality.

Compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, it is very easy to connect your smartphone (or tablet) via USB or Bluetooth so that the smartphone's menu is accessible on the touch screen. The USB port also allows you to connect other devices such as a USB stick containing your favorite content. It is also DAB+ compatible for radio.

Note that it is possible to connect two smartphones simultaneously.

The Pioneer SPH-DA230DAB car radio is usually displayed below the 400 euro mark.

The Sony XAV-AX100 is a dual DIN format car radio model. It features a 6.4-inch touch screen (16.3 cm diagonal) that is quite responsive and of good quality. From the interface, you can easily access most of the features of your smartphone. Thanks to the 4 x 55 W amplification, it offers a very satisfactory audio quality.

Compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, navigation is greatly facilitated via Google Maps and Maps applications. By integrating voice commands, all you have to do is talk to him to choose a route, change the music.

This model is also available with a DVD player option, but it is also possible to connect other devices such as a rearview camera (which requires precise knowledge for installation).

Like the Pioneer reference above, the Sony XAV-AX100 can easily be found for less than 400 euros.

The Pioneer Car Multimedia model is a car radio in 1 DIN format, the size of a single 5 cm high compartment.

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