Your Smartphone and What You Need to Know About it For Your Kia Car, Here at Feldman Kia

Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ are both excellent features that bring your smartphone and your car together in perfect harmony. If your Kia model is compatible, you can use these applications to integrate your iPhone or Android phone into your Kia model so you can access certain features like navigation, stocks, news and even make calls and send text messages. Whether you've recently purchased a new or used Kia model, or you're thinking of purchasing one from us here at Feldman Kia, you might be wondering which of our new and pre-owned Kia models are compatible with these applications and we're here to answer any questions you in Detroit might have when it comes to Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.

Which Kia Models Feature These Applications?

The short answer is all 2017-2018 Kia sedans, crossovers and SUVs can be compatible; it doesn't matter if it's a Kia Soul, Kia Optima, Kia Stinger or a Kia Niro. It's all thanks to the Kia UVO Entertainment System, which was introduced for the 2011 model year in order to bring together all of your Kia model's entertainment features in one bundle. On its own, the UVO system can control features like the CD player, AM/FM radio, and HD Radio™ (if available on trim level), all broadcast through the diagonal color touchscreen featured on the center console of your Kia model.

However, just because a Kia sedan, crossover, or SUV has the UVO system doesn't necessarily mean it's compatible with Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™. Many models, like the Kia Forte or Kia Sportage come standard with UVO, but other trim levels will have compatibility with these two applications. As an example, if you were interested in the Kia Sportage and simply wanted the base trim level, the LX, you would have to ask your sales representative, here in Novi, MI, if Apple CarPlay™ can be installed on the UVO system. With the Kia Sportage, these applications are available in the base trim, but you must make sure the UVO system is upgraded to be compatible with them.

What if My Kia Model's UVO System Isn't Compatible?

If you purchased a Kia model in the last few years, after 2011, and your UVO system does not feature compatibility with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, don't worry, because there are other options to give your system compatibility. UVO offers free software updates for eligible models from the past few years. If you don't find your vehicle eligible, give us a call or schedule a service appointment to have an upgraded UVO system installed in your new Kia model.

What Features of My Smartphone Can I Use with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™?

Almost any feature can be accessed through these two smartphone interface systems. With both of them, you can make calls, access your music, send messages, access your GPS and so much more. In order to eliminate distracted driving, the UVO system enables you to control the applications through steering wheel controls as well as hands-free voice commands, in addition to the touchscreen system. A great thing about Apple CarPlay™ is that it also features Siri® to help recognize your unique voice commands and help better integrate the system.

Come See Us in Novi Today!

Our dealership is located less than 40 minutes outside of Detroit in Novi, MI, so don't hesitate to stoop by if you would like your UVO system upgraded to include Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to give our sales team a call at (800) KIA DEAL (542-3325) with any questions you might have. If you're interested in purchasing a Kia sedan, hatchback or crossover model, be sure to speak with your sales representative about which trim levels come compatible with these two applications. See you soon!

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