Hyundai has added Android Auto compatibility to the majority of its line-up this week, joining Apple CarPlay as part of a quick software update.
Like its fruit-branded counterpart, Android Auto allows drivers to get directions, make phone calls, send and receive messages, set reminders, play or stream multimedia, and more, without needing to touch their phone.
The Korean manufacturer is one of the early adopters of Google’s smartphone mirroring system – the Sonata medium sedan was the world’s first production car to feature Android Auto when the current generation launched in 2015.
Local variants of the Sonata do not feature CarPlay or Android Auto, however, and a number of other model variants are in the same boat – such as the Elite, Premium, Highlander and similar grades.
Hyundai Australia has confirmed with CarAdvice that this is due to a decision made locally, before the availability of CarPlay and Android Auto, upgrading Elite and Premium models to include in-built satellite navigation where factory support for that feature in Australian models had not been secured.
It is not clear at this stage when these high-specification variants will gain compatibility with the Apple and Android systems, although future facelifts are the most likely point.
Hyundai models eligible for Android Auto update:
i30 Series II – Active, ActiveX, SR (Q4 2015 production onwards)
Elantra – all variants
Veloster Series II – Veloster, Veloster SR Turbo (January 2016 production onwards)
Tucson – Active, ActiveX, ‘30’ Special Edition
Santa Fe Series II – Active, ‘30’ Special Edition