Which multimedia system is the best for music, sat-nav and fun?
Columbus sat-nav Standard Key features: Carplay, Android Auto
SKODA’S upgraded Columbus sat-nav is standard on SE L and Edition models, and while the eight-inch screen is the same size as the Bolero infotainment unit on lesser versions, there are many more features on offer here.
The brand is calling the Kodiaq the most connected car it’s ever built, and the infotainment system definitely reflects this. Infotainment Online means you can check the price of fuel, parking info and Google Earth or Street View, plus Skoda’s Smartlink system brings even greater levels of connectivity, with Apple Carplay and Android Auto capability. There’s also Smartgate – an app Kodiaq owners can download to check the status of their vehicle, such as remaining fuel and range.
On top of this, the company’s Care Connect feature promises to improve safety through connectivity. It helps route guidance by receiving real-time traffic data, while the Proactive Service part of the set-up can call for help automatically in the event of an accident.
KIA SORENTO Eight-inch sat-nav Standard Key features: Traffic info, reversing cam
OUR Kx-3-spec Sorento comes with the same eightinch touchscreen infotainment system as the top-ofthe-range KX-4. Unlike the touch-sensitive hot keys either side of the Skoda’s screen, the Kia uses proper buttons, but they’re clearly labelled and easy to use.
So is the touchscreen, which offers features such as local search functions and traffic recognition for the sat-nav. Bluetooth, DAB and a 10-speaker stereo are standard to match its competitors’ infotainment systems, although the Kia’s unit can’t match the level of connectivity on offer in the Skoda.
Kia doesn’t offer a mobile phone app to link you and your car while you’re out and about; nor does it provide Apple Carplay or Android Auto.
However, the brand is making this functionality available on its newer, more hi-tech models such as the Niro hybrid, so expect these features to filter through to the Sorento as part of an update in the future.
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT
Incontrol Touch Standard Key features: Wi-fi hotspot, apps
AS part of the 2017 model year updates to the Discovery Sport, Land Rover tweaked the infotainment system, applying the same changes as it did to the Range Rover Evoque. It means SE Tech trim gets the firm’s eight-inch Incontrol Touch infotainment system with upgraded graphics, plus Incontrol Apps as part of a £415 pack.
These smartphone-optimised programmes can be controlled through the car’s touchscreen, with a music player, a calendar and apps like Parkopedia all supported.
The drawback is you have to connect your phone via USB, but go for the £415 Incontrol Connect Pack and this adds a Wi-fi hotspot to match what’s standard on the Skoda.
In addition, HSE models and above are also available with the Incontrol Touch Pro set-up which features the larger 10. 2-inch screen (pictured below). The £1,140 upgrade brings the same updated graphics as the standard eight-inch unit on our test car, plus an even more powerful 825-Watt, 16-speaker Meridian hi-fi.
STEREO Central screen works well, and can be upgraded to 10-speaker, 380W Meridian system for £210 to make most of the improved entertainment SIMPLE Pairing a phone is easy and nav simple to use, adding to the high-quality feel Discovery Sport has carried over from Range Rover models
GRAPHICS Now Discovery Sport has been updated with a sharper screen, Kia’s graphics are the lowest resolution here, even if they’re easy to read SCREEN Eight-inch display is a good size, although the split-screen mode for nav and radio can make it difficult to follow route guidance
WI-FI Display can be set to show eco ‘scores’. You can also insert sim card to create a Wi-fi hotspot, or get passengers online using your phone SERVICING Screen shows you what’s connected, plus app can be used to speed up maintenance by sending data to garage ahead of a service