Which mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem is the best for mu­sic, sat-nav and fun?

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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.


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

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