Mazda’s Connect infotainment system consists of a 7.0in colour screen that can either be controlled by pressing it or by twisting a rotary dial between the front seats. The latter is easier and safer while you’re driving, and a DAB radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports and sat-nav are welcome features. However, there’s no advanced smartphone mirroring tech such as Apple CarPlay or Android Auto available.
The Skoda’s screen is larger than the Mazda’s, at 8.0in, but its touch-only operation makes it more difficult to operate on the move. Still, it’s on-screen graphics are crisp, its icons usefully large and its menus simple to understand. DAB radio, sat-nav, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring are all standard, and there’s the option to upgrade the sound system for £600.
Vauxhall, too, has opted for an 8.0in colour touchscreen, and it’s close to the Skoda’s in terms of responsiveness. However, the graphics aren’t as sharp and the menu design is slightly o the pace. Sat-nav, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a DAB radio are all standard and a more powerful sound system is available for £510, while wireless phone charging costs £160 extra. The Vauxhall has three USB ports, the most here.
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