Kia offers free CarPlay, Android Auto upgrades

Kia is offering free CarPlay or Android Auto upgrades for some of its latest vehicles, allowing drivers to get their hands on the smartest in-car platforms. Cars equipped with the AVN 4.0 navigation system or the UVO3 dash interface are eligible.

To get CarPlay in most vehicles, you either have to ask the dealer for the upgrade before you buy, or pick up an aftermarket head unit. Neither option is particularly cheap. But if you bought a Kia in recent years, you might be able to get CarPlay for free.

The South Korean company today announced it is offering free upgrades for the following vehicles:

  • 2017 Forte
  • 2015-16 Optima/Optima Hybrid
  • 2015-16 Sedona
  • 2014-16 Soul
  • 2015-16 Soul EV
  • 2016 Sorento
  • 2017 Sportage

Kia says that owners will be directed to by the end of July to verify their eligibility and to get more information on the upgrade process. The company’s offer comes just a few months before Apple releases iOS 10, which includes a number of nice CarPlay upgrades.

In addition to a revamped Apple Music app, the update will bring the ability to rearrange and remove apps from the home screen, and a “Parked Car” feature that automatically marks your vehicle’s location on a map when your iPhone is disconnected, making it easier to find later.

Kia also offers CarPlay on the 2017 Cadenza and the 2017 Forte5, but you’ll have to ask for the upgrade when you first pick one up.