Kia Launches Apple CarPlay® with UVO   

June 7th, 2016 by

Adding to the constant evolution in telematics and infotainment, Kia Motors America (KMA) announced that the 2017 Sportage and 2016 Optima, when equipped with a compatible navigation system3 or UVO34, will be offered with Apple CarPlay® compatibility when the vehicles arrive at Kia retailers during the second quarter.  Additionally, customers who have previously purchased the 2017 Sportage or 2016 Optima equipped with a compatible navigation5 system or UVO3 will be provided with a downloadable update via that will be available beginning in the third quarter.  Currently the 2017 Sorento is the first Kia vehicle to be offered with CarPlay®6  and other models in the Kia lineup eligible for the CarPlay® update will be announced at a later date.

2017 Sportage SX Turbo

2017 Sportage SX Turbo

UVO is an award-winning information and entertainment system so we wanted to know if the addition of CarPlay makes much of a difference. In a word, YES! CarPlay offers greater connectivity and convenience through Kia’s UVO infotainment system. By connecting the iPhone into the USB port, users will be able to make phone calls, access music, get direction and send and receive messages.  Kia’s UVO system is Android based, so this upgrade is a big win for our customers who have an iPhone.


  • Online, up-to-date maps provide better navigation
  • Voice Command via Siri
  • System will be routinely updated by Apple
  • Reduced distracted driving


  • Operates off your cell signal and will impact data usage
  • Early adoption means limitations
  • Limited iPhone functionality

Apple CarPlay isn’t perfect, but it’s a step above current in-car technology and we think a welcome addition that tech savvy drivers will appreciate.