2020 is finally over. There were a lot of instances when we thought the year couldn’t get any worse. Yet, the automotive industry flourished at a good pace, even though being on a complete lockdown for more than 60 days. We saw many new car launches and facelifts too. Many cars crashed at the Global NCAP crash testing. In short, last year was a roller coaster ride for the industry. Setting that aside, we also saw a growing popularity of the infotainment system in cars. So let’s take a look at the cars with the best infotainment systems.
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The car that took the market by storm, and is still one of the best selling compact SUVs. Although the car performed marginally good at the Global NCAP crash testing, what Seltos is known for is the plethora of features. And talking about the features, it comes with a 10.25″ HD touchscreen with navigation and UVO connect features. The HD screen adds to the elegance of interiors of the Seltos.
The compact SUV offers ultimate power specs when it comes to the segment. But that’s not all. It comes with floating 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with Voice Recognition. The adequate touch surface with the smartphone connectivity makes sure that you groove to the music while experiencing the power.
The all-new magnetic hatchback, the i20 has got everything in terms of features. And when talking about the infotainment, it comes with a 10.25-inch HD infotainment system paired with 7-speaker from Bose. It also offers smartphone connectivity with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
One of the best cars that I have driven when it comes to ease of use. S-Cross offers the 7.0-inch SmartPlay Studio. Its ease to use is what has helped S-Cross get a place on this list. The simple infotainment comes with smartphone connectivity and steering mounted controls for enhanced convenience. This infotainment is available across all the cars of Maruti Suzuki though.
India’s first safest car, the Nexon is one of the best selling SUVs. It is one of the most value-for-money cars in the segment. It comes with ConnectNext 7-inch floating dash-top touchscreen. And paired with the 9-speaker Harman setup, this system offers one of the best acoustic experience in the price bracket that Nexon comes at.
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And here comes another car from Tata, the safest hatchback in the segment. Tata Tiago can be credited with the comeback of Tata in the passenger vehicle segment. And the 2020 Tiago offers a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system by Harman, same as that of the peers, though it is not a floating one. It comes with smartphone connectivity, just like the others on the list.
Mahindra Thar 2020
After an endless series of spy shots, Mahindra launched the Thar in the last quarter of 2020. And, the 2020 iteration of this offroader came loaded with powerful engines, ultimate capabilities and a load of features. This includes the infotainment system which is waterproof (one of its kind). The 7.0-inch infotainment comes with smartphone connectivity. It also displays enhanced information such as roll and pitch meter. Embark on a new journey with an all-new entertainment package.
The budget hatchback offers a first-in-segment 8.0-inch touchscreen MediaNAV evolution system. It also offers smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. And with the orange inserts surrounding the infotainment, the Kwid offers one of the best dashes in the segment.
The internet SUV comes with a 10.4-inch touchscreen and that too in a vertical setup. It does enhance usability for sure. “Hello MG” is all you have to say and the infotainment becomes lively. Do you like the vertical setup? Do let us know in the comments section below.
Last but not least, the latest car from Nissan. It has scored a 4-star rating at the ASEAN NCAP and is one of the most value-for-money cars under 10 lakhs. One of the best parts of its infotainment is the wireless smartphone connectivity, a features that no other car under 20 lakhs offer in India. Magnite comes with an 8.0-inch full flush touchscreen system.
And this was the list of cars in 2020 that offered the best infotainment systems. Are there any other cars that should have been on the list? Do let us know in the comments section below.