Connecting Apple CarPlay to Your Volkswagen

Volkswagen owners are enjoying the benefits of the new MIB II infotainment system. Their 2016 Golf Family, GTI, Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Tiguan are now equipped the latest in connected vehicle technologies. They can now connect using one of three services based on their smartphones


There is no scientific proof, but we found that most of our customer’s own Apple iPhones. This means that most likely, they will use Apple CarPlay to connect with their Volkswagen to optimum application use through the MIB II infotainment system.


What should customers expect when they connect their Apple iPhones with their Volkswagen?


THE MAIN SCREEN LOOKS LIKE THEIR PHONE: Apple designed CarPlay to emulate the interface on their phone. That means certain apps will show up with their icons intact. They can use their phone, read messages, play music and podcasts by pressing their specific icons on the touchscreen.


FULLY FUNCTIONAL iTUNES AND APPLE MUSIC: Your iPhone may have music files already downloaded to play. Volkswagen can also facilitate playing music files from iCloud through their device. That also includes the streaming services provided by Apple Music. This adds to the current music playback offerings within MIB II – including SiriusXM satellite radio, HD Radio and CD playback.


APPLE MAPS OR OUR NAVIGATION SYSTEM: When CarPlay is enabled, Apple Maps becomes the car’s navigation system. It could read destinations already programmed onto your phone, or create new ones. If the car is equipped with the Volkswagen navigation system, that choice is available by disabling CarPlay. Either way, the route will be same to get to the beach or the mountains.


OTHER APPS: Apple CarPlay can also pick up other compatible apps to use with the Volkswagen MIB II system. For example, MLB atBat Premium app users can stream their play-by-play calls through their vehicle. Though, we know that Dodger fans can disable CarPlay to hear Vin Scully live all of the time on our radio.


See us at Volkswagen Van Nuys for a demonstration on how to use CarPlay with the new MIB II infotainment system. Better still, see our inventory of vehicles equipped with this technology on board!