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October 31, 2021 by Anne Kelley

How to Use Apple CarPlay in your New Kia

Whether you’re driving for work or play, your car’s infotainment system helps make every trip more enjoyable. One of the most innovative features available in Kia models is Apple CarPlay® integration. This technology allows you to seamlessly connect your iPhone to provide hands-free access to all your favorite Apple apps. Additionally, this system will let drivers interact with Siri via voice commands to help them stay focused on the road.

How to Use Apple CarPlay in a Kia?

To enable Apple CarPlay in a Kia, you need to connect your iPhone with the system using a Lightning cable. Once it’s connected, you can send and receive messages hands-free while behind the wheel. In addition, this connection with Kia is secure. No personal information is stored – it only transmits generic data. 

Setting Up Apple CarPlay

At Lawrence Kia, we’re pretty excited about this technology, so we created this convenient guide to help new Kia owners link and launch Apple CarPlay with their compatible Apple devices.

What’s needed:

  • Apple iPhone 5 or higher. iPhone 4 and lower are not supported.
  • Lightning USB Connector.
  • A Kia vehicle equipped with CarPlay technology.


Once you have all these items ready, all you need to do is find the “Setup” icon on the in-vehicle display, then choose “Connectivity.” Once you’ve activated the Connectivity Display, the menu will populate with options. Search for “Apple CarPlay” and ensure that it’s enabled and activated.

After confirming Apple CarPlay is powered up, go back to the home screen and connect your iPhone to the USB port. When connected, the UVO system in your vehicle will detect your iPhone, and a CarPlay symbol will display on the home screen.

After you’ve accepted any requests/contracts, all you have to do is push the Apple CarPlay button on your car’s display to access and use many of the apps you use on your smartphone.

Apple Carplay Access Phone Apps

What Functionality is Available with Kia CarPlay?

Apple CarPlay is an innovative feature that allows you to use your iPhone with your Kia. When driving for work or play, here are some of the available Apple CarPlay features drivers can take advantage of:

Phone Functionality – Take or make calls – all hands-free! Using simple voice commands, Kia owners can access their contact list or listen to their voicemails.

Hands Free Apple CarPlay

Maps – With Apple CarPlay, you can use Siri for directions or look for nearby restaurants, attractions, or other information. You’ll even get accurate estimates of how long it could take you to get home from wherever you might be. 

Access Maps in CarPlay

Text Message – For a hands-free, and safer experience, Siri can read your text messages aloud. If you wish to reply, all you need to do is dictate your response.

Apple CarPlay Text Friends & Family Easily

Music and Apps – Enjoy your favorite podcasts and albums when you’re on the road. Whether you prefer to listen to audiobooks, your favorite playlist, or breaking news, Apple CarPlay has your listening needs covered!
Apple Music & Spotify with Apple CarPlay

In addition to all these great features, Kia owners with Apple CarPlay activated will access a vast selection of third-party apps to enhance their driving experience.

Which Kias Come with Apple CarPlay?

Apple CarPlay is standard on virtually every new Kia model as well as most other automotive manufacturers. Some Kia models began incorporating connectivity systems dating back to their 2014 models.

Here is a more comprehensive list of Kia models equipped with Apple CarPlay:

  • Kia Soul
  • Kia Optima
  • Kia Optima Hybrid
  • Kia Sedona
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Kia Forte Koup
  • Kia Forte5
  • Kia Sorento
  • Kia Sportage
  • Kia Cadenza
  • Kia Forte
  • Kia Niro
  • Kia Optima PHEV
  • Kia Niro PHEV
  • Kia Stinger
  • Kia Telluride

Kia CarPlay offers amazingly convenient features that keep drivers safe and connected on the road. In addition, with Apple CarPlay integration in your Kia, you can make use of many of the most useful iPhone features when behind the wheel.

Uplift Your Driving Experience with a Kia!

If you need a new car and staying connected is a must for you, come down to Lawrence Kia and check out our sales lot. Not only do we have a deep inventory of available new Kia models, but we offer fantastic financing options to help get you behind the wheel quickly! 

At Lawrence Kia, we’re proud to offer our customers Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and UVO eServices. To learn about all the possibilities a new or used Kia has to offer, our experienced, friendly, and helpful sales team is happy to help you find the perfect new Kia to fit your lifestyle. So click here to browse our new inventory, call, or visit to start the conversation today!


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