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Volkswagen RNS510

The RNS510's high-res screen, pleasing design, ease of use and balanced integration of entertainment and navigation, make it an excellent upgrade for any VW buyer. Shame Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity are on the options list.

Editors' Choice

BMW iDrive second generation

With the latest generation of iDrive BMW has gone from chump to trump, as the new system is easy-to-use, powerful, feature-packed and aesthetically pleasing. Some key features, like text-to-speech street names, are still missing, though.

Lemur BlueDriver

For its price, the BlueDriver is a convenient tool for those who want some ability to work on and understand modern engines.

Pioneer AVIC-F310BT

It's far from perfect (scary warnings, difficult controls, occasional glitches), but sound quality, Bluetooth, device support and its aggressive pricing pushes it over the line. Just.

Editors' Choice

Audi MMI

Audi MMI is one of the best integrated entertainment, nav and car control systems out there. Yes, it trades a bit of simplicity for the sheer range of options available, but it's well worth it.

Parrot CK3100 Advanced Car Kit

The Parrot CK3100 combines a simple, easy to use control interface with a good voice-recognition system to provide drivers with easy hands-free calling on the road.

Pure Highway

It's still the only way to get digital radio in the car. Those desiring the extra channels or improved sound quality will love it, if they don't mind the hassle of setting it up every time and have an auxiliary jack in the car.

Cygnett GrooveTransporter II

This sturdy FM transmitter is a cheap way to hook your iPhone or iPod to your car stereo. Be careful before making a purchase though, as the unit may not fit your car's dashboard configuration.

Holden-iQ

It has its share of annoying quirks and faults, but iQ is admirable for its impressive feature set and unique inclusions.

Parrot Minikit Neo 2 HD

The Parrot Minikit Neo 2 HD is a solid and safe choice for drivers looking to add Bluetooth functionality to their ride without the hassle of installing a new dashboard stereo.

Apple CarPlay

iOS addicts and fans of straightforward tech will find plenty of reasons to move to Apple CarPlay and never look back.

Volvo Sensus

Volvo's new entertainment and nav system is light years ahead of what preceded it, but it still lags behind the best that the Germans have to offer.

Pioneer AVIC-F10BT

There's a lot to like about the F10BT (large screen, sound quality), but the host of quibbles (funny text-to-speech, annoying warnings, missing voice recognition) are glaring on a top-of-the-range model.

Lexus Remote Touch

As a controller system Remote Touch is wonderfully simple to use. Unfortunately the supporting cast (voice recognition, DVD sat nav, missing iPod connectivity) lets the system down.

Sony Ericsson HCB-105

If you never plan to share it and will never use it in a loud vehicle, the HCB-105 is a good sounding, simple to use choice. Everyone else should look elsewhere.

Mercedes-Benz Comand APS

The Comand APS interface demands too many turns and presses to perform even simplest of tasks and the voice recognition doesn't fare much better.

Tylt Ribbn Micro-USB

It's fairly expensive for a USB car charger, but the Tylt Ribbn is remarkably well made and boasts a premium feel and powerful charging circuitry.

Kenwood DDX9902S

The new DDX9902S joins the ranks offering Google and Apple's unique brands of smartphone integration at CES 2015.