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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Below I list existing solutions bringing CarPlay to any Audi vehicle. There are basically fives ways to do it, depending on the age and model of the car, especially if the multimedia system involves Audi Multimedia Interface (MMi) or not.

1st SOLUTION: Oldest (but rock-solid) solution: 2-din CarPlay head-units for vehicles with independent removable car radios (like Audi Concert/Symphony) or navigation systems (like Audi RNS-E). Compatible with:
- A3 8P (2003–2012)
- A4 B7 (2001–2006)
- A6 C5 (1997-2004)
- TT 8J (2006-2014)
Older car models may also fit.

Many CarPlay/Android Auto head units (most of them with 7" LCD touchscreens) are sold by Alpine (iLX-007 which is Lightning-wired only, replaced by Lightning+wireless iLX-107, but also iLX-207 [CarPlay + Android Auto] and iLX-F309 [9"])*, Pioneer (from cheapest AppRadio4/SPH-DA120 to their complete CarPlay NEX-AVIC models), Kenwood, JVC, and Sony (XAV-AX100, XAV-AX5000…).

* Different names in Europe: iLX-700, iLX-702D, iLX-F903D. See country-specific websites.

2nd SOLUTION: Solution for the vast majority of the market today: a dedicated 3rd-party CarPlay box (+ suitable cables) located behind the glovebox and connected to the original LCD screen and MMi 2G/3G (retaining Audi mic, steering wheel & MMi knob controls). Compatible with:
- Audi A1 8X (2010-2018)
- Audi A3 8V (2012–2018)
- Audi A4/A5 B8 (2008–2016) and B9 (2016-2018)
- Audi A6/A7 C6 2004–2011) and C7 (2010–2017)
- Audi A8 D4 (2011-2017)
- Audi Q3 8U (2011–2018)
- Audi Q5 8R (2008-2015)
- Audi Q7 4M (2015-2018)

Several solutions from various companies:
- NaviPlus (Australian company)
- VAG-NaviSystems (Spanish company). It appears their CarPlay box is actually produced by Chinese company Unichip whose official seller in China is AutoSVS Technology.
- Unique Auto Developments (UK company that also proposes to mount these retrofit kits themselves in your car). Same thing: cheaper Chinese version available directly on AliExpress, e.g. at Joyeauto.
- Different (or same?) Chinese boxes are sold on AliExpress, mainly by seller Sinairyu or equivalent.

Many videos on YouTube with these keywords.
Some of these sellers also propose a touchscreen overlay for the LCD screen of some Audi models as an additional option (giving another way to interact with the interface, besides the MMi knob).

3rd SOLUTION: Replace the Audi LCD screen by another all-in-one touchscreen + Android system that can also run CarPlay. Not the best option in my opinion, cutting completely the Audi MMi original interface and replacing it with an Android PC. Needs an additional Android Auto/CarPlay authorization key USB dongle to add these interfaces.
- RS Nav (Canadian company)

Not sure if this is really a lot different than other Chinese boxes of solution #2, but it appears older and more cumbersome (Linux-style app launcher).

4th SOLUTION: Official Audi retrofit parts, to be purchased and installed in the dashboard independently of the car dealership. This is a native solution requiring minimal cable management, available online for a few cars only. Compatible with:
- A3 8V Facelift (2017-2018) see https://www.vag-car.fr/ami/898-retrofit-carplay-audi-a3-8v-facelift.html
- Q2 (2017-2018) (?)
- maybe others, TBD (difficult to source these parts it seems)

5th SOLUTION: Official retrofit done at Audi dealership workshop. Only for these recent models that have MMi Navigation Plus (MIB-2):
- A6 and A7 C7 ≥ 2017
- Q2 2017
- Q7 and Q7 e-tron ≥ 08/17/2015
- TT mk3 (2015-2018)
- R8 (2016-2018)
Article 4M0051472, see https://shops.audi.com/en_GB/web/zu...for-the-audi-smartphone-interface-4m0051472-9

- A4 2016-2017
- A5 2017
- Q5 2017
Article 8W0051472, see https://shops.audi.com/en_GB/web/zu...for-the-audi-smartphone-interface-8w0051472-9

- A3 2017 with MIB2 High Scale or MIB2 Premium and with electrical interface for external use, AUX-IN and USB
- Q2 2017 with MIB2 High Scale or MIB2 Premium and with electrical interface for external use, AUX-IN and USB (not Q2 with AMI)
Article 8V0051472, see https://shops.audi.com/en_GB/web/zu...for-the-audi-smartphone-interface-8v0051472-9

6th SOLUTION: Yes, I initially said "five solutions" but you might be interested in a possible sixth solution, which is a whole hardware retrofit, swapping many parts of the car by their more modern counterpart (the LCD screen, MMi/MIB central processing unit and all its cables, etc.) letting your car at a workshop for a whole day. As you can imagine, it costs some money. A Swedish company is specialized in doing such a retrofit for A6, A7 and Q7 ≥ 2015 (and maybe others): https://www.oem-eftermontering.se/tag/audi-carplay/

Finally, latest Audi models (as 2018/2019) now all have native CarPlay and Android Auto when chossing the Audi Smartphone Interface/AppConnect option.


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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Who installed one of these CarPlay systems, of which brand and in which car?

I personally followed 1st solution depicted, installing an Alpine ILX-007 (renamed ILX-700 in Europe) in my Audi TT mk2 (original thread here) + custom dock for iPhone in the ashtray. I've been happily using Carplay for four years with this setup.

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Probably a dumb question so bare with me, but do these options also apply to an allroad (2014–2016)?

I had a ‘14 Tiguan with CarPlay (installed another VW headunit), but I was recently hit by another driver. The car’s totaled and I have my eyes on an allroad, but want to make sure that these modules can be installed in them as well.

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