It’s amazing how much of our lives we've delegated to our smartphones. And that has given car car manufacturers a bit of a headache. With bans on phone use while driving, how do you keep people connected behind the wheel? (And how do you do so in a safe and legal way?)

The most recent answer to that question is new piece of car technology called smartphone mirroring, which is better known by its brand names Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

In this car connectivity article, I'm looking at the 5 best cars with Apple CarPlay available on LeaseFetcher in 2018.

The Ford Fiesta has been the darling of the supermini segment for what feels like decades. Cheap to buy, fun to drive and practical enough to rival bigger hatchbacks, it teeters on the verge of being the perfect family car.

The seventh generation launched last year with an all new infotainment system dubbed Sync 3. It’s a super simple infotainment setup that prioritised function over form and delivers as good an experience as you’d get on any flagship smartphone.

If, however, you’d prefer to use Apple CarPlay, Sync 3 has you covered. Just tap the CarPlay button and the system switches over.

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Ford Fiesta Hatchback

96 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

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The Hyundai Ioniq is the newest model on our list, officially launched in 2016 and offered in PHEV, hybrid and fully electric variants.

As a post-petrol car, Hyundai put in a lot of effort to ensure the interior felt like a hyper connected car of the future. Just plug your phone in and watch as the Apple CarPlay system takes over.

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Hyundai Ioniq Hatchback (2016)

7 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 1.6
  • Fuel: H, X, E
  • Body: Saloon
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: None

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Kia Optima Sportswagon is a bit of a funny name for what is essentially just the estate version of the Kia Optima Saloon. But don’t go thinking this is just a fancy name with no substance. The elongated Optima is a fine car that comes fitted with a suite of driver assistance features that’d make Elon Musk smile.

Alongside an excellent infotainment system, the Kia also supports smartphone mirroring via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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Kia Optima Sportswagon (2017)

4 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 1.6 - 2.0
  • Fuel: D, X, P
  • Body: Estate
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 33 - 191g/km

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The GLS is Mercedes’ flagship SUV, the crème de la crème of their larger line-up. With space for seven and a cavernous boot, the GLS is as big and comfortable as they come.

Despite a slightly dated interior design, the GLS has a really nice infotainment system that hooks up to Apple CarPlay without any issues.

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Mercedes-Benz GLS Estate

1 derivative available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 3.0
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 208 - 248g/km

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The latest generation Audi A4 launched in 2016, just when smartphone mirroring was beginning to gain a foothold in the market. Thankfully, Audi has updated the A4, keeping it relevant for modern motorists.

Since 2017, Audi has offered a Smartphone Interface pack, which allows you to use Apple CarPlay through its infotainment system.

Sadly, the rest of the compact saloon segment is a bit of a mixed bag.

The old Mercedes C-Class didn’t integrate with CarPlay at all and the new 2018 model only offers it as an optional extra. The BMW 3 Series also offers it as an optional extra so keep an eye out for the CapPlay Preparation add-on. And Jaguar insists you use their InControl App, which does pretty much the same as CarPlay only worse.