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 6 best cars with Android Auto 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 prioritises function over form and delivers an experience leaps and bounds ahead of its competitors.

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

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Ford Fiesta Hatchback

122 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 0.9 - 2.0
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £135.03 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,215.27 inc VAT

The current generation Volkswagen Golf is showing its age a bit. Launched in 2012, it’s now six-years-old and, despite a facelift in 2016, hasn't changed much during that time.

Despite being a bit older than it's competitors, I still expected the Volkswagen to have updated the design to include Android Auto, especially since it's one of the most premium hatchbacks on the market.

Well, good news! The Volkswagen Golf supports Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and its own smartphone mirroring service, MirrorLink.

Toss in superb build quality, a faultless driving experience and enough space for the average family and you’ve got a really great hatchback.

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Volkswagen Golf Hatchback

67 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.8
  • Fuel: D, P, X, E
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £168.24 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,514.16 inc VAT

In its attempt to reinvent itself as a premium manufacturer, Volvo has been stuffing as much technology into their cars as possible. The full 90 series now supports Android Auto with the S90, V90 and XC90 all sold with an optional Smartphone Integration pack.

The Volvo V90 is my pick of all the Android Auto-enabled estates with it's rugged-but-elegant styling and beautiful Scandi interior.

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Volvo V90 Estate

50 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: D, P, X
  • Body: Estate
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 44 - 183g/km

From £226.14 Per Month

Initial Rental: £2,035.26 inc VAT

Continuing our tour of Volvo’s 90 series, we come to the Volvo XC90. Big, bold, inventive and premium, the XC90 is one of the only SUVs on the market that gives the Land Rover Discovery a real run for its money.

Volvo’s new portrait infotainment screen works brilliantly with Android Auto, allowing a split screen view with some of the other core infotainment functions included at top of the screen with the smartphone’s functionality placed in the bottom.

Interestingly, Volvo is actually moving to an infotainment system completely powered by Android. It’s still a year or two away but keep an eye out for it!

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Volvo Xc90 Estate

28 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 3.2
  • Fuel: D, P, X
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: A, M
  • CO2: 49 - 304g/km

From £224.13 Per Month

Initial Rental: £2,017.17 inc VAT

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 Android Auto. The Smartphone Interface only comes as standard in some trims so double check what counts as an optional extra before placing your order.

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

The 2018 Mercedes C-Class comes with Android Auto enabled but BMW has opted to not integrate Android Auto at all and Jaguar insists you use their own InControl App system. (Jaguar is starting to integrate Android Auto so keep an eye out.)

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Audi A4 Saloon (2015)

0 derivatives available

  • Doors: 4
  • Engine: 1.4 - 3.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Saloon
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 99 - 174g/km

From £302.33 Per Month

Initial Rental: £2,720.97 inc VAT

There’s a bunch of sports cars that support Android Auto. Aston Martin offers it in the Rapide, Vanquish and Vantage and Lamborghini does (or will) offer it in the Aventador, Centenario, Huracán and Urus. Porsche, a notable early adopter of Apple CarPlay, is conspicuously absent.

But my pick of the bunch is the Maserati Ghibli, which I think is one of the best looking sports cars launched in the past decade.

Maserati also supports Android Auto in a bunch of its other models like the Levante and the Quattroporte.

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Maserati Ghibli Saloon

14 derivatives available

  • Doors: 4
  • Engine: 0.0 - 3.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Saloon
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 158 - 257g/km

From £585.38 Per Month

Initial Rental: £3,512.28 inc VAT