Cars with WiFi

We'd all be a bit lost without the internet, sometimes literally - here are some of the best cars with WiFi

Shane Wilkinson
Nov 1, 2021

Many argue that the internet is an essential part of modern life. No matter what your views on this particular debate, there is no denying that having access to a sea of endless search results is a huge help in countless situations. While in your car you may want to find somewhere to eat, somewhere to park, or even, somewhere to charge it. 

Technological advances now allow your car to be a two-tonne WiFi hotspot. There’s no denying that it will keep the kids occupied in the back on a long journey too. But why use WiFi instead of just your mobile data?

For one, WiFi is more reliable. WiFi systems in cars use antennae, usually attached to the roof. This makes the signal much more dependable, which is useful if your passengers are playing an important online game, or streaming a film. It's also important to remember that some devices, including some tablets, don't have data streaming capabilities and need a WiFi connection in order to get online. Of course, you can tether off your phone, but some network providers charge even more money to allow you to do that.

Here are our top eight cars with WiFi. Continue reading for our verdict, or, click the button below to get searching for cars WiFi.

Best cars with wifi

1. BMW 5 Series

Used deals from £15,088
Monthly finance from £275*

BMW’s 5 Series is a good looking and spacious family car that is much more agile than most of its competitors. Business users love them as well thanks to powerful and economical diesel engines.

BMW’s Car Hotspot LTE allows up to 10 passengers to connect to the car’s WiFi, making it one of the best around. The car is connected via the built-in SIM card with a fee-based hotspot plan from a service provider. You’ll need to buy a data tariff for this service at an extra cost.

BMW 5 SERIES BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Mercedes A-Class

Mercedes A-Class front three quarters view

Used deals from £21,499
Monthly finance from £316*

The current Mercedes A-Class is a very different and far better car than the earlier models to wear the name. Great looks, a high-quality feel both inside and out, and plenty of technology ensure that you are well aware of this car’s more premium status.

One such technology is the onboard wifi hotspot. When paired with the Mercedes Me app, this allows you to control a number of the A-Class’ features from your phone - such as the central locking, climate control and windows. You can also locate the car when it’s parked, useful for a forgetful moment.

MERCEDES A-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Volvo XC90

Used deals from £30,000
Monthly finance from £438*

Luxurious, safe, and well-connected. The Volvo XC90 does it all. Volvo is well known for its safety features, but as of late, it’s also becoming famed for its depth and breadth of technological advances.

Volvo calls its WiFi system On Call, and it’s a subscription-based service. That means that owners need to buy a SIM card to use it. Generally, the subscription is thrown in for the price, but an extension will incur an extra cost. It does allow you to monitor fuel levels and service intervals via an app though, which is more than a bit helpful.

VOLVO XC90 BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Toyota Prius

Used deals from £16,895
Monthly finance from £272*

The Toyota Prius is the grandfather of the hybrid, as well the de-facto choice for those wanting a car that's powered by both petrol and electricity. As you’d expect of a car so closely linked to technology, the Prius comes with WiFi.

Toyota’s Touch 2 with Go Plus system doesn't allow you to install a SIM card, you’ll need to connect it via your mobile - which means it will use your data. However, if you have an unlimited data phone plan, this means you don’t need to take out a separate subscription.

TOYOTA PRIUS BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Audi A3

Used deals from £11,250
Monthly finance from £193*

Another upmarket family hatchback like the A-Class mentioned above, the A3 is probably the most solid and grown-up of the lot, it’s also carrying a lot of tech, too.

The Audi Connect entertainment system brings with it in-car WiFi that allows up to eight devices to connect to it. This advanced system also allows the driver to scroll through their Twitter feed, and write Tweets through voice recognition software.

2020 AUDI A3 BUYERS' GUIDE

2013-2020 AUDI A3 BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Ford Focus

Used deals from £14,247
Monthly finance from £196*

When the latest Ford Focus arrived it brought a host of new and convenient technology, ensuring this popular family car remains one of the best value and more usable cars day-to-day.

Included with the Focus is the FordPass Connect system. This brings with it a WiFi hotspot for up to 10 devices, as well as live updates for the satnav. It also includes Ford’s latest SYNC 3 entertainment system, which has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, too.

FORD FOCUS BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Lexus RX

Used deals from £33,950
Monthly finance from £505*

Lexus cars are some of the most well-made in the world, and you’ll have seen the proof if you regularly pay attention to the Auto Express Driver Power survey. The RX SUV is no exception, with a sharp design to set it apart from the pack, high-quality materials all-round and a near-silent driving experience.

The Lexus Hotspot allows up to ten WiFi devices to connect to it. It is yet to be upgraded from 4G to 5G, but should still provide a steady and fast enough connection for most needs.

LEXUS RX BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Tesla Model S

Used deals from £38,995
Monthly finance from £694*

Tesla has rapidly gained itself a reputation for being at the top of the league in regards to technology, so it probably comes as no surprise that the Model S makes an appearance on this list.

The Model S’ hotspot will allow up to seven devices to use it at a time (useful because the Model S can seat up to seven people), and also ensures that the multitude of onboard systems are constantly kept up to date.

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

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