It was in 2012 when the Tesla Model S came out that the idea of a giant, almost smartphone-like infotainment screen was practically applied to a production vehicle. Today, however, Elon Musk says his company’s infotainment system needs a lot of improvement. A whole host of other manufacturers have taken what Tesla started and have drastically improved it. So that makes us wonder which one the infotainment system has done best so far.
It’s not that Tesla vehicles generally perform poorly. The landscape display found across the lineup is still fast, feature-packed and very easy to navigate, but Musk knows it has its flaws. For starters, the browser can be a bit laggy and some systems are a bit buried in menus as opposed to being easily accessible.
The addition of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to much of the car infotainment landscape has really leveled the playing field. At the same time, we think a number of systems are impressive, well beyond those smartphone integrations.
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The Jeep Grand Wagoneer also deserves some attention in this conversation, because when fully equipped it comes with as many as four separate infotainment screens. In addition to the main screen, you will find two more in the second row and even one integrated into the front passenger dashboard.
Ultimately, it’s hard to avoid paying close attention to the new Hyperscreen found in the Mercedes EQS and EQS SUV. Sure, it’s not really a single screen, but it’s more than size that matters in regards to the system in general. It’s so intuitive that it’s almost uncanny how well it can ‘teach’ its occupants and adapt to their personal habits and preferences.
At the same time, not only the Hyperscreen itself is special. The rear seats get their own infotainment systems and then there’s an optional integrated but removable tablet in case leaning forward and using the touchscreen on the backrest is just too much work.
Still, we understand there are probably some excellent systems that we left out, so let us know in the comments below. What is the best infotainment system currently available in a production car?