If you’re not sure, you can go into the car setting and check if it will allow you to connect to CarPlay wirelessly via a WIFI connection.
(Updated as of June 2021)
See the full list of compatible vehicle models on Apple’s CarPlay website
See the full list of compatible vehicle models on Andriod’s Auto Website
The reason why most of these models are not supported is due to them being older and not produced by Mercedes anymore.
The CarLinkit 2.0 is for vehicles with CarPlay or Andriod Auto as a factory install. The CarLinkit 1.0 is for aftermarket Andriod head units that are compatible with CarPlay and Andriod Auto use.
For Aftermarket Andriod Head Units
List of Compatible Stereo Models:
Compatible with aftermarket Android car stereos installed into your vehicle.
These include the likes of:
For Manufacture installed CarPlay / Android Auto
If it’s not compatible, you’ll have to find an adapter that is or move on to option 3.
PLEASE NOTE: It’s essential to understand that the adapters are not a perfect solution and are what I would call “temperamental”. The product works most of the time; however, it sometimes doesn’t connect and requires pulling the cable out and back in or restarting the engine.
It also takes around 10 seconds to fully connect to car play. Suppose you’re not happy enough with this. In that case, you should look at our option 3 recommendation as this method is Apple and manufacture approved.
The adapter is just a patch fix to trick the car into thinking it’s connected like usual, so there are occasional bugs. However, in my experience, when testing the product in a 2017 Vaxuall / Opal Corsa, it worked 90% of the time. This was good enough for the factional price of a new head you’d have to buy, as seen in option 3.
This option is the most expensive route to take to get wireless carplay but will be one of the only options if you couldn’t follow the previous two steps.
Unlike other car models such as BMW and Audi, MMI units are not common or main stream with Mercedes. In this instance we therefore recommend replacing the whole head unit for the best result where possible.
Installing a new head unit won’t always be possible in your Mercedes, this is because of the position and unusual shape of the factory head units.
Older Mercedes models are usually easier as they have a large section where an older style radio goes. This can then be taken out and replaced with your new wireless CarPlay Mercedes head unit.
The newer models are even trickier which can be seen in the protruding screen in the 2016 A class photo. For this model that already has CarPlay installed the best solution is the option 2 CarPlay / Android Auto adapter.
See the link below for the head units we recommend on Amazon.
|Year||Fits||Does not fit|
If your not confident with installing a head unit yourself or not sure if it’s possible in your car model, retailers such as Best Buy or Halfords will often install a high value head unit for free and check if your cars compatible for you.