Sony’s aftermarket display is one of the more affordable aftermarket displays that let you use either Apple CarPlay or Google’s Android Auto feature to access and control communication and entertainment from your smartphone on your car’s screen. Other solutions are priced upwards of $1000-$1500 depending on the specs.
Aside from price, Sony’s receiver also stands out for having a physical volume knob which is better for controlling while driving; other aftermarket screens we’ve tested rely on buttons that require more attention to control. The stock user interface for non-CarPlay use is also more modern and minimal than the UI found on other systems.
XAV-AX100’s 6.4-inch display is slightly larger than similarly priced 6.2-inch displays on competing head units. The only downside on paper is the resistive touch screen which is not ideal. Capacitive screens are preferred when shopping for the best CarPlay displays; hopefully Sony does something in this space in the future.
We’ll have a hands-on review with Sony’s new CarPlay screen later this month. In the meantime, Sony XAV-AX100 is available for $499 from Amazon and Best Buy starting today with deliveries promised in time for the holidays.