Tips & advice

What is Skoda SmartLink?

Many of Skoda’s most recent models are fitted with SmarkLink, but what is it and what does it do?

Skoda Scala infotainment

With touchscreens now prevalent in almost every new car on sale, it makes it much easier for manufacturers to integrate mobile phone technology into their in-car systems. By doing so they can take advantage of the smartphone’s sophistication, allowing users to access a selection of apps through their phone. Skoda’s approach to this began with the MirrorLink system, which as the name suggests, mirrors the screen of your Android smartphone (and some tablets) on the vehicle’s display.

In May 2015 the Czech manufacturer introduced a more sophisticated system called SmartLink. The key difference with SmartLink is that it offers all the smartphone integration systems together; MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The main advantage of this approach is that whatever smartphone you have, a Skoda car equipped with SmartLink will have a means of connecting to it.

What is Ford SYNC 3?

For iPhone users, CarPlay is the only means of connection other than Bluetooth audio, but many Android users have the choice of MirrorLink or Android Auto. The latter system is more similar to CarPlay in that it is a ‘closed’ system, with dedicated software for features such as navigation and voice control, that displays information in a formatted design.

MirrorLink is an open-source system, so the list of compatible apps that you can use in your car is increasing all the time and MirrorLink displays the available apps in tiled form. One important point to note is that MirrorLink’s open-source nature means that its functionality will continue to change over time, and the Car Connectivity Consortium responsible for managing it is considering the possibility of allowing vehicle data to be shared for usage-based insurance policies.

Connecting your smartphone to a Skoda fitted with SmartLink is simple; using a USB connector will provide an instant connection and keep your phone charged at the same time, alternatively you can search for your phone via your car’s Bluetooth or vice versa. If you are connecting an Android phone you may have the option of choosing to connect via MirrorLink or Android Auto - you can do this by selecting one or the other through the screen menus. 

At present, SmartLink is fitted to Skodas with the Columbus, Bolero and Amundsen infotainment systems but it cannot be retro-fitted to models without these systems installed.

Have you ever used Skoda SmartLink before? Let us know your thoughts on it below...

Recommended

Skoda plans electric Citigo replacement based on VW ID.1
Skoda

Skoda plans electric Citigo replacement based on VW ID.1

New Skoda boss Thomas Schäfer reveals plans for new city car and all-electric hatchback
11 Dec 2020
Skoda patents the world’s first light-up seat belt buckle
News

Skoda patents the world’s first light-up seat belt buckle

Skoda’s latest innovation serves as a reminder to passengers to belt up – and could help reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident
4 Nov 2020
New Skoda smartphone app listens to your engine to pinpoint faults
News

New Skoda smartphone app listens to your engine to pinpoint faults

Skoda’s new diagnostic tool simply compares recordings of engine notes to accurately find problems
9 Oct 2020
SEAT and Skoda dealers give virtual tours of cars from their driveways
News

SEAT and Skoda dealers give virtual tours of cars from their driveways

Customers can watch livestreams where product experts from SEAT and Skoda dealers answer their questions
14 Apr 2020

Most Popular

BMW 5 Series vs Audi A6 vs Volvo S90
BMW 5 Series vs Audi A6 vs Volvo S90 - main
Car group tests

BMW 5 Series vs Audi A6 vs Volvo S90

Can plug-in hybrid power create a clear winner out of the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 or Volvo S90
23 Jan 2021
New Lotus ‘Type 131’ due in 2021 as Elise, Exige and Evora bow out
Lotus range
Lotus

New Lotus ‘Type 131’ due in 2021 as Elise, Exige and Evora bow out

A new look Lotus line-up is teased with heavy influence from Evija hypercar expected
24 Jan 2021
Best small 4x4s to buy 2021
Dacia Duster ford
Best cars & vans

Best small 4x4s to buy 2021

Need 4x4 capability without big SUV fuel bills? Take a look our top 10 small 4x4s instead
6 Jan 2021