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After using Renault, Nissan and now Vauxhall with connected car apps I'm now wondering if any of them are any good at all? Renault one took ages to update and it wouldn't defrost too early of a morning. Very slow to respond. But it did work 90% of the time.

Nissan one fairly similar. It failed to work at busy times ie on cold mornings. It was better than the Renault one. It did hang on first use a lot as well.

The worst of all has to be Vauxhall. Various app updates seem to bugger up the connection with the car so you have to delete the app and start again. Features come and go that you have set up. It's constantly whining about bluetooth connection to the car as it seems unable to grasp it has a bluetooth connection and can use it in the background.

Driving history frequently doesn't work in the Vauxhall app even if you follow their instructions to manually open the app every single start and end of a journey! The app hangs each time you open it if the car is on. Or just been turned off. Nissan one seemed to just diligently record most journeys from what I remember. No fuss at all.

What are the other mass market manufacturer connected apps like? I just want one that lets me pre heat the car and check battery level whenever I want and also start and stop charges when it's plugged in. If it has journey recording then it has to be hands off. A feature that doesn't work properly is far more annoying than one that isn't there.

Having a connected car app that basically works like you'd expect any other software interface to hardware seems a pipe dream.

There's no troubleshooting methods in any of them so you can't do something equivalent of a ping or any kind of walked through debug of issues.

Who does it best? Kia have UVO, Hyundai Bluelink I think, VW have something. What are they like to use?
 

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VW Connect is ok. It mostly works for me, every now and again it glitches for a day or two until someone at Wolfsburg spots the server plug on the floor and plugs it back in. Better than Vauxhall by the sound of it at least.

I use it enough to consider it to be worth paying for.
 

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Vauxhall one seems to need deleting and reinstalling quite often.
 

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I haven’t personally used it, but I think it’s fairly clear that Tesla probably leads the way here.

BMW was fairly unreliable IME a few years ago, but more recently worked reliably for me for the basic functions.

Hyundai Bluelink has been a complete disaster for me. Infuriatingly unreliable.

I’ll soon be trying the Peugeot app, and I’m fully expecting it to be similarly sh*te.
 

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You'd think one of them other than Tesla could manage it.

I do think these systems need a specialist support team and not just relying on a dealer as they are way of their depth with these kinds of things.
 

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I tried the Nissan one a few years ago but gave up (too slow/ didn’t connect).

In contrast the BMW apps are pretty good, a little slow but usable and not had many failures to connect.
 

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I'm coming to the conclusion that the Leaf has little mobile coverage in my drive, and it seems not to use the perfectly good WiFi connection it has,
 

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The VW app is pretty bad in my experience, but I find the website is actually pretty reliable. I often find that trying to do something using the app doesn't work, but it works perfectly fine through the website. In terms of the actual value added by the service, I'm unconvinced.
 

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Renault one took ages
The worst thing about the earlier Renault app re pre-warming the car was that you sent a request to the Renault server to start it next morning. If too many requests were received or the server went down you were left with a cold car.

What are the other mass market manufacturer connected apps like?
MG's is non existent in the UK. :eek:
 
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I'm using the myOpel app (version 1.28.0 on Android 11, Samsung Note 20) for my Corsa-e.
I find it to be OK most of the time.
I haven't had the need to reinstall it, and only one time it asked me to sign in again.

I noticed that if the car is placed where cellular coverage is mediocre, it takes a few refresh attempts to get updated info.

In regards to trip data, I would say that about 90% of the time it picks up trip data without problems.

I have a feeling that the parallel myVauxhall app, used by many here is worse, especially on iOS.

But still, I find the app useful, especially for viewing charging progress remotely.

My friends with MGs are jealous that at least I have an app, even if it's not perfect ;)
 
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