Apps that pair your smartphone to your car are not an irregularity these days. Best case scenario, they let you keep useful information from your car to hand when you're not ready, and they load your car's infotainment system with your telephone's better features. Even under the least favorable conditions, they're gimmicky, glitchy and of restricted use. Positive or negative, they're commonly just possible if your car's infotainment system is present day and high-spec in case you're uninformed ages of simple dials and cigarette lighters you can overlook it. Then again, actually VW has thought of a system that can carry a touch of 2019 to some slightly more established models.

The VW Connect application is a user-accommodating system that extends some of the benefits of state-of-the-art connectivity to cars from as quite a while in the past as 2008. Our Up GTI long haul test car is a 2018 model, though it's an on a very basic level old design that is an age behind the likes of the latest Touareg. To conquer any hindrance, our Up accompanied a VW DataPlug, a Bluetooth-empowered gadget that plugs into the diagnostics port and pairs with your telephone.

It very well may be fitted to any 2008 on VW and brings a previously detached car into the age of the smart gadget. It's been standard on the Up and Polo since April 2018, or can be purchased for about £39 from Amazon or VW dealers. Aside from the DataPlug, all you need is a smartphone, on which you download the VW Connect application, sign up for a record and adhere to the instructions for how to combine it through Bluetooth.

Once up and running, the app will display a great deal of data about your car, your driving and your fuel use. It can enable you to envision when and where your next service will be and makes booking easy. It can recall superior to anything you where you left the car and explore you back to it via GPS. What's more, it can catch all the data you need as a business user and create a PDF.

The most interesting bits are the driving style perused outs and challenges. It will, for instance, give you a high score for smooth braking and speeding up – and a low score for a progressively aggressive driving style. To add a touch of interest to a conceivably dull adventure you can get it to set tasks such as keeping the motor speed underneath 2000rpm for seven miles or suggesting landmarks to visit.

Whether you use VW Connect as a reasonable business device, or as a method for empowering green driving habits, or as a touch of fun, it's easy to use and integrates well with the car.