In late 2017, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Uconnect division launched a 7-inch version of their Uconnect 4 touchscreen system for certain vehicles in the FCA portfolio. The entry-level Uconnect 4 (or fourth generation) system is something that hasn’t been talked about too much. Earlier this week, our very own Mike Volkmann got his hands on a 2019 Dodge Charger SXT Blacktop equipped with the 7-inch Uconnect touchscreen system.
While the system doesn’t feature all of the technology as it’s 8.4-inch sibling, the system gets the job done. The 7-inch system does feature conveniences like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto while displaying all information with high-res graphics. The system is very responsive and features the same layout as the bigger 8.4-inch screens. We also find the system to be a lot safer than the 5-inch Uconnect touchscreen system.
The 7-inch Uconnect screen is much better to read and because of its familiar layout is easier to use than the 5-inch systems. The reverse camera feature is also a lot easier to use since that bigger screen with better resolution is a lot sharper than the 5-inch systems, you don’t have to second or triple look at objects behind the vehicle. Climate controls are also a much better layout than the 5-inch version, by offering a better layout screen that makes changing the temperature in the vehicle even faster than the smaller system.
In all, we find that while the 7-inch Uconnect screen isn’t as good of a package as the bigger 8.4-inch versions, it is lightyears ahead of the 5-inch systems. The familiar screens as the 8.4-inch and much larger display controls make using the 7-inch Uconnect system a much more modern and safer system to use, allowing you to keep your eyes more focused on the road rather than squinting at a small screen. The MoparInsiders team, all agree that we would love to see this system as standard equipment across the entire FCA portfolio.