Get the Finder app 🥳

Connect your accounts & save

Amazon Echo Auto review

Last updated:  

Quick verdict: If you're already heavily in the Alexa ecosystem, the Echo Auto makes it simple enough to get it running in your car – but it's beset with a lot of software bugs that make it distinctly second-rate.

  • Adds Bluetooth even to older cars
  • Good microphone pick-up
  • Wide range of Alexa skills on offer
  • Alexa drops connectivity all the time
  • Not that useful for navigation functions
Amazon Echo Auto
Finder score: 2
How we score our reviews

Voice assistants are everywhere these days and Amazon's Alexa is one of the more flexible options when you're installing any of a number of Echo speakers around your home for smart home purposes.

But what about smart cars? That's where the Amazon Echo Auto comes in, adding its Alexa assistant to your car, even if it's an older model lacking inbuilt Bluetooth connectivity. The hardware itself is quite decent for the money, but sadly the whole Alexa experience comes crashing down thanks to software quirks that Amazon has had quite a bit of time to sort out already.


Design

Design

  • Simple in-car install process
  • Choice of Bluetooth or 3.5mm output
Amazon Echo Auto

Performance

Performance

  • Most Alexa skills aren't that handy in a car environment
  • Poor navigation
  • Lots of data dropouts for no reason
Amazon Echo Auto

Should you buy the Amazon Echo Auto?

Finder score: 2.0

It's hard to recommend the Amazon Echo Auto beyond the very small niche of folks who already have a significant investment in the Echo ecosystem and who desperately want the same voice assistant running in the car. Or those who want and need a voice-assistant-guided Bluetooth bridge for their older vehicles.

Even within that group, you're looking at a lot of frustration and "dropped" connections until Amazon sorts out its server issues and improves the software that the Echo Auto relies on.


Pricing and availability

Price

RRP $79

Where to buy


Specifications

Build

Weight
45g
Dimensions
85mm x 47mm x 13.28mm
Processor
Mediatek MT7697

Connectivity

Bluetooth
Yes
3.5mm audio output
Yes

More Finder reviews

Ask an expert

To ask a question simply log in via your email or create an account.

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy and Privacy & Cookies Policy.
Ask a question
Go to site