While built-in DVD players and rear-seat entertainment systems are common in SUVs and minivans, the top cars with built-in DVD players are harder to find. You could go for any of the multitudes of aftermarket options that are available, but none integrate quite as cleanly as a factory system (and none come pre-installed like the factory systems). Though most of the cars on our list are geared more towards executives than children, we don’t think either group would complain about comfort in any of our expert editors’ choices of ten cars with built-in DVD players. Read on to discover which car and system are best for you.
10 Top Cars with DVD players
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Audi A8 L 4.0T Sport
The long-wheelbase Audi A8 L 4.0T Sport comes standard with an in-dash DVD player, and is also available with the Rear Seat Entertainment package, which includes an additional MMI controller in the rear center armrest, a DVD drive, SD slots, two 10.2-inch monitors, and two pairs of wireless Bluetooth headphones. Each screen can show the same program (on the off chance that your two rear seat passengers can actually agree on something) or individual content. If you really want to coddle the rear seat passengers, the Rear Seat Comfort package adds front and rear seat lumbar support, ventilated rear seats with massage function, and the ability to move the front passenger seat from the rear.
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BMW 5 Series
The BMW 5 Series is available with the Rear-Seat Entertainment Professional option (also available on other BMW models, including the 7 Series), which consists of two 10.2-inch screens mounted on the backs of the front seats, a built-in DVD and Blu-Ray player, and connections for MP3 players, USB devices, games consoles and headphones. The screens can both display the same content or they can be used individually, a feature which should help reduce the complaining from the rear seat passengers. The system is controlled using a rear iDrive controller, and can also access the BMW Navigation system, place phone calls, and control the audio system.
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The Cadillac CT6 is available with a rear seat entertainment system, which includes a DVD/Blu-Ray player and two independent 10-inch-diagonal HD screens that retract into the front seat backs when not in use. Connectivity options include HDMI and USB ports located on the front of the rear center seat or in the rear seat center armrest, and the standard OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot can connect to up to seven devices, including streaming devices such as a Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick or Apple TV. Front seat passengers can use the 10.2-inch CUE screen to play media, but only when the vehicle is in Park.
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All versions of the Chrysler 300 come standard with the UConnect 8.4 infotainment system, which remains one of the most intuitive and easy to use systems on the market. While the number of speakers (and their power) varies depending on the trim, all systems incorporate an 8.4-inch dash-mounted touchscreen with a CD/DVD/MP3 player, an audio input jack and two USB ports for media devices, as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Bluetooth Streaming Audio support. Unfortunately, no rear-seat entertainment system is available, and the DVD player stops playing once the vehicle is in motion, making this system best for people who spend lots of time sitting in a parked car.
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The Genesis G80 is capable of DVD playback when equipped with the Ultimate Navigation system, which includes a 9.2-inch dash-mounted touchscreen display, a Driver Information System and a built-in DVD player. Additional connectivity is provided with iPod/USB and MP3 auxiliary input jacks and Bluetooth Audio Streaming. Unfortunately, like most in-dash systems, video is not available unless the vehicle is in Park (though the system has a split-screen mode that allows you to check navigational instructions as well as other data like audio information simultaneously), and no rear seat entertainment systems are available. With those limitations, the Genesis G80 is best for those who need some distraction while waiting for their passengers.
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Both the regular-wheelbase Infiniti Q70 and the extended-wheelbase Infiniti Q70L are available with a built-in in-dash CD/DVD player. Like most systems of this type, playback is only allowed when the vehicle is in Park with the parking brake applied (making it impractical for most uses other than to while away the time when parked) and unfortunately, there is no rear seat entertainment system option. You do get other standard infotainment features, including a front armrest with a 12-volt power outlet, auxiliary input jacks and a USB connection port, Active Noise Control, SiriusXM satellite radio, and steering wheel mounted audio controls, while Bluetooth Streaming Audio is optional.
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The long-wheelbase Jaguar XJL is available with a Premium Rear Seat package, which includes two individual rear seats with three massage functions, memory settings, a folding rear center armrest, and rear business tables. Getting back to our list of 10 cars with built-in DVD players, the Premium Rear Seat package also includes a Rear Seat Entertainment system with a Rear Media Interface, individually deployable 10.2-inch screens, a built-in DVD player, USB and HDMI ports, two pairs of WhiteFire wireless headphones, and a touch-screen remote control. With all those features in the rear, it almost makes us wish we were still passengers, and we don’t think you’ll hear anyone calling shotgun anytime soon.
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Lexus LS 460 L
When ordered with the Executive-Class Seating Package, the long-wheelbase Lexus LS 460 L comes with the Rear-Seat Entertainment System, which features a center-mounted 11.6-inch screen, a DVD and Blu-Ray player, and wireless headphones. Also included in the Executive-Class Seating Package are heated and cooled front and rear seats, a right-rear power recliner with an ottoman and a shiatsu massager, a wood- and leather-trimmed rear console with swivelling table, a 120V outlet, a power rear sunshade, and a cool box that’s perfect for keeping your beverage of choice properly chilled. If you have a chauffeur (or one really special person in your life), the Lexus LS 460 L might be the perfect car.
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The Maserati Quattroporte is available with a Rear Seat Entertainment unit that features two 10.2-inch LCD displays that can both show the same content or they can each show completely different content. The system can play back audio, video and photographs from external sources, and also has an A/V input for connecting devices such as video game consoles and laptops. If you also choose the available Wi-Fi Hotspot (which can connect up to three devices) you can use a streaming device with the Rear Seat Entertainment system to stream video directly from the Internet. Also included in the Rear Seat Entertainment option are two folding tray tables for the rear passengers.
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A unique feature of the Porsche Panamera’s Rear Seat Entertainment system is that the displays are actually tablets that can be removed and used outside the vehicle. They use wireless networking to connect to the car’s Porsche Communication Management system to provide access to the car’s radio, media, navigation system, and vehicle functions, while sound can be output via integrated speakers, the car’s stereo, or the two pairs of included Porsche Bluetooth wireless headphones. The tablets also feature 32 GB of internal storage, a micro SD card slot, a micro USB port, Bluetooth and NFC (near field communication), and they can access the Internet when paired with the car’s Connect Plus module.