Head-up displays for cars: popular models in comparison

Head-up displays can be a useful feature for car fans – but the displays are often only found ex works in the luxury segment. Anyone who would like to have a HUD in their own car can easily retrofit it. We give you an overview of the best models.

A head-up display, also called HUD for short, projects important information Vehicle data on the windshield and thus in the driver’s field of vision. The biggest advantage is also the namesake: Thanks to this system, you can keep your head up and no longer constantly have to look away from the road to read the speed, for example. This means you will be less distracted by traffic and your Driving safety is increased.

Depending on the model, the following values ​​can be displayed on the windscreen in addition to the speed:

  • time
  • fuel consumption
  • temperature
  • navigation
  • and many other journey data

Data collection is usually done via OBD-II, GPS or Bluetooth. Head-up displays are sometimes standard equipment in premium cars. In other vehicles, you can often order the feature for a fee. In new models, the so-called AR-HUD is already installed. This head-up display uses “augmented reality” technology and thus projects graphics into the driver’s field of vision at a significantly greater distance in front of the vehicle, which are suitable for the respective environment. Cars ahead or the lines next to the road are marked and turn-by-turn directions “fly” as arrows into the corresponding streets.

If you want to get the classic HUD in the car yourself, you can easily retrofit it. Corresponding products are often very affordable for less than 30 euros.

In the following we present three widely used head-up display models. These cost between 35 euros and just under 60 euros and can be installed in just a few minutes. The popular alternative from Cartrend HUD is currently even reduced by 35 percent and costs only around 38 euros instead of just under 60 euros.

Comparison of head-up displays

number 1 price tip Popular alternative

iKiKin HUD

Lescar’s HUD

Cartrend HUD

bright, easy-to-see display
very accurate GPS
Adjuster difficult to reach
Display partly too bright
bright display
short cable (2m)
awkward operation
Display partly too bright
compact device
bright display
reliable dimmer
GPS installation sometimes complicated
wide cable


9 x 5.3 x 2.6 cm

14.5×1.4×8.4 cm

17 x 4.5 x 13 cm

Amazon Stars

3.9 out of 5 (approx. 234 ratings)

3.7 out of 5 (approx. 110 ratings)

4.1 out of 5 (approx. 122 ratings)

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from €35

(To the shop)

from €40

(To the shop)

from €38

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Comparison instead of test: What’s the difference?

For this comparison, a CHIP specialist editor examined test reports from other publications as well as the most popular offers (“best sellers”) and customer opinions from online retailers. Based on this we made the product selection. When selecting the top devices, we focus on models with more than four stars and a reasonably high number of reviews. We have read a selection of customer reviews and selected devices that, based on our professional assessment, meet the needs of the users. The products have not been tested in the CHIP test center.

All products that the CHIP test center had in the laboratory can be found in this list of the best. Products that have also been tested by our cooperation partners can be found in our test & purchase advice and in our consumer portal.

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