Taking cue from customers’ demand, Volkswagen is offering DAB radios as standard feature in all of its 2013 model-year vehicles ranging from the Polo to the Phaeton. This gives customers a wider choice of radio stations as well as a higher quality of sound. With the new equipment, Volkswagen's automobiles will be ready for the shift of the United Kingdom to digital radio, which offers listeners clear sound and a wider range of radio stations to choose from compared to conventional AM or FM broadcasts alone.
Listening options include specialist music stations, current affairs, comedy and cricket coverage.
All the audio systems of Volkswagen can still pick up analogue radio signals of conventional AM or FM. They can also play audio CDs, including MP3 files.
Every Volkswagen model comes with an aux-in socket in order to connect external audio devices like an MP3 player or iPod. Every automobile model from the Polo S upwards now has at least six speakers to make the most of the digital audio's higher quality. The majority of the models will have eight speakers.
These devices are connected to a standard RCD 310 audio unit or better. One of the options for upgrade includes the MDI multi-device interface, which enables easy connection of USB sticks or iPods. This can be operated through the vehicle's audio system.
Other options are Bluetooth connection of compatible telephones; audiophile-pleasing speakers and amplifiers from Danish specialist Dynaudio; Bluetooth music playback; touchscreen satellite navigation systems, including with built-in HD memory; and higher-power audio systems with color touchscreen controls and an SD memory card slot. Moreover, buyers of the Beetle models could opt to have an audio system developed with famous guitar and amplifier manufacturer Fender.