DAB radio for all new 'Dubs

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 3:08 PM


The new VW CC as a design sketch. A car like this would have to have digital radio, right?!


There isn’t a firm date for it as yet, but the UK will switch off its analogue radio signal, perhaps as early as late 2015. But, fear not, if you buy a 2013 model-year VW, you won’t get caught with your digital pants down, as it were.

That’s because every new VW, well from the Polo to the Phaeton at least, will come equipped with a DAB radio as standard. However, they will still pick up the analogue signal, just right for those that like a little crackle with their pop. And all this on the day that the BBC’s 6Music wins Station of the Year at the 2012 Sony Radio Awards.

Digital or not, it’s not all about the radio, with many drivers demanding MP3 connectivity, and so, in another digital-driving move, every model in the Volkswagen range already comes with an aux-in socket for plugging in your player.

Upgrade options include the MDI multi-device interface, which allows easy connection of iPods or USB sticks, which can then be controlled via the car’s audio system; Bluetooth connection of compatible telephones; Bluetooth music playback; audiophile-pleasing speakers and amplifiers from Danish specialist Dynaudio; higher-power audio systems with colour touchscreen controls and an SD memory card slot; and touchscreen satellite navigation systems, including with built-in HD memory. Erm, I think that’s all the world’s audio tech covered.

And, as a final digital rock out, new Beetle models can also be ordered with an (optional) audio system developed in conjunction with legendary guitar and amplifier manufacturer, Fender. And, after test driving the Beetle, we can happily confirm that the Fender gear sounds great. Happy listening!

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