Product Overview

Pros:

  • Specifically made for VWs
  • 7-inch WVGA touch-screen
  • Built in Sat Nav
  • Provision for DAB, Bluetooth and iPod
  • USB Play Back
  • SD Card Play Back

Cons:

  • Doesn't make the tea

Product:

Kenwood DNX525DAB head unit

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£1,099.00 (fitted price)

We’ve been given an exclusive peek at the latest all-conquering Kenwood DNX525DAB head unit – a specially developed head unit specific to a range of VW dashboards, including the all-important T5.  This 7-inch WVGA touch-screen unit does everything you could possibly want a stereo to do, bar make the tea.  With Garmin sat nav built in, provision for DAB, Bluetooth and iPod compatibility, HDMI in (all smartphones covered), reversing camera operation and the usual fantastic audio quality you’d expect from Kenwood, this is a real piece of kit.  It’s also exactly what the factory fit in the Sportline models.  Need we say more?

Who? www.kenwood-electronics.co.uk             

Key Features

  • 7″ High resolution touch control display
  • Garmin European navigation
  • Built-in TMC (traffic avoidance)
  • Fastest, shortest, least fuel route choice
  • Lane assist and photo real junction view
  • Built-in Bluetooth hands-free calling (HFP)*
  • Bluetooth Music streaming (A2DP/AVRCP)*
  • Smartphone voice calling recognition control
  • DAB/DAB+ tuner built-in
  • FM/LW/MW radio receiver
  • iPod/iPhone audio/video playback and charging**
  • iPod/iPhone YouTube control app mode
  • HDMI iPhone/iPod mirroring on screen***
  • MHL Android smartphones mirroring on screen***
  • Micro SD-card playback
  • USB device playback
  • CD/DVD/MP3/WMA/AAC playback
  • 3 bands G-EQ
  • Climate control and parking sensor display****
  • Works with multifunction wheel

 

The VW multimedia system comes complete with full fitting kit and steering wheel control interface from your local Volkswagen, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle, SEAT and Škoda retailers.

*With compatible phone devices
**iPod connection cable is sold separately (Video playback not available via iPhone 5/5C/5S)
***HDMI & MHL mirroring connection cables are sold separately
****Only with compatible cars and if 2 zone air conditioning and parking sensors fitted. Vehicle restrictions may apply, please consult your local car retailer.

 

Thanks to the 7” wide high-resolution display, the keys, icons, navigation map and DVD images appear much clearer and sharper.

Kenwood DNX 525DAB head unit

Parking sensors make reversing into tricky spaces easier and help prevent minor damage to your car. For compatible vehicles with Parking Sensors you can see how close an obstacle is in front or back via the screen, as well as the intermittent warning tone.

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Compatible vehicles with 2-Zone Climate Control have the ability to view the air conditioning and climate control system via the screen.

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Verdict

This 7-inch WVGA touch-screen unit does everything you could possibly want a stereo to do, bar make the tea.