Last week the government put back plans to switch off analogue radio by 2015. Instead, the Digital Economy Bill will encourage the changeover in stages from 2015.
Estimates show it could cost motorists up to £300 to upgrade radios during the switchover, but Seat has reacted to introduce DAB as an option in preparation for any future changes.
All Leon hatchbacks, Altea MPVs and the larger Altea XL models can now be fitted with a Seat Media System 2.1 complete with digital radio – giving Seat drivers the opportunity to listen to recently saved BBC digital station 6 Music.
Seat UK Product Manager James Buckell said ‘The option of adding a state-of-the-art DAB system to new Leon, Altea and Altea XL models – plus all the other great new features and functionality which come with the SEAT Media System 2.1 – only serve to make the models that much more appealing.’
The system costs £795 and includes Bluetooth connectivity including audio streaming, a touch screen and large keypad. The screen can also be used to operate the climate control system in all of the models.
A satellite navigation system is also included in the package at no extra cost, including pre-installed maps of Europe stored on the system’s hard drive.
Countries covered by the pre-installed maps include France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Poland.
Seat will be one of the first volume manufacturers to offer DAB radio as an option on some of its models in an attempt to ‘future-proof’ its cars.