BMW to fit DAB radio across the range

Article Damion Smy
Nov 15, 2012

All BMW models will come with digital radios as standard from January.

All BMW models will come with digital radios as standard from January. Every BMW, from the entry-level BMW 114i hatchback through to the BMW 760Li limousine, will benefit from the latest digital (DAB) radio, with the signal currently covering 94 per cent of the UK.

DAB audio, which stands for Digital Audio Broadcasting, allows users to tune into a greater number of radio stations. In addition, it offers extra real-time information such as song titles, artist names and traffic notifications. 

But, with the UK’s switchover to digital radio not expected until the end of the decade, an FM receiver will still be present in all BMW’s standard-fit radios. Existing BMW owners can get DAB audio retrofitted to their cars, with a unique aftermarket interface developed in conjunction with Connects2.

With this, the DAB system is fully integrated into the existing audio, and is compatible with all BMWs using a RDS text-equipped FM radio. It takes around one hour to install and requires no additional boxes or wires, only a modest antenna fixed to the rear windscreen. It costs £299 and can be fitted at your local BMW dealer, who can also tell you if your car is fitted with a compatible audio system.

The introduction of DAB as standard across the BMW range coincides with extra equipment being fitted to the BMW 1 Series coupe and convertible, and BMW X3 SUV; these models will get Bluetooth and USB connectivity as standard from the start of next year.

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