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RCD 510 – A Quick Review

Well this post is completely unrelated to photography but recently I managed to get a good look at various car mods around and found this particularly interesting for those of you who drive a Volkswagen car (namely the Polo, Golf, Scirocco, Jetta and Passat). Of course, this mod falls under the category of “In Car Entertainment” or ICE for short.

Just to give a little background and put this into context, the RCD series is basically the head unit for Volkswagen cars.

The image above basically sums what I am about to speak about or review. Now in Malaysia, the Golf GTI, Golf TSI, Polo and Scirocco 1.4 TSI comes with this head unit as standard. Its a great unit, it reads CD, for some models, it shows the parking sensors and provide you with information especially if you are going to reverse into something or someone.

Now, here comes the poison. Introducing the RCD 510.

This head unit is vastly different especially in terms of looks which relies on touch screen technology. Other added extras would be the SD card slot and there is an optional bluetooth connectivity kit which allows you to pair your handphone with it and make calls using the Multi Function Display (MFD) or via the controls on your steering wheel.

Here are some of the key changes you would see in terms of graphics that is shown when using the RCD 510 in place of the RCD 310.

RCD 510

Image above shows the welcome screen when you turn on the head unit.

RCD 510

This is when you use either a USB  thumbdrive to plug in to the system. The RCD 510 will display the song title, artist and the album name. Volume and song selection controls from the steering wheel is also available.

RCD 510

This shows the air conditioner controls. As dual controls have been selected, so there are two images depicting the air flow as well as the temperature of the respective areas. Of course this does not replace the control buttons which are still located below the head unit.

RCD 510

This is how the parking sensor will look like. There are two zones, front and rear. When you are rather close to an object it will flash out in orange as shown above. When you are VERY CLOSE, then a bright red will appear. The RCD 510 is also smart enough to identify if your car is a Golf or if it is a Scirocco. The display shown for the Scirocco is different than the one above because the current Golf TSI’s sold here in Malaysia at this time, includes the “Light & Sound” package which also features a front sensor.

Note that the following images were not taken by me. I swiped this off my friend’s page. If you are interested in getting the RCD 510, do check out his page here and here or just Google “Ryou’s Modshop” and you will find it :)

BT Integration with RCD 510

This is how the Bluetooth integration kit would look like once it has been set up.

BT Integration KIT for RCD 510

This is how it will look like from the Multi Function Display (MFD).

The RCD 510 comes standard in the Passat CC and Scirocco 2.0 here in Malaysia so if you go to any of the VW showrooms, you will see this head unit on those models.

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19 Comments

nicklwc

November 29, 2010 3:44 pm Reply

So when are you getting yours?

    Mark

    December 1, 2010 6:38 pm Reply

    Got it already, where did you think I took this photo from? :P

    Mark Leo

    December 6, 2010 3:05 pm Reply

    Gotten it already, where do you think these images come from? :P

    Well most of them anyway

Vin

January 21, 2011 12:25 pm Reply

Mark, how about the VW warranty?

    Mark Leo

    January 21, 2011 12:26 pm Reply

    No warranty for the VW RCD510 unless you purchase it directly from VW or their authorised dealers.

      Vin

      January 21, 2011 12:47 pm Reply

      Sorry. I am actually asking about the wiring waranty of the whole car. I wanted to upgrade but was told by the SA that the wiring of the whole car will be void after i upgrade, even if i do it in VW.

        Mark Leo

        January 21, 2011 1:15 pm Reply

        It also depends on your relationship with your SC agent. I still keep the RCD310 in case of any issues

dudester

February 2, 2011 12:55 am Reply

Hi,
Nice site. Love photography and love Golf!
Can you tell me if the RCD510 comes with RCA jacks for Amps? Do they have it on the standard model RCD310(?)
Thanks!

    Mark Leo

    February 2, 2011 12:44 pm Reply

    To be honest I am not too sure because when I look at the rear end of the unit, the jack there is more of a VW type jack. Its like a 20-pin connector there.

jt

February 11, 2011 5:37 pm Reply

how much did you get the unit for?

    Mark Leo

    February 16, 2011 1:06 pm Reply

    I got it for RM2400, go to Facebook and search for a page called "Ryou's modshop". The guy does it at that price :)

Amir Hanif

April 28, 2011 11:04 pm Reply

How much will the RCD 510 cost?

    Mark Leo

    April 29, 2011 2:02 pm Reply

    It can cost now from RM2300 to RM2500 depending on which unit you get and where you get it from :)

      Amir Hanif

      May 1, 2011 12:55 am Reply

      Wow that's far cheaper than the price VW quoted for me. 10k plus.. any shops you can recommend?

        Mark Leo

        May 2, 2011 12:21 am Reply

        Check out (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ryous-Modshop/291216724900) or search for "Ryou's Modshop" on Facebook. All the details are there :)

          Amir Hanif

          May 3, 2011 10:33 pm

          Thanks for the info ! By the way since i am new to VW.. are there any other place where we can service our VW car? or should i stick with VW dealer service?

          Mark Leo

          May 3, 2011 11:13 pm

          Hi Amir,

          Since you have the 5 years warranty, stick to the official VW service centers :) Otherwise they will find fault to not grant you any warranty claims

car peaker

June 16, 2013 1:06 am Reply

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