Which makers offer digital radio?

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Will Nightingale
7 May 2008 23:01 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

DAB stands for Digital Audio Broadcasting, which in layman's terms means digital radio.

As with digital TV, DAB opens up the possibility for many more stations than analogue (FM or AM).

The signal is also less prone to interference than FM, and if you live in a poor signal area you might get better reception with DAB.

On the following pages we've listed all the cars that come with DAB as standard, or ones you can pay a bit extra to have it fitted at the factory.

AUDI
A3 n/a
A4 Saloon and Avant 300
A4 Cabriolet n/a
A5 300
A6 345
Allroad 345
A8 fitted as standard
TT n/a
R8 n/a
Q7 345

BMW
1 Series hatch n/a
Z3 n/a
Z4 n/a
1 Series Coupe and Convertible 280
3 Series (all) 280
M3 280
5 Series 280
6 Series 280
7 Series 280
X5 280
M5 standard
M6 standard

CITROEN
No Citroens can be factory fitted with DAB at present.

FIAT
Only the limited edition Grande Punto DUB gets DAB (car costs 8560).

FORD
No Fords are available with DAB at present, although it will be available as an option in the Focus, Kuga and C-Max from June (on Zetec models up).

Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy (Zetec models up) can be fitted with DAB from September.

HONDA
No Hondas are currently available with DAB.

LAND ROVER
DAB is a 295 option on all Land Rover models (excluding S).

LEXUS
There are no DAB options at present, but it will be introduced in the next generation of cars.

MAZDA
No Mazdas are currently available with DAB.

MERCEDES-BENZ
C-Class 320
S-Class 320
CL 320
CLS 320 (facelifted car)
SLK 320 (facelifted car)
SL 320 (facelifted car)
E-Class TBA (available in June)
ML TBA (available in July)
R-Class TBA (available in July)
GL TBA (available in July)
CLC TBA (available in August)
A-Class TBA (available in August)
B-Class TBA (available in August)

PEUGEOT
No Peugeots are currently available with DAB.

RENAULT
DAB is a 400 dealer-fit option on any model.

NISSAN
No Nissans are currently available with DAB.

TOYOTA
No DAB options at present, but it will be introduced in the next generation of cars.

DAB Options

VAUXHALL
Agila Not available
Corsa Not available
Tigra Not available
Meriva Not available
Antara Not available
VXR8 Not available
Vectra Life, Exclusiv & SRi 450 option (or as part of 650 pack on Exclusiv, including alloy wheel upgrade and front foglights. Alternatively, it comes as part of 795 pack on SRi, including 19-inch alloy wheel upgrade)
Vectra Design Fitted as standard
Astra Sport Hatch 450 option on Breeze, Breeze Plus, Design & SXi (Can't be fitted in conjunction with VXR Styling Pack 1)
Astra 5 Door Hatch 450 option on Life, Club, Breeze, Breeze Plus, Design, Elite, SXi (Can't be fitted in conjunction with VXR Styling Pack 1)
Astra Estate 450 option on Life, Club, Design, SXi (Can't be fitted in conjunction with VXR Styling Pack 1)
Astra TwinTop Not available
Zafira 450 option on Exclusiv, Breeze, Breeze Plus, Design, Elite. (Can't be fitted in conjunction with VXR Styling Pack 1. Deletes auxiliary-in socket where fitted)

VOLKSWAGEN
No DAB options are currently available on any Volkswagen model.

VOLVO
No DAB options at present, although it will be an option on the new XC60.