RNS 850 GPS radio navigation system FAQ
- head unit and
comparison to RCD 550
back to 1000q: 2010-2011 Golf TDI buyer's guide and FAQ
back to 1000q: mk5 FAQ and "how to" list
back to 1000q: mk6 2010+ Golf 2011 Jetta DIY index
It replaces the optional RNS 510 for the 2010 Touareg. The big difference is that the screen goes from 6.5" to 8", increases the hard drive from 30 to 60 GB and has 3d buildings and terrain on the 3d view of the GPS. It also shows lane assist on the MFD/MFI, the display between the instrument cluster gauges.
The base radio is the RCD 550, a 6 cd changer touchscreen radio with 6.5" display. It has an aux-in jack and mp3/mk4 capability. It will not be equipped on US or Canadian cars.
RAM: 256 MB
Flash memory 256 MB
HD memory: 60GB
-allocated for music: 18GB
European versions have DAB (digital audio broadcasting) radio.
This article compares features of the RNS 315 vs. RNS 510 navigation systems
with the standard on TDI RCD 510 6 CD changer radio. The main reason over getting it vs. a
handheld GPS is because it displays directions on the instrument cluster
multifunction display (full screen MFD+) and speaks over the stereo
speakers. The screen is also bigger than most handheld GPS and there
are no wires or mounts hanging off it. It also goes into night mode (can
disable this) when you turn on the headlights instead of being calculated with a
handheld GPS like a Garmin or Tomtom. Here's what it looks like:
6 CD/DVD changer in the trunk
Has voice control. Lets you name street and town in the same command. 60GB hard disk, 18GB available for music or video. 2 SD card slots. Plays DVD when stopped. Can add TV tuner.
1. Integrated Bluetooth
2. 3D Maps (buildings, terrain)
3. Inbuilt 60GB HDD (18GB available for music)
4. 8" touch screen
Standard equipment includes the “RCD 550″ radio-CD system with 6.5 inch touch-screen and integrated 6-disc CD changer. As an option, this infotainment module can be upgraded to the “RNS 850″ navigation system with an 8-inch touch-screen; its other features include 3D map representation (building view and topographic view via “Digital Terrain Model”), a 40 Gigabyte hard drive (20 Gigabyte memory for music, movies, etc.), DVD player, speech activation and in European versions digital radio reception (DAB).
Naturally, the system can also be expanded to include a Bluetooth interface for telephones, a Media Device Interface for MP3 players including iPod/iPhone, TV and a Dynaudio sound system.
Besides intuitive control by touch-screen menuing, the “RCD 550″ and “RNS 850″ offer a context-based control bar along the lower screen border. Eight keys are located here (”Radio”, “Media”, “Nav”, “Traffic”, “Phone”, “Climate”, “Car” and “Setup”) for switching between the basic menus as well as two rotary knobs.
All key functions can be accessed using these two levels – touch-screen and control bar. This includes all energy flow and consumption data on the Hybrid version.
Another new development – placed between the four round instruments for the speedometer, tachometer, engine temperature and fuel gage – is a seven-inch multi-functional colour display with a 15:9 aspect ratio. It is standard equipment on the Touareg Hybrid and with the V8 engines.
The premium version of the display enables several viewing modes without overloading the driver with information. Rather the driver can have specific information shown or hidden by making selections from self-explanatory and colour-coded context menus (”Navigation”, “Media”, “Telephone”, “Vehicle”, “Assistance”). In the Touareg Hybrid, the colour display also indicates the drivetrain’
While the lower resolution screen really doesn't make that much of a difference for navigation, a very large screen is one of the major advantages over a handheld or iphone navigation. The smaller size does make it slightly harder to input addresses over the touchscreen if you have big or clumsy fingers (I'm not judging but you know who you are!) While I greatly prefer touchscreen input, not having physical buttons makes placing the tap within the borders of the "button zones" harder. Below left is a demo showing the smaller buttons and general use of the radio. I'm not sure where to download the user manual for the RNS315 since it's a new model.
The biggest change was price - the RNS-315 (option code p71" navigation system") only costs $590 instead of $1750 MSRP for the RNS 510. However, you also get less for paying less. The big advantage other than price is that you can swap SD cards when leaving your home area. This should make it easier to find and borrow maps from friends. Disclaimer: do not illegally buy, sell, or copy any copyrighted licensed map data! The 510 uses a hard drive for map data. New map data must be loaded by a copy protected DVD which takes longer than swapping a card.
Full details aren't known because it's a new model but it should be close to the RNS-310 system that was only sold in Europe.
|RNS 310 GPS||RNS-315 GPS (?=guess)||RNS 510 GPS navigation system||RCD 510 radio|
|screen size (inches)||5" touchscreen||5" touchscreen||6.5" touchscreen 16:9||6.5" touchscreen|
|resolution (pixels)||400 x 240||400 x 240||800 x 480||400 x 240|
|cd slot||single cd||single cd||single cd||6 cd changer in dash|
|plays video DVD||no||no||yes||no|
|storage for music/navigation maps||SD cards||SD cards||30 GB hard drive (10GB nav, 20GB music) and SD cards||you supply SD cards|
|ipod interface||aux input and MDI compatible||aux input and MDI compatible||aux input and MDI compatible||MDI interface|
|bluetooth call from phone book on the screen?||unknown||unknown||yes, when equipped with high bluetooth||Europe yes, North America no.|
|HD radio support||unknown||unknown||yes|
|can you retrofit backup camera||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|amplifier power||4x 20 watt||4x 20 watt||4x 20 watt||4x 20 watt|
|displays information on the instrument cluster||since all TDI have the highline cluster, yes||since all TDI have the highline cluster, yes||since all TDI have the highline cluster, yes||since all TDI have the highline cluster, yes|
|GPS 3d and bird's eye view||yes, both||yes, both||yes, both||N/A since it's a radio|
|split screen GPS?||no, too small||no, smaller screen||yes||N/A - radio|
|made by:||Blaupunkt||?||VDO Continental||?|
A highline MFD+ is a full screen MultiFunction Display. All TDI 2009
and newer have it. If you have a gasser and don't have the highline cluster, you
must add one or else the GPS won't display information on MFD+. The half screen
MFD cannot display nav information on it.
"Text+turn arrow" navigation instructions and song/artist name or radio station
are displayed on the Multi
Function Display (MFD+) on the instrument cluster as well as on the
main display. An example is shown below (new cars have white/black
displays). The display brightness and colors also automatically go into "night" mode when you turn
on the headlights vs. calculating it from GPS location and time as with some
aftermarket navigation systems.
If you buy one for retrofit, make sure to buy a North American one since Euro head units don't have the same AM or satellite radio signals. If you don't get the security code you bought a nice paperweight. All Euro add-on accessories should work. Note that the Jetta Sportwagen is called the Golf Wagon in Canada and Golf Variant or Golf Estate in Europe.
Aftermarket GPS/head units that will work and other issues
The alternative to OEM navigation is aftermarket. There are some good aftermarket double din nav systems like the Pioneer AVIC-F90BT or Kenwood DDX812. Then there are Chinese made OEM look-a-likes like the AVC-9000 or Waywell WD6050 which look the interior buttons and colors. Rosen is another factory look navigation. For the low price of the RNS315, I'd rather go OEM than spend about the same amount on an aftermarket unit. The exception is if you already have a head unit from another car and want to move it over. Some have complained about the software on the OEM-looking units as well because they usually run off windows CE. Below is a demo of the Waywell Chinese copy. Of note - you can add a cheap backup camera but they're normally stuck onto the license plate and you have to manually select them instead of displaying when you put the car in reverse.
There are also OEM retrofits like backup cameras or parallel parking assist
but they aren't cheap. For example, the OEM backup camera is hidden
under the VW symbol on the trunk and comes out when you put the transmission
into reverse....but adding the camera, wire, and motorized VW symbol costs
Make sure you get the security code or else you bought a paperweight!
Manufactured by Blaupunkt (probably)
screen size: 5", 400 x 240 pixel resolution
aux input for ipods/other
SD card slot for mp3s or data
GPS Navigation specs:
day color/lighting switches to "night" color/lighting with headlights on
split screen display - compass/3d map view, gps stats/map, bird's eye map view/3d map view, etc.
ability to play music and use GPS at the same time
RNS-315 part numbers:
VW# 3c0 035 279 (3c0035279)
VW# 1k0 035 274 a (1k0035274a) (includes the note: to be used for 1k0 035 274, not sure what that means)
1000q: 2010-11 VW Golf TDI FAQ and buying
1000q: 2009-2011 VW Sportwagen (Jetta or Golf wagon) TDI buying checklist
1000q: 2009-2010 mk5 VW Jetta TDI buying guide
1000q: 2011 new mk6 VW Jetta TDI buying guide
Find more info:
copyright ©myturbodiesel.com 2006-2010 all rights reserved.