And what is involved in fitting an Android headunit?
Or should the question be, ‘Can I fit it myself?’
The video includes a bonus feature of ‘how to fit an aftermarket reversing camera’ to the Passat B7 and an Android headunit. The headunit review appears at the end of the video.
Volkswagen made the B7 Passat from 2010 to 2015. The factory headunit fitted to these models is nothing special, and a custom-fit Android headunit is an ideal choice to upgrade the Volkswagen system with something much more useful.
The Passat B7 shares many of the features and parts found on VW and Seat models from similar years. This Passat B7 Android headunit head unit will fit other VW/Seat/Skoda models with the addition of a fascia or wiring adaptor.
Android Headunit Tip
There are some exclusions that this Android headunit is not compatible with. The Incompatible cars are models with either the <strong>Dynaudio Sound System</strong> or a <strong>Fender Sound System</strong>.
The Android headunit chosen for the project in the video is this Xtrons PX6 custom fit Android headunit. It was selected not only for being a perfect fit for a Passat B7 but also for its very high specifications that make using it so pleasing.
The perfect fit can be seen in the video. As good as the factory radio fit and a world away from the universal fit Android headunits with their fascias.
Fast is Good
A PX6 processor makes this Android headunit one of the fastest currently available. There are no faster processors in an Android headunit, and this feature is a big plus point for this model. Slow processors make the experience slow and frustrating; this Xtrons is nothing like that! 4Gb of RAM is installed, which is also at the top of specifications for Android headunits. This RAM lets it quickly switch between apps like sat-nav and the music player. This Android headunit also features 64Gb ROM, which is nice and fits the current top specifications.
We know the Xtrons is fast, and it is nice to use.
We also know that it will fit the B7 Passat perfectly.
But how do you fit an Android headunit?
And can you fit one yourself?
This custom-fit Xtrons has factory-style connectors that interface perfectly with the Passat B7—making this a ‘plug-and-play’ operation. The box includes a CAN bus adaptor, and the steering wheel controls will continue functioning by installing the plug-and-play CAN bus adaptor.
Have a look at the video below of this Xtrons Android headunit. It was the work of Steve Pond, and he has kindly allowed us to share his video to demonstrate some of the issues of a Passat Android headunit home install.
The video covers the point after removing the factory-fitted radio from the Passat. From unboxing to booting, the video shows some key steps of what is involved with the installation of a Passat B7. The video includes a bonus feature showing the installation of an aftermarket reversing camera on the Passat. The video’s end is a demo of the Xtrons booting up quickly.
Yes, you can fit this Xtrons PQ90MTVL into your B7 Passat!
And with all probability, you will be highly successful.
There is support from Xtrons on their Facebook page to ease the installation, and this is a very good reason to buy this model for your Passat B7. You can enjoy the upgraded features of a top-end Android headunit, fitted yourself. The world of apps awaits; check out our ‘must have’ list of apps for a brand new Android headunit.
Quick Review Summary
Best Android Headunit for a B7 Passat
- High quality
- Respected Xtrons brand
- PX6 Processor
- 4 GB RAM
- Factory fit look
- Factory style easy install connectors
- CAN adaptor included
- Has Fast Boot
- Has RGB
- Factory Steering Wheels Controls connect
- Wireless Carplay included
Not compatible with Dynaudio Sound System or the models fitted with a Fender Sound System
- Speed: 4/5
- Value for money: 4/5
- Ease of use: 5/5
- Ease of installation: 5/5
How long did it last? I thought long and hard about buying this same unit, but there were so many 1 star reviews I could not ignore.. Seems none of the Chinese branded head units are reliable. Once these units go wrong a few months later there is no help to be had apparently.