The addition of a DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) receiver means SEAT buyers will be able to pick up a massive range of stations including a whole array of digital-only stations, such as BBC 7 and 6 Music, which were previously unavailable to them.
The new Media System doesnt stop there, though. Also included is a host of exciting new features designed to make the drivers entertainment and communication options both broader, and more flexible. Among the new features is Bluetooth audio streaming which allows wireless streaming of music direct from a smart-phone or Bluetooth-enabled MP3 player. And, now, the Media Systems touch screen can be used to control a compatible, Bluetooth-linked mobile phone " offering the driver both a large numeric keypad as well as access to call lists, phone books and so on.
Whats more, the satnav system now comes with pre-installed maps of Western Europe " not just the UK and Ireland. Not only does this mean Continental trips become that much simpler but, also, because the data is stored on the systems hard drive it leaves the CD player available for more music, rather than a CD or DVD navigation disc.
As well as the UK and Ireland, countries covered by the pre-installed mapping include France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Poland.
Finally, map data is now accessed more quickly than previously because it is stored in the system itself, rather than on a disc.
Costing ¬£795.00 RRP, the Media System 2.1 also includes a Bluetooth Communications Pack, on-screen function of the SEATs climate control and an upgraded dash display. Alternatively, the Media System is available as part of a Technology Pack " ¬£1,375.00 RRP " that also adds Bi-xenon headlights and front parking sensors to the relevant Leon, Altea or Altea XL.
Welcoming the upgrade SEAT UK Product Manager James Buckell said: The recent passing of the Digital Economy Bill, which allows for the migration of analogue radio to digital services from 2015, means todays buyers should start to future-proof their cars.
The option of adding a state-of-the-art DAB system to new Leon, Altea and Altea XL models " plus all the other great new features and functionality which come with the SEAT Media System 2.1 " only serve to make the models that much more appealing.