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Hi, Can anyone tell me exactly what the beats sound-pack consists of?

And.... are the original 6x speakers upgraded or are they the same as without.

There seems to be very little info on this.
 

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Taken from VW website:

"The beats audio premium sound-system is available in various Volkswagen models. It comes with an eight channel amplifier with 300 watt output.

The two tweeters within the A-pillars, combined with the two woofers in the front doors, two broadband speakers and the subwoofer below the luggage compartment, make for an enjoyable music experience."

I have listened to the standard sound system and it is perfectly adequate. I decided not to go for Beats because it compromises the boot space. The subwoofer means you have to do without the variable boot floor. I also believe it can prevent you opting for a spare wheel.

I would only go for it if you are really into music, play music a lot in the car and need it loud!
 

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Hi , yes ive read exactly that on the vw webpage, theres no mention of a cd player in the pack and no option on the configure your car to add one. One of the two t crosses i test drove had a player in the glovebox though . Needs further investigation at the dealer i think.
 

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Cars with Beats have a CD player in the glove box along with an SD card reader, there are also USB ports in the dashboard and in the rear. I think these are all standard across the range, but check with the dealer.
 

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The car I road tested was an SEL without Beats. It had a CD player and SD card readers in the glove box. I believe that any car with the built-in Sat Nav will include the CD player. My understanding is that you can have beats with a spare wheel but this causes a couple of problems. First, you need to disconnect and remove the Sub-woofer in the boot before the spare wheel can be removed and second, you cannot put the boot floor in the lower position thus reducing the total capacity of the boot.

The T-Cross brochure is somewhat ambiguous on Beats with a spare wheel and this can hopefully be clarified by the dealer.

I took a USB memory stick with me for the test containing CD quality FLAC files and the sound was very good, certainly better than the system I have in my current car.
 

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The sub-woofer is to the side of the spare wheel well and leaves room for a spare wheel, but the boot floor cannot be lowered with the sub-woofer in place unless you were to unbolt it and fix it on top of the spare wheel. View attachment 201
 

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Gentlemen thankyou for the input. Tbh i want to option the spare so having to remove the sub if needed is acceptable and my current car has a droppable floor which i never use as i prefer it level with the opening... the tcross boot is larger than i have now so not an issue...

Ill be ringing the dealer tomorow to arrange another test drive and i think sit in both cars with and without beats to see if its worth the extra to get a cd player....

Possible purchase this weekend... 😎😎😎
 

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I sat in both and tested it out. Certainly nothing wrong with the original but I preferred the sound with beats. Not being able to lower the boot is not an issue for me.
 

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Ok, can some one explain if i option beats on an se spec car what spare wheel id get?

Quoting from the factory fitted options list ( as i cant seem to add a pic from ipad)

'Space and weight saver spare wheel in leu of steel space saver spare.

The presumption would be you get something other than the compressor kit.

The problem is the brochure qoutes an 's' has the compressor kit and the se nothings mentioned. So youd assume its the same.

However the beats option seems to assume you get a steel spare or a space saver with beats.

either im over confusing it or the manuals /options lists are poorly written
 

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You will get a space saver steel wheel, tyre, jack and tool kit which you will have to pay £115 for. It sits in the well under the boot floor in lieu of the tyre inflation kit that is standard on all models.
 

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Perfect, had a polo that received damage to side wall.... tyre repair kit would have been useless.... will definatley have a spare wheel.
 

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Another beats question... for owners with beats

Does having the dsp processor give any extra control or setting in audio setup?.

Also my salesman has confirmed, all uk cars should have a cd player,,,, he thinks.
 

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Thanks for the pics, perfect. Im all set to buy, just need a test drive.
Hoping the testdrive has beats as the manual didnt so good fir comparison
 

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Has anyone got the Beats inside a spare wheel? I stupidly haven't specified a spare having mistakenly read in the brochure that I was getting a weight and space saver with the Beats option. And is it possible to buy an aftermarket spare wheel from VW and have the subwoofer resited inside it? I am more concerned about sound characteristics of the subwoofer not being damped inside that rubber than having a spare or adjustable boot floor.
 

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have a look at iwra's post on the first page , the sub is the box on the side.... iirc either or both the polo and golf have a spare wheel sub.
Not an option on the t cross unfortunatley. May be possible to order one if them and make fit. Loom/connector may not even need to be modified.
 

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I did look at IWRA's photo and wondered how that shape of subwoofer would fit inside the optional spare wheel. The configurator allows me to add a spare even after selecting Beats. Which is why I was hoping for a picture including spare.
It is moot anyway as build week has now been confirmed and no further changes will be tolerated.
 

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I believe you can have a spare, you just need to disconnect and remove the sub each time.

My dealer faffed around so much with my sale i forgot to order a spare so i intend to order from the parts dept after delivery.

Or research exactly what specs are and buy from ebay. Only has to be correct size and jack/wrench..... vw spare wheels are pretty standard.
 

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Found this photo on a Portuguese site. Makes sense for me of IWRA's mounting.
 

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The Beats sub-woofer is 560 deep x 220 wide x 100 deep, connection details as photo. It's bolted down to the floor plan. There is room for the spare in the well alongside the sub-woofer, but you won't be able to drop the floor. My last car a Mazda had circular B & O sub-woofer that sat in the middle of the wheel well.
 

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