Any fan of rock music will be familiar with the brand Fender, a renowned manufacturer of stringed instruments and amplifiers
Volkswagen Beetle with Fender sound system Volkswagen Beetle with Fender sound system

Any fan of rock music will be familiar with the brand Fender, a renowned manufacturer of stringed instruments and amplifiers.

Rock legends, such as the late Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, reportedly would not perform without their Fender guitars.

Today, Fender is sharing its know-how exclusively with Volkswagen.

When you combine an exceptional music system with an iconic automobile such as the Volkswagen Beetle, you get the wonderful result of a great sounding car stereo and an exhilarating drive down memory lane.

The Fender sound system on the Volkswagen Beetle that we reviewed includes four interior tweeters, two woofer loudspeakers with dual voice coils and two woofers with single voice coils.

The tweeters and woofer loudspeakers are strategically placed inside the Beetle.

There is also a subwoofer with dual voice coil housed in an enclosed bass box in the boot. Unlike subwoofers in other car stereos, the Fender system does not take up too much boot space.

The centrepiece of this car stereo system is a 400-watt, 10-channel amplifier. The audio is controlled using the RCD310 radio and navigation system located in the middle of the dashboard.

The system comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen that allows you to change radio channels or swop CDs. The Beetle also comes with an SD card slot and a built-in 30GB hard disk allowing you to play music stored in the memory card or the hard drive.

Connectivity features include media-in sockets for mobile devices such as iPhones or iPods.

The review car did not come with a navigation system but Volkswagen says it is offered as an option.

The Fender sound system is a great companion on a drive.

The audio quality is crystal clear even when you turn up the volume. Even at full blast, there are no distortions or irritating vibrations on the speakers. Best of all, the music drowns out most of the road noise.

The Beetle itself offers a comfortable drive, thanks to its 1.2-litre TSI engine that combines power with decent fuel consumption. The car can go from 0 to 100kmh in 10.9seconds. In my test drive over 168km, the car consumed an average of 10.3 litres of fuel per 100km.

Sweet sounds from this legendary music icon.