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    Thread: Rns-315 vs. Rns-510

    1. Member icon5585's Avatar
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      04-13-2011 10:35 AM #1
      I did some searching (yes, before anyone rips me a new one ) and couldn't really find a comparison of the two units. I'm looking at getting a new 2012 GLI (probably) and am curious why they don't include a few features (live traffic, HD Radio) and was wondering if this was built-in to the RNS-510? Why would someone choose the 510 over the newer (apparently faster) 315?

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      2010 Jetta SE 2.5L Tiptronic; 2002 allroad 2.7T Tiptronic
      04-14-2011 11:33 PM #2
      There are certainly positive comparison features for both the RNS315 and RNS-510. The most visible positive for the RNS-510 is its larger display. But it costs much more than the RNS-315. HD radio is built into the RNS-510 (not sure about the RNS-315), and live traffic is available on the RNS-510 if you subscribe to it.
      Last edited by Mr.Timewise; 04-14-2011 at 11:35 PM.
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      Various Variants
      06-17-2011 12:03 PM #3
      See this page for a useful comparison:


    4. 08-19-2012 02:22 AM #4
      I have a 12 Tiguan SEL with Premium NAV (RNS510) latest version
      I also have a 12 Golf R with NAV (RNS315)

      The RNS510 is a much better NAV unit.

      The RNS315 is much faster. The RNS315 does not offer internal storage. The RNS315 maps and smaller screen make it less usable for navigation.

      My RNS 510 is not slow. It has NavTraffic and NavWeather and TravelLink. The larger screen and better maps make NAVIGATION much easier. The process to add stopovers to your route in the RNS510 is easier and more intuitive. I prefer the RNS510 because you get more data at your fingertips. Things that bug me about the RNS510 is that it cannot rip CD's to the internal drive, or copy from the MDI interface. It seems the only option for copying material to the internal drive is SD card. Copying to the Internal drive is infernally slow. I am putting 2.9 gigs on the drive right now and it looks like it will take at least an hour. Both units offer bluetooth audio with control. The RNS 510 has a higher incidence of breakup of the audio.

      Both units lack a backup feature or history feature.

      I am told you can upgrade the hard disk in the 510 to PATA SSD and get faster performance.

      My two cents...

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