Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 5218

Version 5218 firmware for the Volkswagen RNS 510 and the Skoda Columbus has been released.

  • Voice Control (requires microphone – see Volkswagen RNS 510 Microphone Connection for voice control) (from 2660)
  • NEW DAB+ Support (from 5xxx) – may be unstable in this release – use 5238 or higher if you have DAB+
  • NEW DAB Support (from 4xxx)
  • NEW Radio Text (from 4xxx)
  • NEW Faster navigation and user interface
  • NEW Automatic illumination control
  • NEW Enhanced destination input
  • NEW hold down the setup button for 30 seconds and get the following menus: FM, AM and the new VERSION INFO (map version and type, hw and sw versions)
  • NEW Compass
  • NEW POI- see Volkswagen RNS 510 Maps POI – New Features with firmware 3xxx (from 3xxx)
  • NEW Languages – Arabic,  Russian, Turkish and Polish
  • Speed Limit Display
  • Stability Improvements
  • Faster Startup (from 2720 onwards)
  • Display OPS and RVC at the same time
  • SDHC 32 GB Support (HW04 and above and from firmware 1200)
  • Display Off on extras tab
  • Climatronic control if approriate climatronic fitted
  • Clock display if RNS 510 swtiched off
  • Excluded roads (under route options)
  • GPS coordinates entry
  • Additional adjustments for video
  • Larger RVC screen with transparent menus at the side

Units that can be upgraded include (still being compiled may not be 100%)

  • All D and later versions.

Warning! There is a remote chance of you ‘bricking’ the unit, this is a fraction of a percent but it could happen! The process takes around 60 minutes.

Warning! Users with cars MY07 and earlier may experience power drain issues after the upgrade. See the post “Upgrading 2nd generation radios (RCD 300, RCD 500) to 3rd generation (RCD 210, RCD 310, RNS 310, RCD 510) power drain issue” for more details.

Download Firmware Upgrade

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Download Repository

Version Information from VERSION.TXT

Software Loading CD for CP2 based units

CdTreeBuilder version 3.06 is used.

#CD:P 0 0 5 . 5 9 6 . 9 0 1

#Project: VWRNS
#Author: MaGo
#Steckbrief: C_EU_13.218_t1 C12

This is a SWL CD for VW delivery.


#Integrationphase: Delivery cw45/12 C12-samples
#AppsBuild:C_EU_13.218_t1 C12


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