Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 5238

Version 5238 firmware for the Volkswagen RNS 510 and the Skoda Columbus has been released.

Known issues with this version

  • With most hardware this version has a map scale zoom issue where each time you enter the map the unit zooms out by a random amount but it can give you a whole country view and you have to zoom back in. This has also been reported from 4120.

Changes specific to this version

  • None noted.

Changes in general

  • Voice Control (requires microphone – see Volkswagen RNS 510 Microphone Connection for voice control)
  • NEW DAB+ Support (from 5xxx)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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 . 6 7 0 . 3 0 6

#Project: VWRNS
#Author: RoNe
#Steckbrief: C_EU_13.236_t3 C3/C4A/C5C/C6/C10/C12

This is an unofficial SWL CD by josi. Use it at your own risk.


#Integrationphase: Delivery cw45/12 C10/C12/C6-samples
#AppsBuild:C_EU_13.236_t3 C3/C4A/C5C/C6/C10/C12


29 thoughts on “Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 5238”

  1. Hallo,

    ich möchte gerne meine Videos für den beifahrer laufen lassen und Weiss nicht welche Firmware ich darauf laden muss.

    Der Touran TDI habe erst kürzlich als Geschäftswagen erhalten.(Model Ende 2015)

    Ich habe darauf HW27 und Firmware 6276

    Wechlche Firmware soll ich darauf laden ? hat Josi schon eins dafèr gemacht?

    Warte auf Antwort, besten Dank

  2. Hello
    This will work on
    delivery part: 1TOO35680C
    HW-version: H61
    Sw-version: 2840
    Hw vehicle: 0xC801
    Hw radio: 0006
    SW radio: Eur_chn_1437
    It appear that I have a 40G hard drive with 3 partition already

    Best regards

  3. Uploaded to 5238 on unit RNS510 1T0035680P…not working anymore MDF display…What need to do to reactive MDF (navigation direction and audio information) ? Many thanks.

  4. Georgi Georgiev – have you read the description?
    Units that can be upgraded include (still being compiled may not be 100%)

    All D and later versions.

  5. May I update my RNS510 to firmware version 5238? My device is now 1T0035680A / HW H04 / SOFTWARE 1000.
    Thanks for your advice…

  6. Hello All,
    Thank you josi and your team for your great work ^^
    I know everybody ask the same, but I have a RNS510 unit that is such rare :s…
    I have a bluemotion passat B6 and the RNS is 3C0 035 680 C with HW: H01 and SW: 1120.
    Can I upgrade my unit with the custom FW 5238 ?
    Thank you for your help.
    Kind regards.

  7. Hello everybody,
    For your information, it’s possible to update the RNS outside the car ^^
    I did it yesterday and it works…
    Just get an PC power supply, make your own 2X12V COSS (yellow) and 1X Ground (dark) COSS
    and put the 15 and 16 pin to 12v and 12pin on the ground.
    Don’t be worry at the reboot if the RNS ask you a pin code… juste put it on the car and the RNS will recognize the car 😉
    Kind regards, thank you josi for all that work.

  8. Just perforemed the update.
    Lost wheel volume command, Nav indication on the dashboard and rear view camera.
    Will have to buy Vagcom/VCDS to reactivate them…
    Thanks for the Forum.
    Found a lot of helpfull information.

  9. Hello, I wanted to ask a little bit of topic, if it is possible to burn DVD video files from my computer to run on RNS 510? Exactly on this software version? I tried in a lot of ways but I always get an error and cd ejected.

  10. Hello
    After update this firmware the buckilight on button is turn on only with car light….before the backlight button were always on

    anyone had same issue?


  11. Hello all i have Skoda Octavia Columbus head unit and i want to update to newest software

    Delivery part Number : 3T0035680A
    HW Version : H06
    SW Version : 2684
    SV SW Version : C_EU_9.2242_t400
    HW Vehicle : 0xC801

    i try to update with Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade version 2680 / 2682 / 2684 / 2686 / 2688 – Details,,, but he says same version. help me chose right firmeware

  12. Hi. Since replacing the unit’s hard drive and installing firmware, the unit now exhibits the following problems:

    1. no illuminated buttons
    2. unit doesn’t switch on with ignition
    3. unit switches off after 30 minutes, even when driving

    any ideas what could have caused this?


  13. After installing a new hard drive to the unit and then reinstalling firmware, I now have the following problems (which didn’t exist beforehand):

    1. no illuminated buttons on unit
    2. unit switches off after 30 minutes, even when driving

    could installing a new hard drive have somehow corrupted the canbus settings? if not, any ideas why these problems have occurred and how i could fix them?


  14. I did this update successfully from: RNS 510 HW04 SW2856 7F0035780 to: RNS 510 HW04 SW5238 7F0035780B Now it dosen’t say “Bluetooth Audio” when playing music from phone, instead says songs and info

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