In a test carried out by the German Car & HiFi magazine (issue 04/2017) the XZENT X-F220 put on a thoroughly convincing performance.
Multimedia systems from XZENT impress the trade press time after time with their price/performance. The X-F220 recently unveiled by XZENT is an infotainer specially for Fiat Ducato, Citroen Jumper, and Peugeot Boxer motor homes – and was an immediate hit with the journalists. The German Car & HiFi magazine (issue 04/2017) has thoroughly reviewed the new multimedia system, including the optional navigation package, and was impressed: „A good all-round solution for the Fiat Ducato. Highly recommended“ is the verdict of the testers, awarding the X-F220 the ‚Practical tip‘ accolade.
High quality and the latest functionality at a fair price – a maxim that also holds true for the X-F220 according to Car & HiFi: „The infotainer can be had for as little as 600 euros, which is very reasonable. The navigation software X-F220-SDFEU adds another 200 euros. However, at 800 euros the package is still in the three digit range and is therefore probably the most attractively priced product on the market for motorhomes.“
The testers praise the comprehensive feature set of the X-F220 that „in spite of the low price can only be described as complete.“ A CD/DVD drive to playback the common audio and video formats, a versatile Bluetooth unit for hands-free calling and music streaming, and even a DAB+ tuner is on board – the testers attesting to its „very good reception“.
Two USB inputs are provided at the rear of the XZENT for connecting USB sticks or smartphones. The testers were especially enthusiastic about the innovative possibilities of smartphone integration: „Thanks to Easy Connect you can connect Android phones directly to the X-F220 so that the screen content is mirrored on the naviceiver display. The apps are then controlled from the touchscreen of the X-F220.“
Special camper software
The optionally available navigation software specially designed for motorhomes also convinced the tech journalists right down the line: „You can choose between four types of vehicles: car, motorhome under 3.5 t, motorhome from 3.5 to 7.5 t, and truck. The exact vehicle parameters such as weight, dimensions, and the number of axles can also be set. This ensures that the navigation system only proposes routes to destinations that the vehicle can really reach. In addition, the database offers a comprehensive listing of motorhome stopover sites beside the usual points of interest.“
Perfect for Fiat Ducato motor homes
Integration into the vehicle has also been well done according to Car & HiFi: With its high-gloss front, the X-F220 fits perfectly into the dashboard of the Fiat Ducato and its French cousins. In addition, the XZENT provides direct support for the Ducato steering wheel remote control functions of the X290 models (from 2014 onwards) – without an external stalk interface.
That the X-F220 is optimally tailored for use in motorhomes is shown not only by the two camera inputs, but also by the practical CAM direct access button: „This lets you switch to the camera picture even when driving ahead so that you can look if everything in the back is still firmly secured.“
„The XZENT X-F220 for the Ducato is convincing right down the line“ is the final verdict of the testers. „The navigation engine is perfectly adapted for motorhomes, the device comes with a full set of features, and has a very successful control concept with nice large buttons, including those for direct access.“
Keywords:XZENT, X-F220, motor home, navigation, FIAT Ducato, test, DAB