Pretty much everyone would agree that driving an Alfa Romeo is a great experience. An Alfa Romeo has everything: exotic Italian styling, reliable performance, exceptional handling, and more. However, a lot of Stelvio, Giulia, and 4C Spider soon-to-be owners have a burning question: is satellite radio included in the package?
The short answer is it depends. Read on for a much more detailed answer.
1. Do All Alfa Romeo Models Come With SiriusXM® Satellite Radio?
No. While some Alfa Romeo trim levels come with SiriusXM® built-in, not all of them do. The trim levels that come with satellite radio built-in are usually the more expensive ones, like the Quadrifoglio trim. Alfa Romeo has a good reason for offering satellite radio only on select trim levels: they want to help sell the more expensive trim levels. A lot of consumers consider SiriusXM® a necessary feature in cars, and they’re willing to spend a little more money to get it.
Basically, if you have a standard or base model Alfa Romeo, chances are you won’t have satellite radio built-in.
2. Can I Add SiriusXM® To My Alfa Romeo If It Doesn’t Have Satellite Radio Already Built-In?
Absolutely. You can install an aftermarket device or adapter in your Alfa Romeo in order to enjoy satellite radio on the road. Here are three aftermarket devices or adapters that work pretty well:
- Purchase a satellite radio unit, stick it to your dash, and then run two wires: one to the car’s electrical system and the other one to the FM modulator.
- Purchase a satellite receiver unit and then run a wire from it to the AUX input.
- Install a VAIS satellite radio adapter kit, either via the USB port in your armrest or behind your dash.
This guide elaborates on each aftermarket solution to help you decide which one works best for you.
3. Does Alfa Romeo Offer A Genuine OEM Satellite Radio Adapter?
Alfa Romeo does not offer a genuine OEM satellite radio adapter. It’s a part of their strategy to steer their customers toward the more expensive trim levels with satellite radio already built-in. Luckily, they can’t force you to splurge on a car that has satellite radio built in because you can just install an aftermarket solution for much less money.
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