Cars with Beats speakers

Fancy a bit more punch from your next car's speakers? We've rounded up eight of the best cars with Beats sound systems

James Wilson
Apr 29, 2021

Founded in 2006, Beats (or Beats by Dre as it is often known), is one of the newer audio brands on the block. Despite its young age, the headphone and speaker specialist hasn't wasted any time getting its products into many cars. In fact, Beats has focused so heavily on car speakers that it even has specific trim levels named after it - such as the Volkswagen Up Beats.

More commonly, car manufacturers list Beats speakers as an optional extra or perhaps a standard-fit item on plush, range-topping models. While the Volkswagen-Audi Group (which includes Skoda, Seat, VW, Audi and some other high-end brands) is undeniably leading the pack for cars featuring Beats speakers, there are one or two others using the American tech firm’s products.

As a result, you can get small city cars, superminis, large SUVs and even high-performance cars that with Beats sound systems. Keep reading for a selection of the most appealing models that are readily available in the UK with Beats speakers for a reasonably price.

When looking at car sound systems, there are two things to bear in mind; first is the number of speakers and the second the system's maximum wattage (often shown as watts or ‘W’ for simplicity). In simple terms, the higher the numbers the better.

That said, it is also important to have a good mix of speaker types. Commonly, high-pitched sound is taken care of by tweeters, subwoofers handle very low sounds and mid-range speakers bridge the gap between the two. Happily, though, all the systems below have at least one of each to offer a fuller sound.

Car Beats audio

1. Seat Mii

Our pick Seat Mii Design
Used deals from £5,790
Monthly finance from £106*

The Seat Mii is part of a trio of closely related city cars - alongside the Skoda Citigo and Volkswagen Up. All three offer a smooth ride and a relatively fun driving experience. They are also pretty spacious considering their modest exterior proportions. Up until 2019 the entire Mii range used frugal 1.0-litre petrol engines with a choice of manual and automatic gearboxes, though manuals are far more common when looking for a used model. Now though, all new Miis are electric and more expensive than before, due to the new technology.

Focusing on petrol models, several trim levels from 2018 to 2019 came with the option of a 300W Beats sound system. In total this includes seven speakers spread about the cabin, including a bass-boosting subwoofer, which is impressive for a city car. When shopping around, Design and FR Line versions are your best bet for finding a Mii with Beats audio.

SEAT MII BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Volkswagen Up

Our pick Volkswagen Up Beats
Used deals Limited stock

As mentioned above, the Volkswagen Up is a close relative of the Seat Mii. While the two cars are very similar - in that the Up is also fun to drive, surprisingly practical and refined for this type of car - there are subtle differences. The VW has a slightly more upmarket interior feel but, as a result, it can be more expensive than the equivalent Mii.

The Up is available as a standalone Beats model, making it much easier to identify cars with an uprated sound system. VW first launched the Up Beats edition in 2016 with petrol-powered models still available to purchase new in 2021. This, combined with a good selection of used models means there should be an Up Beats to suit budgets both big and small. The Up’s Beats sound system is the same 300W, seven-speaker setup as used in the Mii - pretty punchy for such a small car.

VOLKSWAGEN UP BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Seat Arona

Our pick Seat Arona SE Technology Lux
Used deals from £8,995
Monthly finance from £142*

In terms of size, the Seat Arona is similar to compact high-riding crossovers like the Hyundai Kona and Nissan Juke. Unlike many of its rivals though, it is available with a Beats sound system. In the UK it has been this way since 2018, with Xcellence, Xcellence Lux and SE Technology Lux trims initially available with the uprated seven-speaker 300W audio setup. In 2021, Seat only offers it on the SE Technology Lux versions.

The Arona shares many components with the Seat Ibiza. This is no bad thing, as it has helped make the Arona one of the best compact SUVs you can get. Its multimedia system is slick to use, the petrol engines are punchy yet economical (diesel engines were available for a time, but were dropped towards the end of 2020), and the range of standard equipment is good.

SEAT ARONA BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Volkswagen Polo

Our pick Volkswagen Polo Beats
Used deals from £8,288
Monthly finance from £153*

The Volkswagen Polo sits above the Up in the VW range, and is also available in a standalone Beats trim. Depending on budget, there is either the previous-generation Polo Beats or current-generation Polo Beats on offer. The former was available from 2016 to early 2018 while the latter picked up where its predecessor left off with sales starting in 2018 and continuing now. Regardless of version, all Beats models use seven speakers and are rated at a maximum of 300W.

Both generations of Polo compare to their contemporary rivals in much the same way. They are relatively grown-up to drive - compared with more sporty alternatives such as the Ford Fiesta - they are also well-built and their interiors feel as if they come from larger, more expensive cars.

Going for a newer model has its advantages, such as slicker media systems and more modern engines, so if you like the idea of these, going for a post-2018 model is a good idea. That said, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available on some high-spec older Polos (look for those with 'App-Connect').

2010-2018 VOLKSWAGEN POLO BUYERS' GUIDE
2018-PRESENT VOLKSWAGEN POLO BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Seat Ibiza

Our pick Seat Ibiza SE Technology
Used deals from £6,700
Monthly finance from £127*

As Seat and VW are part of the same company, they share engineering and technology between their models. In this case, it is the Polo and Ibiza sharing equipment. While the former is more grown-up, Seat has made sure its Ibiza looks and feels more youthful. This is most obvious through its drive, which is sharper than the Polo. As with the other Seats and VWs above, the Beats system is made up of seven speakers and rated at 300W.

Seat launched the latest version of its Ibiza in 2017 and straight away it established itself as a comfortable, quiet and spacious small car. There is a range of engines and gearboxes to choose from, although all models are two-wheel-drive.

When looking for an Ibiza with Beats speakers it can be quite tricky, as this is currently an option on all trims but not standard on any. That means that SE, SE Technology, FR, FR Sport, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux versions are all potentials.

SEAT IBIZA BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Jeep Compass

Our pick Jeep Compass Limited
Used deals from £14,350
Monthly finance from £208*

The Jeep Compass muscles up against rivals such as the Peugeot 3008, Skoda Kodiaq and Mazda CX-5. To compete against these, the Compass is relatively well-equipped and spacious and offers distinctive exterior styling. Jeep does offer a four-wheel-drive version which has some hardcore off-road kit, such as a low range gearbox setting which helps drivers keep control when going up or down particularly steep or slippery terrain.

Jeep also saw fit to use a more beefy Beats system - compared with Volkswagen and Seat - which is rated at 506W and uses nine speakers. Back in 2018 Limited and Trailhawk models came as standard with Beats speakers, though in the case of newer models it's only top-spec Trailhawk versions that do - so be sure to check any potential cars you're considering.

If you're thinking about one of these, bear in mind that Trailhawk models are only available with a diesel engine, four-wheel-drive and an automatic gearbox. Older Limited versions have the option of two-wheel-drive, petrol-power and a manual gearbox, meanwhile.

JEEP COMPASS BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Abarth 595

Our pick Abarth 595 Turismo
Used deals from £8,799
Monthly finance from £151*

Abarth is most well-known for making fast versions of the Fiat 500 - which are badged as the Abarth 595 and 695. There are a number of 595 versions to choose from, which are all currently available with the option of a Beats sound system. That means that Turismo, Competizione and Essesse 595s may have an uprated Beats sound system fitted. Standard equipment for these Abarths is okay, if not class-leading, so it is best to aim for Turismo spec or better if goodies such as Apple CarPlay are a must.

Although the 595 and 695 can pump up the volume on the inside with an optional Beats sound system fitted, it is the sound Abarth’s cars make from their exhausts which steals the show. All models use a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, producing between 145hp and 180hp depending on the exact version. Being small, light and powerful, the Abarth 595 is great fun to drive, even if the sports suspension can be a bit firm on bumpy British roads.

ABARTH 595 BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Seat Tarraco

Our pick Seat Tarraco SE Technology
Used deals from £20,750
Monthly finance from £295*

Seat launched its Tarraco SUV in 2018, so even the oldest models are quite young in car terms. That said, it is based on the same platform as cars such as the Skoda Kodiaq and VW Tiguan so mechanical components, such as engines, are tried and tested. As standard the Tarraco offers seven seats and while the third row is more cramped than in some supersized SUVs such as the Land Rover Discovery, the rearmost two seats are still large enough for children and smaller adults.

For a seven-seat SUV the Tarraco is surprisingly good to drive, with the steering helping to inspire confidence when cornering. There is a good choice of petrol and diesel engines as well as two- and four-wheel-drive versions. Seat also offers manual and automatic gearboxes. It is important to note, though, that Seat only offered Beats speakers on the minority of models. First Edition and SE Technology are the most common but as of mid-2021 the uprated sound system wasn’t an option for any new Tarraco.

SEAT TARRACO BUYERS' GUIDE

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