Z-E2026 – Navigation system for VW

Innovative multimedia and advanced navigation system for many models from VW, SEAT, and SKODA: The Z-E2026 is a vehicle specific navitainer, which blends in perfectly with the original look of your vehicle, and can be conveniently controlled from the high resolution 7“/17.8 cm touchscreen display.

With the Z-E2026 you are able to experience an amazing range of entertainment options in your vehicle. Thanks to its new multituner system with background scan, FM phase-diversity tuner for FM and DAB+, the full radio program variety can be enjoyed on the road. The built-in CD/DVD drive and a USB port (with 0.8 m extension wire) on the backside of the device will allow you to play the latest audio and video formats. For the sound quality optimization, a DSP based loudspeaker management system (equalizer / time aligment) is part of the tuning options. A high output 4 x 50 watts amplifier provides power, dynamics and musical enjoyment.

The powerful Bluetooth module from Parrot, now with database support, gives you easy access to telephone functions and music streaming. With its EU map package with 47 countries and more than 6 million Premium POI, the Z-E2026 guides you reliably and safely to any destination.

Z-E2026 Configurator

Function overview

Z-E2026 – optimal match and fitting options


ZENEC NextGen Navigation

Multituner system with DAB+


Connection to the Multifunction Display (MFD+)


Connection to parking sensors


A/C control status info integration


Bluetooth from specialist Parrot


USB media management by Gracenote


Powerful DSP presets for optimum in-vehicle use


Support for 24-bit FLAC audio files


Rear-view camera interface with optional distance assist lines


ZENEC for future-proof connections
Note: Device functions and their operation can deviate from the implementation existing on the factory device which shall be replaced. For example, the device operation, the function integration or the depth of the assigned operation function, for sources and the contained scope of functionality. Distinctions and deviations of this kind originate from the retrofit system architecture and are therefore unavoidable / unalterable for technical reasons.
Device functions are subject to change without notice.


Main Features





Vehicle compatibility

Model Type Model Year
VW Polo 6R 2010 - 2014
VW Eos 1F as of 2006
VW Scirocco III 13 as of 2008
VW Beetle Coupé 5C as of 2011
VW Beetle Cabrio 5C as of 2012
VW Golf V 1K 2003 - 2008
VW Golf V Variant 1K 2007 - 2009
VW Golf VI 5K 2008 - 2012
VW Golf VI Variant AJ 2009 - 2013
VW Jetta 1K/16 as of 2005
VW Golf Cabrio 51 2001 - 2015
VW Golf Plus 5M/52 as of 2005
VW Passat 3C/36 2005 - 2014
VW Passat Variant 3C/36 2005 - 2014
VW Passat Alltrack 36 2012 - 2014
VW Passat CC 35 2008 - 2012
VW CC 35 as of 2012
VW Touran 1T 2003 - 2015
VW Sharan 7N as of 2010
VW Tiguan 5N 2007 - 2012
VW Amarok 2H as of 2010
VW Caddy 2K/2C 2003 - 2012
VW T5 7E/7J 2010 - 2015
VW T6 SG/SF 2015
SEAT Leon 1P 2005 - 2012
SEAT Toledo 5P 2004 - 2009
SEAT Toledo KG 2012 - 2015
SEAT Altea 5P as of 2004
SEAT Altea XL 5P as of 2006
SEAT Altea Freetrack 5P as of 2007
SEAT Alhambra 71 as of 2010
ŠKODA Rapid NH as of 2013
ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback NH as of 2013
ŠKODA Octavia II 1Z 2009 - 2013
ŠKODA Octavia II Combi 1Z 2009 - 2013
ŠKODA Octavia II Scout 1Z 2009 - 2013
ŠKODA Superb II 3T 2008 - 2015
ŠKODA Superb II Combi 3T 2008 - 2015
ŠKODA Yeti 5L 2009 - 2015

  • The physical dimensions of the OE radio have to be identical with the dimensions of the ZENEC device, to allow installation.

Product catalogue


Device compatibility

iPhone/iPod Compatibility List Compatible Audio and Video Files Bluetooth Compatibility
  iPhone iPod compatibility list English/German Audio-Video compatibility list English Notes on the Bluetooth hands-free function
The Z-E2026 uses a modern Bluetooth solution from Parrot developed for usage in the automotive environment. The module supports the Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR profile, which ensures a high compatibility of the ZENEC Z-E2026 and all device relevant Bluetooth functions in combination with most actual smartphone brands and models.
Exceptions for Bluetooth function or profile components that do not seem to run correctly usually originate from provider-specific smartphone firmware (third-party provider).
In order to be sure that a given smartphone is compatible with the relevant BT functions of the target device, it is advisable to test a given device combination in the shop of an authorized retailer before purchase.
Additional information:
Some smartphones require a confirmation to allow access to the phone book contact list. The phonebook access confirmation needs to be performed by the user, if necessary.
If you encounter connection problems, always check to see if a newer firmware version is available for your phone and install it. After a smartphone update you should delete the previous device pairing on the device, restart the smartphone and pair it anew.
Bluetooth compatibility list English


E>GO Rear view cameras for various Volkswagen vehicles

License plate camera

ZENEC All-In-One - this does not mean only full compatibility to all popular audio and video formats, but also easy integration of further ZENEC devices like DVB-T and DAB+ tuner, rear view cameras, headphones or monitors for perfect rear zone entertainment. You can connect all external devices to the E>GO naviceiver and comfortably control these components via touchscreen or with the IR remote control included in the delivery.


AW: In particular, the physical shape of the OE radio or navigation must be identical with the Z-E2026. Further info on vehicle compliance is best derived by checking the vehicle compatibility list or else, using the ZENEC online configurator tool.

The Z-E2026 is equipped with a phase diversity twin tuner. This means that both tuner inputs of the Z-E2026 need to receive FM antenna signal. A second FM antenna can be retrofitted with OE spare part, depending on the VW vehicle model. For cases where retrofitting a second VW OE FM antenna seems too expensive, a cost effective alternative is provided by the ZE-NC-ANT3 antenna adapter, which creates a twin FM signal from a single FM antenna input signal. Which means, aside of Z-E2026 and the ZE-NC-ANT3 interface, no other additional wires are required for correct phase diversity tuner operation.

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AW: No, the set content of the Z-E2026, however, contains both versions of the Quadlock connector harness. Depending on the model year and OE factory radio, you either need the Quadlock II or the Quadlock III harness. For more information, refer to the installation instructions.

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AW: No. The touch screen of this device is needs to comply with its automotive use character, like operation with gloves during winter time or bright sunlight during summer, so a resistive touch screen type is deployed. Resistive screen types respond to pressure only. This in turn means that the simple swipe or tipping on the surface like on a mobile phone (with capacitive screen) does not trigger a desired function. The screen should be operated with a little more finger pressure.

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AW: The Z-E2026 has in the device settings menu, two selectable control options for the automatic TFT display brightness adjustment. At derive, go to: Setup > TFT Settings > TFT Control > “Car” or “Navi”.
Initially and ex-works, this selection is set to “Car” which means that the device dims the screen when low or high beam is activated. For the “Car” based TFT screen brightness control, the “Illu signal” at the Quadlock connector is used. Daytime Running Lights with TFT Control set to “Car” mode will cause dimmed screen with headlights on.
People who are traveling with daytime running lights, the TFT Control setting should be set to “Navi” so that the day/night time zone data is used to control TFT screen brightness. Note: The “Navi” setting will cause the device to start up in night mode until an actual GPS time signal for device master clock is retrieved via GPS signal. This may take up to 30 seconds.

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AW: The device location strongly varies from brand to brand and car to car. The higher the device is located in the dash, the more it moves into the driver’s field of vision, but the more marked and adverse the effects of sunlight on the device display will get.
In some vehicles, such as Volkswagen T5 and T6 cars the device position is extremely unfavorable, since it is almost on top of the dashboard. In addition, the device bay is inclined towards the windshield. For direct sunlight effect the usual technical countermeasures such as anti-glare coating and polarizing filters will simply fail. So if for example you own and drive a VW T5 or T6 multivan car, you will have to cope and live with this particular limitation. Since it is brand independent and does affect all aftermarket device models equally strong. Even the OE solutions which deploy Optical Bonding are prone to the issue to a certain extent.

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AW: This function cannot be adjusted, since it is a non-adjustable system function. In vehicles that are based on the VW Golf V platform the Z-E2026 can be started with the ignition key in the “X-contact” position. Pulling the key out will shut down the unit. In VW Golf VI cars, the Z-E2026 will boot up right after unlocking of the centralized door locking mechanism. This system layout has a deeper purpose: achieve full compatibility with the newer “Start / Stop” system equipped vehicles. The fringe benefit is that automatic device start also ensures readiness of important, safety relevant functions such as OPS and reversing camera. No one wants to drive off without these functions in their ready state.

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AW: Yes, in most cases the factory fitted GPS antennas are equipped with a standard (blue) FAKRA connector which directly plugs into the Z-E2026 GPS receptacle on the device backside. However, it is usually recommended to install and use the GPS antenna supplied with the set – since it is optimized to work best with the navigation device hardware and will, in most instances, give you best GPS system performance.

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AW: The Z-E2026 does support Audio source related info on the driver info display, e.g. RDS radio station identifier and track info are supported ex works. On top, the Z-E2026 also supports the display of navigation turn key arrows on the MFD+ (multifunction display, incl. the Plus version). For the turn key arrow function to work the VW dealer usually needs to reprogram the device type from radio to navigation in the car configuration via the OBD II diagnosis port (handling fees may apply).

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AW1: A/C status display integration is only provided for, when function specific data packages are present in the vehicle CAN. The “small” (manual) A/C system does not provide vehicle integration.
AW2: It may be that this function disabled in the Setup menu. Therefore please check if this feature is active: (System Settings> CAR> AC Info> ON). Note that not all vehicles provide this information available, specifications vary with vehicle model, model year and selection of optional equipment.

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AW: Yes. We generally distinguish three different sound systems, the 8 channel standard system, the 10-channel sound system and 10-channel sound system with DSP function. For vehicles with a 10-channel DSP sound system, the GALA function on the Z-E2026 can be adjusted as well:
(System Settings> Audio> GALA> 0 – 7) and the gain of the amplifier as (System Settings> Audio> OE amplifier> 0 – 30).

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AW: The Z-E2026 offers CAN integration. This enables data exchange between the Z-E2026 and the OE installed multifunction steering wheel. For a detailed explanation of assigned hard keys / buttons, please refer to the device specific quick start guide of the Z-E2026.

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AW: The main wiring harness of the Z-E2026 features a connector which allows connecting to and continuance of use of the factory AUX socket like before.

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AW: The Z-E2026 deploys a double FAKRA connector on its backside, to fit to the double FM antenna plug from the vehicle without further measures. Sometimes, the antenna lead of the vehicle is a bit short or the antenna connector of the vehicle is a 90° angled type. In such cases, the ZE-NC-ANT2 cable extension should be purchased and used for the install, to prevent mechanical strain.

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AW: The Z-E2026 contains a phantom power supply, to feed active FM antennas. The ex works setting of the phantom antenna supply is ON. Please note that accidentally disabled phantom power supply will cause poor FM reception (System Settings > General > Main > Antenna Supply > ON).

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AW: Right after the first power-on process and after separation from the vehicle battery, the Z-E2026 will perform an automatic radio station search. Depending on the frequency band to be scanned, the search process can take up to 2.5 minutes. During the search period, radio playback is not possible.

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AW: No. The Z-E2026 provides you with a list of currently receivable radio stations. The sorting of stations corresponds to the signal strength of each transmitter – strong stations are on top, weaker stations sort in below. The station list is kept up to date by automatic background scans every 2.5 minutes.

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AW: Yes. The Z-E2026 is supplied with an antenna adapter allowing to you to connect the factory installed DAB aerial to the device.

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AW1: The Z-E2026 features an integrated DAB+ tuner. For the reception of digital radio stations, an antenna supporting the DAB standard is required.
If your car does not offer a suitable DAB antenna, it must be retrofitted allowing you to enjoy the digital radio program.

AW 2: Is the DAB radio station cannot be received at your current location, i.e. no signal is available, the condition will be acoustically indicated with a noise signal.

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AW: It may happen that the file system of the disk got damaged, or that the file allocation table of a data carrier is defect due to erroneous write cycles. There may be different reason for this to happen, such as usage or storage of data carriers and problems occurring at the initial format process. In such cases, you must format the data carrier again to make it work correctly.

Info: If the data carrier after formatting is still not recognized by the device, it may be due to an incompatibility of the disk controller chip itself. In such a case, you should use a different USB data carrier of another brand or manufacturer.

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Answer: Make sure your USB data carrier has been formatted in FAT32 – prior to use. Zenec recommends the use of high quality USB sticks only. Study the corresponding key features of the ZENEC device, for supported USB flash memory data carriers. Note that the USB connector of the device is current limited to 1000 mA maximum consumption. Since many external hard disk models will easily consume higher drive currents, Zenec does not endorse the use of such products. Additional info for troubleshooting of USB flash memory devices and MP3 playback:
USB – Troubleshooting audio playback

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AW: The Media key can be configured similarly to the ALT key for media playback. The configuration of the MEDIA button can be adjusted in the Setup Menu (see main device user manual, page 68).

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AW: “ALT” is an abbreviation for “alternative” (UK / EN) and refers to a configurable function key, (see instructions page 87) where a specific function can be assigned via the Setup menu. The following direct function assignments are possible, for direct “ALT” button operation: reversing camera / Quick EQ / SmartLink / A/V-In / USB / iPod / DVD.

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AW: No, this is not possible. The Z-E2026 comes with an integrated high quality Parrot hands-free module. If a OE BT based hands-free option is installed, it needs to be completely deactivated to prevent interference issues. This is best done by combining two measures: Unplug the wire to the Bluetooth module and remove the fuse assigned to this module in the main fuse box of the vehicle.

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AW: Device allows to pair up to three smart phones whereas two out of three can be connected. The auto-connect function only works for phone storage space one and two.

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AW: During the navigation announcement, the volume of the announcement can be adjusted up or down directly with the rotary volume encoder. The last value of playback volume is retained.

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AW: Please note that ZENEC, for Western and Eastern Europe coverage, deploys digital GPS map data from TomTom (formerly known as “Tele Atlas”). Generally it is impossible to rule out that digital map data is imprecise or faulty in areas such as intersections or new roads still under construction etc. In such cases device may give out incorrect routing instructions or tries to recalculate the route several times. Please use the respective support page of TomTom, for a fast case treatment. Wrong map data needs to be reported to and directly corrected by the map content provider. To report wrong map content, follow this link and report to TomTom map share: www.tomtom.com/mapshare/tools/

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AW: The SD card reader on the front of the Z-E2026 is designed exclusively for the operation of GPS navigation software and Gracenote functions. Avoid removing the SD card during active route guidance or/and when device is in navigation mode. Use of the SD card reader for playing music or video file playback is not intended nor provided for and therefore not possible. The Gracenote function can only be used with an inserted navigation SD card. If navigation SD card is not present in the device, malfunctions in Media playback mode may result.

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AW: The device features three different options to control the screen brightness. In the setup menu under Video / Picture on the second page, you will find the following settings: Brightness > Navi / Car

Choose “Navi”, to allow the GPS system to set brightness automatically via day / night signal of the GPS system.

Select “Car” to regulate the brightness by CAN bus based vehicle data. Note that if the CAR function is selected, TFT screen and button illumination brightness are synchronized with the instrument cluster brightness.

Note that GPS controlled day / night switching requires approximately 20 seconds of data retrieval and adjustment after device is switched on, because the function requires internal processing of satellite time signal.

In the navigation: day / night switching of the user interface (HMI): Ex works the day / night (GPS) signal brightness adjustment is active. However, this can be set manually or deactivated is desired.

If the GPS signal controlled switching is not desired, it can be deactivated under the map settings of the navigation software (NAV> More> Settings> Map settings> Color> Day / Night / Auto).

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AW: To protect the device electronics from under voltage conditions and resulting malfunction of function modules inside the device the ZENEC mainboard and the MCU constantly measure the power supply voltage via sensor, to trigger a shut-down (and reboot) if the supply voltage drops below 9 V. The automatic sense process avoids faults on the device operation and incomplete loading of software data. This is a self-protection function of the device and not a defect.

If the device does frequently reboot after engine starts it is recommended to see the car dealership for an inspection of the battery and or, if wires and contacts are corroded to cause supply voltage drop below 9V.

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AW: Most problems originate from not officially licensed by Apple cables. Therefore make sure that an original or officially licensed Apple Lightning cable Apple is used. Otherwise this trick can help:

iPhone off (power longer press and the slider to Off) – Disconnect Zenec device.

Now connect ==> Zenec switch on ==> iPhone is started and coupled. Stakeout – infected again. Then everything should function normally.

Make sure, the iOS version the iOS version of your Apple iPhone is up to date.

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AW: To keep your device in its most up to date state, ZENEC does frequently release software updates for device models to add new functionality, correct software issues and improve stability and reliability. Software updates can be downloaded from the ZENEC homepage. Click on the “Support” button in the top section of page navigation and select “Software Updates” to access the respective software update pages. Then select the appropriate update for your device. Depending on your device model, you may find MainSystem SW Updates, CAN-System updates, or Gracenote and Bluetooth updates. To avoid damage to your device, make sure to follow the update instructions religiously.

Do not download software packages from third parties or other unknown sources in the web, claiming “it was made for ZENEC”. You risk to fabricate an expensive doorstopper. External software developers do not know system design or the actual system software configuration. By installation of software with unknown origin, your device can get irreversibly damaged. Warranty repairs for devices that are damaged by the installation of unauthorized software is generally and strictly declined. Putting such devices back in a working state may get expensive because of the labour involved.

For updates of navigation maps and other free or payable add-ons, as well as free map updates for one year, please visit Naviextras at https://zenec.naviextras.com

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AW: Long press of the Home button invokes the Equalizer menu. (See the device specific Quick-Start-Guide on page 8).

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AW: The Z-E2026 gives you the possibility to adapt the device to the correct vehicle in the OPS display and the instrument panel of the AC-Info pop-up . These settings can be accessed in the Setup menu:

(Setup> CAR> Manufacturer (&) vehicle model) For more information, refer to the device-specific quick start guide.

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AW: A default code – 0000 – needs to be entered first. After this has been completed, the device will accept any other individual code combination.

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