I tried out the B&O Play Sound system in a couple of Ford UK models, but alas it didn't have 5.1 playback. Using a speaker test file and different songs. This should be different to the specific B&O Surround system that's offered (or used to be*) in the Audi models?As some of you know I’ve been on an ‘on again, off again’ quest for a new SUV with surround FLAC playback.
So yesterday I popped into my local Ford dealer while my A5 was being detailed just up the road and I discovered Ford is now offering Band and Olufsen surround systems as an option or included across all their range in ‘top end’ variants.
So now I’m looking a ordering a 2023 Ford Everest Platinum (comes with B&O) which has a new design and based on the 2022 Ford Ranger 4x4 chassis and mechanicals. The Everest is not currently sold in US but rumour it may replace the Explorer next year. It’s currently sold in AU, Asia and Middle East only.
Details are only just emerging on new 2023 Everest but I did find some hires photos that confirm B&O speakers in the Platinum model. So I’m going to pull the trigger (I was very close to nabbing a 2021 Toyota Landcruiser Prado - the reason my A5 was being detailed was to get a trade-in offer from the Toyota dealer)
If you wanted to go for an electric SUV I know the Jaguar I-Pace can defo playback 5.1 through it's Meridian surround package. But it might not be what you're looking for. The new Lucid Air is going to be Dolby Atmos compatible! But will be a while before deliveries on that I think...
*For the launch of the new Audi Q4 E-tron, Audi switched to having a Sonos sound system rather then the great B&O Surround system. This didn't support 5.1 playback. Maybe a firmware update could fix it but I couldn't get it to play 5.1 from a USB. You can't stop progress, eh!