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453 Stereo - Pioneer EVO62DAB

Modification Details


Finally, a good 453 replacement stereo that doesn't cost £1200 like the Alpine version did.

I'm in a difficult position right now because I said I'd add a page of information on this today but it's dinner time.
So I don't have time to write all the words so I thought I'd just leave the photos for you to look at.

This is the Pioneer SPH-EVO62DAB and the SMAB fascia for the 453 fortwo and 453 forfour.

Assembly Of The Stereo

This is what you get to assemble the stereo. For this fitment, we don't need the brackets shown top left.

Screw the brackets to the front screen.

Screw the bracketed screen to the main unit.

Connect the main unit to the screen.

Take the front panel from your existing stereo...

...and take off the silver bezel.

It's the same silver bezel for both stereo types.

Then clip that silver bezel to the back of the new fascia.


It has so many connectors because it's designed to replace both types of stereo. You don't use them all.

The brown and black connectors connect to...

...the large connector on the standard ISO to Pioneer wiring loom. The small black plug connects to the rear of the stereo...

...which is here. The gold connection above it is for a DAB antenna.

It also has a headphone jack type connector which plugs in to the sockat labeled WR (steering wheel controls).

Moving on. This is the auxiliary connector. You don't have to use any of these if you don't want to.

This auxilary connection loom plugs in here.

Don't panic by the number of connectors. It's only as complicated as you want it to be.

This is the back of the basic stereo. The Pioneer has matching connections in the main loom.

This is the back of the radio module for the standard touch screen stereo (Tomtom R-Link).
The Pioneer also has matching connections in the main loom for these too.

You only need to use the pair that fit the connections found in your car.

The final connection is the one that allows Apple Carplay or Android Auto.
On the far left of the rear of the unit is a standard USB socket.

Get yourself a suitable USB to phone lead. In this case, lightning for iPhone.

Route the cable to somewhere suitable and plug your phone in.

Fitting The Stereo

Remove the existing stereo. I only have the basic stereo to show for now.

Pull the stereo out...

...and disconnect.

Plug in all of the connections that fit what you have. You can't get it wrong since they are all different.

There are 2 small plugs labeled with or without touchscreen. Make sure the correct one is plugged in for you.

Plug the brown and black connector into the large black connector (again, you can't get it wrong).

Plug into the back of the stereo.

Connect up the aerial.

Connect up the steering wheel button convertor.

Connect up anything else you need, especially the USB lead. Slide the stereo into the hole.
You'll need to stuff a load of wires and connections in but eventually it'll slide in. Bolt the stereo in securely.

Clip the new fascia in place and turn the car on to test.


If you don't have a phone plugged in, you get a very normal Pioneer stereo experience.
However, when you plug a phone in, it takes you Carplay or Android Auto.

This stereo doesn't have GPS built in. Instead it uses the phone's GPS app and diaplays that.
Pioneer recommend Waze but several other navigation apps work. Some don't however.

With your prefered navigation app running, it displays as you'd expect.

The steering wheel controls function as expected and Siri/Bixby/etc work as normal.
Your texts and messages can be read to you and you can reply by talking.

Purchasing Link

I'm impressed by this stereo and the fitment, so we are selling these through
Most places sell these for £600 but we will be under-cutting that considerably.

If you are interested in buying one for £550 + postage (currently £500 on sale), click the smartmods link below.

If you check other companies for pricing, be aware of a dodgy company selling them very cheap.
Either it won't arrive or just the plain stereo will arrive with no smart specific fitting kit.

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