View Full Version : USB Uconnect / power charging connection points: how many?

12-11-2018, 01:29 PM
In this video I found, there seemed to be a USB connection in the glove box, which I don't remember seeing on any recent Abarth 500's I've looked at. Is it there on all of them and I just missed it, or is this likely an after-market mod.
And if it IS there, does it do the same thing as the one on the floorboard, aka give info to the head unit from an iPod, phone, etc., or is it merely for charging purposes?

Go to 8:45 of this video to see the USB connector in question:


For the exhaust note
12-11-2018, 02:50 PM
I have a 15 Abarth and it has it, I doubt it went away in later models, earlier I cannot attest to.

Also the glove compartment USB port is for charging only, no media playback.

12-12-2018, 02:59 AM
thanks. I also saw an older video, pre-2015 model year, wher someone plugged in an iPod in the glove box, and was controlling it from the headunit. Weird.

12-12-2018, 02:40 PM
My 2018 has a USB port in the glovebox.

12-12-2018, 05:10 PM
Brilliant - thanks as well. Same thing - charge only, no connection to head unit?

For the exhaust note
12-12-2018, 10:54 PM

12-15-2018, 09:09 AM
in my 2017. the glove box connection only charges which sucks because if you leave a ipod in the glove compartment the wire to connect to the head unit hangs out and can been seen going into the usb in the center of the car.

12-15-2018, 12:37 PM
Has anyone ever had an auto electronics shop SWITCH the USB connections, so the powered, headunit control connection is the one INSIDE the glove box? I've looked on YouTube to see how difficult it would be to remove the plastic panels and reverse run the wires, but I haven't found a decent tutorial yet. I suppose the current setup is good for people who hook up their phone, so are always plugging/unplugging, but if you use an iPod, the glove box would be better

12-19-2018, 06:42 PM
My 2013 has it & I'm able to control my iPod thru it as well as a thumb drive with media in it. I'm surprised that the newer cars don't have that feature. Talk about going backwards, SMH.