Sony XAV-W1 breaks the ICE

Sony's just dived into the world of ICE – that's in-car entertainment for the uninitiated – and it’s landed on both feet and pulled

Sony's just dived into the world of ICE – that's in-car entertainment for the uninitiated – and it’s landed on both feet and pulled off a double lutz and triple toe-loop at the same time.The XAV-W1 is its first stab at the aftermarket in-car ents game and it's a beauty, dominated by a 7in 800x480 touchscreen.The oversized head unit is designed to slot neatly into newer double DIN bays that are twice the height of your standard car stereo – hence the large screen.It'll play your DVDs, DivX movies, WMAs, MP3s and CDs, as well as your doubtless huge collection of SACDs. 5.1-channel surround sound is supported with Dolby Digital Surround and DTS Digital Surround Processing.Naturally, you can also plug in a console or portable music spinner and hook up a rear-view camera for spotting bollards before they kiss your bumper. Um, there's even a karaoke mode – just perfect for those long journeys. Oh dear, look, it's broken. What a shame.EssentialsSony XAV-W1Price: £700On sale: Now Contact: SonyRelated stories:Pioneer-ing new sat-nav aims to entertainStick a Shuttle in your motorSony injects car stereo with Bluetooth