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Focal Integration IS 165VW

6-3/4" Plug & Play component speaker system designed to fit select Volkswagens

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Our take on the Focal Integration IS 165VW

If you've been intimidated by the thought of putting aftermarket speakers in your Volkswagen, we've got good news — Focal has taken most of the hassle out of installation. The IS 165VW component system is a direct fit for your front factory speaker locations in select Volkswagen Golf 6 and Jetta models and for rear locations in others. They plug right in to your VW's original connectors. Focal includes almost everything you need for a quick, easy installation.

VW direct fit component

The woofer's slim profile makes it a direct fit for select Volkswagen vehicles

Simple installation

If you've been intimidated by the thought of putting aftermarket speakers in your Volkswagen, we've got good news — Focal has taken most of the hassle out of installation. The IS 165VW component system is a direct fit for your front factory speaker locations in select Volkswagen Golf 6 and Jetta models and for rear locations in others. They plug right in to your VW's original connectors. Focal includes almost everything you need for a quick, easy installation.

Innovative Focal sound

Upgrading from factory speakers, you'll notice an astonishing improvement in your car's sound. Your music's midrange and midbass will gain presence and depth thanks to the articulate response of the light woven fiberglass woofer cone, the same used in Focal's premium Access speaker line.

Focal also puts their signature TN44 tweeter design to work here to give you sparkling highs. The TN44's aluminum inverted dome shape does a better job of dispersing high frequencies than a traditional raised dome tweeter, creating a very wide soundstage with fine resolution and exciting dynamics. These tweeters fit in the factory spaces with minimal adaptation, and integrated crossovers ensure a perfectly balanced sound.

Installation Note: some gluing may be required to install the tweeters.

Note: Focal describes this model as a 6-1/2" speaker. Most manufacturers designate this same frame size as a 6-3/4" speaker. For simplicity's sake we list it as a 6-3/4" speaker.


    • component system includes two woofers, two tweeters, and installation tools and clips
    • 6-3/4" woven fiberglass woofer cone
    • aluminum inverted dome TN44 tweeter
    • designed for easy installation in select VW models (some gluing may be required for tweeter installation)
    • significant results even without changing the OEM system
    • works with factory radio, aftermarket receiver, or outboard amp
    • 2-60 watts RMS power range (120 watts peak)
    • frequency response: 60-20,000 Hz
    • impedance: 4 ohms
    • sensitivity: 92 dB
    Other info:

    What's in the Box:

    • 2 Woofers
    • 2 Tweeters with 13" wire attached (terminated with the VW factory plug)
    • Installation instructions (English/ French)
    • Focal window sticker

    Focal Integration IS 165VW Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (4 Reviews)

    True high end sound upgrade for Volkswagens

    Eric from Santa Rosa, CA on 8/21/2016

    2000 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've only installed the woofers so far. They are a great success. I've been an audiophile nerd since high school. My current home system includes Parasound preamp and power amps, Rega turntable and Audiophysik Tempo IV speakers. I've been upgrading my 2000 Volkswagen Jetta Mk.4 VR6. (Check out offerings at 034 Motorsport, ECS Tuning and Urotuning.) I tried Infinity component speakers from Crutchfield - not an easy fit. The VW factory speakers have a baffle raising the speaker cone up about 1-1/2" from the door mount. The riser is also the woofer spider, with crossover components built in. While returning the Infinity's (very easy) I received an email from Crutchfield suggesting the Focal component speakers for Volkswagens. The woofer with mounting baffle and integrated crossover looked right. I called customer support to confirm the Focal's would work. The website indicated otherwise. Sam was assisting me, and consulted a tech. They confirmed the dimensions are right. They are. The Focal woofer magnet is twice as massive as the factory unit, the kevlar cone and rubber surround superior. They sound faster, tighter, more detailed. I ordered two more VW tweeter mounts so I can take my time installing the Focal tweeters. Caveat: the washer/nut clips included with the mounting hardware will not clip onto the speaker hole flange. I used Gorilla tape to fix the clips beneath the mounting holes, and pulled up on the screw heads as I turned them until tight.

    Pros: Excellent quality speakers from Focal, a true high end manufacturer, purpose built for hard-to-fit Volkswagens. Sounds like a high end system in your car. The speakers cry out for high end electronics to power them.

    Cons: Care must be used with the supplied mounting hardware, but with care works fine and woofer fit is perfect, completely turnkey. More of a custom fit for the tweeter, requiring removal of factory tweeter from tweeter mount and replacement with the Focal unit. I am getting a second set of tweeter mounts so I am not without music while I carefully install the focal tweeters. Can't wait to hear them.

    Good, simple upgrade

    Jason from Deer Park, TX on 4/3/2016

    2013 Volkswagen GTI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Contrary to one of the other reviewers, I actually found woofer installation more difficult than the tweeters. Possibly if I'd had larger machine screws on hand, installing the woofers would have been easier. But you'll need a fairly large screw, as the factory woofers are held in by rivets that have a pretty large diameter. For the tweeters I used a good epoxy and a strip of Gorilla tape to hold them in place. Truthfully though the tape wasn't strictly necessary, as (in my car anyway) I found that the foam that surrounded the factory tweeters held the these new tweets in place pretty well. Overall probably the easiest install I've done in a long time. As to sound, I am plenty pleased. Running factory everything-else, lows and mids sound very good; there is enough bass that I'm in no hurry to install a sub, but I wasn't after panel-rattling bass anyway. But the fact is I find the bass output quite adequate. Highs are perhaps a touch harsh but I've heard much worse and it's not bad enough that you are constantly thinking about it. Vocals are nice and clear. Overall if you're looking for a fairly straight-forward install and something that will give your otherwise-factory system a pretty decent upgrade I would definitely recommend this kit. Can you get better sound for the same or less with something else. Yes you probably can; but it will require more time and effort to install.

    Pros: * Sound is a nice upgrade over factory * Relatively easy install, no wires to run, no mounting brackets to build

    Cons: * A touch pricey

    Cannot recommend without improvements

    Tim from Maryland on 1/25/2016

    2015 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had very high hopes for these speakers, as they seemed to be an easy and high-quality upgrade to the stock speakers in my 2016 Jetta. Unfortunately, I can't recommend these speakers without some upgrades by Focal. Installation: woofers are true "plug and play". Just remove the door panels, screw them in, and plug the VW harness to the speaker. However, tweeters are very difficult. In fairness, the Crutchfield website warns you that the tweeters need to be glued into place, but this is not possible without some ingenuity. Removing the A-pillar covers is not that hard, and VW tweeters can easily be cut from the plastic knobs that hold them in place. Once this is done, the only way to attach the Focal tweeters is to fashion a backstrap out of strip metal, glue it to the back of the tweeter then glue the strapping to the A-pillar. Most glue doesn't hold to this plastic well so I had to buy special epoxy to make it work. Takes a lot of trial and error to position them, and the results are messy. Sound: woofer sounds great - warm, punchy, and clear. But to my ears the aluminum tweeter is very harsh, especially in the "hard plastic" environment of my Jetta. Focal should include an attenuation switch to turn down the tweeter (unless you have a great EQ in your system). I ended up purchasing another brand of components with a true crossover and soft dome tweeter, and they sound much better. Installation was a little more difficult overall but resu

    Pros: Woofer - easy installation and great sound

    Cons: Tweeter - difficult installation and harsh sound in VW environment.

    Crutchfield needs to research this product.

    JJ from Iowa on 6/12/2015

    2014 Volkswagen GTI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If you are trying to use these speaker for rear, don't buy as the wiring for the twitters don't fit the factory connectors. The twitters will fit the factory connectors in the front, but the rear twitters have a difference connector. I ended up just replacing the woofers, but retained the factory twitters. I suggest that Crutchfield look into this issue and address it with Focal.

    Pros: The woofer sounds much better than the factory speakers of course. Very rich base as I expected.

    Cons: The wiring for the twitters needs to be changed to fit the factory connectors. The Focal twitters have totally different connectors. My car is 2014 GTI Drivers Edition.

    Crutchfield response on 6/16/2015 Thanks for taking the time to leave a review on these Focal speakers. Focal designed them to be a direct replacement for the front speakers. They are not intended to be a "direct replacement" for the rear, but as you've seen, they can work. The woofer will be a snug fit and the tweeter can be mounted just like any other aftermarket tweeter. Connecting the rear tweeter will always require splicing the wires - there aren't any premade harnesses available, and that's a common situation in most cars.

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    Features and Specs

    Speaker Size Vehicle-specific
    Design 2-way
    Tweeter Design Inverted Dome
    Impedance (Ohms) 4
    Tweeter Composition Aluminum
    Woofer Composition Woven Fiberglass
    Woofer Surround Butyl Rubber
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Sensitivity (1W at 1 meter) N/A
    Sensitivity at 2.83 volts 92
    Frequency Response 60 - 20k Hz
    Minimum RMS Wattage 2
    Maximum RMS Wattage 60
    Peak Power Handling (Watts) 120
    Top-mount Depth (Inches) 1 7/16
    Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) N/A
    Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 5 1/2

    Product Research


    Woofer: The light, rigid woven fiberglass woofer cone is humidity resistant. The Butyl rubber surround is resistant to ultraviolet rays, temperature extremes, and humidity to add to the speaker's reliability and longevity.

    Inverted Dome Tweeter: The inverted dome aluminum tweeters produce a broad sound stage. The IS 165VW tweeters are designed to be glued into the factory tweeter housings.

    Wiring: The VW factory wiring harness plugs directly into the woofer speaker frame. The wire attached to the tweeter is terminated with the VW factory plug, so it connects directly to the factory wiring.

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    Customer Q&A

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    Why did you buy this?

    supposed to fit in my car - focal seems to have a number of good quality products out there - i am hoping that the quality trickles down to the equipment in my price range - i put infinity 2-way speakers into my previous jetta - they did a nice job - i wanted to have a no-frills look to this installation. if all goes well, i will get another set for the back and start thinking about reinstalling a subwoofer amp with an audiocontrol unit to feed the subwoofer amp [ Stephen  Aug 19, 2017 ]

    1 question already asked

    This will depend largely on your vehicle. For details on installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details to help with installation. [ Kenny  Sep 09, 2016 ]  Staff