Please note: The Cobra AK4198 has now been replaced by the Cobra AK4698
The AK4198 is part of the new generation of alarms available from Cobra, whilst there was nothing wrong with the old models the AK4198 raises the bar in almost every area.
Gone are the odd-looking remote controls found on the AK3198 and AB7928. In its place is a tidy two button remote which has a separate lock and unlock button. Cobra has also addressed the issue of your car being stolen with the keys with its optional Drivers card, which is simply brilliant. Every time you start the car the alarm looks for the card. If it does not see it within 30 seconds the remote gets blocked the anti-hijack system kicks into life.
Cobra’s Ultrasonics – Very tidy
Cobra’s Ultrasonic sensors come with factory looking pods which really look the part, they replace to old style ultrasonics which used to tuck into the top of the “A” Pillar which never really looked all that flash.
The Siren has always been a strong feature for Cobra and still is with the AK4198, it is rugged compact and most importantly bloody loud as well as being small enough to hide on the majority vehicles.
Easy Over-Ride System
The LED is housed with the pin code over-ride button is still the same as the old alarm, but then that was always a good system and far less annoying than most other alarms which involve having to cycle the ignition key on and off and waiting for the LED to flash! The only downside is that the LED is only 3mm in size and is arguably not a great visual deterrent. Having said that there is nothing from stopping a good installer from adding a second larger LED to the system.
The only thing which I do not like about the AK4198 is the fact that it doesn’t offer boot pop as a feature, a big oversight by Cobra in my opinion. Apart from this small point, I have nothing but praise and in Cobra’s defence, they do offer other alarms with boot pop for those who require it.
Stylish Simple and Rugged Remote
The Remote comes with two buttons which do exactly what they should.
The Lock button Arms the Alarm and will close the windows if held down (where total closure has been installed). A second press within 22 Seconds turns off the Ultrasonics and a third press will turn off any additional sensors such as the optional Level sensor.
Car finder is activated if the Lock button is pressed when fully armed (after 22 seconds) and will beep the siren, a second press will then activate the panic mode.
As for the Unlock button… Mmmm, well you’ve probably figured that one out, if not then it is a minor miracle that you’re actually reading this!
Insurance Approved: Thatcham Cat 2-1 (Cat 1 with optional Dual Immobiliser via coded BUS network)
So good that it’s in a league of its own
Looking at most of the competition it would be easy to think that Cobra was 20 years ahead in terms of technology and that’s being kind!
- Digital Battery Back-up Siren
- Two 2 Button Remote Controls
- Door Open Warning Tones
- Dash Mount LED Over-ride
- Car Finder Via Remote
- Panic Via Remote
BUS line for optional accessories
- Controlled Window Closure
- 1 press double unlock (for vehicles that have selective unlock)
- Drivers Card (anti key theft)
- Additional Immobiliser via secure BUS line
- Additional Siren for internal protection
- Pager Output
- Level Sensor
- Microwave Sensor
- PIR sensor
- Reed Switch