Bluetooth is a Bully - 2012 Jaguar XF Long-Term Road Test

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2012 Jaguar XF: Bluetooth is a Bully

October 6, 2012


I love playing music from my iPhone. I also love hands-free telephony. The problem is that our Jaguar XF seems to prefer using Bluetooth for both. Am I doing it wrong?

Obviously, I prefer the sound quality of the USB connection over the wireless variety, so I select "Dock Connector." Thanks, Jaguar for giving the option. So I'm enjoying my music, settling in to the song, singing along, then precisely 42 seconds later, silence. Whaaaa?

It turns out the car is still looking for the signal through the USB Dock Connector but my phone has inexplicably switched over to Bluetooth streaming audio. Referring back to the first photo, I can then select BT audio from the car's source options, and my music returns. Alternatively, I can use my phone to re-select Dock Connector and, voi-lah, my music returns. If I select Dock Connector, the exact same routine follows, at precisely 42 seconds of play.

I thought I had it all figured out when I used the voice command button on the steering wheel to request "USB Play," and it lasted much longer (about a minute and a half?) before self-reverting to Bluetooth, but Bluetooth won out again.

So, is it my phone or is it the car's software that is in control here? And here's the bigger question, why am I not the one in control of my audio source?

One final note: The bass response on this audio system is abysmal.

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