Minimalist Bluetooth - 2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI: Minimalist Bluetooth

January 19, 2011


It turned out I'd never had occasion to use the Bluetooth in our long-term 2010 Volkswagen GTI until last weekend. Chris already gave you a walkthrough of the car's audio streaming capability, so I'll just talk about the usefulness of this Bluetooth interface for making phone calls. It's as barebones an interface as I've ever used, short of an earpiece.

To start, pressing that phone button does not initiate an auditory menu to help you pair your phone or make a call.


Instead, as Chris mentioned, you just have to have Bluetooth active on your phone, wait for it to find the GTI and then enter a 4-digit code given on page 38 of the Controls section of the car's owner's manual binder.

If you want to make a call, the only way to do it is to dial it on your actual cell phone. I couldn't believe this at first (because it's not really hands-free if you have to touch your phone), but flipping to page 40, that's exactly the direction the Volkswagen owner's manual author gives you.

Once you dial the number, the car takes it from there, transferring the call seamlessly to the car's speakers. Answering a call is easy, too, because of course all you have to do is press the phone button to pick up and press it again to hang up.

Still, this is one of the less functional Bluetooth interfaces I've used. We paid $199 extra to get it in our 2010 GTI; for 2011 at least, it's standard across the board.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 19,688 miles

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