2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI: Streaming Bluetooth Audio

October 15, 2010

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I'm an iPhone newbie and it never ceases to amaze me. We are, indeed, living in the future. As an example, today I paired my phone with the GTI using Bluetooth, and also used the same connection to stream music sans a cord. See, if the phone was attached to an umbilical, it's be much harder to look at traffic on the phone's map. This way, I get to listen to my music and have the phone free for other functions.

Jump with me if you care to see the process...

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First thing is you've got to change this orange light to green by turning the phone's Bluetooth connection on, wait for discovery, enter the 4-digit code, and...

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...once the connection is made you get a green light--shouldn't it be blue?

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Now the Settings need to be dialed in.

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First the Setup screen, then the Media page, and finally, Activate Bluetooth Audio with a check mark, and magic happens. Somehow, what's on my iPod miraculously starts playing on the GTI's audio system. I had no trouble with the Aux volume settings like Mark or Josh did. Maybe this is a separate deal--not sure.

Whatever. All I know is that I was rockin' out and the sound quality was as good as if it were plugged in with a cord--at least that's what my untrained ears told me.

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The only drawback I could find was that the previous/play-pause/next buttons you see in the background did not function (nor did the corresponding buttons on the steering wheel). Here's a clickable detail shot if you want to see how the "buttons" are greyed out.

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Otherwise, I'm duly impressed with how easy the connection was made (I was only looking to use the Bluetooth phone connection), and with the sonic quality of the playback.

Way, way cool.

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 14,465 miles

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