2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk: Poor "Time to Bluetooth" Test Results
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 14, 2015
I rely on podcasts for entertainment during my commute. Consequently, I notice when Bluetooth systems act up. Though the infotainment system in our 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is easy to use, it seems to take much longer than normal to resume Bluetooth audio playback after starting. While most cars are streaming by the time I exit my garage, the Renegade doesn't start until I'm halfway down the block.
How much longer does it take?
Welcome to the "Time To Bluetooth" or TTB test, which I created today in the Edmunds.com garage.
The test is simple: I'd first pair my phone with a car and start streaming over Bluetooth. Next, I'd turn the car off, get out, lock the doors, and wait, attempting to simulate what happens when you park your car for the evening. After it looked like the entertainment system finished shutting down, I'd hop in, turn on the car, and start the timer. The timer would run until I could hear Bluetooth audio again.
The TTB results are as follows:
2016 Audi S6: 19 seconds
2015 Chevrolet Colorado: 12 seconds
2016 Chevrolet Corvette: 12 seconds
2015 Ford Mustang GT: 11 seconds
2016 Jaguar F-Type: 14 seconds
2015 Jeep Renegade: 1 minute 7 seconds
1989 Yugo GVL: ¯\_(?)_/¯
2015 Volkswagen GTI: 21 seconds
The findings back up what I suspected. While most cars resume playback quickly, the Renegade took three times as long as the group average (minus the Yugo). Of course, this is not an exact science, but a rough approximation of a mild annoyance. The test also highlighted the speed of MyFordTouch and Chevrolet MyLink systems, with the Mustang posting the quickest result.
Though the small sample size is small, it's easy to see these infotainment systems resuming playback just as fast in other models. For example, I tested two wildly different Chevrolets with two different-looking versions of MyLink, and they resumed playback at the same time.
As for the Renegade, it'll simply require a little more patience.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor