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2015 Kia Sedona: Sluggish Bluetooth With Feeble Memory

by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on October 21, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona

Almost a year ago, I wrote a post on our departed Porsche Macan titled "Bad Bluetooth Behavior." In it, I wrote that the Macan's Bluetooth pairing was annoying.

Our 2015 Kia Sedona is similarly annoying.

From the Porsche post:

Here's how it works in a normal car:

  • Pair phone (Just once. Then it knows you for life.)
  • Start playing music off of phone
  • Rock out
  • Stop, turn off car and get out
  • Do whatchu gotta do
  • Return to car and start it up
  • Continue rocking out to Bluetooth streaming music

Here's how it works in the Macan:

  • Pair phone (Just once. Then it knows you for life.)
  • Start playing music off of phone
  • Rock out
  • Stop, turn off car and get out
  • Do whatchu gotta do
  • Return to car and start it up
  • Wonder why stereo has defaulted to FM radio. You were never listening to FM radio
  • Try to pick Aux Bluetooth
  • Wait 60-90 seconds for Aux Bluetooth to pair
  • Manually reselect Aux Bluetooth
  • Grumpily rock out

Our Sedona works very similarly to the Porsche, but instead of switching to FM radio, the Kia defaults to the last radio station you were listening to, be it AM, FM or in this case, as I got into the van after our resident country fan Mike Monticello, satellite radio.

In the Kia's case, part of the problem is how slowly it pairs Bluetooth. After starting, it takes the Kia a solid 30 seconds to finish the pairing process. Other cars have it sorted before the ignition's turned over. And don't think this is only after you've had the thing sitting for a while. Nope; turn the car off, then back on, and your phone's disconnected.

If you're driving this thing frequently, best make sure you aren't listening to anything crazy before switching on the Wiggles playlist from your iPhone. Thirty seconds of Stern could be...surprising.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor

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