2015 Porsche Macan: No Podcast Menu
October 2, 2014
Finding a podcast using a car's iPod/iPhone interface is just about impossible when there isn't a dedicated podcast menu within the interface. The artist is usually something like Immediate Media LLC or Sportsnet 590 the Fan, while the track tends to be something like "Prime Time Sports - September 19, 2014 6 p.m." that is too long to fit and you just see a long, indistinguishable list of multiple "Prime Time Sports ? Se ..." And even if you knew exactly what those names were, it's a royal pain to rifle through hundreds of tracks or artists to find them. Sometimes podcast will be a genre, but that too is annoying.
Thankfully, most car companies now have podcast menu buttons, with BMW recently and finally coming on board. Not so thankfully, Porsche has not, and selecting a podcast in our 2015 Porsche Macan S requires you to either use the aux jack or override the car's interface with the iPhone itself. This is more distracting than using the car's interface.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 5,449 miles