2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: 30-Pin, Too
December 26, 2014
Like our A3, our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI is still holding onto its heritage via the stock 30-pin iPod connector.
And the VW fix is actually worse...
See that. That's VW's solution for those of us who've upgraded our iPhones at some point during the last 3 years. (There's also one for a mini USB or a USB, but I haven't tried those, so we'll ignore them for a bit.) Ignoring the fact that this is much worse than a simple USB input (of which our Silverado had 5), notice anything bad about this? Like the shape? Like that it's shaped like a key. Which is designed to help you exert force to turn a lock.
The trouble is, you don't want your Lightning plug to act like a key. You don't want to lever it and open anything. VW apparently thought of that because the plastic casing they use for the adapter isn't as well glued together as an iPhone. Check the photo. That happened at least a dozen times during my time with a short term GTI.
Like with the Audi, for our long-term car, we just went with the Apple solution which is cheaper, breaks less, is longer and still offers full functionality. Until VW finally gets on the ball and replaces their proprietary port and its myriad specialty cables, it's the best solution for iPhone users.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor