2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Sleepy Infotainment Screen
May 13, 2015
After a run/bike/run workout at O'Neill Regional Park last week in preparation for an upcoming mountain bike duathlon, I stopped into the Trabuco Canyon General Store for a Coke and a Snickers. Negated some of my hard work, yes, but I was tired and hungry.
I was in the store for only a minute or two, but when I got back into our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI and fired it up, the infotainment screen didn't turn on. Worse, as I put the gear selector in reverse, the backup camera didn't come on either. I waited a few seconds, but still nothing from the screen.
And then, yes, I was forced to use my mirrors and even turn my head to look behind me before backing out. The horror!
I don't really care about the backup camera too much, but after a hard workout, I need a country music fix from my iPod. As I drove up Live Oak Road, the screen remained blank.
After a couple minutes with no sign of life, the screen slowly came back. First displaying the VW logo, then lighting up different parts of the infotainment screen, and then finally playing music.
This whole process took several minutes. This occurred a few times to varying degrees over the weekend. A couple of times the screen stayed blank for just a few seconds, but another time it stayed blank for almost the same duration as the Trabuco Canyon episode.
Most of the time, the screen fired right back up without any problem.
I'm not sure what's going on here, but we'll have to ask the dealer to check it out next time we take it in. And to clarify, the backup camera image should display even when the infotainment screen is turned off.
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 9,910 miles