I agree! The new Hyundai’s are such a success having Germans design and fine tune the dynamics, all while keeping sensible buttons amd knobs! One thing I do like very much is thegauge display and the shape of the week, but not the haptic gloss black button panel.. I’m sure the car will perform well but I will reserve my money for a mk 8.5 to see if they right their wrongsOne of the major things VW USED to have going for it was they still had hard buttons for many functions like heated seats etc and the twist knobs rather than cheaping out and putting it all on the touchscreen the way many other brands did. Now, at a time when Kia and Hyundai and upping their game dramatically and making sure their hot new vehicles still have hard buttons, VW totally misreads the moment and decides to eliminate virtually everything for the touch screen. You've also got grands like Mazda that arguably compete with VW and seem to be judging better and keeping the hard buttons. Disappointing.
That looks very similar to the MK7 Jetta interior. A good blend between MK7 and MK8This is an interesting in-between MK7.5 and MK8 dashboard for a Golf. I think I could live without the exterior color match thing, but the rest looks like it would have been nice for the new cars. Mostly it kept the MK7.5 equipment, but moved the center screen up and the vents down.
For me, driving is a visceral, visual thing. I do not want to drive a computer. I am at one all day. I need to feel and touch things. This is why we do things like swap out shift knobs or steering wheels for ones with more heft or feel. I like to drive as we all do. I am not in the market for a self driving car..... I ride one every day.... it's called the NYC subway! So, IMHO, VW has strayed way too far off the mark on this. It is not even attractive, c'mon, basically a bloody I-pad for a dash??.... no soul..... (my other car is a '96 911.... we're talking visceral....)Read a road test on the new MK8, and in the comments someone who had driven one made the point that if you get behind a stinky diesel (as I often do), in a normal car you would just hit the recirc button to block out the fumes. But, in the MK8, you have to go through the menu to get to the recirc setting! By then you're sucking in diesel carcinogens. It is my main complaint about some of the new tech -- it's the opposite of progress if you're making simple functions harder to perform. Some functions need to be instantaneous and ideally, by feel, which the touch-screen rules out in some cases. Make it user-friendly or I'm not interested.
While I prefer the conventional dash in my MK7.5, I'm not reflexively hating the new dash design -- as a design, that is. As a functional thing I have no doubt I'd have some serious issues with it. I just think some of the new designers chase the 'wow-factor' at the expense of rational design.
Haptic feedback is stronger feedback on the steering wheel than what you got on your iPhone.Would you say the haptic feedbacks from the steering controls similar to a hard press on an iPhone?
Does wireless Carplay sync up automatically or do you need to fiddle around to get it working each time you get in the car?
Cool, thanks!Haptic feedback is stronger feedback on the steering wheel than what you got on your iPhone.
CarPlay is automatic when I get in the car
Not sure on the mute audio. Since it has a knob, I will assume that if one were to push the knob it turns off. Not sure how that will work on a system that doesn't have a knob. I might try pushing and holding the "lower volume" side of the button and see what happens. I know if I hold the cold side of the HVAC it will go all the way down to low. Same on the hot side, if you hold the hot side, it will go to max heat.Cool, thanks!
is there a way to mute audio or turn off the audio system with a power 'button' or you just have to slide to lower the volume down?
Does it have a heated steering wheel? Are there multiple levels of heat?
If you get a chance to try the Adaptive Cruise Control can you test how it follows a lead car and slows/stops and if it holds the car at a stop without pedal input?
thanks for humoring me with answering my questions.Not sure on the mute audio. Since it has a knob, I will assume that if one were to push the knob it turns off. Not sure how that will work on a system that doesn't have a knob. I might try pushing and holding the "lower volume" side of the button and see what happens. I know if I hold the cold side of the HVAC it will go all the way down to low. Same on the hot side, if you hold the hot side, it will go to max heat.
It does have a heated steering wheel that has 3 levels of heat. I have not tried how hot it gets. This car also has heated and cooled seats. Can't remember if the cooled seats are an option for the GTI/R.
Adaptive cruise - I have tested on an Atlas, and was very impressed. It was able to stop on its own and adjusted nicely to vehicles in front. That was a couple years ago. I am sure the system has gotten better. Should be able to test it out this afternoon.
Thanks for trying it out. I found this image of the '22 R main screen and there looks to be a power 'button' on the left so maybe that turns off audio to act as mute like the knob in the Arteon?No problem. Quick drive resulted in no easy way (on this steering wheel) to mute the sound. If I press the volume knob it will turn off. Otherwise its multiple swipes to the left to lower the volume.
Appreciate you sharing some real world experience. I think this is going to be a great car. I'm in my 50s and I'm excited about the minimalist aesthetic and design, along with the new technology.Just thought I would bring this back to light a little.... I got a loaner 2021 Arteon today, and the interior is very much all touchscreen...