2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo: Buttons
November 08, 2012
After 1,881 miles, I feel qualified to reflect on the usability of the steering wheel buttons in our long-term 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo. In general, I like having the volume adjustment on the left-hand side of the steering wheel and I used it 95 percent of the time (versus the main volume knob on the head unit).
In general, it was easy to adjust the volume without looking down at the buttons, but it's a little crowded there on the left-hand steering wheel spoke, and twice during my trip when trying to lower the volume, I hit the voice control button below it instead. Both times, I got all befuddled and couldn't immediately figure out how to cancel voice control... saying "cancel" doesn't do it; you've got to hit the button again. But two times over that many miles isn't bad, so this is a pretty good design.
You'll notice the cruise control stalk behind the spoke also looks a little crowded, especially since it's a combo stalk that also controls the turn signals. But, it, too, was straightforward to use. I didn't find the toggle button on the end of the stalk that helpful for fine-tuning the set speed, though, so I'd usually end up cancelling cruise and resetting the speed with my right foot.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 9,121 miles