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2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI: A Different Cruise Interface

August 09, 2010

VW GTI Cruise Stalk.JPG

When I went to San Francisco last month in our long-term 2010 VW GTI I used the Cruise quite a bit. You see, during the MotoGP weekend it seemed like half of all California Highway Patrol units were on the job from The City to the Monterey Peninsula. I even saw for the first time CHP shooting laser on
I-280 on the run down the hill from Burlingame! I used the cruise a lot to avoid getting a citation, so I gained some familiarity with the GTI's stalk cruise.

It's got a master switch on top that you flip back and forth. I never cancelled cruise operation using this, but I think it would be awkward. And for the speed setting and resume you press on that rocker switch on the end of the stalk.

It all works fine, but Blind Operation (without looking) is a bit challenging, especially for speed setting.
I prefer the tap up/tap down cruise stalk on our GTI's luxury sister, the departed long-term Audi S5. Doing that on the GTI's stalk activates the turn signals.

Why are they different -- product differentiation??

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 10,900 miles

Audi S5 Stalk Cruise.JPG


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