Did We Cheap Out on our GTI? - 2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI: Did We Cheap Out on our GTI?

January 28, 2011

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Although I've had plenty of seat time in our Long Term 2010 Volkswagen GTI it wasn't until my most recent drive in the white hatchback I realized how many "dead buttons" are lining the center console.

We've all heard this complaint before (and it's one I wholeheartedly share): "I hate it when there are a bunch of blank button holes in my dash because it just reminds me of how many features my car is missing, and how much I 'cheaped out' when I bought this car."

That's true in most cars, and admittedly our GTI is missing one big option group. It doesn't have the Navigation Package, which includes not only a navigation system but a harddrive, DVD playback, an SD memory slot, a USB slot and an auxiliary audio input.

But really, if it did have that option would all four of those buttons been necessary? I don't think so. Is there another, high-end version of the Golf that includes a long list of features requiring five buttons at the bottom of the center stack? Again, I don't think so (though I'm sure the VW fans out there will let me know if I'm missing something).

So what's with all these dead buttons in here? I'm guessing there's some European version(s) of the Golf that has, oh I don' t know, the "Light Bright" package where you can independently turn off every side-marker light with these buttons. Those Europeans love having special exterior lighting controls.

Anyway, I don't appreciate feeling like I'm driving the poor-man's stripper VW every time I look down at the shifter, especially when I ("I" being "Edmunds" in this particular case) have ponied up for the GTI version of the Golf.

Karl Brauer, Editor at Large @ 19,960 miles

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