Analog Soul in a Digital World - 2010 VW GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 VW GTI: Analog Soul in a Digital World

December 08, 2010

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The GTI has impressed most of us with small, surprising details, and here's another: a virtual analog radio dial. Twisting the right knob scrolls through the dial, and also offers digital confirmation above. It even features slight lag while turning the dial, not unlike the servo tuners on old solid-state home receivers. A completely useless and anachronistic feature, but one that hints at a sense of humor within the VW design ranks. Like it.

Bonus: the system recognizes my OG iPod and offers a three-band EQ. I'm plenty enamored of this car after first drive, much like most of the staff. And it's details like this, beyond its acceleration and braking and composure in corners, that give the car character.

GTI audio_02.jpgDan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 17,200 miles

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