2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 VW GTI: Switchblade Key no Longer Cute

May 25, 2010


Our long-term 2010 VW GTI has -- like all VW/Audi non-smart keys -- a switchblade key. These were real cute when they first came out. The supposed benefit was that it wouldn't ruin the pockets of your trousers. But that's hardly true, because like most auto keys today, it's internal cut -- no sharp edges.

Also, VW's design has the key 90 degrees off-axis from the fob, so turning it is slightly awkward: there's a bit less leverage. And the key keeps inadvertantly deploying -- it defeats the whole purpose.

Yeah, the VW fanboys loved it because they could play Sharks & The Jets from West Side Story.

Hit the jump for a nice version of the movie trailer in HD.

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 6170 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2010 Volkswagen GTI in VA is:

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