2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 VW GTI: The Old Knob Was Better

December 07, 2010


Caroline wrote a few weeks ago that she finds the GTI's shift knob to be comfortable and I agree, although I think the old one was better.


The previous-generation GTI's shift knob was more the size and shape of a billiards ball, which nicely fits in your hand regardless of whether you're resting it on top of the shifter or gripping it from the side. The new one looks cooler because of the red, but the old was just some red paint away from looking just as good.

Of course, both are trumped by the 30th anniversary shifter, which features the same golf ball dimples as the original GTI (and the Citi Golf).

golf ball shifter.jpg

So, which shift knob do you prefer and what's your favorite type of dingo?

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 17,261 miles

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