Satellite Controls are Merely Average - 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Satellite Controls are Merely Average

May 05, 2011

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Yesterday I singled out the steering wheel controls in our Kia Optima for their simple, functional design. Here's a less inspired design courtesy of our Jetta TDI.

I know this because I accidentally hit the microphone button at least twice while parking last night. I never use voice command controls. Call me crazy, but it seems easier to simply reach out and push a button or turn a knob rather than push a different button, wait for it to respond and then hope it understands what you're saying. I'm annoyed just writing it.

Also notice the volume and seek buttons. They're not terrible, but they're not great either. Once you get used to them it's easy enough to feel your way around, but I find myself looking down often to remind myself what I'm about the push. Maybe it's the lack of color coding?

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com


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