2009 Audi S5: Stalk Cruise Control is Easy
March 29, 2010
I normally don't use cruise control: it makes me lose interest in my driving and possibly sleepy. But on last week's trip to Vegas for the CTIA Wireless conference, I didn't want to run afoul of The Law, so I used it quite a bit.
There has been a trend lately towards steering wheel pad mounted cruise switches. That's because they're visible so intial use is very intuitive: you just look at the switches and press them. But you do have to look at them to operate.
Our long-term 2009 Audi S5's cruise control switches, however, are stalk mounted and incredibly easy to use. Press the switch on the end of the stalk to set speed, tap up/down to adjust set speed by 1 mph pitch, pull towards you to resume, away to cancel, and away past the detent to turn off.
After using 1 or 2 times, you can use the cruise control with blind operation: no looking required, unlike the steering wheel pad switches.
And this way the steering wheel pad and spokes leave room for the audio and other functions, as well as a cleaner appearance.
Which cruise setup do you prefer?
Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 19,800 miles