2015 Porsche Macan: How All Thumb Wheels Should Operate
August 19, 2014
Steering wheel controls come in many shapes and sizes, and they seem to be influenced by styling and symmetry as much as anything else. I'm a big fan of the thumb wheel for volume control and for sorting through station presets and other lists. Our 2015 Porsche Macan does thumbwheels better than any other from recent memory.
That's because they've angled the roller axis such that I don't have to relax or alter my grip to operate it. I can easily flick my thumb to the side and then flex the knuckle in the desired volume-up or volume-down direction. It feels far more natural and custom-tailored than the ones that roll straight up and down, which is to say every other thumbwheel I've seen, of late.
Thumbs don't bend that way. It's a little thing, but the devil is in the details. Or in this case the delight is in the details.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 2,290 miles