2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Cruise Control Offers Stealth Adjustment
August 6, 2015
How many ways can you adjust cruise control? More importantly, how many ways should you be able to adjust cruise control? It may not look like it from the photo, but our long-term 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI has three.
First: The silver rocker switch with "+" and "-" changes the cruise control's target speed in 5-mph increments when tapped. Second: When pressed and held, the target speed slowly climbs or drops by 1 mph. I'd prefer if this were the other way around, but it's certainly livable. I drove with this understanding of the cruise control for some time.
Then, on one early morning drive, I accidently tapped the resume button when cruise control was engaged. The target speed increased by 1 mph. I thought that was strange, so I tapped the "SET". The target speed dropped by 1 mph. I'd found the third way to control the system. And this is the method I prefer.
In fairness, the owner's manual explains that the GTI has three settings and how to operate them. It just takes nearly two pages to do so.
Yes, it sounds like overkill, but the nice thing about these options is you can choose to ignore the ones you don't like. The sliver rocker might as well not exist when I drive the GTI, but others might like it.
It's also fun to see how high the cruise control will go. For the GTI? It's 130 mph.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor