2010 VW GTI: Love the Steering Wheel
July 08, 2010
It seems that some staffers here like the steering wheel on our long-term 2010 VW GTI, while others don't.
I love it. I love the perforated leather, the small (but not too small) diameter, the thumb cutouts, and the details such as the red stitching and the metal GTI badge.
The cross-section diameter is also just right for me. Some cars install a super thick rim trying to front being sporty. That's just uncomfortable for me and sometimes will cause fatigue on a long drive.
And that somewhat controversial flat-bottom? So racy. And if you turn to near steering lock it helps you know the orientation of the wheel without looking -- when you shuffle you can feel the flat section pass through your hands.
Our dearly departed Nissan GT-R and his sister the 370Z had very nice steering wheels, but for me, the GTI's STW is one of the best I've tried.
Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 8,300 miles