VW Kills Touch-Sensitive Steering-Wheel Controls—Good Riddance

  • Volkswagen is changing its contact-sensitive (haptic) steering-wheel regulate panel in favor of additional consumer-pleasant physical buttons.
  • The news comes via LinkedIn post from CEO Thomas Schäfer who mentioned the switch is taking place following shopper comments and requests to revert to the aged format.
  • We arrived at out to Volkswagen and are ready to uncover out which vehicle is acquiring the new steering-wheel controls initial, and when buyers can anticipate the transform.

Volkswagen is listening to its customers’ issues and, far more vital (we are kidding), to ours, about haptic controls. Thomas Schäfer, the CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Vehicles, took to Joined In to make the announcement very last 7 days. “We are sharpening our portfolio and our structure, furthermore generating a new simplicity in running our cars,” said Schäfer. “For illustration, we are bringing back again the push-button steering wheel! That is what prospects want from VW.” At last.

Anything as smaller as steering-wheel controls may well seem mundane, but the return to actual physical wheel controls is pretty welcome. We have lengthy complained about ease-of-use challenges with the haptic technique. Circumstance in stage, editor-in-chief Tony Quiroga wrote in his evaluate of the 2022 GTI about accidentally activating the heated steering wheel: “Begin hustling the motor vehicle and you can obtain your palms sweating, not mainly because of the get the job done, but due to the fact your palm accidentally switched on the heated steering wheel.” Ideally, reverting to physical buttons will make it possible for spirited driving sans petri dish palms.

As of now, the $25,000 Taos is the only car in Volkswagen’s North American lineup with actual physical buttons on the steering wheel. We have questioned VW when shoppers ought to hope to start out looking at bodily buttons on the steering wheel all over again, and on which autos. We’ll allow you know when we discover out.

Now if only Volkswagen will do a thing about the deficiency of volume knob and actual local weather controls . . .

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