'05 E46 330Ci ZHP coupé ..PD99819
'16 Golf R 6MT/DCC/DAP
RIP: 1989 Mercury Tracer 5 speed 3 dr hatchback, 1995 VW Jetta GL 6 speed, 1997 Jetta GLS 5 Speed, 1999 Ford Escort Wagon, 1998 Mercury Sable Wagon, 2011 Audi A4, 2012 Ford Focus SEL, 2013 Jetta 2.5 SEL w/ Navigation.
I don't think it looks terribly different. I liked the original MK7 headlights and wheels better. The new GTI wheels are pretty gross.
I would need to play with the digital dash to see if I liked it or not, but I tend to like simpler gauges.
Golf Sportwagen Alltrack looks pretty nice.
7 speed DSG for the ARRRRR is pretty cool.
'12 Trek X-caliber // '11 Cervélo R3 // '90 Havnoonian custom
Gone: 2010 VW GTI
2016 Dodge Durango Citadel AWD - mine
2014 Dodge Durango Limited AWD - wife's
2004 Acura TSX - for the kids to learn on and drive
1967 Chevrolet Corvette <-- Father in Law's classic. We're just the caretaker/owners
From the pictures, I don't care for the new Golf R. But after reading that those wheels are optional and we'll still get radio knobs on our version of the stereo, I'm okay with the update. I don't really care for the Virtual Cockpit thing one way or the other. There's no mention of broadcasting the nav map into the display like Audi is so fond of doing. But I know with the Audi you have to pay monthly to keep the Google Earth overview, so I don't care for that anymore.
I'll wait until I see the revised R in person before I make any judgements, but nothing really makes me regret not waiting for the updates.
Other than that the 2018 seems nice though. Exterior looks sharper and interior is pretty much the same. I drive a manual so the stop/start thing being added to the DSG wouldn't bother me, but if I preferred DSG I think I'd prefer the 2017 (and earlier) models without the stop/start (unless the stop/start function can be permanently turned off).
I like the cloth option for the GTI SE, but I wouldn't want to spend the $ for an Autobahn in order to have fender and DCC. I am not a fan of the larger screen with no buttons. After seeing this, I am perfectly happy with my '16 SE which has the fender, PP and DCC
As someone who is possibly considering getting into a GTI again...
Plaid seats in SE -
LED tails -
Bigger screen -
Losing Fender audio in SE -
No buttons with screen -
Headlight change -
Overall I'm...meh. If I go this route I think maybe I'll just try to find a killer deal on a '17. I love being able to get plaid in the SE, but losing the Fender audio, and those god-awful wheels, is close to a deal-breaker.
2015 Passat 1.8T Sport
- Needs Moar Low -
Here in the States it has to compete on a different level than in Europe, as the Golf isn't the biggest seller in the segment. It's not even close. The manual e-brake is a cost cutting measure to make it more competitive price-wise, nothing more.
I'm not a fan of electric parking brakes, so I'm good with this. Why? Obviously I'm too dumb to push the button when needed... Or I find it a needlessly complex solution to absolutely no problem at all. Which do you think it is?
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
Computer dictates when you can and can't use it ("Please Press Brake Pedal to Disengage")
Needs expensive-ish computer and hardware to charge rear brake pads
Cannot use it as an emergency brake
No handbrake turns in the snow, if desired
Yeah, that's a whole lot of good features there. If I had the option, I would have had a regular handbrake on my R.
FWIW, I had a rental B7 Passat last year while in Germany, and I was curious if the electric brake can be used as an e-brake, and on a "closed course" I gave it a try, and sure enough it does work. I think you have to hold it up for a second so as to avoid an unwanted activation, but it once it engaged, it locked up the rear wheels pretty good.
The Auto Hold is good for relaxing your foot/leg at a long stoplight or in dead stopped traffic. It also acts as a hill hold if you happen to be on a hill. It's annoying as hell if you are trying to adjust the position of the car with just the clutch or DSG's natural forward motion (like if you were in a garage and wanted to move the car 2-3 inches). That's when the feature needs to be off.
Either way, sounds like it's a variation on the same thing - the car made a decision to hold the brakes independent of the brake pedal, but the point is that it did it electronically despite having a traditional cable-based handbrake lever. So the fully electronic button system is not necessarily a prerequisite for the car to additionally hold the brakes.