I got a Mk 7 Golf SE 1.4 TSI as a courtesy car yesterday whilst my Mk 5 was in for a repair and I was very impressed by it.
I found the cruise control with Automatic Distance Control (ADC), Speed Limiter and electronic hand brake with Auto Hold only took a little while to get used to and then they all worked flawlessly!
On the SE, you control the cruise control via controls on the multifunction steering wheel rather than via the indicator stalk. In addition to the usual controls for cruise there's a dedicated button to select between one of four pre-defined ADC following distances. There are also two little chrome buttons surrounding it which enable you to change the set target speed. Finally, there's one last dedicated button which switches between Cruise Control mode and Speed Limiter mode. In Speed Limiter mode, the cruise control only cuts in if you try to exceed the set maximum speed, except in an emergency.
I didn't spot a way of turning off the ADC but I wouldn't be surprised if there was a setting somewhere. If there isn't, you could just set the ADC to the shortest possible following distance and then it would only adjust your car's cruise speed if you accidently got really close behind a vehicle in front.
I loved all the new tech and found it all very well designed and as easy to use as I could imagine. However, I appreciate that not everyone may be so fond. There are so many customisable options via the setup menu on the radio/media system you might find you will be able to turn off those automatic features which you prefer to control yourself.
You can read my full review of the Mk 7 Golf at http://www.stuartdal...eview/index.php if you are interested.
Hope that helps,