Thanks for your input and the link. I wish that VW would concentrate on getting the basics right before introducing yet more 'technology'. Of course I forgot to mention what was/is the biggest turn off for me with the current car and that is the Electronic Handbrake and all that - I realise that they are becoming more popular nowadays. How do you find yours operates in everyday driving which hopefully involves some steep hills!
well arguably you could say that VW have got the basics right in that starting from the Mk1 the Golf has involved evolution rather than a clean slate design and more people than ever are queueing to buy either new or used and that involves a lot of repeat business
I know what you mean about technology though, you do sometimes wonder how much of it is for the sake of it rather than genuinely beneficial but it is something that customers expect to see and that car makers compete on.
A few years ago I had a top line Ford Mondeo loaded with all sorts of gizmo's Most pointless IMHO had to be the voice activated controls which were fun until the novelty wore off and I ended up reverting to manual controls and never using it.
Mind you back in the 1950's some "experts" people were saying similar things about car heaters and ventilation and car radios and writing them off as gimmicks. Those were the same "experts" from Britain and America who wrote off the Beetle and VW after WW2 and turned down the chance of taking over the factories and equipment and we know how that ended up.
As far as electronic handbrakes go I can't say I am a great fan, had them and hill hold etc on my last company Passat and found it a clunky and awkward system to use and never really got on with it. Much happier with the flexibility and control of the normal handbrake lever on my Golf 5