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Three Cheers for Three Knobs - 2015 Audi A3 Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,059
edited July 2015 in Audi
imageThree Cheers for Three Knobs - 2015 Audi A3 Long-Term Road Test

Three simple knobs to control what should be a simple operation. Simply wonderful.

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  • miata52miata52 Posts: 114
    Knobs, please.
  • john_in_tcjohn_in_tc Posts: 28
    I will not buy a car with touch screen controls for HVAC system.
  • Sometimes advances in technology aren't actually advances.
  • dldavedldave SacramentoPosts: 46
    I too love the A3 climate control interface, but I admit that I actually had to open the manual to see how to sync up the driver and passenger side temperature with one knob. All it took was holding down the auto button for 2 seconds. Easy! Surprised to see the seat heater on with the air temperature so cool in the picture above.
  • Knobs. Particularly if you have more than one vehicle, screen interfaces are different for each manufacturer, unless you own only one brand and maybe not even then. We just went to one brand, with knobs, so my wife would feel immediately acclimated no matter which car I took.
  • quadricyclequadricycle Posts: 827
    I love a good automatic climate control system - set and forget.

    Oh, and I don't want any screen in a car, I think it looks tacky. Knobs by default.
  • quadricyclequadricycle Posts: 827
    legacygt said:

    Sometimes advances in technology aren't actually advances.

    A good way to evaluate newer technology is by flipping it around and asking what would we think about the technology if it came first and the older technology arrived later. Imagine we needed to use touchscreens to control all the HVAC functions in a car and then some automaker figured out a way to include a dial for each passenger to control the temperature and another the fan speed. Brilliant!
    Well said, legacygt.

    Brilliant! You reject your own nose because it represents the glitter of commercialism. Why didn't I think of that?

    Cut, print, check the gate, moving on.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 33,739
    well, I am even more old school. I don't even like auto CC. Go back to the simple 3 dials, with a button to turn AC on when you want it. Our new Jetta Sport has this. Very logical, and always does what you ask for. And not what it feels like doing.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • quadricyclequadricycle Posts: 827
    stickguy said:

    well, I am even more old school. I don't even like auto CC. Go back to the simple 3 dials, with a button to turn AC on when you want it. Our new Jetta Sport has this. Very logical, and always does what you ask for. And not what it feels like doing.

    I used to feel this way until I got behind a good automatic climate control system. I just set it where I'm comfortable, and it'll blow cold air if the cabin is hot, or hot air if the cabin is cold. I don't ever have to adjust it, which is really, really nice. Sometimes fan speed goes up a notch, but that's it.

  • dgcamerodgcamero Posts: 148

    stickguy said:

    well, I am even more old school. I don't even like auto CC. Go back to the simple 3 dials, with a button to turn AC on when you want it. Our new Jetta Sport has this. Very logical, and always does what you ask for. And not what it feels like doing.

    I used to feel this way until I got behind a good automatic climate control system. I just set it where I'm comfortable, and it'll blow cold air if the cabin is hot, or hot air if the cabin is cold. I don't ever have to adjust it, which is really, really nice. Sometimes fan speed goes up a notch, but that's it.

    And people who don't understand that you can hit the auto button cause the systems to lose their calibration and make it so people like stickguy hate automatic climate control. OP Matt, do you leave the A/C in your home set at 63?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 33,739
    well, I don't actually like AC, and don't want it running all the time. Just when it is absolutely necessary.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • Why is the interface so important in a car with auto climate control? In every car I've had with auto climate control I set the temperature I like and forget about it. The exception being my Nissan Pathfinder that you had to manually control recirculation and fresh air. There are some of us who are control freaks and feel that we must be in absolute control of everything. For manual systems I like Honda's old layout. Knobs for temperature and fan and buttons for air flow direction. I think we have to thank the Europeans for the original knob interface but I think the Taurus in 1986 introduced it to the masses. The first three knob design for all functions I ever saw was in a Ford Taurus.
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