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Heated Steering Wheel Button - 2015 Porsche Macan S Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,059
edited July 2014 in Porsche
imageHeated Steering Wheel Button - 2015 Porsche Macan S Long-Term Road Test

The 2015 Porsche Macan S sports an oddly-placed heated steering wheel button. Here's where to find it when the weather gets chilly.

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Comments

  • nagantnagant Posts: 176

    Wow, it is a hot mess inside.

  • nagantnagant Posts: 176

    Wow, that steering wheel looks like it has a cheap cover from Wal Mart! Very funky and not in a good way. Also the extra blank buttons on the console just looks terrible....one can tell where VW cut costs. And yes I know its a Porsche, but the tach in the middle of the IP is kinda silly....especially with an automatic. Tachs are really useless in the era of computer controlled engines. Even with a manual trans all one really needs is a upshift light. All the years of driving manuals, I only ever needed the tach for the redline....the rest was done by feel. I never looked down at the tach and decided where to shift just putting along in traffic.

  • juddholl10juddholl10 Posts: 84

    @nagant said:
    Wow, that steering wheel looks like it has a cheap cover from Wal Mart! Very funky and not in a good way. Also the extra blank buttons on the console just looks terrible....one can tell where VW cut costs. And yes I know its a Porsche, but the tach in the middle of the IP is kinda silly....especially with an automatic. Tachs are really useless in the era of computer controlled engines. Even with a manual trans all one really needs is a upshift light. All the years of driving manuals, I only ever needed the tach for the redline....the rest was done by feel. I never looked down at the tach and decided where to shift just putting along in traffic.

    Just drove one yesterday…no costs were cut. It just so happens that the Porsche has so many different functions and options that there's really nothing you can do if you're missing buttons. it would be logical for them to order the buttons and cluster them together, making room for a long solid piece of button plastic without any gaps for would-be buttons, but that's not how they did it. It also encourages consumers to order as many options as they can afford so their console is not a sea of dead buttons.

    That aside, I'm telling you that there's nothing wrong with the materials quality. It's positively upscale.

  • have you ever driven a Porsche, @nagant?

  • cjasiscjasis Posts: 274

    Dear Porsche - please don't listen to folks like Nagant. Your target audience actually likes driving and LOVES the fact that you continue to feature a large, centrally located tachometer in your instrument panels. Tach's ARE NOT useless and I sincerely hope you'll immediatly dismiss any input from someone who suggests as much.

  • darthbimmerdarthbimmer Posts: 606

    I agree a little bit with @nagant. In a car with an automatic transmission the tachometer should not dominate the instrument panel. For a sporty car give it size and placement equal to the speedo. That's suitable for a car with standard transmission, too.

  • allthingshondaallthingshonda Posts: 878
    edited July 2014

    The giant tach is out dated. Porsche should start phasing in reconfigurable instrument panels. Dear Porsche please take a look at the new Stingray's instrument panel.

  • desmoliciousdesmolicious Posts: 671

    Maybe it's just me, but the first place I would have looked for for a heated steering wheel button would have been the steering wheel

  • nagantnagant Posts: 176

    @cjasis said:
    Dear Porsche - please don't listen to folks like Nagant. Your target audience actually likes driving and LOVES the fact that you continue to feature a large, centrally located tachometer in your instrument panels. Tach's ARE NOT useless and I sincerely hope you'll immediatly dismiss any input from someone who suggests as much.

    Ok tell me just how you would use the tach in this car. Please be specific. As for the other comments: Yes I have driven many Porsches in my life.

    I did not say the materials were bad at all, what I said is that they LOOKED cheap.

    As for the switch blanks, it was an obvious cost cut, paying what one does for this car, they should make a trim piece for each switch set. The argument that "It also encourages consumers to order as many options as they can afford so their console is not a sea of dead buttons." is so silly that my mouth dropped open. It sounds like sales pitch to me. They did it that way to CUT COSTS. Everybody knows it, but hates to criticize a Porsche.

  • agentorangeagentorange Posts: 893

    The wimpification of America continues. Steering wheel heater in SoCal, really? Next, we can check out the screen doors on my submarine.

  • ocramidajzjocramidajzj Posts: 91
    edited July 2014

    @nagant said:

    Ahh, it's PDK i.e. can be driven manually, which requires a tach. The fact that you don't know this means you are not the customer for this car.
    I agree if this was an, IDK, Toyota RAV4, but man why do non-enthusiasts need to continue to ruin it for people who actually care about driving.

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