If your car has features like these, you possibly are driving one of the best cars in the country. Check out the best features of modern-day cars that deserve an applaud. Also learn about the must-have features in your next new car.
Gone are the days when you had to lock the car doors manually and then check all the door handles to ensure if the car was securely locked. Now, you also don’t step down of your car to open the fuel lid or the boot door. Their controls are either nearby the driver’s seat or on your remote key.
The continuous developments in the automobile industry have made the present-day cars way more advanced than the predecessors. Nowadays, cars come equipped with various exceptional features that weren’t even imagined two decades ago. The addition of innovative features in the current cars have made them more enjoyable, comfy, convenient and safe.
So, let’s check out such features that have taken the automobile industry by storm and deserve a standing ovation.
Imagine the covid-19 situation and you would agree that the cars deserved to be more safer, especially in sense of air purification so that the passengers accommodating inside could be lesser prone to viruses and bacterias.
Automobile industry seems to have been more concerned. Cars such as Hyundai Venue, Nissan Magnite, Kia Sonet, etc. are offered with air purifier systems to keep the cabins free from all sorts of germs. Isn’t it a great feature?
Automatic cars represent convenience very well. You get rid of the clutch and even don’t need to change the gears, the way you do in the manual cars. However, you certainly want to experience the upshifts and downshifts to feel the punch better in the automatic cars. Hence, paddle shifters prove to be a wonderful feature.
In automatic transmission cars, paddle shifters are located on the steering wheel (the back side), as a pair of levers to help the driver quickly shift the gears up and down. While one paddle is used to shift up the gear, the other is used to shift down the gear. A worth-having feature in an automatic transmission car.
Dual front airbags (for driver and co-driver) are becoming a standard offering in most of the budget cars, but what’s more exciting is that cars such as Mahindra XUV300, Hyundai i20, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, Toyota Innova Crysta, etc. are offered with 6 or more airbags to keep the safety levels optimum and reduce the chances of passenger injuries.
Although, this feature has been existing for more than a decade now in the market, but it certainly deserves an applaud — “Sunroof/Moonroof”. Indian car buyers had a delight to own a car like Hyundai i10 (old one) with sunroof in the previous decade. And since then, the introduction of sunroofs and moonroofs is getting popular.
Some of the popular cars such as Mahindra Thar, Hyundai i20, Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Renault Kiger, MG Hector, Tata Nexon, Honda City amongst others come equipped with this feature.
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Premium Company-Fitted Music Systems
Earlier, aftermarket music systems from brands like Sony, Pioneer, Kenwood, etc. used to be the preference of car owners. Often, the owners used to get their cars customized with sets of multiple speakers and tweeters. But that’s not the trend anymore as the car brands have taken this demand of premium music systems very seriously and now offer cars with some of the best branded company-fitted music systems.
Hyundai i20 comes equipped with premium Bose music system, Tata Nexon is offered with 9-speaker Harman music system, Kia Seltos features Bose speakers and there are many other cars that are offered with premium factory-fitted music systems.
Although cars come with the traditional car charger port and USB charging cable slot to help you charge your mobile phones but the introduction of wireless phone charging has blessed us with next-level convenience. Budget cars such as Hyundai Venue, Nissan Magnite and Kia Sonet come equipped with this premium feature.
No need to carry the charging cables and chargers anymore, the wireless charging feature will charge your phone as and when needed.
360-Degree Camera System
Safety has been very well taken care by the car manufacturers. While the introduction of parking sensors with rear view camera was considered a technological leap in the automobile industry, the introduction of 360-degree camera in cars like Nissan Magnite, Kia Seltos and MG Hector has defined the futuristic safety equipment way much better.
Now, you get 360-degree view of car’s surrounding to avoid any kind of collision while manoeuvring or parking your car.
Do you feel bothered when your shirt sticks on the seats during a hot summer day? You don’t need to worry about back sweating or shirt sticking on the seat anymore.
The cars such as Kia Sonet, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Hyundai Verna, Hyundai Elantra, MG Hector, MG Hector Plus, etc. come equipped with ventilated seats feature that keeps your back cool and well-ventilated.
Introduction of GPS Navigation also deserves an applaud as it has made our lives very convenient, be it while travelling within the city or while touring across the country. Almost all the cars that are offered with touchscreen infotainment system have this feature.
Bluetooth connectivity has facilitated us with features such as calling and playing music on the go. You get that hands-free connectivity to make and receive calls and even access the phonebook and dial numbers. You can even play your favourite music app, connect your phone via Bluetooth and listen to your favourite tracks.
Android Auto / Apple CarPlay
Besides Bluetooth, Android Auto (for Android phones) and Apple CarPlay (for iPhones) are two very useful features offered in modern-day cars. These are basically in-car assistant systems that allows you to access certain features of your mobile phone through infotainment system or through mobile phone interface.
Simply by tapping buttons on the touchscreen you can do things like turning on or off the GPS navigation, playing music tracks, make hands-free calls, read messages using voice commands and much more.
Cars these days come with Smart Keys that grant you access to certain great features and remote start or remote engine start is one of them. This highly advanced feature allows you to start your car even before you enter inside it. There are command buttons on the smart key of your car and by pressing a certain button, you can quickly start your car. This feature is of great help to cool your car before you enter inside it as the AC also operates when the engine is turned ON.
If you’re one of those enthusiasts who loves to drive often on the highways, then cruise control is one such feature that you certainly should look for in your forthcoming car. Cruise control allows you to set a particular speed at which you want your car to run, without pressing the acceleration paddle.
For e.g., you’re on a highway and you select 80 kmph as the cruising speed, you can turn ON the cruise and then, your car will continue running at 80 kmph until you touch the acceleration paddle or turn OFF the cruise control. This feature, on long tours, allows you to rest your leg that you usually utilize to accelerate or deaccelerate.
In India, even entry-level cars such as Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Maruti Swift, Hyundai i20, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Mahindra Scorpio, Honda City, Maruti Vitara Brezza come equipped with cruise control feature.
Auto-dimming mirrors are another great feature. Either the ORVMs or the IRVM, or both can have auto-dimming mirrors, depending on the car model. The purpose of auto-dimming mirrors is to reduce the reflection of lights coming from cars running behind you, during nighttime.
Head-up display is the new innovation in the automobile industry. This feature screens necessary information about your car such as speed, kilometers run, mileage, etc. on the windshield of your car. This avoids any sort of neck movement to access the needed information about the car, thus helping you to focus more while driving.
In India, this feature is limited to cars like Kia Seltos for now, but sooner we may see it in other budget cars. However, aftermarket head-up units are available for the lovers of head-up display. Undoubtedly, head-up display will remind you of some of your favourite sci-fi movies!
So these were some of the most amazing features offered in the present-day cars. If you’re planning to buy a car in near future, certainly look for these features, as these would definitely increase convenience and safety.
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