All brands are offering a truckload of features with their cars. Features that were offered only with premium cars have now become standard. And premium cars now come with even more luxurious features. These features not only make the cars more attractive to buyers; they even blindside you to other factors like reliability and brand loyalty. Such is the power of comfort and convenience features over the minds of the consumers. People consider paying extra and going for a model above the base variant because of these features.
We have 10 features here that you must know before you buy a car. These are topping the list of favourite car features among Indians.
Touchscreen Infotainment System
The first thing you notice when you enter the cabin of a car is the infotainment system. It is because of its position and the modern look it gives the interiors with the touchscreen. A lot of entry-level cars come with a touchscreen infotainment system these days. You can connect your phone through Bluetooth and play songs when you are driving, navigate with your maps synced to the unit among other functions. Generally, the infotainment unit also comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to support your smartphone.
Apparently, Indians are in a rage over the panoramic sunroofs. No sense in being logical when it is an indulgence, right? That is precisely the reason why the sunroof is among the top 3 favoured features in a car. It is in demand so much that brands are offering a sunroof in even cars under 4-metres. To know whether you should opt for a sunroof or not, read here!
Apple CarPlay And Android Auto
It is not possible to live without your smartphone in current times. Beginning with essentialities like navigation to entertainment choices, we have all become dependent on our smartphones one way or the other. It is the same when you are driving as well. Since you don’t want to talk with one hand on your wheel and break traffic rules or your neck, it is better to have a car that will hold and accept the call for you- which is why brands have made most cars support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
There is no drive that is enjoyed without music. A good music system is what makes the experience even more enjoyable. With Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, you can sync in your favourite playlist and listen to it with absolutely no effort. OEMs offer some really good systems with their models like the Harman system in Tata Tiago, the DYNAUDIO sound system in Polo, etc.
Automatic Climate Control
No more fiddling with the air conditioning controls every once in a while to keep the temperature inside the car to your suiting. You have an automatic climate control feature for that which will alter it based on the temperature outside and inside the car. It comes as a standard feature in cars now for our comfort.
Keyless Entry & Push Button Start/Stop
While all the 5 features already discussed were more for our pleasure, this one is a very useful feature. There is no need for you to fumble around with bags of groceries in hand to get your keys from your pocket or a purse. With the button or touch sensor in the handle, as long as the key is nearby, all you have to do is pull the handle to unlock your vehicle. The Push button inside again does not require any key to turn the engine on or off. Everything is done with just the push of a button.
Fast USB Charging Outlets & Wireless Charger
With your smartphone connected to your car all the time, it is logical that you will need to charge your phone battery. So you get fast USB charging outlets and wireless chargers with your car. Not all models come with wireless charging outlets though. But a USB charging outlet is pretty common with all base models. Some brands even have an option for charging your laptops and other devices with the appropriate connector cable.
Blind Spot Monitoring System
The Blind Spot Monitoring System utilises a set of sensors on the side and rear that will alert you with an audio or video warning. They detect the vehicles in the adjacent lanes when they cruise too close to your car. Some cars also have cameras attached to this system to provide you with a visual. It is an effective and much-desired safety feature in cars.
Tilt & Telescopic Steering, Adjustable Seats
Driver seats in some cars come with height adjustability and steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustments. These are really great features to have in a car as they let you drive in style and comfort.
LED lights are 90% more efficient than other lights and last that much longer as well. Almost all cars have LEDs in their headlights and tail lamps. DRLs or the Daytime Running Lights make the cars more visible during the daytime. This helps you avoid any accidents.
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