The pandemic is not going anywhere soon. People have started coming back to a new normal while following strict social distancing. This also means that private transport is safer than public ones. So, if you are planning to buy a car anytime soon, do check out our list of 10 must-have comfort and convenience features on the car you should be looking out for.
Infotainment System with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
This system is just not only there for entertainment purposes. It also provides the driver with essential parameters related to the car. It is a system that uses the hardware and the software inside the car to equip the occupants with information as well as entertainment. And, make sure that the infotainment system has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support so that you can connect your smartphone easily.
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Steering Mounted Audio and Phone Controls
Convenience is a must while you drive a car. Steering mounted controls are meant to take care of that. All the audio and phone controls in the reach of your fingers, and you don’t have to take hands off the steering. So, for your next car, make sure it comes with the steering mounted controls and keep the hassle away.
Adjustable Steering (Reach-and-Rake)
Tilt-adjustable steering and reach-and-rake steering is a must if you want to have the utmost comfort while driving. It can be really helpful if there are multiple drivers for the same car, making it possible for different steering dynamics for different drivers.
Multi-zone Climate Control
Not everyone will say that this feature is a must-have in a car. It does add to the cost of the car significantly. But it also adds to the comfort in the same manner, making it worth to spend. Multi-zone climate control means separate controls for different zones of the car, i.e front and rear in two-row cars and front, middle and rear in three-row cars. Some cars also offer different controls at the front, i.e., separate ones for driver and co-driver.
Adjustable Driver Seat with Lumbar Support
It is really great to have an adjustable driver seat with lumbar support in your car. It not only adds to comfort but also prevents fatigue on long rides. Riding in one position is not possible and the seating needs to have features that can help in variable seating options. So, for your next car, be it a brand new or a second-hand car, do lookout for this feature.
360-Degree Parking Camera
It is a system which uses a minimum of 4 cameras situated around the car. With the help of these cameras and proximity sensors around the car, the system then makes images for the driver. It can view the surroundings with 4 different views or all views collaborated to make 1 view which seems as if you are playing a third-person game and driving your car. This adds to convenience as well as safety.
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Rear Defogger and Wiper
Due to the difference in the in-cabin temperature and atmospheric temperature, the front and rear windshields tend to have water condensation on the surfaces. The front one can be taken care off by using the blower. But for the rear one, the defogger does the job clearing out the visibility and making it an essential convenience and safety feature. Rear wipers can prove to be essential for visibility too, especially in the rainy season.
Rear Parking Sensors
This feature too is a safety as well as a convenience feature. The rear parking sensors have been made mandatory in India under the BNVSAP norms. This aids the driver while reversing the cars using a set of sensors which according to the distance from the obstacle, alert the driver about it using variants in beep sounds.
The IRVM or the Inside Rear View Mirror becomes hard to look at nights due to the glare from light beams and lowers the visibility. This can cause fatigue in the eyes of the driver. Day-Night IRVM reduces the glare by dimming the light thus increasing the visibility. It is, therefore, comfort as well as a safety feature.
Key-less Entry and Go
This might be last on the list but is a great feature to have on the car. Keeping the Key fob in your pocket, all you need to do is press a button on the car handle and the car unlocks. This is a must-have feature as it reduces the chances of contamination of the key. You can sanitise your hands afterwards but there is no need to get your keys sanitised. It adds to the comfort for sure.
So, this was our list of must-have features on your next car. Do you have any to add? Let us know in the comments section below.
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