When you’re preparing to buy a car, there are many specs and features to consider. Is it a 4WD suitable for off-roading? Does it have a high fuel efficiency, or low emissions ratings? Is the exterior design sleek and streamlined?
All those points are worth considering, but sometimes you need to pay more attention to the inside. Comfort and convenience are what you’ll want when you start spending a lot of time each day behind the wheel. Here are some features to look for.
The insulated environment of a car’s interior plays a big part in making the overall experience comfortable and pleasant. While many of us don’t really look beyond the standard air conditioning and heating features, as you look around you may notice climate control systems featured in certain Audi cars for sale, among others. These systems basically do the same job that an A/C unit does, but require no further manual input from the user in order to adjust to the desired internal temperature, regardless of variation in the outside conditions. This way you can always stay comfortable and have one less thing to worry about while driving.
On long trips, any driver can experience fatigue, but if you’re of unusual height relative to the typical driver’s seat, the effect can be even more pronounced. Modern power seats are a vital upgrade in this regard. You can adjust multiple aspects for better comfort – starting with the leg room, to thigh and lower back support, and flexible headrests. Some seats also offer heating and cooling features. Having the ability to fine-tune these adjustments makes the driver’s seat more comfortable, which translates to the actual ride – and overall safety, too.
Driver assistance systems come in many forms, helping you navigate unfamiliar locations or drive in conditions of poor visibility, among others. Head-up displays (HUDs) were originally developed for the military, but are becoming more common in new models of cars. The HUD shows you important information within your line of sight so that you don’t have to take your eyes off the road. In many cases, this is done by projecting the display onto the windshield, where you can easily process information about the car and its surroundings, and navigation details.
Keyless locking and starting
If you’re extra worried about locking your car with the keys inside it, keyless locking systems are your friend. This technology allows your car to sense the key in proximity – you can keep it in your bag, or in your pockets, for instance. You can then open the doors and lock them with a touch. Most models with this feature also have a start button which uses the same technology, allowing you to start the car without having to turn the key in the ignition.
Mobile phone integration
Car models offering integration with smartphone technology can offer the convenience of streaming audio, which lets you use your phone hands-free. This is effectively a safety feature as well, because distracted driving is among the top causes of collisions (and near-crashes). The technology is still improving to allow you to control apps with voice commands, but right now you can take (or make) that important phone call without putting yourself, and your passengers, at risk.
While there are many other features you’ll be looking for when you consider what car to buy, keep these in mind as you shop around and do your research. The interior design can greatly improve the overall experience and even safety of each trip.