Among the most fascinating aspects of modern car is the long list of features they come with. Modern technology has enabled all kind of cool gizmos and gadgets to come on new cars along with many creature comforts. Though most of these cool features only make it on high end expensive cars, there are many new relatively cheaper cars that offer features of luxury cars on a budget. Here is a list of ten such cars and the cool features they are equipped with.
The current generation of Skoda Octavia comes with park-assist feature. This nifty feature enables you to park the car without even touching the steering wheel. What happens here is that the inbuilt sensors in the car scan the parking area available, analyze it and then display the directions on the on board screen. one has to just brake or accelerate as per the need.
The park assist feature also indicates whether the car needs to be in first gear or reverse gear to park accurately. To let you know, high end features like these are common in high-end cars like Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series and these cars even park themselves automatically. However, in the budget range of the Octavia, it certainly proves to be a very useful feature.
Cooled front seats
Hyundai is known for making cars with great interiors. Cars like the Hyundai Verna have one of the best interior and features in its segment. However, the most notable of these is its ventilated front seats. This feature is a boon especially in hot countries like ours.
What these ventilated seats do is that they throw out cooled air from the cabin, making long journeys comfortable for the passengers. Ventilated/Perforated seats are a regular feature in expensive luxury vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class but were unheard of before at this price point. The high end cars though have many more functions built in like heated seats and an integrated massagers.
Ford Emergency Service
Starting from the Figo hatchback, all cars made by Ford are equipped with SYNC applink which connects the vehicle to a smartphone. This utility smart app is very useful and can the emergency services upon sensing accident or other such mishap. It shares the location at time of emergency, minimizing reaction time at the time of any unfavorable situation. Talking of high end luxury cars, Rolls-Royce also equips all its cars come with a similar feature. They can also be tracked by this system.
Wrist brand key
Quite evident by the name itself, a wristband key is actually a smart band that let’s you lock/unlock and perform other tasks without the use of the original key. The Tata Nexon is the first affordable car in India to come with such an innovative feature. The band offered with the Nexon can only perform the function of lock/unlock and start. Hyundai also offers the Creta with a similar wristband that can also double up as a basic fitness band that shows time and measures your steps. Among the high end cars, Jaguar F-Pace comes with such a feature, albeit a much sophisticated one.
The Ford Freestyle is marketed as an SUV for the urban jungle and the car comes with some practical innovations as well. It has an Anti-Roll Program that can monitor each wheel and prevent rollovers and other similar situations. It does this by using the brakes on different wheels after analyzing to counter over/understeer. This feature can be seen in many high end SUVs like the Volvo XC90, where it is much more sophisticated.
Hill descent control
The Hexa is the flagship vehicle of Tata currently. For the same, it comes with some pretty good features. Chief among them is the hill-descent control that manages the speed of vehicle when coming down a hill. When this system is activated, the on board computer takes over the speed of the vehicle with the driver only controlling the steering wheel. The hill descent system also operates of the brakes and engine while coming downhill. It is a very useful feature as it does not let the car go out of control when in such situatiion. Hill descent is a common feature in high end SUVs likes the Land Rover Range Rover.
The Skoda Superb is many times refereed to as the poor man’s (relatively) Mercedes S-Class. It is a great car and offers best luxury in its segment. Among some of its unique features is a cleanly placed umbrella holder in its door pockets. The doors have a special area accessible from the side where an umbrella can be stowed away. Rolls Royce cars are famous for such an umbrella holder. However, they also offer heating option which dries off the umbrella.
Wireless phone charging
Hyundai’s new facelifted Creta is an excellent SUV and is the best selling one in its category. The facelift has improved the already excellent car with more features. Notable among them is the inclusion of wireless fast charging. With this, any wireless charging-enabled smartphone can be charged in Creta by placing it in the allocated spot in front of the gear lever. Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class are some of the vehicles that sport a similar feature.
Gesture control infotainment
Toyota had some really big hopes from its mid-size saloon Yaris but it doesn’t seen as that is coming true. The car, nonetheless, packs in some really good features and equipment like 7-airbags in all variants. What catches the attention, however, is the gesture-control enabled infotainment system, a first for the segment. Simply put, the infotainment screen on the Toyota Yaris can be controlled by simply using one’s plam from a distance. The all-new BMW 5-Series also offers similar functionality, albeit with more available gestures and functions.
Mahindra XUV 500
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
The Mahindra XUV500 is the best selling vehicle in its segment. The big SUV has a long list of features that consists of a sunroof among others. Another useful feature the car has is the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). This systems alerts the driver via the driver information display about any irregularity and pressure loss of the tyres. This feature is also available with luxury cars like the Volvo XC90, BMW 7-Series and more.