Whether you're buying a vehicle for your new family, or simply upgrading from the rusty used model you've had since you were 16, there are a lot of features that are essential to a modern car. Some are purely cool vanity items, while other can literally be the only thing between you and an injury.
Whether you’re buying a vehicle for your new family, or simply upgrading from the rusty used model you’ve had since you were 16, there are a lot of features that are essential to a modern car. Some are purely cool vanity items, while other can literally be the only thing between you and an injury. So sure, it’d be easy to just grab something off the Volvo car range without taking a second look, but here are five features you really should be looking for in a new car.
Honestly, if I hadn’t bundled these all into one category, you’d find various safety features taking up the other four slots on this list… as they say, safety first. A new car should include all, or most of, the following: anti-lock brakes for enhanced control during emergencies, electronic stability control to prevent rollovers, latches to lock in a baby seat more securely, and, of course, airbags upon airbags.
These features literally could save your life, and it’s only once you’ve sorted these out that you should be looking at anything else that’s packed in with your new car.
Backup Camera/Rear Sensors
I suppose this could also have fit into safety, but it’s more for the safety of other’s bumpers, kids, and small animals than your own. Whether you’re parallel parking or backing out of your driveway, this nifty feature will ensure that your car doesn’t hit anything on its awkward roll backwards. Many of these backup cameras now come along with rear sensors that tell you when an object is behind your car, just in case you weren’t looking at the screen.
At worst, you’ll avoid leaving unpleasant scratches on someone’s car, and at best, a life could be spared. It’s well worth it to grab this feature.
“But I have a phone!”
Fair enough, but there’s two problems with that: A. Your phone runs out of battery all the time (like that time at that party where you really wanted to call your ex, but thank god your phone was out of battery and you couldn’t get around to it) and B. Technically, you’re not allowed to use that phone thing while driving.
A car with a built in navigation system that’s always there for you is a great feature to have, and you won’t regret having one when you’re in the middle of nowhere, but you know exactly where it is you need to go.
Really, what I mean by “entertainment features”, is the ability to connect your phone/iPod to the car, whether it’s via Bluetooth or just a straight up headphone jack. Being able to listen to your catalogue of albums, podcasts, or audiobooks is really something you shouldn’t go without.
Efficient, Safe Storage
A boot that is large enough to hold what you need, but is also separated from the rest of your car is a very, very good idea. In the event of a collision or even just some sheer turns on a winding road, you don’t want your cargo flying around and getting damaged, or worse, damaging someone in the car’s face. It sounds like a no-brainer, but having the room to store what you need without endangering anyone who hops in for a ride is probably something to look into.