It’s time to buckle up and get your notepads ready. These are the must-have features that’ll transform the way you drive your car for good.
For some people it’s the flashy futuristic design of the car that sells them, for others it’s the brand, for most it’s what are the features?
When you think about what defines a car – it’s a mode of transport that has been designed to transport you from point A to B.
So does a bicycle.
But what truly defines a good vehicle are it’s features.
Now you may disagree, arguing it’s all about what’s under the bonnet and how fast can it do 0 to 60, but not everyone is satisfied with speed or bigger engines.
However, what if there were car features that could combine the best of both worlds?
What if there were car features that could enhance performance whilst preventing collisions, and minimising crash impact to the car and its occupants.
What about car features that enhance convenience and comfort? This could in the form of better storage, in-car entertainment systems, or climate control.
It’s with these features that we can confidently say the new car features of 2019 truly define what makes a good car.
For safety, convenience, and comfort, here are some of the best car features you should look out for in 2019:
The new car features designed for a safer drive
Have you ever felt confused when you’ve gone to test drive a car and the salesperson starts listing all these abbreviated features? Don’t worry, you’re not alone – we can barely keep up with what day of the week it is, let alone a barrage of 3 letter words.
Here are some new car safety features with their abbreviations to consider.
Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
The AEB system has been designed to apply the brakes on its own to prevent a collision or reduce collision speed and the force of impact when it detects an imminent collision with a vehicle directly in front.
According to Consumer Reports, some of the car best brands with this new feature can include Nissan, Tesla, and Subaru, with 74% of owners very satisfied.
Forward-Collision Warning (FCW)
This technology provides a visual and/or audible warning that alerts the driver of an impending crash with another vehicle or object directly in its path. For example, if you were bumper to bumper in the lane and suddenly the car in front slammed their brakes, the FCW would trigger immediately.
The system will determine the likelihood of a crash by calculating the speed of objects in the vehicle’s path and compare it to the speed at which your car is approaching said object.
Survey findings revealed that 68% of owners with FCW were very satisfied with the feature and that 19% said it helped them avoid a crash.
Car brands to look out for include Tesla, Nissan, and Subaru, with each scoring nearly 90% very satisfied among owners.
Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
BSW technology allows for the detection and warning of vehicles you can’t see along side your car. It provides a visual, audible and/or tactile alert to indicate that it’s unsafe to merge or change lanes. The system can provide additional warnings if you apply your indicators while there is a car in the lane next to you.
This can come in handy when your attempting to back out of a busy parking lot with a car full of distracting kids, we all know how this could end.
A blind-spot warning has been rated one of the best new cars features and a must-have, with the three top-rated brands scoring a 90% very satisfied among owners, which included Lexus, Hyundai, and Toyota.
Evasive Steering Assist (ESA)
Utilising radar technology and a camera, ESA can detect a slower moving or stationary vehicle ahead of you and provide steering support when the collision cannot be avoided.
The safety system is triggered when the driver attempts to avoid an obstacle and applies an appropriate steering angle to avoid a crash and then return to its lane, keep in mind that it will only assist, it won’t steer for you.
You can expect to see this new life-saving feature arrive on Australia shores in 2019 in the new classy Ford Edge.
The new car features designed for convenience and comfort
Sorry to disappoint but if you’re expecting flying cars or hoverboards you’ll need to speak to the doc about that one. Otherwise, here are some new car features designed to make your life easier.
Fumbling to get your keys out of your pocket while you juggle your groceries? Say no more because the keyless entry has arrived.
This feature works by utilising a key fob that has an inbuilt authentication system that will unlock your car when it’s nearby without you having to press any buttons. Varying vehicles can even go as far as opening the boot lid for you.
A keynote to take away is the increasing rate of car theft related to keyless entry in the US and the UK. Fortunately, this has yet to become a known issue in Australia.
We can’t think of anything more frustrating than a driver who’s right up your backside with their headlights glaring at you from your rear-view mirror.
To add to it, a car traveling towards you has their high beams on and suddenly you’ve become a deer in the headlights.
This is where auto-dimming mirrors shine, or should we say not shine. The mirror senses light, particularly from the headlights of a vehicle following behind, and will automatically darken to prevent any glare from blinding the driver.
Fast USB Charging
Fast charging USB outlets are great for those who are constantly on the road and travel with a number of gadgets including mobiles, laptops, and tablets. Being stranded in the middle of nowhere with a flat mobile is a thing of the past.
360-Degree Camera System
What was considered groundbreaking technology – rear view and front view cameras, just a few years ago has been made ancient history.
Introducing a 360-degree camera system that makes maneuvering a narrow carpark a breeze.
Cameras are placed within the grille, below the side mirrors and rear view, which provides a birds-eye view of the vehicle, as if you were looking down from above, and helps check for children or objects around the vehicle.
This can become extremely helpful when backing out of crowded parking lots at shopping centers or schools.
The future has arrived and we are sure you’re going to love this one. With a heads-up display, no longer will you have to look away from your windscreen and look down at tiny numbers to see what speed you’re going or how much fuel is left during your drive.
From your speed and fuel level to navigation and even audio, this new technology will display everything you need at eye level with the ability to control it using steering-wheel buttons.
Multi-Zone Climate System
Whether it’s friends or family, if you’re traveling in a big group there’s always going to be one person who finds it too hot and opens the window. The person in the back then complains it’s too cold because all the wind is circulating in the back.
You’re the driver and you’re in control but how do you choose? It’s easy, you don’t.
A multi-zone climate system allows you and your passengers to set their own temperature for their own climate zone. Happy passengers, happy driver.