I am stuck with a rental car (unfortunately my normal vehicle is in the shop). This car has a lot of cool features.
I can micromanage the climate control, manage multiple Bluetooth connections, change and manage my favorite radio stations and receive directional help directly via a sophisticated touchscreen.
Since this screen handles it all, there are very few buttons or buttons to worry about. It’s a very clean dashboard and has a nice looking touchscreen interface. The only problem is, I hate driving this car.
The car as a car is fine. It drives well, has a solid engine, and most of all it stops when I want it to stop. What I really don’t like about this car is the touchscreen interface. It looks cool, is chic, and does a lot of stuff (seriously, my list above barely scratches the surface of what it can do).
But it’s the most impractical, difficult, and potentially dangerous part of this car.
Cool review of the car’s air conditioning
Let me explain using a common example – air conditioning. There are air conditioners in the front and rear. They are not visible at the same time. You have to press a button on the screen to scroll back and forth. Each screen has options for temperature.
Despite the large screen size, the temperature bars are extremely narrow and the up and down arrows are less than half the width of my finger. These buttons are hard to use when the car is parked, let alone while I’m driving down the street with a little kid in the back complaining about being too hot.
Since the font and back controls are on separate screens altogether, I can’t even see the temperature on the back unless I navigate to that screen. And just for fun, the front and rear controls look a bit similar, but have buttons in slightly different places.
To top it off, there is a button for fan speed (not temperature for some reason), but that button only changes the speed of the front fan regardless of what screen you have on the touchscreen.
If you think using a cell phone while driving is distracting, wait until you try to change the temperature in this car. The history of temperature control in this car is one of many complaints I have that have only been in the car for about a week.
This story isn’t about beating up that car, and honestly some people might not have an issue with how the controls work. It just really doesn’t work for what I have to do.
If you’re curious what kind of car it is, let’s just say it’s an American brand that is no longer owned by an American company.
Some bells and whistles just don’t count
The point is to illustrate a common trap consumers fall into when purchasing technology. You buy the cool factor. It doesn’t matter if it’s a car, TV, computer, or any other device, it’s easy to get excited about its looks and functions.
The touchscreen on this car is pretty cool. It can go a long way and even set certain rules for engine performance. But really, will you ever adjust the engine power of an ordinary tram? Are you really going to need it all? It looks good when you buy it, but regrets can set in later.
Knowing what you need and actually use is a difficult thing to judge. I didn’t mind this car the first time I drove it … or even the second. A test drive would not have revealed the impracticality of the car for me.
All you have to do is work through real scenarios. Climate control didn’t really become a problem for me until I tucked a toddler in the back and had to turn on the air conditioning after the car was out in the sun all day. I use a car to transport my young family around.
Another example: what are you actually using this computer for? The one you are looking at may have really impressive stats, but if you just surf the web and do a document or two, what is it about?
Overall, remember that “cool” only sometimes means useful.