Our test vehicle came fitted with all sorts of toys that allowed the infant, child, teenager and adult inside of you to have fun. In fact, the name of the equipment level used by our test car, GT Premium, says it all.
We’ll start with the Multimedia and Forest Air package, which keeps your ears vibrating and automatically recirculates the air inside the cabin using plant-based filters to purify the air and offer it a special scent (which we weren’t able to feel).
For this chapter, we’d like to zoom on the Multimedia part of the deal, which brings a Bose Surround Sound system that uses 5.1 channels and 16 speakers to deliver its audio kicks, a navigation system that includes a 30 GB hard drive and knows DVD, MP3, WMA and DivX language. The system also allows you to use your vocal chords to command it.
The touch-screen display fitted in the center console, as well as the high-fidelity speakers placed on the sides of the front seats’ upper sides are fine touches, but the system failed to raise up to the quality-at-high-volume expectations.
Of course, we musn't’t forget the details that matter, such as the heated steering wheel and seats, the rear window electric privacy curtain, the sunroof, the electric power for nearly almost any mobile part of the interior, from the aforementioned item to the steering wheel column and (cornering-) Adaptive front-lighting System.
Thought we were through? We’ve only just passed the middle point of our written journey here, so we must also mention the knob that allows you to select between the drive modes (throttle response and gearshift), the keyless start system, as well as the rearview camera and the rear parking sensors.
We’ll also mention the Intelligent Cruise Control with a Low Speed Following function, which allows you to follow the car in the front, also being able to bring the car to a complete stop. However, this only holds the vehicle for a few seconds, after which you’ll have to push the brake pedal.
All in all, the multiple types of toys our test car was fitted with managed to please all our senses. However, like we said in the “Open Road” chapter, we really wish our test car had been fitted with the 4-Wheel Active Steering and the Dynamic Cornering Enhancement systems. Yes, this car really needs them to allow you to efficiently cover long distances.Continue reading