Considering our test car didn't even have one of the optional paint schemes available, we first figured the level of useful toys inside would be pretty low. We were and we weren't right. Yes, there was no navigation system onboard, no radar-based cruise control system or even a folding rear seat, but apart from these, the amount of gadgets was rather high.
Let's first start with the standard dual-zone climate control system called Thermatic, which, believe it or not, has a bigger brother that's a bit more skilled. The one from our car "only" had two zones, while the optional "Thermotronic" has three and even takes into account things like the angle of the sun rays shining over the car when it's trying to keep the inside temperature steady.
Since we're at the cooling and heating part, the electrically-controlled front seats were also three-stage heated. Oddly, they weren't fully-electrical, since the forward motion of the seat could only be made manually by pulling a lever. Of course, this kind of made us wonder at the level of money saved by making the seats only partially electrically-controlled, but hey, we're not that good with numbers.
Anyway, the four lateral windows were all obviously electrically-operated and had an automatic function, while the windshield wipers were connected to a rain sensor. Apart from the surprisingly good performance of the auto-box, the best gadget we found in the car was the Intelligent Light System. Using bi-xenon headlights, this system not only lights around corners, but it also automatically reduces or increases the headlight beam depending on the weather and driving conditions. How cool is that?Continue reading