Just about everyone desires and deserves a taste of luxury (as well as state-of-the-art tech) in their lives. Isn’t that what most of us work so hard for after all? It’s as they say, money can’t really buy you happiness, but you’d rather be more comfortable crying in a Mercedes Benz than on a bus. You’d have to own a Mercedes Benz or a Porsche or a Rolls Royce for that though, and none of them are quite so affordable now, are they? However, there are certain relatively affordable cars out there that let you experience the lifestyle of the rich and the famous, if only in part. Here’s a list of 5 regular cars with certain ‘extra-regular’ features in them.
The Wireless Phone Charger in the Hyundai Elite i20
Your mobile phone is one device that has become quite an indispensible part of your life. And given the oh-so frequent and extensive use of it by most, the battery is bound to get discharged after a while. Well, most cars do provide you with the option of charging your phone through a cable but only a few such as the Audi Q7 and the Mercedes S-Class models (and now the top two trims of the Hyundai Elite i20) provide for wireless charging so that you concentrate on your driving without having to fumble with the charging cable.
Price: ₹ 5.50 lakh and onwards.*
The Anti-rolls Program in the Ford Freestyle
Known as Active Rollover Protection or ARP, the Electronic Stability Program in the Ford Freestyle can automatically detect and prevent rollover situations by applying brakes individually as per the circumstances to each of the wheels while also decreasing the engine torque accordingly. And although such safety features are usually found in high-end SUVs such as the Volvo XC90, Ford has managed to introduce the system (albeit a slightly toned down version) in its extremely affordable Freestyle CUV as well.
Price: ₹ 5.81 lakh and onwards.*
The Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and Emergency Calling in the Ford EcoSport
Ford is one automotive giant that seems pretty determined to bring luxury to the masses. By introducing features such as the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), which manages the pressure in your tyres according to your preferences, thereby balancing between comfort and mileage, and the potentially life-saving Emergency Assistance System (EAS), which uses the voice-activated, hands-free Sync system provided by the company to connect the driver’s phone directly to the country’s emergency service (108 in India’s case) in the event of a mishap, Ford has taken the features game to the level of the likes of the Volvo XC90 and the BMW 7-series.
Price: ₹ 7.81 lakh and onwards.*
The Drive Modes in the Tata Harrier
Already making waves in the SUV sector on account of its incredible features and performance, the Tata Harrier also comes equipped with an impressive 14-function Electronic Stability Program, applying brakes individually on the wheels according to the drive mode selected, either Normal, Wet or Rough. Now we’ve only seen such functionality on some of the top-end SUVs in the market till now, such as the Discovery and other top of the range models of Land Rover.
Price: ₹ 13.00 lakh and onwards.*
The Park Assist Feature in the Skoda Octavia
The Skoda Octavia is the most expensive vehicle on this list but it also comes with a host of high quality features that justify its worth down to the last penny paid. One such feature is the Park Assist system of Skoda (similar to those found in the BMW 7-Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class) that was introduced in the Octavia when it got a facelift in 2017. The sophisticated system senses and notifies the driver of suitable bay or parallel parking spaces in the vicinity and all the driver has to do thereafter is gears, accelerator and brake as the system takes control of the wheel to perfectly manoeuvre the Octavia into the parking space.
Price: ₹ 15.49 lakh and onwards.*