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Helpful features your car might be hiding

By David Bonnici, 05 Jul 2019 Car Advice

happy driver

Ever noticed something in your car for the first time that ended up being life changing?

A great thing about our job is being allowed to drive a lot of different cars. If there's a downside, it's that we don’t get to know all the cars that come through the WhichCar garage intimately, with our subsequent research revealing certain features that eluded us.

We wondered if this was the case with the actual owners of particular cars. Could it be that they were driving their pride and joy for ages only to discover a helpful function they had no idea about? We asked the question on WhichCar Facebook and got some great responses.

Volkswagen Tiguan gauges

Here’s what our readers came up with. Who knows, some of these features could be lurking somewhere in your car?

“My Honda Accord 3.5 ltr V6 had a digital speedometer so that I can see my exact speed in the dash easily.” – Bijusash

I bought a new Mazda RX-8 in 2007. In 2009 I reached to the side of the backrest and found a switch. I pressed it and discovered I had a powered adjustable lumbar support.” – Steve

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My (HSV) Clubbie has a little hook on the boot lid which I often wondered what it’s for... turns out it holds up the floor panel for you when you are getting the spare tyre out via a loop attached to the floor. Roadside assistance guy pointed it out to us.” – Patrick

“A factory supplied cargo net for the boot. I only found it when I had a flat and needed to change the tyre!” – Matthew

cargo net

“The Ford Territory has a pull-out storage drawer under the driver seat. Shame it wasn’t filled with $100 notes. Took me about a year to notice it.” – Johnny

“Auto dipping passenger mirror that automatically dips when you put it into reverse so you don’t hit the gutter. It has to be programmed for it to work and took me about three months to find it … .” – Roger

“I had been driving for some years when I first bought a car that had the directional arrow in the fuel gauge. I am embarrassed to admit that it wasn't till the car after that I discovered that the arrow pointed to the side of the car you filled the tank from.” – Gary

fuel guage

“My glove box can be used for hot or cold items.” – Ricky

“Factory umbrella in the Nissan GT-R.” – Jay (Skoda Superb has umbrellas stored in the front doors too.)

“Mirror demisters in the Volkswagen Golf” – Brad 

Have you discovered anything in your car that you had no idea was included in the price? Tell us in the comments section below.

READ MORE: 10 handy features you might not know about

 

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