What are the experts’ must-have car features? Brendan Foot Supersite

Members of a group of international experts who work for an organisation testing hundreds of new vehicles each year have recently picked the features they wouldn’t do without in their next car.

Technology moves fast, and even if your vehicle is only a few years old, chances are there are new features your car doesn’t have – some you possibly don’t even know exist. The result is that safety, comfort and connectivity improves constantly year on year, which is of huge benefit for everyone.

So, what are these must-have features, what do they do, and which cars have them?

Some of these must-have features are what you’d expect, but some are things you wouldn’t necessarily have picked. What really caught our eye was the number of new cars we sell that tick the experts’ boxes.

The five must-have features identified by the car testing experts are:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • LED Headlights
  • Hands-free Tailgate

Here are some vehicles that have all these must-haves:

Adaptive Cruise Control

While regular cruise control has been around for a long time and is of benefit on the open road, Adaptive Cruise Control is great in slower-moving or rush hour traffic, helping to reduce driver fatigue and therefore sharpening your concentration.

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto give you safe and easy ways of using your phone while you drive. Make calls, listen to music and get directions all via the screen on your dashboard. You can even send texts by voice command.

While most new cars have some ‘infotainment’ system, the beauty of these two is they are easy to set up and are consistent to use across different makes and models. However, it’s surprising the large manufacturers in NZ who don’t offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s a common feature among our vehicle range.

Blind Spot Monitoring

No explanation needed here as to what this does or why it’s so useful… (Who hasn’t pulled out to a toot and a screech of brakes, having missed seeing something in their blind spot?) Up there with sliced bread in terms of inventions, Blind Spot Monitoring will give you a display in your wing mirror and/or an audible alert if you put your indicator on with something hiding where you can’t see it.

LED Headlights

Many, many accidents happen around dawn and dusk, and LED headlights help enormously with illuminating the road ahead with a brighter, sharper and more natural light. They use less energy too. LED headlights are becoming more common as a standard safety feature.

Hands-free Tailgate

If you’ve ever approached your car with bags of shopping or holding hands with some potential run-away children, you’ll appreciate how wonderful it is for the boot to open at the simple wave of your foot or simpler still, just because you’re there with the keys in your pocket. While it may not have been in our top five must-have features, it sure feels like magic for the car to read your mind (or foot!).

What would be in your top 5 must-have features?

Having asked around at Brendan Foot Supersite, some of the other features that would make our top five include a 5 star ANCAP safety rating, forward collision alert and autonomous emergency braking. Makes sense to have as many features as possible to prevent you hitting things, doesn’t it?

A coffee maker that produced a nice hot flat white at the flick of a switch was mooted but didn’t get enough votes in the end. Happily we’ll make do with cup holders, which are an oldy but a goody feature on all our vehicles…

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Greytown Weekend & Getaway Car Competition Terms & Conditions, 1 Nov 2021 to 20 February 2022

Win your choice of new car from Brendan Foot Supersite’s selection to take for a night for two at The White Swan Hotel in Greytown!

1. Promotion Description
The Promotion involves registrants and official volunteers for the 2022 Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays who are 25 years or older selecting a vehicle from a competition page on the Brendan Foot Supersite website. Before the 2022 Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays event on 20 February 2022 ten lucky people will win for their personal use a prize consisting of:

Their chosen vehicle to be used in conjunction with a one night stay in a Deluxe suite plus breakfast for two at The White Swan Hotel in Greytown.

The winners will be selected randomly after registration has closed.
The winners will be contacted by the Promoter using the contact details provided in that entrant’s registration. If the Promoter is unable to contact any winner, or that winner does not respond to the Promoter’s contact within 24 hours of the draw, then that winner forfeits the Prize and the Promoter will draw another winner to a total of ten prizes.

2. Terms and Conditions
By registering for this Promotion you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

3. Registration
a) You must have registered for the 2022 Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays, or signed up to be an official volunteer for the event.
b) The Registration Period closes 4pm on 19 February 2022.
c) Register via www.brendanfoot.co.nz/getaway-car during the Promotion Period and complete the registration form. Entry details must be the same as provided for Round the Bays registration.
d) You must be 25 years or older.
e) By registering for the Promotion you will go into the draw to win the vehicle selected on the Getaway Car page, and a night for two at The White Swan Hotel Deluxe suite, plus breakfast for two.
f) Only one entry for the Greytown Weekend & Getaway Car competition per 2022 Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays registration, or per official volunteer.
g) A 2022 Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays Family Registration qualifies for one entry in the Greytown Weekend & Getaway Car Competition.

4. Prize
Choose Your Get-Away Car and night for two at The White Swan Hotel
Each of the ten winners of the Greytown Weekend & Getaway Car Competition will have for their personal use:
Their chosen vehicle to be used in conjunction with a one night stay in a Deluxe suite plus breakfast for two at The White Swan Hotel in Greytown, to be taken before 1 December 2022.
The accommodation is subject to availability and is to be booked directly with The White Swan.
The winner will need to contact Brendan Foot Supersite two weeks in advance of the date the vehicle is required. The vehicle is to be collected from Brendan Foot Supersite on the day of the accommodation booking and returned the day after. The vehicle collection and return are to be at agreed times and these will be within Brendan Foot Supersite’s opening hours.
Any other costs or charges associated with the vehicle or accommodation use are the responsibility of the prize winner, NOT Brendan Foot Supersite.
In the case that their chosen vehicle is not available the winner will be contacted and offered other choice/s. Specification and vehicle colour will be subject to availability.
The winner will be required to have a full New Zealand Driver’s Licence which is current and correct with no impairments pending, and sign a Loan Vehicle Agreement which outlines conditions covering vehicle driver responsibilities, damage, insurance excess of $3,000, fines and regular maintenance.
Brendan Foot Supersite will have the right to inspect the vehicle at their request during the loan period.
Any damage must be reported to Brendan Foot Supersite as soon as possible after the damage occurred. Reasonable wear and tear of the vehicle will be accepted. Any excess wear and tear may be subject to charges to return the vehicle to a suitable state.
No modification or maintenance of the vehicle is permitted.

5. General
a) This Promotion is not open to employees of the Promoter, Nuku Ora, and their families, its related companies, agents and affiliates.
b) The winner is responsible for all additional costs in excess of the prize value.
c) The prize is not redeemable for cash.
d) The Promoter’s decision on all matters is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.
e) You agree that if you participate in the Promotion, your name and photograph or any footage from the Promotion may be used for publicity purposes in all media by the Promoter, without remuneration.
f) To the extent permitted by law, the Promoter and Nuku Ora and any other person or party associated with this Promotion shall not be liable to you in respect of any loss, damage or injury whatsoever (including, but not limited to, any direct, indirect, and/or consequential loss or damage), including personal injury suffered as a result of, or arising in connection with, the Promotion or winning (or not winning) the prize.
g) The winner may designate someone else to accept the prize on their behalf only with prior approval from the Promoter. If the winner is unable or unwilling to accept the prize, the Promoter may choose an alternate winner.
h) The Promoter is committed to protecting your privacy. The Promoter will collect and use your details for the purposes of running this Promotion and in accordance with these terms and conditions. The Promoter may also use your details to send you marketing and promotional material. You can access and request correction of your personal information, or unsubscribe from any further communication by contacting the Promoter on 04 587 0005 or sending a message to customerservice@brendanfoot.co.nz. You can also unsubscribe from any Brendan Foot Supersite emails at the bottom of the message. If you unsubscribe you won’t be contacted by The Promoter again.
i) These terms and conditions are governed by New Zealand law and any dispute arising out of or in connection with them will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts.
j) Brendan Foot Supersite is the promoter of this Promotion and may modify these terms and conditions at any time without notice. The Promoter reserves the right to cancel, suspend or change the Promotion or any element of the Promotion for any reason, including any cancellation, suspension or change necessitated by any event outside of Promoter’s control.