[the cutting edge ]
For the last month I have been driving through Germany, Italy, Austria and Croatia. I hired 3 different cars. Having mainly driven Toyotas, I was keen on experiencing some variety.
The 1st one was an Audi A6. It is beautiful piece of German engineering that I got up to 245km/hr without even feeling it. The only frustrating thing was learning how to use the iPod like wheel that you have to spin.
To work the dial/wheel you first rotate it, attempt to navigate up and down through menus, and press to select. You also have 4 buttons that surround the control which are very difficult to work out when all the instructions are in German.
I also used a Mercedes SLK200 which was almost as nice except it also had the dial/wheel to rotate and unfortunately a very small, iPhone sized navigation display.
The 3rd car I hired was a Kia only because my BMW fell through. The Kia unfortunately maxed out at 165km/h on the autobahn but I quickly understood what all the buttons did.
So which car did I like the most?
Surprisingly, it wasn't the German engineering of the Audi or the Mercedes. It was the Kia. "Why?" I hear you ask. Because, the Kia was the only one with a large touchscreen which made using the GPS super easy :D
It surprised me. Does it surprise you? (Add a comment on my blog)
P.S: What is an important user experience you want or don't want in your perfect car?
P.P.S: I'm glad Windows are giving us a first class touchscreen experience with Windows 8. I'm waiting for a car that has a built in Microsoft Surface!
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