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Which extras are worth getting (and which aren't)?

  • 03-11-2021 12:27pm
    Registered Users Posts: 2,047 ✭✭✭ fjon

    I realise this is going to be somewhat subjective, but what extras do you think are useful and worth getting, and which ones would you not waste your money on?

    For me, the following are useful and something I'd pay for:

    (Adaptive) Cruise Control

    Auto Lights

    Auto wipers

    Climate Control

    Parking sensors/ camera

    CarPlay/ Android Auto (although this is hardly classed as an extra)

    And here's what I feel isn't really worthwhile

    Leather Seats (unless a "premium" car)

    Heated Seats/ steering wheel (not in Ireland anyway)

    Keyless entry

    Electric boot closing

    Sat Nav

    Upgraded alloys

    LED/ Xenon (although unsure about this, never had it before)


  • Registered Users Posts: 757 ✭✭✭ BlakeS94

    I think a Blind spot monitor would be something I'd tick on an options list,I'd also shell out for an upgraded sound system in the car, but that's just because my car journeys are also my "me time". I'd pay for the option to turn on the car remotely and have the heat on for a few minutes before I leave the house in the morning for work, other than that, I'd agree with the rest of your useful options, except for the upgraded Xenons, the quality of light output and how much you can see is excellent.

    I would do away with the likes of auto braking, lane assist, parking assist, I think it would hinder my driving more than make it more safe.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,492 ✭✭✭ Comhrá

    Good question...

    A must:

    Auto transmission

    Adaptive cruise control


    Front & back parking sensors + camera

    Upgraded sound system

    Not bothered with:




    Voice commands

    Elec boot opening


    Climate control (regular a/c would be grand)

    Adaptive suspension

    Lane assist (nuisance)

  • Registered Users Posts: 893 ✭✭✭ Baybay

    There are a couple of things I love about my car but I may not have the correct terms so, keyless entry is one (where I don’t have to take the keys out to open the car) as it feels safer or quicker for example at night. Opening the boot from inside the car & also being able to do so by waving a foot under the rear bumper, great with children, shopping etc. Memory drivers seat is another as we sometimes swap cars. And I love my heated seats also.I need none of them I suppose really but I appreciate them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,646 ✭✭✭ Miscreant

    Heated seats are definitely on the list for me, even in Ireland.

    Adaptive cruise, auto gearbox, parking sensors & climate control have all been in my last 3 cars and I would not go without them. My last car had no heated seats and I missed them terribly... the current car has them again :)

    Having Apple CarPlay or Android Auto is handy as well and negates the need for baked in Sat Nav software in the head-unit.

    I could not be bothered with an electric boot, HUD, adaptive suspension, leather or a sunroof even though I have had cars in the past with all or some of these things. I can do without them completely.

    I find that car manufacturers are increasingly using "packages" of features now which give you some of these extras but you need to specify two or more packages to get what you really want. Makes it annoying when buying a new car but increases the profits for the manufacturer of course.... otherwise they wouldn't bother.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,712 ✭✭✭ Markcheese

    If you're going to have cruise control - then it's better to have adaptive -

    Parking sensors are a given - ( rear camera is handy )

    And my mam loves keyless entry -

    Slava ukraini 🇺🇦

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,399 ✭✭✭ Gregor Samsa

    Never bought or speced a new car, but there are certainly things I'd look out for when choosing a second-hand one.

    Cream leather seats are at the top of my list of requirements after the basic things like size of car, engine, etc. I just love them. Make the car feel airy, and they actually are easy to clean. Current car has them with heating and and ventilation - I was thankful for the latter during the summer, and will be thankful for the former in a couple of weeks, so I think I'd put them on my list of requirements now, even though no car I had before had them. Problem is, it's easy enough to find a second hand model with heated seats, but not so with ventilated ones, so I'd say I'll be compromising on that in the future. I'd also pay extra or go out of my way for Bi-xenon or LED lights over halogen ones. Parking sensors would be on my list of musts, but they're pretty standard on almost anything I'd be interested in anyway. CarPlay (Android Auto if I was on the other side) is an absolute must now for me too - futureproofs your satnav and entertainment system, which is one place that your car shows it's age the quickest. Electric handbrake is something else I didn't know I wouldn't want to be without until I got a car with it. My other car doesn't have it, and that's fine - but given the choice, I'd have it. AirCon is an absolute must, and while I don't complain that one of my cars has three zone climate control, and the other two zone, one zone regular AC would do me.

    I appreciate automatic lights and wipers, heated windcreens and auto dimming mirrors, but I could live without them. Had a heated steering-wheel in a rental car in Iceland once, and it was a godsend there, but here I wouldn't be too bothered.

    Wouldn't be much interested in sun roofs, adaptive suspension, keyless entry (security issues) and tow bars and rear window blinds. Regular cruise control does me over adaptive. Even though I love music, I wouldn't pay significantly more for an upgraded sound system. Nor would I pay extra for wheels over 18" on most cars (both current and all recent cars have 17"). Skoda charge €55 for their "Driver Alert" system - a picture of a cup that appears on the dash screen if the car thinks you might be tired. I'd pass on the likes of that.

    All that said, if I was specing out a brand new car, I would find it very hard to resist ticking all the options. "I don't need it, but it would be nice to have...". Probably best that I stick to used cars.

  • Registered Users Posts: 75 ✭✭ JCN12

    Gosh, how times have changed. 😅

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,421 ✭✭✭ Wildly Boaring

    Decent front lights. LED or whatever

    Cruise control

    Climate control

    Auto-dim rear mirror

    Leather seats

    Rear parking sensor

    That's it.....

    Not worth it to me (that I've had)



    Auto handbrake


    Rear camera

    Front camera

    Front parking sensor

    Diamond cut alloys

    Any wheel over 19 inch

    Sat nav

    Dynamic chassis control

    Lane departure

    Keyless start

    Extra height (SUV or crossover etc)

    Auto tailgate

    Auto doors

    Haven't had but reckon be worth it

    Auto Cruise Control

    Blind spot

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,751 ✭✭✭ Buddy Bubs

    A few things I have now and wouldn't want a car without:

    Really good headlights. Had a car once that didn't have them, never again.

    Auto gearbox. Never drive a manual again.

    At least partly leather interior, or at least something that makes it feel premium.

    Good stereo with nice deep sound

    200 odd bhp

    Heated seats and steering wheel

    Multi zone climate

    Cruise control

    Big comfortable car most important for me

    Something I have now I wouldn't be bothered with if new car didn't have them:

    Any kind of voice control, forget about it. Useless and unnecessary.

    Things I'd like in future:

    Adaptive cruise control

    Keyless entry

    Things coming out I don't want:

    Lane keep technology. I'll steer thanks.

  • Registered Users Posts: 73,832 ✭✭✭✭ Atlantic Dawn

    A must for me...

    • Auto gearbox
    • Auto lights, not arsed having to turn on
    • Auto wipers, see above
    • Keyless start, means key must only be on my person
    • Dual zone climate control, no 'it's too hot, it's too cold' commentary when carrying a pain in the hole passenger
    • Leather, easy to keep clean and comfy
    • Parking sensors front and back, gives a nice guide as to where you are
    • 200bhp plus as the faster the car the safer you are
    • Sub 8 second 0-60, see above
    • Heated/Ventilated seats
    • Xenon, difference between standard and these is really night and day

    Nice to haves, I wouldn't pay actual individual cost price for but would try to get model with them...

    • As few spokes as possible in alloy wheels, preference for as few as possible to speed up cleaning
    • Blind spot monitoring, it's a nice aid but I wouldn't depend on it with my life
    • Boot release by putting your foot under sensor at rear of car, nice for when both hands full of shopping
    • Rear camera, nice from a safety point of view
    • Sat nav, not bothered unless it's updated, phone is just as good
    • Self parking, nice to have but wouldn't shell out for
    • Tiptronic gearbox, not bothered whether the auto has this option or not, it's rather pointless

    What extras would make me avoid buying a car if they couldn't be ordered without

    • Sunroof or panoramic roof, go AC or go home to stay cool, adds things to go wrong or leak etc

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,529 ✭✭✭ PsychoPete

    For me it's an many options as you can get. My current A6 has has every option on it, the only way I'd buy a car now

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,464 ✭✭✭ HBC08

    Funny how people are so different on this.

    Musts for me,wouldn't buy a car without any of these

    Heated seats,


    Parking sensors


    Sunroof ( if the car has it as an option)

    O-60 in 8 secs or less.

    Auto wipers/lights

    Not too bothered about anything after that but would take it if it's going,I've never specced a new car and most likely never will

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,300 ✭✭✭ traco

    Heated steering and heated seats are lovely at 6am on a cold frosty morning.

    I'm in the more the better camp but one option I also like and haven't seen mentioned is heated windscreen.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,569 ✭✭✭ garv123

    Must have:


    Diff Lock

    Leather seats

    Mud terrain tyres

    LED lights


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,631 ✭✭✭ mikeecho

    Led or xenon.

    Heated everything.. seats (front & rear) steering wheel, mirrors.


    Adaptive cruise

    Parking sensors

    Android auto.

    High quality sound system.

    200+ bhp.


    Tinted windows in the rear .

    Lane assist

    Auto lights & wipers.


    Rear wheel drive or AWD

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,266 ✭✭✭ sk8board

    blind spot monitor is the best new option I’ve used for a while.

    it also uses the sensors for 2 additional functions apart from the obvious use on motorways/dual carriageways

    • sounds an alarm if you parallel park and crack open the door while a car or bike is passing
    • sounds an alarm if you’re reversing out of the drive and a car is approaching, or someone is on the footpath, way out of eyesight

    it’s really works too