Skip advert
Advertisement

Drivers think new cars have too much expensive tech

A survey by budget car brand Dacia shows that a third of UK drivers don’t use 75% of the features fitted to their cars

Dacia Sandero Stepway - reversing camera

A whopping 78 per cent of UK drivers don’t want unnecessary technology in their new cars, while a third of car owners only use 25 per cent of the features fitted to their vehicles.

Those are the headline claims from survey results published by Renault-owned budget brand Dacia. The published figures also suggest that 61 per cent of UK drivers would prefer not to pay for this raft of redundant features.

Dipping further into the survey reveals 76 per cent of drivers believe cars overloaded with tech can be dangerously distracting, and 69 per cent believe in-car technology is simply too complicated these days.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The Dacia data shows young drivers between 25-34 tend to use their in-car tech features the most, but even they use less than half of the available features. On average, drivers are said to use just 40 per cent of the available tech, so premium features such as in-car Wi-Fi or self-parking often go completely unused.

While Dacia has scored big sales hits with models such as the Sandero and Duster that have relatively low-specifications compared to pricier rivals, it didn’t limit its survey to owners of its own cars - the results came from a nationwide sample of 2,000 drivers in a bid to reflect the views of UK motorists as a whole.

What’s your view on the technology fitted to modern cars? Is there too much? How many of your car’s tech features do you use?

Skip advert
Advertisement
Current affairs and features editor

Chris covers all aspects of motoring life for Auto Express. Over a long career he has contributed news and car reviews to brands such as Autocar, WhatCar?, PistonHeads, Goodwood and The Motor Trader.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

New electric cars coming soon: the fresh EVs of 2024 and beyond
Future electric cars - header image
Best cars & vans

New electric cars coming soon: the fresh EVs of 2024 and beyond

The EV explosion has brought a huge range of choice to the market already but it’s only going to get bigger in the coming months
4 Jul 2024
New Dacia Bigster SUV: price, specs and release date
New Dacia Bigster front 3/4
News

New Dacia Bigster SUV: price, specs and release date

Dacia will launch a new mid-size SUV soon, aimed at models like the Ford Kuga, but with a much lower price
19 Jun 2024
‘Dacia Zen’ seven-year warranty brings added peace of mind
Dacia Duster - tailgate
News

‘Dacia Zen’ seven-year warranty brings added peace of mind

The value brand’s new warranty is also available on used cars, as well as for existing Dacia customers
16 Apr 2024
Dacia Sandrider: Sebastien Loeb's Dakar rally challenger in detail
Dacia Sandrider - front
News

Dacia Sandrider: Sebastien Loeb's Dakar rally challenger in detail

The V6-powered Dacia Sandrider has been developed with Prodrive and features concept-car styling and huge off-road ability
13 Apr 2024

Most Popular

New EU worn tyre rules could save 400m tyres and £5.9 billion a year
Skoda Octavia heavy braking on a wet road surface
News

New EU worn tyre rules could save 400m tyres and £5.9 billion a year

Tyres at the 1.6mm legal minimum tread depth must still meet same performance standards as new tyres, says the EU
18 Jul 2024
New Kia Picanto 2024 facelift review: classy small car keeps big car appeal
Kia Picanto facelift UK - front
Road tests

New Kia Picanto 2024 facelift review: classy small car keeps big car appeal

Kia's revised Picanto city car remains a grown-up choice with plenty of appeal for buyers
19 Jul 2024
It’s a shame Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar, Land Rover or Rolls-Royce aren't good enough for the Prime Minister
Opinion - Bentley
Opinion

It’s a shame Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar, Land Rover or Rolls-Royce aren't good enough for the Prime Minister

Mike Rutherford looks back at a rollercoaster week in the automotive world
14 Jul 2024