These days, manufacturers offer all sorts of cool safety features and gadgets on their cars as extra options. Everything from specifically coloured wing mirrors and floor mats to lane-departure assist and hands-free infotainment systems can be found on most cars sold. However, there are a few manufacturers that offer some ‘creative’ options in their cars.
Carquirks list of quirkiest accessories has been made after rooting through each manufacturer’s brochures, catalogues and car configurators. While some of these options may be of use, others are truly giggle-worthy:
Espresso mobil: Audi A1 to the TT
You know those mornings when you can’t function before you’ve had your first cup of coffee but you’re running late to work? Audi has the answer. The Espresso mobil option costs £169 and ensures you get your daily dose of caffeine. This accessory is available on all its cars from the tiny A1 to the sporty TT.
Air vent slats in leather: Porsche 911
Giving new meaning to “matching one’s carpets to the drapes”, Porsche offers leather everywhere, from the fuse box, seat belt buckles, belt outlets, and steering wheel to the air vents and the slats. Depending on whether you’ve ticked the air vents or just the slats, this option will set you back £806 or £563, respectively. This accessory is available on all the 911 models.
Built-in vacuum cleaner: Honda Odyssey
While the 2016 model might not be sold in the UK, the older models had an in-built vacuum cleaner. While it may be a feature that is really out there, in typical Japanese manner it is extremely logical. This 7-seater MPV will definitely see its share of dirt and food crumbs while ferrying children and pets which makes the vacuum cleaner quite useful.
Granite interior trim: Mercedes-Benz
As if it isn’t enough that Mercedes-Benz offers carbon-fibre, wood, and different types of leather interior trims on its more expensive luxury cars, they also offer a granite trim because….. why not? Why wouldn’t you want your luxury sedan to feel like your home, a place where you’re even comfortable to make food in your underwear?
Bioweapon defence: Tesla Model S & Model X
Tesla apparently has a plan for everything, even the event of biological warfare! The all-electric brand’s air-filter is good enough to filter out any and all impurities, cocooning passengers in safety. Costing about £2,600, the bioweapon defence mode pressurises the cabin to provide maximum protection against hazardous external conditions.