- Jul 31, 2016
Well, I had a look at the All New Nissan Serena, and it was a pleasant surprise.Maybe off topic a bit but had a rough morning so wanted a mini rant.....Personally i wish Indonesian cars would up the in car experience considering how much time is spent inside the car rather than out. By this i mean the internal entertainment and control systems. Whenever i go to Europe or USA and hire a rental car im amazed by the full integration into a sort of smart control system. The cars have built in wifi, the touch screen controls can control so much etc etc.
Meanwhile im in a brand new way over priced Alphard (the middle version) and it doesnt even have USB plugs. It has a tiny wireless phone charging cradle built into a console but its sized to only fit the smallest of phones on the market. The internal screen system uses DVD (anyone still have any?) and claims to have a cast movie system but neither me not toyota can work it out. The drivers touch screen console is basically just a radio and doesnt even control any car functions like the parking sensors which are hard to switch on and off (i want them but in Jakarta traffic they cant end up like a siren).
I was in a friends BMW and same thing. Seems like Indonesia gets these sort of systems from 10 years ago versus other markets. I get they want to keep the price low (although it doesnt seem low) but you would think when spending so much on a car they would give some of the modern technology.
For half the price of an Alphard you'd have almost the same interior space, (business class quality) captain seats on the 2nd row, a better media center and seven (7!) USB ports.
And with safety measures as Around View Monitor it definitely is up to par with European cars or so.
Of course nobody would ever trade in the Alphard for such a car. (Yes, I do have a Mother-in-Law here so I know a bit how the ibu thinks.) That would be a preposterous proposition.
A Toyota Voxy is rather similar btw. But I'm not crazy. And I don't want to be lynched.