Last week, a shiny white Volkswagen Santana rolled into our office garage equipped with a pair of automatic headlights. The big deal? None, really—but this sedan got us thinking.
There was a time when one couldn’t even dream of having such a feature on a subcompact sedan, let alone one that costs less than P1 million. Back in the day, automatic headlights could only be found on more premium cars.
In the mid-’90s, you could find this feature in the Honda Legend, and maybe some luxury European models. On that note, is the feature—and similar ones like it, such as rain-sensing wipers—and the added convenience it provides now being taken for granted?
We ask because a mid-level test unit arrived without automatic headlights, but with a sunroof. Asked why a sunroof—which is still usually reserved for top-of-the-line or higher-spec variants—was prioritized, the manufacturer told us that consumers simply prefer it over having automatic headlights.
We can see why: A car with a sunroof has a more premium feel to it. But how often is one really going to drive one with it open?
With this in mind, we want to ask you guys just how important automatic headlights are when buying a car. Will it help sell you a vehicle, or would you rather go for something with a sunroof? Let us know via the poll below: