What is German ergonomics: on the example of Rapid and Solaris instrument panel illumination


Everything written below is my personal opinion, I do not impose it on anyone, but I just want to share my observations. Sometimes I have to spend 2 weeks in each month in the capital for work, I usually come here by my own car, but I don’t drive much in Moscow itself. There are several reasons — paid parking in the center, minimum mobility, for example, having arrived in the morning without traffic jams in carsharing, you calmly leave it in paid parking, and in the evening you leave by public transport and do not waste time in traffic jams.

Most often I drive VW Polo Sedan, Skoda Rapid, Hyundai Solaris and Kia Rio. All these models are quite popular in our country, and among the people who choose them, you can often find disputes about what is better and for which state employee it is worth giving their money. Many, of course, do not have to choose on their own, since the ruble decides for them, and in this case, the Koreans are more profitable, or they offer more options.

Despite the fact that Polo and Rapid will be a little tighter than Solaris, changing from one car to another, each time I understood better and better what the phrase “German ergonomics” means. (I ask you not to include smart people and not to write that if a car is assembled in Kaluga, then it cannot be called German, and if you are going to tell something about the significance of the assembly, then be sure to add which VAZ you own).

Ergonomics is not only the convenience of the location of the buttons, it is also safety. How often have you seen cars that drive around the city at night without lights? I personally meet these regularly, sometimes even in dimly lit areas.

There are no automatic lights on the Polo Sedan and Rapid in carsharing, there are switches familiar to VAG on the left under the air deflector. The switch has three positions “0”, dimensions and near, it also turns on the PTF. In the “0” position, DRLs work.

The bottom line is that the dashboard has its own light sensor, if there is light around and the DRL mode is on, the backlight on the dashboard is on, all scales are perfectly readable. If it is dark around, then only the arrows are lit, photo below. Driving with such a dashboard is inconvenient, a hint to the driver that it’s time to turn on the dipped beam. At the same time, it is configured so that if you enter the tunnel, the backlight does not turn off (the night does not come at the snap of your fingers).

How is it done on Solaris?

Little things like that add up to the price difference. Such little things show the experience of the manufacturer.