Panoramic Sunroof is one of the key specifications the recent cars or SUVs makers offer globally. Yes, there’s nothing we love more than the look of a vehicles equipped with full black tinted glass roofs simply look the business. The contrast between the dark roof and lighter paint colours such as a snow white-pearl or light silver metallic is simply a beautiful look!
Most people would tend to agree with how good they look, but people who owned a vehicle with panoramic sunroof might have a different perspective about it. Based on such experiences, let’s look into whether choosing a vehicle with panoramic sunroof is actually worth it.
Before we talk more about it, let’s look at the basics of how sunroof concept works in vehicles:
What is Sunroof?
A sunroof on an automobile is typically a movable glass panel that can operate automatically or manually to open and close. There are several different styles of this available depending on the make and model of your vehicle. The panoramic sunroof often being one of the most popular options that is available. It differs from a moonroof which is a fixed glass panel.
Pros of a Panoramic Sunroof:
Natural Air Conditioning:
When cabin feels a little warm when you are driving, then opening the sunroof can let in more of the air from the outside. You can cool down using the natural wind movements instead of using an A/C of your vehicle. Although having the windows open will cost you some fuel because of the added wind resistance, running the air conditioning to stay comfortable could increase your consumption by up to 10% more.
Enhanced sense of Openness:
When you have a panoramic sunroof that is open, then you have a greater sense of freedom when you are behind the wheel. It is an experience that reduces the claustrophobic effect of an enclosed space when you have a lot of people sitting under a traditional roof. You don’t need to worry about a lack of roof structure as you would with a convertible in case something happened, while at the same time the view for your passengers is enhanced because they can look upward instead of outward.
Cool down your car!
When you open a panoramic sunroof instead of your windows, then the noise that enters the cabin from the wind outside is dramatically reduced. You can also have some extra fresh air from outside without worrying about speaking loud enough to be heard. It also adds value in additional ventilation with the roof open that can reduce problematic odors or freshen a stale environment.
Cons of a panoramic sunroof:
As we know, the car manufacturers work hard to reduce the weight of their vehicles as it pays dividends when it comes to acceleration, braking and fuel economy. Where possible, they also try to position heavy items such as the engine, gearbox etc. as low as possible, in order to improve vehicle stability and handling.
So it’s always not a good idea to work out that a 100kg+ (220lb+) glass roof running across the very top of the vehicle. The reason they weigh so much is due to glass being a heck of a lot thicker and heavier than steel or aluminum roof panels, not to mention all the additional reinforcing bars, electric motors and drainage channels required.
If you think alternatively, having a panoramic sunroof fitted to your vehicle could be the equivalent of having an additional passenger in your car – permanently!
If you choose a vehicle with panoramic sunroof thinking that you will more headroom, that isn’t the case. That’s because, the additional space is required for the panoramic sunroof’s motor mechanism and sunshade rollers which means that your car will most likely have less headroom compared to if you went without it. Sometimes the difference can be as much as 50mm (2 inches).
Adds noise and complexity:
While this may sound like a similar issue to the weight factor mentioned above, it is an important issue to consider in its own right. Panoramic sunroofs introduce added complexity to a vehicle. The reason is simple…where there was previously just a sheet of metal and a headliner, suddenly you’ve got two or more heavy glass panels; electric motors, switches, channels and rollers for the sunshade; plus the main motor and sliding mechanism for the sunroof panel itself.
Well, it might go further wrong If something goes wrong for some reason, the squeaks, rattles, and flexing noises in the roof are right above your head.
Not feasible all the time:
Many people purchase a car with panoramic sunroof because they think that they’ll drive with it open all of the time. However, the reality of life can be very different. Example: when it is too cold, too hot, or too windy to experience this feature, then you are spending more on something that you’re not using consistently. And, like a convertible, you can’t have the sunroof open unless you have all of the internal sunshades retracted, which means the entire cabin is exposed to the additional sunshine and of course, your passengers may not always appreciate.
Would you still opt for it?
Despite their flaws, some people do love their panoramic sunroof equipped vehicles. It completely depends upon what an individual expects from his vehicle I,e. look or features or anything else. All we would like to recommend is, though look matters a lot for your car or SUV, do consider all the factors before buying the one.