Even with touchscreens, though, we can see in the spread of scores VB gave to different all-touch cars that design matters. You’ll find almost no buttons in a Tesla Model 3, and we called out the lack of buttons in the Subaru Outback in our review, but both performed quite well in VB’s tests. And VW’s use of capacitive touch (versus physical) for the controls on the center stack appears to be exactly the wrong decision in terms of usability, with the ID.3 right at the bottom of the pack in VB’s scores. I’m not surprised that the BMW iX scored well; although it has a touchscreen, you’re not obligated to use it. BMW’s rotary iDrive controller falls naturally to hand, and there are permanent controls arrayed around it under a sliver of wood that both looks and feels interesting. It’s an early implementation of what the company calls shy tech, and it’s a design trend I am very much looking forward to seeing evolve in the future.
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