Opinion: Minimalism in cars needs to stop

What happened to drawing with anything other than a ruler?

5w ago

I'm sure you're aware of EVs and everything about them. One of the biggest problems for enthusiasts is the lack of soul or action while driving but in a road car I have a far bigger problem: the general design direction of them.

You see, the general idea is that with a new powertrain there needs to be a new design direction. That design direction is minimalism. There are several issues with it that too few really think about and some of those issues should be fought with new legislation.

Lets get going.

They have no inspiration or interesting looks inside

Look at the interior above. That is out of the Ford ******* Mach-E. Remove the Mustang badges and it would have nothing in there to make it interesting or different. All it is is 2 screens. Where is the inspiration there? It was designed by a ruler and no great car design involves a ruler.

Lets compare that to a Mustang's interior.

They actually bothered with something for the speedometer. The air vents were designed by designers, not laboratory technicians. It actually has an interesting aesthetic and is distinctive. You can tell it apart from the competition and inside is where you spend most of your time so it is important.

But you have to walk to the car to get inside

Look at that thing. It costs over $40,000 and it looks like a buttock with a platypus's beak. Why not do something interesting? Because EVs have lost any sense of style. Gain some style before I even consider an EV for anything.

They are dangerous

Question: Why did the sensible man use the dial instead of the touchscreen?

Answer: Because he didn't have to look away from the road.

These screens are dangerous. They are basically phones in the dashboard and phones in the hand are illegal so why is the dashboard any different? These regulators want us to drive slowly and sober but looking at the screen defeats the object of it. Declutter the screen and use physical buttons for more functions. Less crashes will happen then.

Basically if you understood ergonomics then you would realise how stupid this concept is.

There is also an issue with the inspiration

Why are cars taking inspiration from phones? The idea of development is that it starts at the top in an S-Class then trickles its way down to the commoner in a Golf over time. It makes those in the cheaper car feel special with big car tech. This concept is entirely the wrong way around. Products that we get into should not take ideas from products that go in our pockets for multiple times it cost to make.

It's a rip-off in the waiting.

At least it makes the car cheaper...but is it really a good deal?

The only viable reason for this idea is to save cost. That's fine in a Dacia Sandero which is all about a low list price but in EVs that are still more expensive than ICE equivalents with proper design it is unacceptable. That's why Tesla's are actually in the just attainable bracket where they are still more expensive than ICE equivalents but governments make up the difference. Not because of lower battery costs but because their design team cut corners.

That's why I couldn't care less about the Tesla Roadster. I don't care if it really does do 1.9 seconds to 60 or 250mph (which it won't) because if I'm spending over $250,000 on a car I expect everything to be perfect. I don't expect lazy design for that cash.

One more thing. Even the cheap Dacia Sandero manages to have a complete design.

They have no excuse.

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Comments (72)

  • Exactly that. It's less safe, less characterful, less convenient and worse in genuinely every way possible.

      1 month ago
  • Can we all agree that an interior with buttons is better than one with a big screen? Minimalism in exterior design is cool (look at the Ferrari Roma, Porsche 992 Targa, even the Mercedes SLS/SLS Black Series) but it’s distracting in the interior.

      1 month ago
    • Personally I think the front of the Roma isn't minimalist and I don't like the minimalist rear. Done right then exterior minimalism is great like on a Stratos. Thing with minimalism is that it's either great or awful. It is risky.

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        1 month ago
  • Look I agree 100% but you have to admit it just works for the Audi R8 and Audi TT(pictured) in terms of being driver focused.

      1 month ago
    • I think you'll find that is the difference between minimal and basic.

        1 month ago
  • And then the Tesla fanboys will say that having everything on a screen is easier than having buttons and knobs and switches but in reality buttons are easier because they are always in the same place. What you want to find on a touchscreen will probably be in 5 submenus which will take ages to navigate through which is dangerous when you’re driving and just annoying when you’re stationary

      1 month ago
    • Dangerous when moving and annoying when stationary- just described the drivers of Tesla’s as well. Well done.

        1 month ago
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        1 month ago
  • I agree,i don't like too much of minimalism,there should be details which makes the interior stand out.

      1 month ago