I am glad we do not have heated front screen on the Ecosport, as my company Ford Focus had one and depending on sunny days and sun location relative to the windscreen, you could see the thin wires and were very distracting to me.
A lot of new tech I do not like as its a waste of time, not required and annoying. for instance.....
Start stop tech rubbish.
Tyre pressure monitoring.
Auto wipers and Auto lights.
Smart auto parking.
I could go on
This is why I try to buy base models with very little extras to worry about.
Years ago I used to say to car sales people I want this and that, but now I say I do not want this or that >
Well I agree with you on some things but DAB radio is all there is gonna be soon so if you don't have one it's gonna cost you to get one or you,'ll have no radio, plus going back to old fashioned light bulbs that's a bit tight, they have put HIDS on the latest Ecosport why not the pre 18 models ?
Daytime running lights is a big can of worms, as some car models and makes have them only in front of the car, and others front and back now.
The problem with some cars is with front only DRL's and an always lit dash, some owners get fooled at night into thinking all their lights are on, and in reality there is no lights at the back on, and they get rear ended by not being seen soon enough.
PS ......Proctor, I suppose I could live with DAB radio in a car, if thats all I am offered now, but FM and AM is going to still be with us for a long time, as the take up of DAB radio has been slower than initially thought, as people still want their FM channels
We have a 2018 model and yes on a bright day you can see the heating element in the front screen. A tad disconcerting. On the previous car a Honda I replaced the headlight bulbs with Philips specials the name of which escapes me BUT the difference. I also did the main beam on the Rover which had separate main and dip lights ( 4) made one heck of a difference.
As to the Ecsoport I have yet to drive it in the dark.
The stop start is very disconcerting as I have had one case where it didn't work, that caused a fluster. As to the Radio, it seems OK but AM and FM has been promised the deathnell for years but it is still with us.Many people don't like the DAB system because I believe they don't like the way it fades from area to area, unless of course they have rectified it to work as the FM does.
The running lights on ours are very bright BUT why oh why do manufacturers insist on only front ones. The technology can't be difficult as Volvo have had front and rear running lights for year.
I did not know the new facelift Ecosport had the front windscreen heating element, wonder if it is only on higher trim models?
As for DAB radio in cars, I read that there can be an occasional glitch with changing broadcast areas on the move, and can cause a slight delay in the broadcast stream, so for instance a piece of music or a spoken sentence by a broadcaster will be repeated, and drivers have a "what the...just happened" moment.