Panoramic sunroofs are loved by many. They are especially nice to have if you live in a climate that has moderate temperatures and some sunshine.
In 2017 a number of cars came fitted with panoramic sunroofs. Below are a few of them.
1. Audi A4 Allroad
The Audi A4 Allroad wagon was launched as a 2017 model in 2016, with a panoramic sunroof as standard.
The Allroad was built to appeal to drivers who want the benefits of an SUV from a regular car, with a part-time all-wheel-drive system. It was therefore built to be higher than the regular A4.
Standard features include a digital instrument cluster, leather interior, split-fold rear seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a three-zone climate control.
It is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Adaptive cruise control, auto braking, traffic sign recognition, and full LED headlights are some of the other features.
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2. Lincoln MKZ
The 2017 Lincoln MKZ is available in three trims. The entry-level is the Premiere. Above it are the Select and Reserve.
The two have a panoramic roof as optional. The roof is argued to be the largest opening of any sedan. It includes a power-operated full-length fabric shade that can be deployed when the sun becomes unbearable.
Engines are a 3.0 liter V6 or 2.0-liter hybrid. Several technologies come standard on such a luxury. Expect sheer driving pleasure with safety features that include collision assist, and pedestrian detection.
Adaptive cruise control and parking assist are optional. Also, optional are 30-way adjustable seats.
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More features can be added through the Driver’s package that includes 19-inch alloy wheels and painted brake calipers.
Styling makes the Lincoln distinctive and very visible. This includes LED headlights, daytime running lights, and other decorative lights that may be a bit on the extreme for some conservative drivers.
3. Cadillac CT6
The Cadillac CT6 is a full-size premium luxury sedan available in four trims, with all the features imaginable.
These include a panoramic sunroof.
The panoramic sunroof is available as optional on the base CT6 with the 3.0-liter V6 engine that pumps out 404 horsepower.
Four power train choices are available, including a plug-in hybrid and a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.
The luxury/Premium trim has the panoramic roof, a rear camera, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats as part of the Enhanced Vision and Comfort Package.
The CT6 Platinum has all the features as standard. Among them are the Bose Panaray Audio System, The Enhanced Vision, and Comfort package that includes Adaptive cruise.
Infrared night vision and rear auto braking are offered under the Driver Assistance and Night Vision Packages.
The Cadillac CT6 is offered as a rear or all-wheel drive.
There are too many features on this sedan. Get one of the trims that come with the massive panoramic roof, and luxury driving will never be the same again for you.
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4. Audi A3 Saloon
The A3 is an up-market luxury compact saloon that is crammed with the latest technology. It can be deceiving for those looking for something bigger and more attractive. This is a zippy and responsive luxury small saloon.
The 2017 Audi A3 features a new engine and transmission, a revised infotainment system, and additional safety features.
Acceleration is brisk from the 2.0-liter engine and 7-speed transmission. Handling is also very good, allowing the A5 to take curves at speed.
The A3 comes in three body styles; sedan, convertible, and hatchback. These are in Premium, Premium Pus, and Prestige trim levels.
A panoramic sunroof comes standard with all body styles, except, of course, the convertible.
The Entry-level Premium is quite loaded with features, including dual-zone automatic climate control and forward collision warning.
The Premium Plus adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and heated seats.
If you need more, the Prestige trim offers adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and other features.
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5. Audi A3 Sportback e-tron
The Audi A3 is a compact luxury sedan that offers attractive styling and a good driving experience. The hybrid engine means the e-tron is among the leaders in fuel economy.
The 2017 Audi A3 e-tron features a standard panoramic sunroof among many others.
These include LED daytime running lights, rearview camera, and driver assistance technologies.
Under the hood is a 1.4 liter TFSI engine combined with the permanent electric motor. Together they produce 204 hp.
6. Kia Cadenza
From the Kia stable comes the Credenza. It is highly regarded within the affordable large cars segment, although it trails the established German brands.
The Credenza is powered by a 3.3. liter V6 gasoline engine, producing 290 hp. The transmission is an 8-speed automatic.
The available trims all come with an optional package that includes a panoramic sunroof, leather heated seats, 8.0-inch touch screen that includes navigation, blind-spot monitor, and other features.
The Technology trim adds automatic high beam LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, air-conditioned seats, and automatic emergency braking.
The top trim, SXL adds, a power rear sunshade, among other features. The mid-level Technology seems to offer the best value.
7. Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe
Mercedes has been at the top of the luxury cars segment for a long time. As much as rivals try to displace the brand, or catch up, Mercedes continues to bring out new cutting-edge technologies.
The C-Class Coupe offers a lot, including a panoramic sliding sunroof as part of an optional premium package.
The use of aluminum in the bodywork has helped to make it lighter, and therefore more fuel-efficient.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine produces 241 horsepower, with a 7-speed automatic transmission. Drive is either rear or all-wheel.
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8. VW Golf Alltrack
The VW Golf is a compact hatchback loved by many for its performance, durability, and build quality. The Alltrack is a variant of the Golf SportWagen. It is built on the same platform as all other Golf variants but has a raised suspension to cater to the outdoors.
The Alltrack is powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that gives 170 horsepower. Transmission is a 6-speed dual-clutch, linked to the 4Motion all-wheel drive.
Three trims are available for 2017. All three have roof rails. The base model S and SE trims are fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels, whilst the top SEL trim has 18-inch wheels.
The SE and SEL also have a power-sliding panoramic sunroof and automatic headlights.
Safety includes an Intelligent Crash Response System that automatically unlocks doors and switches on the hazards.
To enhance the outdoor performance, the Alltrack comes with Hill Descent Assist.
The Alltrack is certainly an affordable outdoor car for those who are not keen on SUVs.
9. BMW 740e
The 2017 BMW 740e sedan has most o everything that the luxury vehicle enthusiast would want, but they still ask for more
It is an executive saloon whose competitors can be counted on the fingers of one hand. The debate about which is the best will never be resolved, as it simply boils down to brand loyalty.
A key feature, and a growing feature, is the optional Panoramic Sky Lounge sunroof that uses LED modules to light graphics in the roof.
The ambiance is further enhanced by another optional Ambient Air package that ionizes eight perfumes to create a beautiful smell in the car. Goodbye to air fresheners hanging on the rearview mirror or placed on the dashboard. This is the height of quality.
Safety is provided by BMW’s Active Protection System with all the safety features imaginable.
The 740e is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo in-line 6 that produces 320 horsepower. Transmission is an 8-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive, with an optional all-wheel drive.
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10. Audi A5
The Audi A5 hatch continues to grow in stature as it aims to displace the competition from the top perch. The 2017 edition comes with improved exterior styling.
The Audi A5 is powered by a 2.0-liter 220 horsepower turbocharged engine for the A5, or the 3.0-liter supercharged 333 horsepower V6 for the AS. These are connected to either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed Tiptronic.
The drive train is Quattro All-Wheel Drive.
A panoramic sunroof is featured on the A5 Sportback and S5 Sportback.
Other features include 3 –zone climate control, 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit, and an 8.3-inch Audi MMI Navigation and infotainment system.
11. Lexus LS 460
The Lexus 460 is one of the largest and most affordable luxury sedans. So many features accompany this beauty.
A power panoramic sunroof is one of the key features.
Other key features include Smart Access with push-button Start/stop, Drive Mode Select, dual-zone climate control among others.
Exterior features include LED daytime running lights.
Power for the LS 460 came from a massive 4.6-liter V8 issuing out 368 horsepower. The power is transmitted to the rear wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission.
12. Lexus CT 200 Hybrid
The stylish hatchback Lexus CT200 is available in two trims. These are the CT200h and CT200h F-Sport.
The trims are endowed with numerous modern features. These include automatic headlights, keyless entry and ignition, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
The F-Sport trim adds a panoramic sunroof.
The CT200 is powered by a 1.8-liter hybrid engine that pumps out 134 horsepower. The engine is mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission.
All-wheel-drive models use 360 horsepower from the same engine.
What are the Pros and Cons of SUVs with Panoramic Sunroof?
Pros of Cars with a Panoramic Sunroof
- Improved Styling and Appeal
There is no doubt that the panoramic sunroof is a valuable selling point for the car. People love the sunroofs, and many opt for cars fitted with one.
- Natural Temperature Control
The panoramic sunroof helps in regulating cabin temperature. It can be opened to cool the cabin, or closed to retain heat. This helps to reduce cooling costs.
- Creates a Sense of an Open Space
People love the outdoors. Imagine having the feeling of being outside whilst seated in a luxury cabin, cruising on the highway.
Cons of Cars with a Panoramic Sunroof
- Absorption of Excessive Sunlight
The sunroof system can create a greenhouse effect o some occupants, leaving them feeling weak and tired. This is especially if the sunroof is fixed.
- Restricted Headroom Space
The panoramic sunroof system takes up some vertical space. Taller passengers can find this very restrictive and uncomfortable.
- Increased Vehicle Costs
The panoramic sunroof is not for free. Purchase and maintenance costs are both increased.
With the passage of time, the technology will continue to improve. Since most people love panoramic sunroofs, the engineers will continue to find ways to work on the negatives.
Are Cars With Panoramic Sunroof More Expensive?
The panoramic sunroof is a standard on luxury vehicles, or optional on the lower trims. This means the cost is in-built or optional.
Besides the purchase cost, the sunroof also needs to be serviced and maintained to avoid unexpected breakdowns.