The B6 Audi A4 is not a new car. In fact, it’s already 18 years old. It’s actually old enough to drive, vote and join the military in the US. Hell, it’s old enough to have a proper drink in most parts of the world. It’s an old car is what I’m getting at. Despite that, it still has some tricks up its sleeves that new cars should learn from. One such trick is something that I absolutely love and is so useful, yet so simple and inexpensive, that I still don’t know why it’s not on every other car — a middle sun-visor.
I noticed this almost immediately after I bought my B6 Audi A4 Ultrasport. Between the two standard sun-visors is a tiny one, located above the rear-view mirror. It’s about an inch high and six inches wide, just enough to fill most of the gap between the two normal visors and it works brilliantly.
A few years back, I used to commute an hour each way for work. On my way home, I’d always have the sun streaming through that gap between the visors, directly into my eyes for the majority of commute, every single day. It was infuriating. I could obviously wear sunglasses but, even then, it would always somehow manage to get through to my eyes, whether it be from the side or the top of my glasses. I would drive with my hand up blocking the sun sometimes.
With my B6 Audi A4, I don’t have to. Problem solved. Its little middle sun-visor works brilliantly and it’s such a simple, inexpensive and effective solution to this problem that I can’t seem to think of why it isn’t on every other car in the world. It must cost a whole dollar to make and it works so well. It’s brilliant.
The only other interesting sun-visor solution I’ve seen on another car is the dual driver’s-side sun-visor in a lot of modern MINIs. They have two visors for the driver, one for the windshield and one for the driver’s side window. This way, you don’t have to keep turning the main visor from one side to the other as car changes direction in relation to the sun.
Personally, I love little features like the middle sun-visor in my B6 Audi A4. They make car ownership fun and interesting. And the little plastic visor above my rear-view mirror is one that makes me smile every time I use it.