Modern cars are engineering marvels, compared to even 10-years ago, they are quieter, more powerful and more fuel efficient than their predecessors. Safety and convenience features have also taken big steps forward, but it is not all good news.

There are plenty of irritating features too that have either been introduced along the way or have been with us for a while. Some are the result of constant fiddling in an attempt by engineers and marketers to differentiate their models in an increasingly homogenous motoring landscape. Others are just badly thought out bits of tech that really shouldn’t have left the drawing board.

Whatever the reason, it is the motorist who is stuck with having to deal with it. We cover some of the worst features fitted to new cars and hopefully help you avoid picking them if they happen to be on the options list of your next purchase.