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Glossary

Even though we do try to avoid using technical terminology across our websites, there maybe times when you may need further help to understand some of the features described on our cars. That's what this glossary is for. Search alphabetically.

 

Head- & taillamps – chrome ring

- Decorative chrome ring, surrounding the shape of the head- and tail lamps
 

Head-Up Display (HUD)

- Holographic display which projects vital vehicle information onto the vehicle windshield, preventing drivers from having to take their eyes off the road to monitor gauges.
 

Headlamp levelling device, manually adjustable

- Levels the headlamp beam projection angle to compensate for heavy loads in the car's boot, which push the front of the car up and causes the headlights to project upward. Manually controlled.
 

Headlamp washer

- Sprays water onto the headlamps to clean them.
 

Headlamps - automatic

- A system that senses natural light levels automatically switches the headlamps on or off accordingly.
 

Headlamps audible warning

- An acoustic warning to alert you that your headlamps are still switched on. Triggered by you taking the key out of the ignition.
 

Headlamps – Xenon, High-Int discharge low bms, hal high bms

- Xenon HID lighting systems use special quartz bulbs filled with xenon gas. They produce 3 times the light output of standard halogen lamps. Near-white light also improves visibility.
 

Headlamps – projection

- Special headlamps which enhance both night-time visibility and the car's appearance.
 

Headrests

- Headrest or head restraints are attached to the top of the seat behind the occupant's head. The primary function is to prevent whiplash or serious neck injury in the event of an accident.
 

Headroom front

- A measurement in milimetres, the distance between the top of a passenger's head and the inside of the vehicle roof measured for the front passengers.
 

Headroom rear

- A measurement in milimetres, the distance between the top of a passenger's head and the inside of the vehicle roof measured for the rear passengers.
 

Headroom, 3rd row

- A measurement in milimetres, the distance between the top of a passenger's head and the inside of the vehicle roof measured for passengers in the third row of seats (in 7-seat cars like Orlando and Captiva).
 

Heated windshield

- Windshield with a heating element to facilitate defrosting (de-icing).
 

Heating ducts – rear

- Ducts are used in heating, ventilation and air conditioning to deliver and remove air, they are located in the front and rear of the car.
 

Height

- Is the vertical extent from the top of the car to the bottom line, either including or excluding the height of the roof rails.
 

Hill start assist (HSA)

- HSA is a variant of hill start used by semi-automatic, clutchless transmissions. The system prevents the car from rolling away when trying to pull away on an up or down gradiant, simulating a 'handbrake hill start' manual drivers will be faniliar with. The system engages automatically when a gradient of 3% or more is detected; it then acts to hold the car stationary for two seconds after the brake is released giving the driver time to apply the throttle.
 

Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)

- Amplifies the force the driver applies to the brake pedal through hydraulic pressure. An active safety feature that is enabled during an emergency.