Surprise! The cool Easter egg features hidden in cars

From spiders to sharks, and umbrellas to ice scrapers, here are some ‘Easter egg’ features you’ll find in modern cars

  • When car designers jump the shark

    When car designers jump the shark

    © Opel

    Easter eggs are for life, not just for Easter. Or something. You see, Easter eggs aren’t just about chocolate. The term is used to describe a hidden feature or message, usually within a film or video game. But – as our gallery proves – they also exist in the car world. Read on to discover the best chocolate-free Easter eggs…

  • Skoda’s Superb umbrella

    Skoda’s Superb umbrella

    © Skoda

    Fancy a Rolls-Royce but can’t quite find enough pennies down the back of the sofa? The Skoda Superb does a mighty fine impression of a luxury car, right down to the umbrella hidden away in the rear door. Indeed, the Superb goes one better by offering two brollies. Now Skoda is really spoiling us.

  • Jeep Renegade and the hidden Italian spider

    Jeep Renegade and the hidden Italian spider

    © FCA

    Ciao baby: not our words, but the words of the little spider sat inside the fuel filler cap of the Jeep Renegade. It’s there to highlight the efficiency of the compact crossover. Apparently you’ll fill up so infrequently, cobwebs will appear inside the filler cap. So now you know.

  • Jeep Renegade and the numerous nods to its heritage

    Jeep Renegade and the numerous nods to its heritage

    © Jeep

    Jeep has thrown a truck-load of Easter eggs at the Renegade. From topographical maps to the iconic Jeep grille, you’ll find references to Jeep’s heritage everywhere. Seriously, this thing has got more Easter eggs than Thorntons. Jeep has adopted a similar stance on the new Wrangler.

  • The Tesla Model S and Elon Musk’s tribute to Spinal Tap

    The Tesla Model S and Elon Musk’s tribute to Spinal Tap

    © Tesla

    In a brilliant nod to This Is Spinal Tap, the volume controls in the Tesla Model S go ‘up to 11.’ Hat-tip to Elon Musk…

  • Not to mention the Tesla Model S and its underwater abilities

    Not to mention the Tesla Model S and its underwater abilities

    © Newspress

    This is one of the very best Easter eggs. Hidden away in the menus of the Tesla Model S is a Lotus Esprit submarine setting. Pressing the Tesla logo for a set period of time and entering ‘007’ as the code will transform the display to that of James Bond’s Esprit. Brilliant.

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    Fiat Panda

    © Fiat

    The current Fiat Panda is known for its squircles (square circles), which appear everywhere on the car. But a less well-known feature of the car is the inscription on the door cards. Look closely and you’ll spot thousands of little letters. It’s a very nice touch.

  • New Ford Mustang and the pony projection

    New Ford Mustang and the pony projection

    © Ford

    Here’s another neat idea. You can order a new Ford Mustang with special pony projection lights that display the iconic Mustang logo on the road beneath the car. It’s like the Bat-Signal, only with a horse. That said, Horse-Man sounds like a rubbish superhero.

  • Anything Ford can do, Land Rover can do earlier

    Anything Ford can do, Land Rover can do earlier

    © Land Rover

    Of course, this logo projection thing is nothing new. Range Rover Evoque drivers have been impressing people at dinner parties for years now. In fact, puddle lights are becoming commonplace across the car industry.

  • Nissan Cube and the ripple-effect headliner

    Nissan Cube and the ripple-effect headliner

    © Nissan

    OK, so this is stretching the Easter egg principle a little, but if a Nissan Cube driver never looked up, they wouldn’t see the ripple-effect headliner. It looks like the interior light has been chucked in a pool of creamy water.

  • Toyota FT-1 and the F1-style rear light

    Toyota FT-1 and the F1-style rear light

    © Toyota

    The Toyota FT-1 concept was a pretty cool car. The front-engined, rear-wheel-drive machine felt like a nod to the company’s performance heritage, echoing the likes of the Supra and Celica. The concept even featured an F1-style flashing rain light at the back. Very cool.

  • Ford GT celebrates 100th anniversary with light show

    Ford GT celebrates 100th anniversary with light show

    © Ford

    The Ford GT was a pretty neat way of celebrating the brand’s 100th anniversary. But if that wasn’t enough, the lights on the GT featured a subtle nod to 100. OK, so one is back to front, but hey, it was Ford’s party.

  • Aston Martin’s delightful nod to its logo

    Aston Martin’s delightful nod to its logo

    © Aston Martin

    Now this is also very clever. The rear lights on the Aston Martin Vanquish are designed in such a way that if you put them together they’d create the shape of the Aston Martin logo. Hats off to the designer for that.

  • MG mimics Volkswagen with a discreet logo within MG3’s headlights

    MG mimics Volkswagen with a discreet logo within MG3’s headlights

    © PetrolBlog

    The MG3 is a cut-price Ford Fiesta that is much better than you might think. There’s a sense that the company wanted to inject some individuality to what could otherwise be a dull supermini. We especially like the little MG logos in the headlights of the pre-facelift car.

  • The Tesla Model S keyfob

    The Tesla Model S keyfob

    © Motoring Research

    Tesla uses the Porsche trick of creating a keyfob out of the shape of the car. Just how cool will this look on the coffee table? You even get a little bag to put it in. Just don’t go trying to hang it on your key holder.

  • ‘Simply Clever’ ice scraper in the Skoda Octavia

    ‘Simply Clever’ ice scraper in the Skoda Octavia

    © Skoda

    There’s never an ice scraper when you need one. Which is why Skoda decided to put one on the inside of the Octavia’s fuel filler cap. Hands up all the Octavia owners who have forgotten to put it back again afterwards.

  • SRT Viper and its track stamps

    SRT Viper and its track stamps

    © FCA

    The SRT Viper features two race track stamps: one of the Nürburging and the other of Laguna Seca. British buyers can order the same car with stamps of the North Circular and the Manchester Inner Ring Road.

  • The Z on the side of the BMW Z4

    The Z on the side of the BMW Z4

    © BMW

    Like the arrow inside the FedEx logo, once you’ve seen the Z on the side of the BMW Z4, you can never unsee it.

  • Vauxhall and Opel shark

    Vauxhall and Opel shark

    © Opel

    Back in 2004, Opel designer Dietmar Finger was at home working on a sketch for the new Corsa. For stability reasons, the outer panel of the glovebox required ribs integrated in the plastic surface. His son said: “Papa, why don’t you just draw a shark?” So he did. Today, the glovebox shark can be found across the Vauxhall and Opel range.

  • Volvo XC90 spider web

    Volvo XC90 spider web

    © SH

    The interior of the Volvo XC90 is a work of brilliance. It’s sophisticated and beautifully finished. Which makes the spider on the inside of one of the storage bins all the more surprising. A throwaway touch that shows Volvo hasn’t forgotten details matter. Superb.

  • Lexus IS 300h interior light

    Lexus IS 300h interior light

    © Lexus

    Walking up to your keyless-go Lexus IS in complete darkness? Don’t worry – the car has your back. It senses your presence and the interior lights automatically glow as you get near, before you even touch either the key or the door handles. A really satisfying, feelgood hidden detail.

  • Jaguar E-Pace cub

    Jaguar E-Pace cub

    © Jaguar

    Take a look at the corner of the windscreen on the Jaguar E-Pace and you’ll find two big cats climbing a hill. The cub is there to represent the ‘baby’ crossover. How cute.