Our tropical climate doesn’t seem to deter buyers from expecting new cars to come with sunroofs. I’ve spoken to both marketing folks and salespersons from several brands, and they all say the same thing: It’s easier to sell a car if it comes with a sunroof as standard.
Sunroofs make car interiors feel airier and look a bit classier. But unless you’re a sun-worshipper, the extra heat they allow into the cabin (yes, despite the glass being tinted) makes driving a little less comfortable.
To me, there’s no sense in opening the sunroof, even at night. The air remains warm and you run the risk of having your cabin (or head) hit by bird poop. After all, birds will poop at any time.
Apart from this potentially (filthy) inconvenience, sunroofs reduce headroom and add weight to a vehicle. For an enthusiast, extra kilos are as unwelcome as ants at a picnic.