I honestly believe the car manufacturers have lost the plot with many modern cars, and the plethora of automated gizzmos, many of which we do not need, and some we do not want. The added complexity has driven them to get rid of physical switches and move to touch panel controls, many of which are set in multi layered menus on" I pad" like panels in the middle of the dash board.
To change the operation of many items no need the attention of the driver to be taken off the road to the "I pad" and to take valuable extra time to concentrate on what's displayed to be able to decide what to do and then to move the finger to teh correct spot to make the change. What happens if your finge slips on the surface of the pad and you activate the wrong thing.....
Why do we need electrically operated seats, and steering column,s, , boot's door latches. etc. Have we lost the ability to move?
Not only does all this extra gear add cost it increases the probability of faults which are beyond the competent DIY'er to rectify.
Perhaps you should try the screens to see if they are what you think they are. Having just bought a car with such a screen I can say it is not as you suggest. Commonly used functions are all accessible with permanent settings buried in the layers and menus, these are set when stationary.
Yesterday we decided to go to Ikea. Pressed one button on the steering wheel and said, navigate to Ikea. Seconds later it asked, “which one”. I touched the Bristol option and that was job done.
Tactile piano keys below the screen take me directly to functions. Then simple adjustments are made.
In my case, I believe it has been designed with driving safety in mind. But I can't speak for other makes.
The longevity and reliability of the gizmos improve with time and innovation. eg. Electric windows were once such an unnecessary gizmo. But now they are a reliable and normal addition. Probably more reliable than their predecessors.
The bendy headlights I mentioned earlier. Are normally an expensive extra. In time the costs may come down. Then it is an extra safety feature. Not necessary, but desirable.