The competition, in its 9th year, saw 32 nominated interiors that were all-new or significantly redesigned for the US market. While a $277,000 Bentley may been judged the overall winner, this isn’t just about luxury cars.
The Top 10 2019
- Bentley Continental GT ($276,730)
- BMW M850i ($119,295)
- Genesis G70 ($44,895)
- Hyundai Santa Fe ($39,905)
- Jeep Gladiator ($51,245)
- Lincoln Nautilus ($67,630)
- Mercedes-Benz A220 ($51,935)
- Nissan Kicks ($23,330)
- Toyota RAV4 ($39,565)
- Volvo V60 ($54,690)
Eight Wards editors selected the best interiors from a list of 32 nominated vehicle. Test drives in Metro Detroit were conducted in February and March, and judges scored each vehicle on design aesthetic, comfort, ergonomics, materials, fit-and-finish and the user-friendliness of displays and controls. There is no price cap for 10 Best Interiors, says Wards
“We’re proud of a list that includes a $23,330 compact CUV and an ultra-luxury coupe that is 10 times more expensive,” said Wards senior content editor Drew Winter. “They both make the list because they represent meaningful achievement in their respective segments.”
While the list is dominated by European, Japanese and Korean automakers, the presence of the Lincoln Nautilus and Jeep Gladiator shows American design is not dead yet.
The cockpit of the Lincoln looks like a place many European drivers would be happy to spend time in, in fact more harmonious than some of the screen based madness taking hold in Europe currently.
The Nissan Kicks is the “sort of smaller and squarer Juke” that has been smoothed out to appeal more to Americans (and possibly to Europeans who also found the Juke’s styling odd). It made the cut.
Wards judge praised Nissan’s use of materials and colour to make the interior of a budget vehicle look well put together.
“Orange stitching sweeps across the soft Prima-tex-covered instrument panel and also punctuates the comfortable seats and head restraints, giving the Kicks a decidedly upscale look and feel. The stitching ties in neatly with the red-orange backlighting on some of the center-stack controls.” said the judges.