LONG CELEBRATED FOR THEIR DESIGNED EXTERIORS, THE BEST CARS ARE FINALLY GETTING THE INSIDES TO MATCH.
LUXURY AUTOMAKERS ARE CREATING CAR INTERIORS THAT ARE MORE LUXURIOUS THAN EVER, AND THE EMPHASIS IS NOT JUST ON DRIVER COMFORT. THE ENTIRE VEHICLE IS NOW SEEN AS A LIVING SPACE WHERE PASSENGER COMFORT AND CONNECTIVITY, AS WELL AS SUPERIOR INTERIOR DESIGN, ARE JUST AS ESSENTIAL AS WHAT’S UNDER THE HOOD. HERE ARE OUR 10 FAVORITE INTERIORS:
By Alice Morais
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan
The interior design of the new Mercedes Benz E-class sedan uses a wave form that links the instrument panel and the door panels to create an elegant cabin with a sporty touch. An ambient LED lighting array with 64 color options allows drivers to personalize the interior with touches of light. But the most innovative feature is the touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel that allow the driver to control the entertainment system with a swipe of a finger.
2017 Bugatti Chiron
With a 1500 horsepower, 261-miles-per-hour engine under the hood, the Bugatti Chiron surely attracts attention for its technical attributes, but the car’s interior is also very impressive. The defining design feature is an illuminated C-shaped light strip that extends from the dashboard to flow upward to the roof liner, continuing forward to the rearview mirror. The interior also blends leather and carbon fiber to imply both luxury and technical sophistication. Other design details include a very narrow center console with air-conditioning switches under glass hoods.
2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus
Racecars aren’t comfy vehicles but their influence is present in the interior design of luxury sports cars. Just look to Audi’s 205-mile-per-hour 2017 R8 V10 plus, whose steering wheel adopts technologies that include the pushbutton control ideas, with larger buttons for the most used start-stop and drive select functions and smaller buttons for the performance mode selector and sport exhaust.
2016 Porsche 911 R
The new Porsche 911 R parlays the 911’s long history (the first was produced in 1964) into a new version, with a limited run of 991 vehicles, for 2017. The lightweight carbon fiber interior trim reflects the car’s overall emphasis on performance, as does the 14.1-inch steering wheel. And the seats combine carbon fiber backrests with houndstooth upholstery for a design detail that pays homage to the 911s of the 1960s. include a very narrow center console with air-conditioning switches under glass hoods.
2017 Rolls-Royce Black Badge
The Rolls-Royce Black Badge offers an edgy design that would seduce Batman! The carbon fiber surfaces of the interior are interlaced with threads of aircraft aluminum and the black leather upholstery is mixed with cobalt blue. The exterior is black, of course, made all the more noticeable by a high-gloss black version of the Spirit of Ecstasy emblem on the hood. The Black Badge upgrade kit will be available in 2017.
Lamborghini Urus SUV
Lamborghini’s long-awaited 600-horsepower Urus, arrives by 2018. Concept photos indicate the design may be as radical as the car is fast: The four-passenger interior is dominated by a futuristic open skeletal structure made of a new, Lamborghini-exclusive, carbon fiber material, with the seats only partially clad in leather. Except for the paddle shifters, all the operating functions are on the wheel or on the console.
2016 BMW 7 Series 750i xDrive
The leather seats are super comfortable, with generous legroom (it’s BMW’s most spacious sedan) and deep-pile floor mat. For an extra bit of luxury, spring for the Executive Lounge Seating Package and choose the seat behind the front passenger—it reclines and has a footrest. Above, LED lights gently diffuse through the glass moon roof, creating the effect of a starlit sky. With all this, it’s clear why this sedan was named world luxury car of the year at 2016 New York International Auto Show.
2017 Volvo S90 Sedan
Sit in the Volvo S90 sedan and you’ll feel like you’re set low and deep in the car—a deliberate design effect that keeps the displays like the vertical touch-screen in the center of the dashboard more at eye level. The interior draws heavily on Scandinavian influences with light colors and walnut trim. There is plenty of legroom in the rear and a scooped out headliner gives rear passengers additional headroom as well.
Bentley Bentayga SUV
Picture yourself sitting on smooth, diamond-quilted leather seats while admiring the Mulliner Tourbillion clock by Breitling, machined in solid gold and set into the dashboard—a precious addition. Nothing else needs to be said.
2016 Holland & Holland Range Rover
There’s no better example of a well-executed collaboration between carmakers and luxury brands than this design by Land Rover and Holland & Holland, a high-end British maker of shotguns. The interior of this limited-edition piece adds acanthus scroll designs, diamond stitching, and French walnut veneers that are signature hallmarks of Holland & Holland products.