In our opinion, these are the best car interiors to be launched in the past year. Whether it’s for striking design, lavish materials or futuristic elements, these 5 interiors have piqued our interest the most.
Most people will judge your car by the intricacies of its exterior design, but it’s the inside of the car where you spend the most time with your car. Over the past few years, there has been a distinct shift towards touchscreens and multi-screen layouts. This has resulted in more cabin space, fewer buttons and cleaner looking interiors.
You can look at 2017's favourite interiors here. The French manufacturers continue to improve on eye-catching design and feature prominently while Audi’s two-tier screen still wows us and gets the nod of approval all around.
Take a look at what we think are the best interiors of 2018 (thus far). Let us know what your favourite interiors are in the comments section below.
Scheduled to arrive in SA during 2019, the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace not only pushes the boundaries of electric mobility but also interior design. There's a new steering wheel design for the I-Pace with a unique digital instrument cluster with electric-specific graphics.
The centre stack features 2 touchscreens, just as we first saw on the Velar. Both flat screens look modern and appealing while the surrounds have been cleverly used as extra storage space.
Peugeot 508 SW
Peugeot is continuing its impressive push into the premium market. The 308 and 3008 have impressed with quality materials and clean design. The 508 takes it one step further with fancy woodwork and blue LED lighting. It looks very suave and almost something you might find on the deck of a fancy yacht. The steering wheel looks a little bigger than the aforementioned models, which may please some who didn’t like the PlayStation-style small wheel.
Rolls Royce Cullinan
While the exterior of the new Rolls Royce SUV has left many a fan shaking their head in disbelief while the interior exudes confidence and tradition. The Cullinan hides its modern, tech-savvy systems under the veil of classic wood trim and analogue dials (they are actually digital renderings). It's classically understated with just the right amount of ‘runway bling’ that says classy rather than over-the-top.
For all of its wild exterior angles and corners, the interior of the Lamborghini uses a fair amount of regulation Audi kit. The dual-screen layout is plucked from the A8/A7/Q8 range and the steering wheel and door panels are very familiar to Audi owners. It’s the extra touches that Lamborghini adds that really spruce up the design. The 2 thruster-like levers that adjust driving mode and suspension settings make it feel like a 2-seater cockpit in a jet. The latched start button hiding under the red switch, the carbon honeycomb air vents, all of these little things bring that typical Lamborghini flavour to what is a quality interior.
Mercedes-Benz has been getting its interior designs spot on for the last few years. The longevity of the materials has come into question but they do look particularly good. The facelifted A-Class benefits from the huge skateboard screen that we first saw on the E-Class a few years back. The inclusion of LED lighting around the air vents and dashboard gives it a futuristic ‘TRON’ feel to it. The steering wheel is also a key upgrade metallic buttons replacing the plastic ones of the current generation. Overall, for what is its entry-level model, the A-Class has a very stylish and premium looking cabin.