In our opinion, these are the most exciting car interiors to be launched in the past year. Whether it’s for striking design, lavish materials or futuristic elements, these 6 interiors have piqued our interest.
Most people will judge your car by the intricacies of its exterior design, but it’s the inside of the car where you spend most time with your car. This last year has seen a move towards fewer fascia buttons, reduced clutter around the cabin and bigger, more inclusive infotainment systems.
The German brands that dominated this list last year have not introduced anything groundbreaking over the past 12 months, so do not feature as prominently this year. That doesn’t mean they are suddenly rubbish, they're just not that eye-catching.
Take a look at what we think are the best interiors of 2017 (thus far). Let us know what your favourite interiors are below.
The LS 500 debuted in Geneva earlier this year. The interior looks to have taken a giant leap forward in terms of design and usability. Lexus has never lacked build quality, but has often sported boring derivative interiors combined with tricky-to-understand infotainment systems. The LS 500 looks distinctive with the swooping vents running the length of the cabin. The infotainment system has been improved and measures 12.5-inches. There’s also a 24-inch (!) head-up display available.
The new folding driver display (instrument cluster) system looks magnificent and moves with Transformer-like precision. The centre console’s buttons are all stacked on top of each other and issue commands to the gearbox. McLaren has made the interior of the 720S look like a futuristic machine from a Sci-Fi movie. You can stare at the details on this cabin for hours.
Talk about simplifying a cabin. Look how few buttons there are in the Velar. All of Range Rover’s Terrain Response buttons and knobs have been shifted onto a 2-tier screen setup that can tilt to provide the perfect angle for the driver or passenger. It looks like the update that Jaguar Land Rover needed to keep up with the Germans in terms of tech and refinement.
The blue backlighting on the Alpine’s buttons may just look particularly cool, but the A110 seems to have been designed by the same guys who made the Avengers movies. The big A in the steering wheel is a giveaway and the analogue clock surrounds are reminiscent to Iron Man’s head-up display. Still, the Alpine differentiates itself from Porsche's Cayman with a thoroughly futuristic, original interior.
Peugeot has taken another step forward with its interiors. The European Car of the Year-winning 3008, which will be launched in South Africa in the second half of 2017, has an improved touchscreen and fully digital instrument cluster that displays crisp animations and 3D graphics. The biggest improvement is the overall quality of the cabin and the feel of the switchgear.
The Quadrifoglio's cabin is especially beautiful, but even the lukewarm models have an aura of quality about them. The start button on the steering wheel makes you wonder why all cars don’t position it there and the infotainment system is one of the easiest/most intuitive to operate. It seems Alfa took a leaf out of Audi's book when it came to designing the Giulia’s interior.