10 Best Car Interiors Of 2021< Back to blog
If you did a survey asking 1,000 drivers what factors make the best car interiors, about 99.9% of them would come back with ‘The Three Cs’.
‘What are The Three Cs?’ I hear you ask. They are comfort, convenience and connectivity. No first-class auto cabin experience could be labelled as such without the perfect synergy of these factors, and most major car manufacturers recognise this as they try and compete with one another to create the most refined spaces inside their respective ranges.
This leads us nicely onto 2021, which has seen a surge in the number of gratifying car interiors – some weird, some wonderful, and some so avant-garde that you have to admire the derring-do attitude of the design team in charge.
So, without further ado, we’ve compiled a list of our 10 best car interiors of 2020. Check them all out below for some inspiration for your next car, or to simply marvel at the craftsmanship!
10. DS 7 Crossback
Citroen‘s luxury subsidiary brand DS only has three cars in production, but its flagship DS 7 SUV has an interior which is so unorthodox that it wins in the looks department over plusher rivals. Namely, the esteemed BMW X3 and Audi Q5.
Looks aren’t everything here though. Performance Line models and above match the more premium German brands, with comfort seats, beautiful knurled buttons, a massive 12″ high-definition infotainment system with accompanying 12.3″ digital driver’s display and Alcantara draped over the doors and dashboard.
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9. Peugeot 208
Another model linked to the French multinational manufacturer Groupe PSA which has made our best car interiors’ list.
The Peugeot 208 has matured massively since the rather awkward-looking first generation’s design was ripped up and made confidently sporty in its second guise.
In fact, the 208 is now considered one of the best bargains in the supermini class by many auto experts. We don’t think they’re wrong either, especially when you consider its revamped interior over its predecessor.
As standard on all variations you’ll sit in front of a higher quality dashboard from the last version. The surfaces feature soft-touch material, while a quirky two-tier dashboard is trendy, plus it promises more in the way of technology thanks to a standard 7″ touchscreen infotainment system. Adding to this tech are the touch-sensitive buttons you can use to navigate through the different menus easily.
For the driver, Peugeot‘s new sporty D-shaped steering wheel adds another dimension to the car’s driving experience. Not only is it easier to manoeuvre now, but it’s highly adjustable for reach and height so that the pilot can get the comfiest position possible without a huge faff.
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8. Porsche 911
Dubbed as one of the best all-round sports cars, the Porsche 911 has more than just speed, an engaging drive and swagger about its looks.
Porsche has always been up there with other leading German car manufacturers in terms of producing top-notch interiors. Its flagship model is no exception to this rule either, with plenty of class that is by no means up there with radical supercar level, but lets you know you’re sat in something legendary.
Leather seats, the mini analogue dashboard clock and even the minimalist approach the brand has taken with regards to using as few buttons as possible is undeniably playing the nostalgia heartstrings.
This isn’t to say that the brand has completely turned the other cheek to digital advancements inside vehicles with its latest model. Far from it, in fact, as dual 7″ digital displays behind the steering wheel make up the driver information hub. To add a bit more tech-savvy showmanship, there’s even a swanky 11″ touchscreen infotainment display that’s seamlessly integrated into the dash, so as not to obstruct your view of the road.
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Practicality, space and comfort in the SUV market don’t come much better than in the Range Rover.
Everywhere you look inside is coated in either leather or another plush material covering which does wonders for uplifting the cabin experience.
Appealing to a modern audience, there’s a distinct lack of conventional buttons and switches in Land Rover‘s superior model. Only the ventilation system has these controls, whereas everything else – from your infotainment media and cool ambient lighting, to off-road systems – is controlled via dual 10″ touchscreens ahead of the gearbox.
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Minimalist yet spectacularly modern is how you could describe the Tesla Model S’s interior.
There’s no sign anywhere of physical buttons, switches or dials, even for basic things such as climate control. Instead, the whole cockpit is dominated by a massive 17″ central touchscreen infotainment system.
The infotainment is the highlight of the car’s entire interior and your eyes are drawn straight to it, but it does more than just sit there looking pretty. There are handy functions such as drag and zoom on satellite maps which is very user-friendly.
Unlike any other car in its class, the Model S comes with little Easter eggs within its media system that are unique to Tesla. These quirky features include disco lights, a built-in karaoke function and video games.
Behind the steering wheel you get a 12.3″ driver’s information display which tells you important information like the rate of charge.
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5. Volvo XC90
There was a time where Volvo was the laughing stock of the car market when it came to having any sort of imaginative design. To put it bluntly, the Volvo range pre-dating the 2006 was pretty mundane. It was this year that many recognise as the turning point, where the rather dull S90 was replaced by the luxury S80 sedan. That S90 has been resurrected since, thanks to a 2017 revamp.
History aside, the point we’re making is that not many would’ve predicted that the Scandinavian manufacturer would be a leader in terms of interior and exterior vehicle designs just over a decade later.
The XC90 is spearheading the way in this space, making great use of sumptuous materials across the dash and the interior. Specifically, there’s a plethora of brushed metals and squishy plastics that put this model in the prestigious SUV category.
In the centre of the dashboard, every XC90 receives a 9″ touchscreen infotainment display which has a Tesla-esque portrait layout. The unconventional layout adds a dynamic element to the vehicle’s interior, while at the same time aiding driver visibility by keeping it well away from the top of the dashboard.
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The retro lounge interior of the new Honda-e looks like it came right off the set of The Brady Bunch.
An impressive dual screen digital dashboard spreads beautifully across the length of the car, sitting above home-inspired wood trim on the first part of a multi-tier dash.
Little details about the Honda-e make it extremely comfortable to ride in. For example, there’s no centre console and there’s a walk-through flat floor throughout which adds to the uncluttered ambience inside.
A standard feature of the Honda-e is a panoramic ‘sky roof’ which makes the entire cabin feel much airier thanks to the outside light flooding in. Couple this with the car’s rear bench, which practically serves as a sofa fit for two adults, it’s a great space to be even for people prone to motion sickness.
Interior luxury doesn’t get much finer than the offering from Mercedes in what can only be described as its very own Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
High-gloss wooden inserts are backed up by aluminium-covered air vents. Throw in an array of 9 different sophisticated colour options for the Artico leather interior and you’ve got yourself a motor fit to carry a U.S. president in a motorcade.
What’s more exciting is that the old Merc Comand Online System is going to be replaced by its latest MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system in the next generation of S-Class models. This isn’t to say that the current system is disastrous, but it can be a bit fiddly to operate due to its various complicated menus which are difficult to navigate while on the move.
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2. Audi A8
If there’s an Audi car out there which you refer to as the shining example of having a luxury interior, it’s the A8.
A limousine linchpin is an apt description of the A8, which even shows the Merc S-Class and BMW 7 Series how it’s done.
The A8 is a 21st century car that boasts the suite of onboard technology and has the flashy trims that you’d expect from a flagship vehicle produced by a brand leader in this space.
Dual infotainment displays are a signature feature of cars wanting to rank highly when it comes to interior quality. The A8 is at the front of the line here, with a crisp 10.1″ touchscreen in the dashboard that’s the hub of all your music, media and sat nav – a 3D sat nav, that is.
Underneath this display sits a smaller 8.6″ touchscreen display that is solely for the two-zone automatic air conditioning.
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1. Bentley Flying Spur
Our car interior champion award has to go to the Bentley Flying Spur.
Everything about the comfort leather, real wood and knurled metals used inside the Flying Spur is phenomenal. It also looks seriously flashy – a nod to the design, production and assembly team at the car’s HQ in Crewe.
Adding to all this flamboyant design is one of the best infotainment displays you’ll find in a car on the market today. Namely, it’s a Goliath 12.3″ touchscreen that looks incredible and is smooth as you’d like to use.
The brand’s own sound system marries up perfectly with the Flying Spur’s tech media too. It’s a 10-speaker, 650-watt setup that has brilliant bass sound. But if you try it out and it doesn’t do the job, you can always upgrade to a larger 16-speaker, 1,500-watt Bang & Olufsen unit.
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