These cars blew us away with their phenomenal interior design.
Every year, a bunch of surveys get released that show the best car interiors for the current year. However, these lists usually factor in things like price, so that they aren't just full of exotic supercars. We decided that we wanted to make our own list of best interiors with some of the more recently updated models. Our list has no restrictions, just interiors that we absolutely love. We have decided to include sports cars and more practical models on this list, although the reasons why we love each might be a bit different depending on the type of car.
The new Mercedes E-Class wowed us in more ways than one. The exterior is understated and extremely elegant, but the interior really blew us away. The new E-Class borrows the all LED screen configuration from the S-Class, which looks very futuristic. The E-Class also has the wonderful machined aluminum speaker grills that we have obsessed over. The blue mood lighting makes the interior seem welcoming and the metal air vents that look like a string of pearls really makes the dash seem expensive. This E-Class interior can go toe-to-toe with much more expensive models like the Audi A8, Jaguar XJ and even the BMW 7 Series.
In the past, Porsche interiors were often a weak point of the brand. They didn't look particularly bad, but the technology was often old and outdated. With the newest range of models, Porsche has decided to finally compete on the technology front. The new Panamera is the perfect example of this transformation. The old Panamera was a button-covered mess, but this new one looks straight out of the future. Touch sensitive buttons aren't our favorite alternative, but the way that Porsche has laid out the new Panamera is simply stunning. The back seat also finally looks like a nice place to sit that isn't just relegated to whichever passenger you like the least.
Lexus knew that it had to give its new flagship car an impressive interior, and it has certainly succeeded. The new LC500 has an amazing interior thanks to hand-stitched leather and real materials throughout the cabin. Almost every touch-point in the car is exactly what it looks like and there is practically no plastic anywhere in the cabin. The LC borrows the awesome sliding tachometer from the LFA, which is a nice, sporty touch. Even in the "baby diaper brown" color, we can't get enough of this interior. Lexus may have stolen the unofficial best interior design crown from Aston Martin with this amazing design.
Many of the cars on this list are geared towards luxury, but crafting a sporty interior is also a difficult feat. We love what Audi has done with the new TT, especially the TT RS. The TT borrows a lot of elements from the R8 and the Lamborghini Huracan. The interior is extremely driver-centric and doesn't even have a screen for the passenger to look at. Instead, all of the important controls are handled by the Audi Virtual Cockpit in front of the driver. This frees up the rest of the interior to be minimalistic, but still very interesting. We love how Audi integrated the climate controls into the actual vents to free up space, even if that is an idea that it stole from the Corvette and F-Type.
Just being expensive wasn't enough to get on this list. There are plenty of expensive cars with interiors that did not impress us. Mazda has always managed to make the Miata the perfect sports car, and the interior is a big part of that formula. The new Miata brings the recipe into the 21st century with modern features like a navigation system. Yes, the NC generation didn't even have navigation as an option. The new Miata stays true to the formula of Jinba Ittai by having the shifter (as well as the other controls) fall perfectly into the driver's hand. The Miata has a wonderful interior, and the RF model makes it feel even more special.