Best Interiors of 2019

The coolest interiors of the latest car models.

At the New York Auto Show, Ward's has selected the best car interiors in the American market for the ninth time. Traditionally, they are evaluated for comfort, aesthetics, ergonomics, quality of materials used, fitting of parts, and the convenience of infotainment systems and all other functions. The jury has selected the top ten interiors out of 32 applicants. This includes a variety of cars — coupes, sedans and SUV, which cost from $20,000 to $200,000. Because of this large spread, Ward's does not award them any places: all winners are ranked in alphabetical order.

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Bentley Continental GT ($276,730)

The new-generation coupe debuted in August 2018. According to Ward's, interiors that have been hand-assembled by 1,000 employees at the Crewe factory for more than 100 hours simply cannot fail to make the list of the best. The journalists note the finishing materials (natural wood, metal and leather), recalling 310,675 stitches sewn the interior of each coupe.

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The specialists also like the overall interior design and the inverted infotainment system, which hides additional analog devices.

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BMW M850i ($119,295)

The M850i is equipped with a 4.4-liter eight-cylinder biturbo engine, which produces 530 hp and 750 Nm. There is an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The coupe accelerates to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds.

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The interior of the Ward's test car is finished in black and brown leather. The car is also equipped with a “crystal clear” gear stick, which, like all the keys and rotary shifters of the infotainment system, is very much liked by the jury.

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The experts also highly appreciate the ergonomics, the quality of displays and finishing materials, and the adequate operation of the voice control system.

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Genesis G70 ($44,895)

The Genesis G70 has recently been named the “best passenger car of the year”. And the brand itself has been ranked at the top of the new car satisfaction rating, which is held every year by J. D. Power. Therefore, it is not surprising that this model is also included in the list of cars with the coolest interiors.

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As Ward's experts say, everything is done intuitively here. This is a place that is just nice to be in. They especially note the suede finish of the ceiling, inserts made of natural aluminum, good ergonomics and a comfortable back row of seats.

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There are seven leather trim options available for the G70, and you don't have to pay extra money for any of them.

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Hyundai Santa Fe ($39 905)

Hyundai’s models have been included in the rating of the best interiors for the last eight years, while the Santa Fe was in this list for the last time in 2013.

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The journalists have tested a top-end modification with heated second-row seats, wireless smartphone charging, gray-brown leather interior trim, and aluminum inserts.

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The experts note high-quality finishing materials, unusual speaker grille design and interior design.

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Jeep Gladiator ($51,245)

Jeep’s first pickup truck for the last 27 years made his debut late last year. The body-on-frame car has a 28-cm ground clearance, two types of all-wheel drive, switchable anti-roll bars, and 33-inch wheels.

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Experts note a large number of compartments, including the ones on the floor, and the presence of an optional, removable Bluetooth speaker, as well as folding second-row seats.

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Ward's also like the soft opening roof, which is easy to fold by hand.

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Lincoln Nautilus ($67,630)

The Lincoln Nautilus – this is how the MKX is called after the restyling last year. The SUV lost a conventional gearbox selector (there now buttons on the center console instead of it) but received a 12.3-inch digital dashboard.

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Ward's liked Alcantara ceiling paneling, leather trim (for most interior elements, including the top of the doors), and a huge selection of colors.

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A SYNC infotainment system with fast response, convenient menu, and an adequate voice control system is also worth noting.

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class ($51,935)

The A-Class is the fourth Mercedes model to win the best interior award in the past 6 years. The first among them was the flagship S-Class Sedan in 2014.

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The journalists have tested an A 220 modification with a 2-liter 190-hp turbo engine. In the US, the standard version of the model costs $34,500. Additional equipment increased the price the tested car to almost $52,000.

Ward's like a MBUX infotainment system with GPS, AR, fast voice control, intuitive menu and high-quality screens.

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Ward's note that the SUV has good (relative to its cost) interior trim materials, comfortable seats with orange stitching, which is combined with illuminated center console buttons of the same color.

The jury also notes good ergonomics and the presence of a circular video review system.

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Toyota RAV4 ($39,565)

The RAV4 is the best-selling SUV in the United States. It has recently received an upgrade and immediately got into the Ward's rating.

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The experts like the soft plastic trim of the fascia, five USB ports, atmospheric lighting, high-quality audio system, materials, and color options for seats and door panels.

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Volvo V60 ($54,690)

The journalists like the “Scandinavian simplicity” of the center console design, the quality of finishing materials and fitting elements, soft plastic, as well as the overall “warmth” and convenience of the interior.

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Three years ago, the XC90 SUV was also included in the rating of the best interiors.

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