Wards Auto has announced its of the top 10 Best interiors, and there are a few surprises.
Selected from 47 eligible contenders, which needed to be all-new or heavily revised for the 2016 model year with no regard for market segment or price. Each was judged based on aesthetics, design harmony, materials, ergonomics, safety, comfort, value, fit-and-finish, and overall user experience.
It must be noted that the rising cost of cars and in conjunction with the decreasing cost of consumer technology means customers now have very high expectations for even inexpensive transportation.
2016 Chevrolet Camaro
Ward’s choosing the gen-6 Camaro doesn’t surprise us one bit. Not only is it a significant improvement over the previous Camaro’s interior, but it supposedly offers high enough material quality and flare to “set a new standard for an interior in this segment.”
“Who knew the cabin of a muscle car could incorporate so many soft surfaces and still feel like a sporty coupe intended to be driven hard?”
2016 Chrysler Pacifica
The new Chrysler Pacifica makes its predecessor, the Town and Country, look like something out of the 90s. It offers everything a minivan should more, including an ascetically-tasteful design, a plethora of creature comforts for both parents and kids, and a vacuum cleaner.
A selection of rich color combinations and high quality materials help deliver a soothing first impression.
2016 Honda Civic
Honda was panned years ago by critics who found the interior of the previous-generation Civic to be dull, cheap and uninviting. Those memories have since been erased by the 10th-generation Civic, which treats buyers to a fresh, upscale cabin that not only stands apart from its segment rivals, but also “reminds the world why the Civic remains one of America’s most popular small cars.”
The new Civic is the least-expensive vehicle on 2016’s best interior list, but it hardly qualifies as cheap.
2016 Cadillac XT5
The XT5 replaces the SRX, Cadillac’s best-selling vehicle, and is lauded for its first-rate materials, impressive integration of advanced technology, seamless connectivity of the Cadillac User Experience, Ultraview panoramic sunroof, overall comfort and ergonomics, and generally flawless fit-and-finish.
“After climbing into a new XT5, Cadillac lovers will scarcely remember the SRX nameplate.”
2016 Audi TTS
The second-generation Audi TTS’ driver-focused virtual cockpit impressed the judges with its sporty style and ergonomics.
“Audi redefines how a driver experiences a compact sports coupe by integrating buttons and climate controls in clever places on the instrument panel, freeing up space and resulting in a cabin that feels less cramped.”
2016 BMW 7 Series
BMW faced a tall challenge when Mercedes-Benz launched the latest S-Class sedan a few years ago with a stunningly beautiful interior that set the benchmark for luxury sedans, but Wards believes the Bavarian automaker rose to the occasion.
The new 7 Series is said to elevate BMW’s interior design language and features enough electronic wizardry to entertain a tech geek for hours on end. Frankly, we think it looks plain compared to the competition and would have left it off the list.
2016 Lexus RX
Having pioneered the idea of the luxury crossover, the Lexus RX remains a groundbreaking entity. It is the best-selling vehicle in its class, outselling many of its rivals by a factor of three.
It made the best interiors list thanks largely to its impeccable fit-and-finish; high quality leather, wood and metallic trim elements; form-fitting seats; and crisply lit gauges and display screen. It also won a lot points for its space-freeing packaging.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC
Previously called the GLK , the new GLC comes flush with the premium features you expect from a Mercedes but at a reasonably low price… you know, for a Mercedes.
Its interior is virtually identical to that of the C-Class, so it’s not something that would win any freshness awards. Even so, it’s classy, very premium and techy; comes with a long list of options; and is “supremely comfortable.”
2016 Volvo XC90
The Volvo XC90 interior probably makes the most dramatic styling statement of the bunch, leveraging a uniquely Scandinavian sensibility that largely explains why Ikea is so successful.
It’s so simple yet engaging and employs the kind of far-reaching elements seen only in concept vehicles, particularly the 2-tier center console.
2016 Nissan Maxima
The Maxima remains Nissan’s flagship car after eight generations on the market and the spacious interior of the latest model delivers a warm and inviting environment that competes with significantly more expensive luxury vehicles.
“It makes a brilliant first impression with expert craftsmanship, a unique black-and-camel color scheme and loads of spectacular touches, such as the 2-tone flat-bottom steering wheel, expertly applied contrast stitching, cushy Zero-Gravity front seats and Alcantara diamond-quilted seating surfaces.”
Do you agree with Ward’s list of 10 Best interiors of 2016? Let us know what changes you would make to it in the comments below.
Audi e-tron’s 204-Miles Electric Driving Range Is Disappointing
Audi’s first all-electric vehicle arrives with sub-par driving range.
Audi has announced final specifications and launch details for the new e-tron SUV, and there are some disappointments.
While a 204 miles (328 km) driving range will prove sufficient for most commuters, it is significantly lower than the 295 mile (475 km) range you get with the Model X. According to Audi, average buyers of premium vehicles only travel around 30 miles (48 km) per day, so this shouldn’t be an issue.
The e-tron is also not as quick as the Model X. Its 402 horsepower in ‘Boost Mode’ allows drivers to accelerate to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, but the Tesla has a zero-to-60 mph benchmark of 4.7 seconds in standard form or 3.5 seconds for the Performance.
On a brighter note, it can add 54 miles (87 km) of range in just 10 minutes when connected to a DC fast charge and 163 miles (262 km) in 30 minutes.
Audi e-tron prices start at $74,800 in the United States, which is nearly $6,000 less than the cheapest Model X.
Audi’s Tesla Model 3-Fighter Is Coming In 2023
Telsa’s popular sedan will not go unanswered.
Having kicked off its electric vehicle blitz with the e-tron SUV, Audi is now gearing up to introduce an electric sedan that will rival the Tesla Model 3.
Speaking to at the Geneva Motor Show, Audi design boss Marc Lichte revealed that German automaker will release the new model sometime in 2023. It’s expected to be about the same size as the A4 and will ride on same PPE platform as the upcoming E-tron GT.
“There will be [electric] SUVs and low-floor sporty cars such as the E-tron GT, which is our ‘halo’ car,” Lichte stated. “There will be an E-tron GT in the [A4- sized] segment as well. We’re working on this right now.”
Audi’s Tesla Model-fighting electric sedan won’t arrive until Audi releases the e-tron Sportback electric SUV and the smaller Q4 e-tron SUV, which the company predicts will be one of its most popular electric vehicles, with sales on par with the Q3 crossover.
Is Audi Bringing More Wagons To The United States, Canada?
An enigmatic Twitter post suggests more Audi wagons are coming to North America.
With the A4 Allroad serving as its only wagon available in the United States and Canada, Audi could be gearing up to capitalize on the small renaissance in the wagon segment.
A tweet () by the German automaker hints at more of its wagon crossing the Atlantic, with some reports claiming that the A6 Avant at the very least will be sold alongside the rugged, more offroad-oriented A4 Allroad.
The performance-oriented RS6 Avant with its twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 may also come to America, giving practical-minded driving enthusiasts a compelling option to consider.
The North American-spec A6 Avant could go on sale sometime in the second half of 2019 as 2020 model year vehicle as Audi’s an answer to Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon and Volvo V90. How will you configure yours?