The interior of your car is the part you see the most, so it’s important that it looks and feels good. With that in mind, here are the 10 best car interiors of 2023.
First though, what makes a really good interior? Well, you want it to be easy to use, well equipped, durable, high quality and nice to look at.
Here’s our pick of the 10 nicest car interiors of 2023:
- Mercedes S-Class
- Peugeot 208
- Honda e
- BMW iX
- Audi e-Tron GT
- Mazda 3
- Volvo XC40
- Kia EV6
- Porsche Taycan
- Ford Mustang Mach E
1. Mercedes S-Class
If you want to know what technology is going to be available on your average family car in five years’ time, you look at the latest Mercedes S-Class. It’s a car at the forefront of luxury thanks to its stylish design and high-quality materials.
Dominating the centre console you have a large touchscreen display, accompanied by a digital driver’s display. You can have a panoramic glass roof to let more light into the cabin, and the seats are endlessly adjustable to help you get comfortable.
2. Peugeot 208
You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a really cool interior, as proven by the Peugeot 208. For an affordable supermini, the cabin looks way ahead of the game with complex shapes and posh-looking materials.
The standout feature here is the small, square steering wheel with Peugeot’s i-Cockpit digital driver’s display set above it. While this setup may not be ideal for everyone, if it suits you then it looks very funky indeed.
3. Honda e
The Honda e is a thoroughly modern-looking city car both inside and out. The cabin is light and airy with great visibility, and the design is one-of-a-kind with quirky materials and loads of tech.
The dashboard looks like a 1970’s sideboard with its unpolished wood, and screens span its entire width. Passengers can plug games consoles into the Honda e, or it can display a fish tank if you want a more lounge-like experience.
4. BMW iX
BMW’s new flagship was obviously going to have a high-end interior, and the iX didn’t disappoint on this front. Regardless of what you think of the controversial exterior styling, the cabin is a very nice place to be.
You can have solid crystal details on the seat controls, gear selector and the iDrive control wheel, and everything else is plastered with leather and solid metal. The huge, curved panel housing the two screens looks bang up-to-date as well.
5. Audi e-Tron GT
You can always count on Audi to make a swanky interior, and the e-Tron GT is evidence of this. The first thing you’ll notice when you step inside is the quality of the materials and the solidity of everything. There’s plenty of leather and metal trims to liven the place up as well.
You also get plenty of tech, as you’d expect from a flagship EV. Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit comes as standard, and the infotainment system has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
6. Mazda 3
If you’re after a family hatchback, but want something a bit more left-field than a Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus, the Mazda 3 is a great bet. It looks sporty on the outside, regardless of which trim you go for, and the cabin looks classy as well.
The materials used are closer to those of a luxury car than a family hatchback, and the design is clean and minimalistic. You’ll be pleased to see that the climate controls aren’t buried in the screen, which makes them easier to use while you’re driving. Overall the Mazda 3 is very well equipped.
7. Volvo XC40
The Volvo XC40 is a great-looking small SUV that is ideal as a family runaround. It’s available as a hybrid and as a fully-electric car and the interior is full of clever features. There are cargo dividers in the boot and a removable waste bin, for example.
The material quality is good overall, and there’s a selection of trim materials to choose from. You can even have orange carpets and door cards if you want to stand out. Being a Volvo, you know it’ll be safe as well.
8. Kia EV6
Kia’s interiors have come a long way over the last decade, in terms of both quality and design. The Kia EV6 is a flagship model for the Korean firm and the cabin certainly reflects this.
You have two 12.3-inch screens for the infotainment and driver’s display dominating the dashboard, but you still have separate climate controls to make them easy to use while you’re driving. The materials used and the ambient light strips further liven things up, and the quality is up there with German alternatives as well.
9. Porsche Taycan
You expect nice interiors from Porsche, and the Taycan has one of the best that the brand offers. The solid quality is what hits you the most. All the buttons have a satisfying click to them, and the doors shut with a reassuring whumph.
If you go a bit mad on the options list, you can have a screen for the passenger side of the dashboard. Great if you like passengers to have easy access to the radio. You can also have a £4,000 Burmester sound system if you really like your tunes.
10. Ford Mustang Mach-E
The Ford Mustang Mach-E gets all the basics of car interiors right. It looks smart, it’s well screwed together and it’s packed with tech. The material quality is good as well, with particular praise going to the vegan (but very convincing) faux leather used on the seats.
The huge portrait screen is the main focal point of the cabin, and it’s easy to use and packed with features. You also get a neat little driver’s display that is easy to read and provides loads of information.
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