Thursday, June 25, 2020

Hyundai Venue, Nissan Sentra Among This Year's Best Interiors List


In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Wards Auto has gone digital in choosing this year’s 10 Best Interiors.

In normal times, the American-based organization that has covered the automotive industry for over 80 years, would spend a day or two just fiddling with the knobs, trying out the seats, touch the materials and so forth before handing down the keys to another editor. However, since that’s not possible, they’ve instead resorted to using live video while discussing features relevant to the judging criteria while other editors would be watching or asking questions via a conferencing app.

With no restraint on pricing, these 10 vehicles bested 25 other nominees based on the following criteria: aesthetics, comfort, ergonomics, materials usage, fit and finish, and user-friendliness.

The most affordable winner in this year’s list is the Hyundai Venue. Wards cited the sub-compact SUV’s interior color scheme and surprising level of technology on what’s essentially an entry-level car.

On the other end of the spectrum, there’s the Bentley Flying Spur. And while owners can specify up to 15 color combinations, Wards fell in love with the red-hued “Cricket Ball” color. This year marks the third Wards 10 Best Interiors trophy for Bentley, having won with the Bentayga and Continental GT previously.

Other notable winners this year include the Kia Telluride which have “features and materials at par with luxury brands costing twice as much,” and the Nissan Sentra which delivered an experience that’s big on luxury and style

Here they are 2020 Wards 10 Best Interior winners (alphabetical order):
  1. Audi e-tron
  2. Bentley Flying Spur
  3. BMW X6 M
  4. Chevrolet Corvette C8
  5. Hyundai Venue
  6. Kia Telluride
  7. Lincoln Aviator
  8. Mercedes-Benz GLB
  9. Nissan Sentra
  10. Toyota Highlander
For reference, here are the nominees:
  1. Alfa Romeo Giulia
  2. Audi e-tron
  3. Bentley Flying Spur 
  4. BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
  5. BMW X6 / X7
  6. Buick Encore
  7. Cadillac CT4 / CT5
  8. Cadillac XT6
  9. Chevrolet Corvette
  10. Ford Escape
  11. Ford Explorer
  12. Honda Passport
  13. Hyundai Palisade
  14. Hyundai Sonata
  15. Hyundai Venue
  16. Jaguar XE
  17. Kia Seltos
  18. Kia Telluride
  19. Land Rover Discovery Sport 
  20. Lincoln Aviator
  21. Lincoln Corsair
  22. Mazda CX-30
  23. Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
  24. Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class
  25. Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class
  26. MINI Cooper 
  27. Nissan Sentra
  28. Nissan Versa
  29. Range Rover Evoque
  30. Subaru Legacy
  31. Subaru Outback
  32. Toyota GR Supra
  33. Toyota Highlander
  34. Volkswagen Arteon
  35. Volkswagen Atlas Cross

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