Luxury vehicles captivate us for various reasons, with these five cars having some of the finest cabins on the market.
Luxury can mean different things to different people; to some it means wood and leather furniture while for others it means buttery-smooth driving and high-tech gadgets – like this Maserati that looks like the cockpit of a fighter jet and features Chesterfield-style seats.
1. Rolls Royce Phantom
The Phantom is an embodiment of hyper-luxury. Its cabin is filled with the finest leathers, luxurious wood veneers and made-in-England lamb’s wool carpets crafted in England. Furthermore, there’s a rear bench which can be configured into individual or lounge-chair seating; and access is gained through vast rear-hinged doors.
Up front, a giant expanse of glass covers what most would call the dash area; owners can customize this space with custom artwork to add their own personal flair. Warming’s Series II updates also enhance its technological sophistication without detracting from its timeless craftsmanship.
Rolls-Royce designers create what they refer to as a “magic carpet ride,” one which offers comfort and luxury in equal measures. Even on winding roads, drivers can enjoy peace and relaxation thanks to a slow steering rack which keeps drivers isolated from bumps and vibrations.
2. Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Pullman
Built for ultimate chauffeur car comfort and convenience, this limousine provides unparalleled features and amenities. Additionally, its fold-down rear seats make this an excellent platform for business meetings.
Long exterior lines hint at its luxurious interior features and features such as its V12 biturbo engine which produces 630 horsepower.
Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Pullman passengers can experience all sorts of luxurious amenities on this vehicle, such as reclining rear cabin seating, spacious TV screens and even champagne fridge. Furthermore, passengers may even erect a partition between themselves and driver compartment so that they may issue commands without looking directly at steering wheel.
Priced at roughly half a million euros, this limousine is designed for dignitaries and VIPs. Additionally, it can be equipped with protection that meets VR9 and ERV 2010 standards, making it one of the safest vehicles on the road.
3. Porsche Panamera
Porsche’s interiors are known for their superior build quality and thoughtful design, so its 4S or GTS options feature plenty of head and leg room in front seats with optional flat folding back seats that expand capacity significantly.
The Panamera’s infotainment system features a large touchscreen in its centre and numerous touch-sensitive buttons on its chunky center console, making it simple and quick to respond to touches – although perhaps less intuitive than rival systems from BMW and Mercedes.
Your Panamera comes equipped with many impressive safety features, such as lane keeping assist and surround view cameras. InnoDrive with adaptive cruise control provides additional peace-of-mind; additionally it has an innovative head-up display which projects relevant information directly onto the road ahead.
4. Honda E
The Honda E is an engagingly quirky electric car with plenty of personality compared to many of the larger vehicles that dominate modern roads. Partly this is due to evoking Japanese pop culture tropes of cuteness such as ‘kawaii’ (lovable cuteness) but also because its interior makes you feel more like entering an ultra-modern living room than entering a motor vehicle.
The dashboard features multiple large screens spanning the width of the cabin, creating an aquarium-esque effect in its interior. Its primary infotainment screen features straightforward tiles for user interaction and has an unobtrusive aesthetic.
It even boasts an innovative camera system that replaces side mirrors and feeds live images to two displays on the dashboard – something which significantly reduces blind spots without compromising safety, and stands out amongst other EV interiors.
5. BMW 740i
BMW’s flagship sedan may not boast the futuristic all-electric powertrain of its i7 sister vehicle, but it remains cutting-edge and clever inside. Ian McLaren recently sampled its impressive Design Pure Excellence variant featuring spacious rear seat passenger space and plenty of tech features.
Though hefty in size, the 740i feels secure on the road thanks to its powerful yet smooth 280kW/540Nm inline-six engine and 48-volt mild hybrid system that provide extra oomph when necessary.
The cabin of this BMW features two gorgeous 12.3-inch displays running BMW’s latest iDrive software and controlled by an eye-catching, crystal-looking rotary controller. An adaptive cruise feature maintains an intelligent gap to the car in front, with active lane-centring to ensure you remain between white lines.