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2019 Wards 10 Best Interiors winners span the industry, from Nissan to Bentley

Roadshow logo Roadshow 4/18/2019 Andrew Krok

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Every year, the editors at WardsAuto puts together a list of the 10 best vehicle interiors. It's not just about aesthetics -- it also takes into account innovations in storage, fit and finish and general comfort. Now, at the 2019 New York Auto Show, WardsAuto unveiled its latest list and, as in years past, it covers just about every price point.

This year, just about every segment is represented, from SUVs like the Jeep Gladiator and Lincoln Nautilus to the Volvo V60 station wagon and BMW M850i coupe. Whether an automaker sells their car for $23,000 or more than 10 times that amount, if the interior represents a big step forward, it's on the list. Let's go through each one below.

2019 Wards 10 Best Interiors covers the whole price spectrum

Bentley Continental GT

a close up of a car: Wards' editors said the GT's interior "oozes grace and sophistication," specifically mentioning the new GT's displays, interfaces and switchgear.© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Wards' editors said the GT's interior "oozes grace and sophistication," specifically mentioning the new GT's displays, interfaces and switchgear. Wards' as-tested price on the Bentley Continental GT was $276,730, making it the most expensive car on the list by a factor of two. Wards' editors said the GT's interior "oozes grace and sophistication," specifically mentioning the new GT's displays, interfaces and switchgear.

On our first drive of the Continental GT, we, too, fell in love with its interior. Whether it was the diamond stitching on the door panels or the trick screen that rotates in the dashboard to hide away, there's the right amount of pomp and circumstance in this car. As there should be, given Bentley's history and price point.

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a car parked in front of a mountain: The new Bentley Continental GT will go on sale in the US in Spring 2019.

The new Bentley Continental GT will go on sale in the US in Spring 2019.
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BMW M850i

a close up of a car: The BMW M850i earned Wards' praise for its actual metal trim and Merino leather seats.© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The BMW M850i earned Wards' praise for its actual metal trim and Merino leather seats. The second-most expensive car on the list with an as-tested price of just under $120,000, the BMW M850i earned Wards' praise for its actual metal trim and Merino leather seats. Wards' editors also gave the M850i props for its fast voice recognition system.

We sampled the M850i late last year, calling the seats "equal parts comfortable and supportive," and we also called out the look and feel of everything, from the crystal shifter to how much space there is for front-row passengers. (The rear is a bit cramped.)

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a car parked on the side of a road: Here it is: BMW's big, new 2019 8 Series Coupe.

Here it is: BMW's big, new 2019 8 Series Coupe.
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Genesis G70

a close up of a car: We, too, noted the upscale feel given off by this sub-$40,000 SUV.© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. We, too, noted the upscale feel given off by this sub-$40,000 SUV. Moving away from hardcore luxury for a spell, we have the Genesis G70, which carries a price tag roughly one-third of the Bimmer's. Wards' editors celebrated the ergonomics, infotainment and attention to detail in a car that also happens to be the 2019 North American Car of the Year.

We're big fans of the G70 at Roadshow. When we reviewed it recently, we praised the fact that Genesis took more economical materials and still managed to craft an interior that feels positively luxurious. Doing more with less is definitely an art, and Genesis has it down.

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Hyundai Santa Fe

a close up of a car: Wards gave the previous-generation Santa Fe a nod in 2013, and now it's back on the list again.© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Wards gave the previous-generation Santa Fe a nod in 2013, and now it's back on the list again. Wards gave the previous-generation Santa Fe a nod in 2013, and now it's back on the list again. The Santa Fe is the eighth Hyundai to be on Wards' list. This time around, Wards' editors pointed out its color schemes, "impeccable" fit and finish and attention to details like the speaker grilles.

We, too, noted the upscale feel given off by this sub-$40,000 SUV. Sure, there are some lower-tier plastics in use in various areas, but they're out of reach and are more than made up for with the quality of everything in eyeshot.

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Jeep Gladiator

a close up of a red car: We found the lockboxes to be clever additions in our review of the new Gladiator, as well.© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. We found the lockboxes to be clever additions in our review of the new Gladiator, as well. While the Gladiator's dashboard is the same as the JL Wrangler that debuted last year, Wards' editors looked beyond that and found plenty of clever tricks in the second row, enough to earn a spot on the list. Most of their praise focused on the storage options, from the locking floor boxes to locking seatbacks.

We found the lockboxes to be clever additions in our review of the new Gladiator, as well. The updates from the JL Wrangler really add to the car's daily usability, whether it's the more smartly arranged switches or the fact that it now carries a non-embarrassing telematics system.

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a truck is parked in front of a car: No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. That is a truck bed on a Jeep.

No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. That is a truck bed on a Jeep.
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Lincoln Nautilus

a car parked in a parking lot© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc.Lincoln has really stepped up its design game lately, from the lovely wagonlike Aviator to all its high-end interiors. Wards' editors were quick to relish in its curves and the details, like how the diamond pattern cut into the seats resembles the Lincoln logo.

When we first drove the new Nautilus, we were given one of Lincoln's Black Label cars, featuring its best materials. We found the seats comfortable as all get-out, and while not everybody is a fan of the push-button transmission, there's a lot to like about Sync 3, the infotainment system Lincoln shares with Ford.

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Mercedes-Benz A220

a car parked in a parking lot: Wards' editors gave the new A-Class sedan a spot on its list for its new MBUX infotainment system and the general design of the interior.© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Wards' editors gave the new A-Class sedan a spot on its list for its new MBUX infotainment system and the general design of the interior. Just because a car is "entry-level" doesn't mean it can't have an interior worthy of commendation. Wards' editors gave the new A-Class sedan a spot on its list for its new MBUX infotainment system and the general design of the interior, which follows in the footsteps of Mercedes-Benz's far more expensive models.

I never liked Mercedes-Benz's first crack at a new-age affordable model, the CLA-Class , but the A-Class righted all those wrongs. It looks expensive, it feels expensive and its ambient lighting makes it look like a high-end discotheque. It's got wow factor out the wazoo.

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a car parked in front of a building: An entry-level car in a luxury automaker's lineup should offer a solid blend of everything the company has to offer in a smaller, more affordable package.

An entry-level car in a luxury automaker's lineup should offer a solid blend of everything the company has to offer in a smaller, more affordable package.
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Nissan Kicks

a close up of a car: Wards loved the interior's use of color and materials that give the diminutive SUV a dash of character.© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Wards loved the interior's use of color and materials that give the diminutive SUV a dash of character. The Nissan Kicks is the most affordable vehicle on the list, but Wards still loved the interior's use of color and materials that give the diminutive SUV a dash of character. Wards' editors also like the ergonomics and tech like its surround-view camera.

We found the cabin tech impressive for the Kicks' low price point. Three USB ports are standard, and higher trims get both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Sure, some of the bits feel cheap, but the seats are so comfortable you might forget about the lesser parts.

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a car parked in a parking lot: The Kicks isn't a replacement for the now-defunct Nissan Juke, but you can certainly see its influence in the short wheelbase and sloping roofline.

The Kicks isn't a replacement for the now-defunct Nissan Juke, but you can certainly see its influence in the short wheelbase and sloping roofline.
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Toyota RAV4

a close up of a car© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The Toyota RAV4's latest generation ramps up the quality in a big way, and Wards' editors clearly noticed. They were happy with the tech, which features loads of USB ports and a solid audio system. Heck, they even called out the weird shape of the cupholders.

We, too, spent plenty of time with the new RAV4 and enjoyed it for many of the same reasons. There are storage cubbies galore, interesting uses of both materials and colors, as well as an infotainment system that's much more capable than before.

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a car parked in a parking lot: All 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid models come standard with all-wheel drive.

All 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid models come standard with all-wheel drive.
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Volvo V60

Two words: City Weave. Even the hardened editors at Wards are suckers for the stuff, its plaid interior standing out in a sea of leathers and leatherettes. Yet, without even looking at the fabric, their editors found plenty to love, whether it's the quality of the soft-touch bits or the aesthetics in general.

And what do you know, we aren't immune to City Weave's charms, either. We fell for every touch point we found, and we appreciated its simple design and how well it kept outside noises outside. Aside from being a little cramped, it's a hard interior on which to improve.

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a car parked in a parking lot: What's cookin', good lookin'? Meet the 2019 Volvo V60.

What's cookin', good lookin'? Meet the 2019 Volvo V60.
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