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Best cars from the inside

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Apparently it's what's on the inside that counts - if we apply that theory to cars, these models are probably the best cars around.

The best cars to challenge the E-Class

Mercedes-Benz has recently released images of the interior of its new E-Class, and it's pretty impressive. However the E-Class isn't the only car with a five star interior.

BMW 7 Series

The 7 Series is technologically advanced rather than beautiful, although of course it's very comfortable too. The list of gadgets is breath-taking; the stereo is gesture controlled, the seats feature a massage function, there's an ioniser for the air and you can even choose between two scents to be released into the cabin! Is it a car or the waiting room of a spa?

Mini Clubman

Small cars are rarely as relaxing to travel in as larger models, and the Mini Clubman's exterior is pretty controversial, so it's a good job that the inside is appealing. BMW has managed to combine the retro appeal of the traditional Mini dashboard with an 8.8 inch screen and offers ambient lighting in a variety of colour choices. The seats are finished in a smart, soft blue leather and the door cards match - it's rather glam.

Rolls-Royce Phantom

The name is synonymous with luxury and the interior of a Phantom is every bit as opulent as you would expect. From the plush carpeting and buttery soft leather to the shiny, shiny wood inlays, it's almost obscenely extravagant. However this is luxury in the traditional sense - the Phantom's infotainment system is rather dated.

Mazda MX-5

It may not be lavish but the latest MX-5 serves to show how much thought automotive designers are putting into making cars a pleasant and relaxing place in which to be. It's functional and practical rather than swanky, but offers excellent user friendliness.

Tesla Model S

The interior of the Model S isn't notably sumptuous but it does boast a huge touchscreen in the fascia that offers an amazing array of high tech features. It's a web browser with the ability to download updates to Tesla software among many other functions. This is luxury designed for geeks rather than playboys.

Pagani Huayra

The space age Huayra's interior is dominated by carbon fibre for a sci-fi film look. It's all designed to be as lightweight as possible but accomplished with a fair amount of style. The quality of stitching on the leather upholstery for example is top class and the aluminium detailing is impeccable.

Audi A6

It's not the most up to date of car interiors but the Audi A6 is a lesson in well-bred understatement. It's simple but built to the highest standards and quietly refined, the opposite of the Rolls-Royce Phantom's ostentation.

Bentley Flying Spur

Like Rolls-Royce, the Bentley name is pretty much a guarantee of opulence and any model from the firm is exquisite both inside and out. The Flying Spur' sporty interior is both modern and traditional, with the softest quilted leather upholstery you can imagine. The fine detail to the finish is superb, showing that even though Bentley may be the premiership footballer's favourite marque, there's an awful lot of substance under that flashy style.

Audi TT

The Audi TT was the model to introduce Audi's current 'Virtual Cockpit' style fascia, where a 12.3 inch touchscreen is used for all infotainment functions. It's a very clever and intuitive system which also looks cool and is a pleasure to use. It's certainly a vast improvement upon Audi's previous rather clumsy infotainment interface.

Volvo XC90

The new XC90 sees Volvo taking its place firmly among the premium brands, out-Germaning the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW for build quality and dripping with fabulous, Scandinavian-sourced wood and leather.

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