Wards Auto is naming its 10 Best Interior and UX winners for 2022. This marks the first year the interior and user (UX) experience awards have been combined. Wards Auto evaluated 22 vehicles - that were either new or heavily redesigned - and narrowed it down to ten. Factors analysts considered included:
- Aesthetics and design of the interior
- Material quality, fit and finish
- Connectivity infotainment options
- Comfort and usability of controls and features
- Instrument-panel design, information delivery and ease of operation
- Availability and performance of driver-assistance features
- Overall value
The 10 vehicles that make the cut this year:
- BMW iX
- Ford Maverick
- Genesis GV70
- Jeep Grand Wagoneer
- Kia EV6
- Lucid Air
- Mercedes-Benz EQS580
- Rivian R1T
- Toyota Tundra Capstone
- Volkswagen Golf GTI
"This year marks a significant milestone for the Wards 10 Best Interiors and UX awards,” says WardsAuto Editor Drew Winter. “With 50% of our winners being battery-electric vehicles, this tells us the interiors of these models now are as awe-inspiring as their 0-60 mph performance time. Automakers are creating beautiful cabins in these vehicles that combine great new ideas with timeless designs from the past, plus packing them with great advanced technologies such as augmented reality.”
Below is a photo of each winner (and comments if provided in a press release.)
"The sheer artistry of the Jeep® brand's lavish new interiors is breathtaking," said Wards Editor Drew Winter. "The Grand Wagoneer easily earns its way into the six-figure SUV club on the power of its interior design."
"With first-rate, sophisticated materials, such as Blue Agave leather and textured metal trim, plus loads of tech features, including seven stunning high-res screens and an industry-first integration of Amazon Fire TV, the most luxurious Jeep yet is a unanimous choice for a 2022 Wards 10 Best Interiors & UX award," said Wards Editor Christie Schweinsberg.
“The luxurious Toyota Tundra Capstone makes our 2022 list by capably combining space, comfort and technology,” says WardsAuto editor and judge Jim Irwin. “We loved the black-and-white interior color scheme, plus blue ambient lighting and high-tech features including a 14-inch touchscreen running Toyota’s new multimedia system.”
Added Christie Schweinsberg, WardsAuto editor and judge: “Our judges found the new MMI system less overwhelming to use than similar systems by other OEMs, thanks to simplified menus and large icons, both making for easy operation. The 10-inch head-up display also was a tech standout in the Tundra.
VW Golf GTI
“Volkswagen’s Golf GTI lands on our 2022 Wards 10 Best Interiors & UX list by fusing core hot-hatch styling, classic GTI identity and high-tech amenities and design cues into what is a relatively affordable package,” says WardsAuto Editor and 10 Best Judge David Zoia of the $36,820 SE test vehicle. Adds fellow Editor and 10 Best Judge Christie Schweinsberg: “The GTI’s iconic plaid seats, plus light-up door handles, multicolor ambient lighting and Digital Cockpit Pro make this car a winner.”
The 2022 Wards 10 Best Interiors & UX trophies will be handed out on June 9 during the AutoTech: Detroit conference in Novi, MI.