As with their exterior designs, the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz take two different approaches to interior design. The Maverick features chunky styling and simple controls that mirror its exterior styling. We love the old-school look of the interior; from the grippy door handles to the clever underseat storage, the Maverick looks like it’s ready for adventure. Tech features should also be up there with the best, thanks to Ford’s great SYNC infotainment system.
The Santa Cruz takes a more contemporary approach and feels more sporty and road-going compared to the Ford. Its integrated infotainment display is cradled by a number of touch-sensitive controls and the dashboard features a sweeping design that seamlessly incorporates the air vents. The steering wheel too is a non-traditional four-spoke piece that looks good, but we’re not sure about its ergonomics. Like the Ford, the Santa Cruz features handy underseat storage, and in higher trims gets premium features such as heated and ventilated seats.
For cars aimed at the young and active, we feel that the Ford’s rugged interior best suits this lifestyle. Those more inclined to stay within city limits will appreciate the sporty and more car-like interior of the Hyundai Santa Cruz.