The interior layout, fit and finish
Getting in, you drop down low into an electrically adjustable driver’s seat that scoops you like a large, sculpted baseball glove. It supports you through fast corners and during prolonged stretches of motorway driving, and the only issue is a minor one: the lumbar adjustment pushes into the small of your back with all the subtlety of a club hammer.
Because you sit quite low and have a small rear screen and blindspot-inducing convertible roof, the LC isn't the easiest car to see out of. But that’s true of any convertible rival, and the LC comes with front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera to help you out with such everyday antics. The LED headlights are very bright, too, but the automatic main beam assistance on the car we tried seemed intent on blinding other motorists, so we had to switch it to manual.
The digital instrument display is so clear to see that it makes the optional head-up display unnecessary. There are a number of simple switches to operate various necessities such as the climate control, but if you need any of the more in-depth features – the heated seats, for example – you have to delve into the infotainment system. And that’s the LC’s weakest point.
Firstly, there’s the touch controller, which should operate along the lines of the trackpad on your laptop, except that (a) you don’t tend to operate that at 70mph on the M1 and (b) the one on your laptop probably works, right?
The LC’s doesn’t. It is almost impossible to direct to where you want without overshooting to the next icon, so, while we always say that touchscreens are distracting to use while driving, compared with this, the Porsche 911’s touchscreen is a breeze. The BMW 8 Series’ system, with its simple, predictable rotary controller and shortcut buttons (and the alternative of a touchscreen if you want), is by far the best in the class, though.
The LC’s infotainment menus are also quite confusing, but the software is generally responsive and you have lots of features, including a high-quality 10.3in screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto phone mirroring, in-built sat-nav and a 12-speaker stereo. But hi-fi buffs should tick the option for the Mark Levinson 17-speaker audio system, which, relatively speaking, isn't that expensive and sounds bloomin’ marvellous.
Now, let’s talk about the interior, which is also fabulous. It looks sensational, with a modern, eye-catching design that involves lots of different finishes that could look fussy but don’t. It certainly has a plushness that the 8 Series, with its direct bloodline to a 3 Series’ interior, doesn’t quite pull off, and it’s just as beautifully built – to the point that it makes an Aston Martin DB11’s interior feel a bit, well, budget, even though the DB11 costs an awful lot more. As does the Bentley Continental GTC, although that car’s interior is even more exquisite.
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