Ambient Light Isn’t Just Colorful Function; It Will Turn Your Car Into A Cool Club

The Interior Of The Ioniq 5 At Night Really Shows Off The Ambient Lighting
The interior of the IONIQ 5 at night really shows off the ambient lighting. I like the hot pink color that Jill Ciminillo picked out! Photo: Scotty Reiss

Designers have fallen in love with ambient lighting. It’s not just a way to customize your car’s interior, but it also can provide useful backlighting for key buttons and functions, can highlight a car’s interior design elements and can give dimension and warmth, or a cool vibe, to contrast the outdoor elements.

We tend to agree (also, we seem to like purple). Over the years, as we’ve reviewed cars, we’ve tried to capture the cool interior lighting elements and show you what these cars look like at night, which can be a drastic contrast to its daytime look. Here are our favorites, and a way to get your own ambient light in a car that isn’t designed with it, or for buyers who decide to skip the manufacturer’s option and install their own.

Related: See the interior lighting options in the Jeep Wagoneer S!

The Kia EV9 Looks Even More Modern At Night

The Interior Of The Kia Ev9 With Ambient Lighting
Credit: Scotty Reiss

Ceilings Don’t Have to Be Boring

Instead Of A Panoramic Sunroof You Get An Alcantara Headliner With Geometric Shapes And Ambient Lounge-Like Lighting. Photo By Bmw Usa
Credit: BMW

Ambient Light in Storage Spaces Is So Welcome

Lincoln Aviator Luxury 3 Row Suv
Credit: Scotty Reiss

Mini’s Character Comes Alive at Night With Ambient Light

Interior Mini
Credit: Connie Peters

Mercedes-Benz’s Hyperscreen Anchors the Ultimate Ambient Light Experience

2023 Mercedes-Benz Eqs 580 Suv
Credit: Connie Peters

Frame the View, And Charge it with Color in BMW’s Lighted Sunroof

Bmw X7
Credit: Scotty Reiss

Light Adds to the Mood Curator in the Genesis GV80

Ambient Lighting Is Just One Feature Of The New Mood Curator In The Genesis Gv80
Credit: Genesis

Turn Your Mom Car into a Cool Club at Night

2024 Acura Mdx
Credit: Kim S.

Set Your Ambient Light Color Preferences in the Mustang

Ford Mustang Sports Car
Credit: Scotty Reiss

Update Your Older Ride with New Ambient Lighting

Cabin Ambient Lighting
Credit: Amazon

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