At long last DTW has finally had a close look at the ashtray of a Lancia Lybra.
Before turning to that, I can report that the rest of the car is wholly agreeable, even if the upholstery is in dull, north European grey. It is velour and that helps. The rear ashtray is in the centre console and is of the pull-out, rear-hinged type. It looked adequate. The rear seats offer a comfortable place to spend time. If we compare it to a Ford Focus or VW Golf it is definitely more pleasant.
I particularly liked the sculpting of the seats which are invitingly formed and much more pleasing than the other two cars. The Focus 1’s seats stood out as a weak spot.
The driver’s ashtray is a touch disappointing. I would have expected a chromed tray of slightly greater width. A lot of real-estate in the centre console is wasted on what looks like a very complex and annoying HVAC system. Better arranged, the cigar lighter could be situated up there, making room for a wider tray. The position on the other hand is very good. It looks as if one can leave one’s hand resting on the gear knob with ash ready to drop into the tray directly.
Some regular readers will deplore the mock-wood. I take it for what it is, a nice and warm touch to add an air of comfort to the interior. If we assume this Roveresque style was the way to go, it’s done to a nice standard. The real question is whether the world needed a Roveresque car more than something bracingly modern, as I have said before.
Here is the ashtray up close. You can also see the ergonomics are deficient. Buttons for controlling a continuous variable such as fan-speed are not the best solution.
The car is on sale here and has been for at least two years. If the owner is interested I can always do a write up and help you sell this attractive car.