Best cheap used cars with heated seats

After a toasty derriere while driving this winter without breaking the bank? These second-hand wonders will be your saviour

James Wilson
Nov 13, 2019

Trying to get the best deal you can without missing out on the finer things in life? We're here to show you that it's possible to feel like royalty and save money at the same time. The idea of heated seats might seem like the holy grail if you're shopping for a new car during the cold winter months, but they really are quite easy to get your hands on.

When driving on a cold day, you can always switch on the fan and turn up the tempurature to hot, but it never quite hits the spot does it? Well, if you think it might be time to take control of your personal heating arrangements then this list of 10 cheap cars with heated seats is exactly what you need.

There is a broad range of cheap used cars for sale with heated seats. The majority of those on this list cost under £10,000 and they become even more affordable if you're looking to finance. If low monthly payments and the ability to hand the car back and trade up into a new one after a few years suits you, then you'll want to consider PCP finance.

Best cheap used cars with heated seats

 

1. Ford Ecosport

Best cheap used car with heated seats for SUV lovers

Latest Ford Ecosport deals from £6,995
Monthly finance from £118

Ford’s Ecosport is cut from the same cloth as the Fiesta in that it is affordable and comes with a good choice of engines. In contrast, though, it offers a raised ride height that many buyers seem to prefer these days. Pick an older version and it is also surprisingly capable at wading through deep water, as seen in our roundup of the cars that can wade through the deepest water.

Pick of the range is a turbocharged 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol model in Titanium spec. Other versions including Zetec trim are good options as well, while those covering a large annual mileage may want to pick up a diesel for fuel savings. If there was one gripe for the EcoSport, it would be that it isn’t as much fun to drive as the Fiesta it is based on, but then again, not many everyday cars are.

Ford Ecosport buyers' guide

2. Nissan Juke

Best cheap used car with heated seats for individuality

Latest Nissan Juke deals from £6,990
Monthly finance from £110

While the Nissan Juke is faced with countless rivals (the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 to name but two) none can touch the Juke for stand out styling. Looks aside, the Juke offers buyers a cracking mix of affordability, tech and relatively low running costs.

When looking around for Jukes with heated seats you will likely find many Tekna models, which is good, as this high-specification model is one of the most desirable Juke models. A large number of Jukes for sale will be diesels with a manual gearbox, but the turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine suits the car very well, making it a wise choice for value, reasonable performance and low running costs.

Nissan Juke buyers' guide

3. Smart ForTwo

Best cheap used car with heated seats for city driving

Latest Smart ForTwo deals from £6,098
Monthly finance from £116
Mercedes-owned Smart makes upmarket small cars – which goes a long way to explaining why it offers the ForTwo city car with heated seats. The fact is, heated seats are a rarity in the city car market segment, so the fact the ForTwo has them, plus decent levels of equipment and strong build quality really help the ForTwo stand out from the crowd.

As an added bonus, buyers with a £10,000 budget should be able to choose between coupe and cabrio (soft top) models and similarly affordable finance costs, with rock-bottom monthly payments, should you opt for PCP finance.

There is no choice when it comes to type of fuel though, with all models being petrol-powered. There is a choice of trim and gearbox, however, of which Prime Premium is the spec to buy, but whether a manual or automatic is best will be down to personal preference.

Smart ForTwo buyers' guide

4. Smart ForFour

Best cheap used car with heated seats for four seats and easy manouevrability

Latest Smart ForFour deals from £5,570
Monthly finance from £100

Back in the day, Smart decided that people didn’t really need more than two seats, and launched what is affectionately referred to as the original Smart car. As the years rolled by, Smart realised that perhaps a few extra pews could be a good idea – and thus, the ForFour was born.

Much like the ForTwo above, the ForFour offers a well-built interior, low running costs and is perfectly suited to driving in the urban environment - with far greater practicality, thanks to the addition of two more seats.

Sadly there are no cabrio ForFours, but again buyers can pick between automatic and manual transmissions. Engine wise, those on offer are the same as those used in the Smart Fortwo, so petrol is your only option. As for specification, Prime models are a sweet spot in the range.

Smart ForFour buyers' guide

5. Toyota Auris

Best cheap used car with heated seats for conventional hatchback fans

Latest Toyota Auris deals from £7,990
Monthly finance from £136

Toyota ceased sales of the Auris during 2018 and replaced it with the new Corolla – not because the Auris is a bad car, but because the Auris is so unmemorable it brought back the well-known Corolla name. But if you want a sturdy, reliable and sensible hatchback, the Auris is perfect; you might even be able to stretch to a model with part its five-year/100,000-mile warranty left for less than £10,000.

Out of engines available, the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol is the one to go for, unless you are doing mega motorway miles each year in which case a diesel could be better. Likewise, Business Edition offers a good balance of technology and cost, but others such as Design are still worth a look.

Toyota Auris buyers' guide

6. Vauxhall Corsa

Best cheap used car with heated seats for all-round motoring

Latest Vauxhall Corsa deals from £4,496
Monthly finance from £79

Yes, the Ford Fiesta might beat the Vauxhall Corsa in terms of sales week in week out, but the reality is, used Vauxhall Corsas equipped with heated seats appear to be better value than the equivalent Fiesta.

The Corsa is well-built inside, cheap to run and offers a very good mix of equipment and affordability as a second-hand purchase. Plus, it puts all the others on this list to shame with regards to the breadth of variants available with heated seats for under £10,000 - with the option of even more affordable finance deals.

You want a diesel? No problem. An automatic petrol? Absolutely fine. A three-door manual petrol in white? There are more than you can shake a stick at.

While hunting through your many options, SE and SE Nav models are good picks as they come very well equipped indeed. Meanwhile Energy models (one of the more common options you will see) sit in the middle of the Corsa range but still pack decent amounts of equipment.

Vauxhall Corsa buyers' guide

7. Vauxhall Mokka X

Best cheap used car with heated seats for 4x4 enthusiasts

Latest Vauxhall Mokka deals from £8,995
Monthly finance from £140

The Vauxhall Mokka X is similar to the Corsa in many ways. It has a good quality cabin, decent levels of equipment throughout the range (with select models featuring heated seats, of course) and comes with the option of relatively frugal engines.

The most affordable models will be petrol-powered SE models with a manual gearbox. Even so, a bit of digging should turn up the odd diesel and/or automatic as well. There are also four-wheel drive Mokka X models out there, however expect to pay a premium for this - both in terms of higher purchase costs and worse fuel economy.

Vauxhall Mokka X buyers' guide

8. Volkswagen Up

Best cheap used car with heated seats for cute styling

Latest Volkswagen Up deals from £4,700
Monthly finance from £90

The Volkswagen Up offers a package which adds up to what is arguably the best city car on the market. It combines practicality, affordability and driving experience in a way that blows much of its competition out of the water. It's better equipped than the Skoda Citigo for example, and find one with heated seats and you are on to a winner.

While there are five-door automatics for sale on the market, at this price point three-door manuals are likely to be your main option. Similarly, the only choice of fuel type is petrol, but this is standard across the city car sector. This is no hardship, though, as even three-door versions are very practical for a city car, and the petrol engines are both frugal and suitably punchy for town driving.

Volkswagen Up buyers' guide

9. Ford Fiesta ST

Best cheap used car with heated seats for hot hatch performance

Latest Ford Fiesta ST deals from £8,490
Monthly finance from £146

The previous generation Ford Fiesta ST is one of the most exciting-to-drive hatchbacks of the 21st century so far. Don’t believe us? Go read some reviews and you soon will. With a new Fiesta arriving in 2018, prices for the previous generation ST have plummeted, making it a fantastic value hot hatchback.

As a result £10,000 should be just enough to pick up an ST with heated seats and it's even better value if you take finance, with particularly low monthly payments for the value of the car.

When it comes to trim level you will be looking at ST-2 or ST-3 models, while you don't have to worry about a choice of engine or gearbox - there's only one combination. It is a brilliant one though – a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine producing up to 200hp with a manual gearbox, which will fire the hot Fiesta from 0 to 62mph in just 6.9 seconds.

Ford Fiesta ST buyers' guide

10. Volvo V40

Best cheap used car with heated seats for uncompromising safety

Latest Volvo V40 deals from £7,990
Monthly finance from £141

Volvo and safety are like two peas in a pod – designing cars to withstand crashing into a fully grown moose will do that for you. On top of a full five-star Euro NCAP crash test safety rating, the V40 offers a refined driving experience, frugal engines and decent performance.

That said, you may need to stretch your £10,000 budget somewhat in order to be able to afford a V40 with heated seats, as decent options don’t start cropping up until £11,000 to £12,000. Opt for finance, however, and monthly payments should prove far more palatable.

All models with heated seats come well-equipped but R-Design models have the added appeal of more sporty styling. As for engines and transmissions, you should have the choice of petrol or diesel power, but all models will likely be manuals.

Volvo V40 buyers' guide

 

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