Best cars with heated windscreens

Fed up having to chisel ice off the windscreen with numb hands? These heated-screen cars could mean early retirement for your ice scraper

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Jun 14, 2021

We’ve all been there. The coffee’s gone cold, you’re running late for work, and you step out of the front door to discover your car is looking like an extra from Frozen. The cold might not bother Queen Elsa, but right now, a frozen windscreen is the last thing you need.

The de-icer is never where you left it, the ice scraper has gone walkabout, a credit card isn’t a good substitute for the scraper, and driving away with a frozen screen is both dangerous and illegal. What you need is a heated windscreen.

You don’t even need the temperatures to drop below zero to benefit from a heated windscreen. In just a few seconds, the ultra-thin filaments inside the glass heat up to de-mist, de-fog and de-ice the windscreen and defrost the wipers.

Once you’ve owned a car with a heated windscreen, you’ll wonder how you ever coped without one. It’s still a relatively rare feature, so we’ve selected seven cars you can buy that could send your ice scraper into early retirement, well, apart from when you need to clear the side windows. The really good news is that prices start low with our great value PCP finance deals.

Newer cars, particularly electric ones, are also available with accompanying apps. While many don't feature heated windscreens, the ability to set the climate control remotely is also an option to remove the ice without even having to leave your bed in the morning. Great for those who like to hit the snooze button.

Best cars with a heated windscreen

1. Vauxhall Corsa

Used Vauxhall Corsa deals from £4,250
Monthly finance from £97*

There's a new version of the Vauxhall Corsa on sale now, but that simply means that prices for the outgoing car are even better value. A heated windscreen was standard across the range in its later years, which is outstanding for a supermini at this end of the market.

That said, the absence of air-conditioning and proper smartphone integration makes it hard to recommend the basic Active trim, so it’s worth spending a little extra to secure one of the other trim levels. The Design model is only one step up the spec ladder, but includes that all-important air-conditioning along with a seven-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to the mix. Some models even boast heated seats and a heated steering wheel, so no part of you should be cold when the temperature plummets.

With the new Corsa on sale now, and prices for the outgoing version falling, you might find that your monthly budget stretches further than you think if you opt for a used model over the new version.

VAUXHALL CORSA BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Ford Fiesta

Latest Ford Fiesta deals from £7,999
Monthly finance from £151*

For years, Ford dominated the market for heated windscreens, and its Quickclear technology is the most familiar name in the industry. It's also the UK’s best-selling car by a huge margin, so this is your chance to see what all the fuss is about. Whether you consider yourself to be a keen driver or not, you’ll find that the Fiesta is fun to drive, especially if you opt for the ST model.

A heated windscreen is standard across the range. The entry-level Trend trim also includes air-conditioning, an eight-inch touchscreen media system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and 16-inch alloy wheels. Trend models are also available with a Comfort Pack, which cost £350 when new. This adds heated seats and a heated steering wheel, so it’s worth finding a car with this option if you often feel cold when behind the wheel. This pack is also available for £300 on Titanium, Active Edition and ST-Line Edition models, but is standard on Titanium X, ST-3, Vignale and ST Ford Performance Edition cars.

If your budget is a little less, you might be more comfortable opting for the previous-generation Fiesta, which was also available with a heated windscreen.

FORD FIESTA BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Skoda Superb

Used Skoda Superb deals from £15,440
Monthly finance from £284*

If you’re not familiar with the Skoda Superb, it’s best to think of it as a more affordable alternative to a Mercedes or Audi. It’s like getting Waitrose quality at Lidl prices. Dare we say it’s an ‘Aldi A6’? Perhaps not… but it is superb.

Regardless, the Skoda Superb is big on space, big on toys and big on value. Inside, you’ll find it's more practical than a Mercedes E-Class or Audi A6, regardless of whether you opt for the spacious hatchback or cavernous estate. You’ll struggle to find more space and luxury for less cash.

A heated windscreen is standard on the flagship L&K model, but as a £310 option on all but the entry-level S trim. Skoda says the thin metal layer within the windscreen will even keep the cabin cool during the summer. Top tip: look out for older models in Elegance trim, as these came with a heated windscreen from the factory.

SKODA SUPERB ESTATE BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Volvo XC40

Used Volvo XC40 Pro deals from £28,999
Monthly finance from £411*

The Volvo XC40 is hot property right now – and we’re not just talking about the optional Lava Orange carpets. Put simply, this is one of the most fashionable and in-demand compact SUVs on the market, with buyers all too happy to spend upwards of £30,000 on the sophisticated Swede. You needn't do that, though, with far more affordable used versions now available.

Heated windscreens are standard equipment on Pro models, which is an upgrade to Momentum, R-Design and Inscription trims at a cost of around £1,500 to £2,000. If you’re expecting a harsh winter, it’ll be worth the outlay, because Pro models also feature heated seats and a headlight cleaning system with heated washer jets.

If safety is a concern, take comfort in the fact that the XC40 is one of the safest cars ever crash tested by Euro NCAP, with a near-perfect 97% rating for adult occupant protection. All models are well-equipped, but Volvo’s decision to charge £300 for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is a bit harsh.

VOLVO XC40 BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Mini Convertible

Used Mini Convertible deals from £13,408
Monthly finance from £243*

The open-top version of the Mini hatchback is Britain’s best-selling convertible. It’s not hard to see why: you get that uncanny Mini charm with the roof up, and the full open-air experience with the roof down. It’s a win-win situation.

You don’t even need to splash the cash for maximum topless fun. Even the entry-level Cooper Classic trim comes with plenty of equipment and offers the same ‘go-kart’ feeling of the more expensive models. The 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine is a peach, with a raspy soundtrack and a real eagerness to rev.

The roof can be opened or closed in just 18 seconds, so it’s easy to escape the worst of the British weather. Once the roof is up, the Mini Convertible feels cosy and well-insulated from the outside world. If you do intend to use your Mini Convertible over the winter, though, you’ll probably want heated seats. The bad news is that they’re only available as part of a £900 Comfort pack. More positive is the news that a heated windscreen costs just £150. Our handy search tool makes it easy to find one with the all-important heated windscreen.

MINI CONVERTIBLE BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Jaguar I-Pace

Latest Jaguar I-Pace deals from £42,450
Monthly finance from £755*

If you’re in the market for a new electric car, there are few better options than the Jaguar I-Pace. It’s one of the best electric cars you can buy right now, bridging the gap between cars like the affordable Nissan Leaf and the larger and rather pricey Tesla Model S.

At £65,000 to £75,000 before options, the I-Pace isn’t cheap when it's new, but thankfully prices for used ones have already dropped below the £50,000 mark. This expense is justified, though, firstly by the long list of standard kit, and secondly by an electric range of up to 292 miles. The dashboard looks cutting edge, while the quality is a match for any of Jaguar’s German rivals. Drive an I-Pace after spending time with a petrol or diesel car and it’s like a glimpse into the future.

It’s also ready for whatever the winter can throw at it, with a heated windscreen, heated washer jets and a heated steering wheel standard across the range. Heated seats are standard on the HSE trim, and optional on S and SE models.

JAGUAR I-PACE BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Range Rover Evoque

Used Range Rover Evoque deals from £19,850
Monthly finance from £322*

When all is said and done, this is the compact SUV that many drivers desire most. Nearly a decade on from when Victoria Beckham helped launch the first Range Rover Evoque, it remains the most fashionable car in its class, with a huge demand for new and used examples. A heated windscreen is just part of the appeal.

The second-generation model arrived in 2018, and although it might look similar on the outside, the current Evoque is all-new underneath. The cabin is more upmarket, the driving experience is improved, and there’s more space inside.

Models with a Cold Climate Convenience pack feature a heated windscreen, heated washer jets and a heated steering wheel. Frosty mornings need never be a chore again. In fact, you’ll probably embrace being able to defrost the car from inside as a chance to appreciate the chic interior.

RANGE ROVER EVOQUE BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

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