UK cars with massage seats

Massage seats: the best way to visit your masseuse en route to the office

Murray Scullion
Jul 13, 2018

Massage seats are certainly one of the more decadent options you specify on a new car.

Most other mod-cons, like sat-nav, air conditioning, and even heated seats, could be argued a necessity. But massage seats are there for nothing other than to make you more comfortable.

We’re not complaining though. Massage seats can soothe you on an extremely long journey, ironing out lumps in your back to make you feel relaxed at your destination. And don’t think they’re a half-cocked effort that just send electrical impulses through a seat into your spine.

Some are obviously simpler than others though. Cheapers systems like in the Peugeot 3008 have fewer functions than in bigger more expensive cars, and generally in this price bracket, massage seats are only available for the driver.

But quite a few modern massage systems in new cars are a serious deal, like Mercedes’ system that it uses in its top of the range cars like the S-Class. There are six different settings on these, including one that simulates a hot stone massage. In fact, these seats are so supportive, a German spinal-health organisation actually endorses them.

If you have got your heart set on massage seats, it’s worth thinking of going used. Other than luxury cars, massage seats are usually an expensive option, or part of a high-specification model. Buying used forgoes the need to shell out an additional £1,000 - £3,000 because used cars with these already specified have already taken the depreciation hit. For instance, a 2017-registered Citroen C4 Picasso with massage seats might set you back around £18,500, but one without them will only be a couple of hundred pounds less.


Skoda Superb

Best car with massage seats for value 

Price from new £22,130

The Skoda Superb packs quite a punch when it comes to space for your buck. It has a huge boot (625-litres) and more room inside than a Mercedes E-Class, Audi A6, and BMW 5 Series.

The enormous amount of space in the rear does make the Superb brilliant to be chauffeured in, and the chauffeur can drive while having their back massaged. This is on the top-of-the-line Laurin & Klement Edition though - coming in at some £10,000 more than the base model.

Peugeot 3008

Best car with massage seats for reliability 

Price from new £23,430

The Peugeot 3008 has been a surprise package of late, greedily sweeping up awards like a competitive eating champion at a buffet 30 minutes before closing time. It’s picked up the Carbuyer Best SUV 2018 gong, as well as the Auto Express Driver Power Car of The Year 2018. Only 11% of owners reported faults - much lower than most other new cars on sale. Basically, it’s a great-all rounder and reliable.

The driver gets a massage seat with five different massage types, varying in degrees of ferocity. They come as standard on GT Line Premium modes, or as an optional extra for £1,490.

Volkswagen Tiguan

Best car with massage seats for driver seat adjustment

Price from new £23,485

If you’ve not seen a Tiguan in the metal, think of a Volkswagen Golf  on stilts and you’re pretty much there. Both share mechanical bits, although the Tiguan is slightly larger and has a more chunky image.

SE L spec models have a driver’s seat that can be adjusted in 14 different ways, with a massage function. Although it should be noted that massage is not available with posh ‘Vienna’ leather.

Jaguar XJ

Best car with massage seats for long-legged passengers

Price from new £62,360

The XJ is pitched at exec-types who enjoy driving themselves to important meetings. It handles like a much smaller car, has minimal body roll, and the steering feels direct, like a much sportier offering.

The big Jaguar offers massages for all four occupants, so no one feels left out. The massage function includes five settings, and in the rear is controlled via the middle (non) seat that flips down. Long wheelbase models have over a metre of legroom for rear passengers too.

BMW 7 Series

Best car with massage seats for exercising your bum

Price from new £63,040

The BMW 7 series has a lot going for it. It’s a handsome thing for a start - and has lots of kit. Plus it has engines that range from supercar-baiting 6.6-litre V12, to a diesel that puts it in the lowest company car tax bracket.

The massage seating in the 7 Series takes things to a whole new level - in that it has a ‘whole body exercise’ setting. This has two paddles that elevate each half of your buttocks alternatively. Really.

Mercedes S Class

Best car with massage seats for hot stone treatment

Price from new £74,435

The Mercedes S-Class has been a pioneer in the automotive world since it first graced the roads in 1954. It was the first production car to get seatbelt pretensioners, the first saloon with a turbo diesels engine, and the first to get adaptive damping.

Mercedes takes its flagship model very seriously too, right down to the seating’s massage system. It can mimic a hot stone treatment thanks to a series of heating grids firing up in a specific order. S-Class seats can also cool you by redirecting cold air from the bottom of the car too.

Range Rover

Best car with massage seats for off-roading in

Prices from £81,900

It’s not surprising to see a Range Rover feature in this list. The company has long been regarded as luxury vehicle supplier, but new Range Rovers are also tech-laden.

The massage functions (complete with 14 cells in each seat) can be controlled via an app on your phone, along with the heating, and cooling of the seats. It also has a Hot Stone feature that keeps part of the seat warm, but cools the other parts, to simulate the relaxation of a hot stone massage.

Rolls-Royce Phantom

Best car with massage seats for opulence

Price from new £360,000

A Rolls-Royce Phantom allows people to know your wealth, even before they've seen what suit you're wearing. The Phantom is pretty much as ostentatious as you can get. So you know it has some pretty trick massage seats.

They’re handmade in the south of England and can be specified pretty much what whatever specification the owner would like. The rear of a Rolls is nearly endlessly customisable - so much so that you can even choose what type of seat you’d like in the rear. The executive seat is best for massage loving occupants - as it offers a massage that goes up and down in waves, as well as a separate shoulder-to-lumbar massage at the same time.


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