Cars with the most comfortable seats

Avoid lower back pain and complaining kids with a car with the most comfortable seats

Jul 31, 2018

It doesn’t matter what type of car you want – from a city car to a luxury model, comfort is high on most buyers’ lists, and this often starts with a car’s seats.

Of course, finding the right driving position can be key to comfort, so as well as plenty of padding, a wide range of adjustment in a seat can make all the difference.

A seat that’s not suited to your body can feel like an instrument of torture on long journeys, but find the right model with the right qualities and you’ll feel fresh at the end of pretty much every trip.

Of course, high-end luxury vehicles with massaging functions, lots of electric adjustment and big, well-padded seats offer lots of comfort. There are many options here and we’ve listed the best, but our rundown of the cars with the most comfortable seats proves you don’t have to spend lots of money to get lots of comfort.

Citroen C3

Our pick: Citroen C3 1.2 PureTech 110 Flair
Official fuel: economy 60.1mpg CO2: 108g/km

Throughout history Citroen has always been known for delivering the best when it comes to comfort, and when the French firm launched its latest C3 supermini it debuted something called Citroen Advanced Comfort. This is an overall philosophy that aims to deliver a comfortable ride – and the car’s seats are a big part of this.

The shape of the seats is interesting – they’re wide (unusual for a small car like this) so the driver and passenger have plenty of room to relax. Combined with comfortable suspension that’s on the softer side, the system works together to deliver a relaxing ride.

With prices starting from around £11,500 and all models featuring the Advanced Comfort tech, it just proves that you don’t need to spend a lot to get access to plenty of comfort.

Range Rover

Our pick: Range Rover 3.0 SDV6 Vogue
Official fuel economy: 37.2mpg CO2: 200g/km

If you do have a sizeable budget, there aren’t many more cars with more comfortable seats than a Range Rover. When it comes to large 4x4s, this is the height of luxury.

Once inside you’re ensconced in a leather-lined environment – and that extends to the seats. It’s some of the highest quality trim on offer in the car world, and with electronic adjustment for every element – including lumbar support to improve comfort – these seats will suit many body shapes.

An adjustable arm rest also enhances comfort on the move from the armchair-like seats, while heating and cooling for the chairs and an optional massaging function takes this to the next level.

It’s not just front passengers that get all the benefits though. With a pair of business class style seats for the rear and a long wheelbase chassis available, rear occupants are beautifully catered for too.

Lexus IS

Our pick: Lexus IS 300h Executive Edition
Official fuel economy: 65.7mpg CO2: 101g/km

There are many sporty junior executive saloons on sale, but few are as comfortable as the Lexus IS.

Japanese firm Lexus is known for the quality of its interiors and the craftsmanship available, and this all combines in the IS to deliver a level of comfort that’s towards the top of its class.

The seats in the IS are very cosseting considering that this car won’t break the bank to buy. There’s plenty of support but, importantly, the seats have been engineered in such a way that this doesn’t come at the expense of comfort.

Mercedes S-Class

Our pick: Mercedes-Benz S 350 d AMG Line L
Official fuel economy: 48.7mpg CO2: 153g/km

The Mercedes S-Class is one of the most luxurious vehicles on sale today, and from the moment you drop into the sumptuous seats you’ll realise that comfort is the priority here.

If you’re sat in the front there’s an incredible level of adjustment, heated and ventilated functions depending on spec, and an integrated massage programme that can combine all this to ensure that comfort is never compromised.

To keep your body free of tension there’s also an exercise programme built in to the massage function, which really helps to stay loose and relaxed.

However, the S-Class’ rear seating is even more advanced. Specify a few of the options packages and you can turn the inside into a mobile office with business class level comfort. The rear seats recline to a nearly flat position, and with the passenger seat pushed forward and the leg rest raised, you can easily drift off, such is the softness of the headrests and the beautifully smooth and soothing ride quality from the air suspension system.

Citroen Grand C4 Space Tourer

Our pick: Citroen Grand C4 Space Tourer 1.6 BlueHDi 120 Flair EAT6
Official fuel economy: 70.6mpg CO2: 106g/km

With seating capacity for seven, Citroen’s Grand C4 Space Tourer offers plenty of comfort no matter what row you’re sat in.

As we’ve seen, massaging functions are usually reserved for high-end cars, but depending on spec you can get similar tech on the front seats of this spacious Citroen.

You can increase the space on offer as all of the second row seats slide individually. This can also free up more space in the third row, and it’s space that means comfort here. Unlike most MPVs, the Citroen still feels really roomy; it’s easy to climb into the very back and once you’re sat there leg and headroom is respectable so even adults won’t feel too cramped on shorter trips.

Add in that you can get more luxurious feeling leather upholstery (also great for wipe-clean ability if you’ve got young children) and the Grand C4 Space Tourer provides more comfort than most MPVs.

Volvo XC60

Our pick: Volvo XC60 D4 AWD Momentum Geartronic
Official fuel economy: 51.4mpg CO2: 144g/km

With its new generation of vehicles Volvo has made the step to match the likes of BMW, Audi, and Mercedes – and that’s true for comfort, too.

No matter which version of the Swedish brand’s saloons, estates, or SUVs you go for the seats are all very similar, but we’ve picked out the mid-size XC60 premium SUV as a highlight here.

The cool Scandinavian design of the interior is fresh compared to competitors in this class, and the seats’ shape backs this up. But they also offer plenty of support and adjustability with luxurious leather and many different moveable sections providing the comfort.

It’s this combination of un-intrusive support that gives just enough rigidity to the seat mixed with soft padding that means the Volvo is great on long journeys but also surprisingly fun to drive, as those chairs fix you in position fairly well.

Mini Hatchback

 
Our pick: MINI Cooper 3dr
Official fuel economy: 52.3mpg CO2: 122g/km

Minis are known for their fun to drive feel, so you might think that a firm seat would be part of this go-kart-like handling approach. But it isn’t.

Even in fairly basic Cooper form the chairs are great, with a solid relationship between seat back and base that means you can manipulate them to get the perfect driving position.

Go for a sporty Cooper S with leather and the wide seat bases give great comfort, but with a sporty feel too.

This might be a small car, but where some other supermini rivals feel built to a price (especially noticeable when it comes to seat padding) the MINI feels more premium and it’s easy to see where some of the higher purchase price over rivals goes.

Honda Civic Type R

Our pick: Honda Civic Type R GT
Official fuel economy: 36.7mpg CO2: 176g/km

You might not think a racy hot hatchback like the Honda Civic Type R would be known for its seat comfort, but think again.

The Type R comes as standard with figure hugging two-piece bucket seats that lock you in place through fast corners to deliver the best connection to the car.

But while they provide a great level of support thanks to their race-style construction and Alcantara trim, the seats’ design fits many body types brilliantly so it feels an extension of you.

They even provide enough cushioning from the Honda’s firmer ride in the sportier suspension settings (it’s surprisingly compliant in Comfort), and with a backrest that moves separately to the base, these chairs offer a good level of comfort given the Honda’s more hardcore driving focus.

BMW 5 Series

Our pick: BMW 520d M Sport
Official fuel economy: 62.7mpg CO2: 119g/km

BMWs are known for their mix of sportiness and comfort, and the latest 5 Series executive saloon perfectly fits that mould.

Much of the tech in this car has trickled down from the German brand’s 7 Series limousine flagship (a similar car to Mercedes’ S-Class mentioned above), but at a more affordable price that means the level of comfort on offer here is first class.

The front seats are big and offer all the adjustment you’d expect – including air bladders inside the bolsters that can be inflated or deflated to provide more or less support and help tailor the seat to your frame.

Combined with a longer wheelbase that offers more legroom in the rear and a perfectly setup rear bench with just the right angle between the base and back rest, and the 5 Series is one of the most comfortable cars on sale even when compared with super luxurious models.

Peugeot 3008

Our pick: Peugeot 3008 1.2 PureTech 130 Allure
Official fuel economy: 53.3mpg CO2: 120g/km

The Peugeot 3008 marked the debut of the French firm’s second-generation i-Cockpit – an overall approach to thea driving environment that includes a small steering wheel, a 12.3-inch digital dial panel and an 8.0-inch touchscreen. But it’s nothing without the comfortable seats.

These place you just right in the car to look over the steering wheel rather than through it at the information on the dash ahead.

They’re luxurious given the 3008’s price, with Allure and GT Line models trimmed in leather, offering massaging tech as an option and contrasting with the cool fabric inserts on the doors and dash.

Compared to some rivals in this family crossover class the 3008’s seats feel much plusher than the likes of the Renault Kadjar or Nissan Qashqai, which is why it should be on your shortlist if you’re after an affordable SUV.

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