Cars with the most comfortable seats

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

BuyaCar team
Nov 18, 2021

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.

Cars with comfortable seats

1. Citroen C3

Our pick Citroen C3 Flair
Used deals from £9,364
Monthly finance from £163*

Throughout history, Citroen has always been known for delivering the best when it comes to comfort, and when the French firm launched this version of the 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 this in mind, the C3 is best for cruising around town rather than hard cornering.

CITROEN C3 BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Range Rover

Our pick Range Rover P400e
Used deals from £74,844
Monthly finance from £1,023*

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.

Inside, the leather seats provide plenty of adjustment, electrically of course. They are supportive thanks to additional lumbar support, and if you choose wisely, some Range Rovers come with massaging seats. An adjustable armrest also enhances comfort on the move from the armchair-like seats, while heating and cooling for the chairs provide even more comfort. 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.

While there are a couple of punchy diesels and fast petrols, drivers seeking to lower their fuel bills should consider the plug-in hybrid version, called P400e, which uses a small and efficient 2.0-litre petrol engine.

RANGE ROVER BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Mercedes S-Class

Our pick Mercedes S-Class AMG Line
Used deals from £33,786
Monthly finance from £514*

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, and heated and ventilated functions depending on spec. Just like the Range Rover above, there's 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 into 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.

MERCEDES S-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Volvo XC60

Our pick Volvo XC60 Momentum
Used deals from £24,940
Monthly finance from £364*

Volvo has made the step to match the likes of BMW, Audi, and Mercedes with its latest cars – 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 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 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.

VOLVO XC60 BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Mini Hatchback

Our pick Mini Cooper 3dr
Used deals from £8,999
Monthly finance from £180*

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 the 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 prices over rivals goes.

MINI HATCHBACK BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Honda Civic Type R

Our pick Honda Civic Type R GT
Used deals from £28,595
Monthly finance from £406*

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.

While they provide a great level of support thanks to their race-style construction and Alcantara trim, the seats are very accommodating without being too intrusive.

They even provide enough cushioning from the Honda’s firmer ride in the sportier suspension settings (it’s surprisingly compliant in the 'Comfort' driving mode), 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.

HONDA CIVIC BUYERS' GUIDE

7. BMW 5 Series

Our pick BMW 5 Series M Sport
Used deals from £23,046
Monthly finance from £361*

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 more expensive 7 Series (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 set up rear bench with just the right angle between the base and backrest, the 5 Series is one of the most comfortable cars on sale even when compared with super luxurious models.

BMW 5 SERIES BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Peugeot 3008

Our pick Peugeot 3008 Allure
Used deals from £17,172
Monthly finance from £248*

The Peugeot 3008 marked the debut of the French firm’s second-generation i-Cockpit – an overall approach to the driving environment that includes a small steering wheel, a 12.3-inch digital dial panel in place of traditional speed dials, 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.

PEUGEOT 3008 BUYERS' GUIDE

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