Best used cars with heated seats

Hate being cold when you get in the car? Check out the best used cars with heated seats, steering wheels, cup holders and even arm rests

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
May 28, 2021

Heated seats are an indulgent luxury many of us can’t live without. On a cold and frosty morning, there’s nothing like the feeling of a warm bottom to soothe away the pain of a morning commute. It’s like sitting on a hot water bottle. Only more comfortable.

Even the most affordable used cars are available with heated seats these days. No longer the preserve of upmarket models and luxury cars, seat warmers can now be found on humble city cars and small family hatchbacks.

You may have read our guide to the best cheap used cars with heated seats, but what if you fancy something extra? What if you always have icy hands, or chilly arms? Maybe you’d like a heated steering wheel. Perhaps your rear-seat passengers could use a little heat? We can even offer heated arm rests and cup holders.

We’ve pulled together a list of eight cars that are perfect for drivers who prefer being cosy to being cool. Simply use the BuyaCar search filter or click the button above to find a car with heated seats, and we’ll do the rest. You don’t even have to leave the warmth of your home. And we can even deliver it to your door.

Used cars with heated seats

1. Vauxhall Corsa

Look for Heated seats, steering wheel and windscreen
Used deals from £5,995
Monthly finance from £118*

To get properly warm in a small car, you could install a wood burning stove, though we wouldn’t recommend it. Instead, take a look at the Vauxhall Corsa on sale from 2014 until 2019. For heated seats on a budget, it’s almost unbeatable.

Selected models come with an electrically heated leather-covered steering wheel and heated front seats. As a bonus, all recent models come with a heated windscreen, so scraping the ice from the glass will be a thing of the past.

We’d recommend the Energy trim, as this packs all the heat you need, along with 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, automatic wipers, automatic headlights and a wide choice of engines. Vauxhall Corsa Energy models are often available from as little as a cool £100* per month.

VAUXHALL CORSA BUYERS' GUIDE

2. BMW 5 Series

Look for Heated and ventilated seats via the touchscreen media display
Used deals from £23,000
Monthly finance from £350*

BMW unveiled its latest 'iDrive 7.0' media system on the X5 SUV in 2018. It has since been rolled out across other cars in the range, including the BMW 5 Series. It’s a brilliant system, giving you the opportunity to create your own individual profile, so you can have everything set to the way you like it.

This includes the level of heat from the seats. You can select from three settings; in cooking terms we’d like to think that they’d be called ‘simmer’, ‘warm’ and ‘boil’. The heat can be adjusted via the touchscreen media system.

There’s more, because the 5 Series is available with optional heated rear seats (£325), steering wheel heating (£185) and seat ventilation (£510). You can even heat and cool your seats at the same time. Just make sure to check which of these are fitted to any used cars you're considering, if you want maximum heating power.

BMW 5 SERIES BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

Look for Heated seats and Airscarf neck warmers
Used deals from £23,999
Monthly finance from £400*

You sense that Mercedes-Benz developed 'Airscarf' technology for the UK market - a country which loves convertibles but doesn't really have the weather for them. When the weather conditions are far from ideal, you can still drive with the roof down, without the need to dress up like an Arctic explorer.

Airscarf is Mercedes speak for neck-level heating. It’s integrated into the backrests of the front seats and delivers warm air through outlets in the headrests. Thanks to the Aircap draught-stop system, you won’t even have to wear a hat or scarf.

Heated seats, Airscarf and Aircap are standard across the C-Class Cabriolet range. You can also find Airscarf on other convertible models in the Mercedes range. Being warm has never felt (or looked) so good.

MERCEDES C-CLASS CABRIOLET BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Kia Ceed

Look for Heated front and rear seats and steering wheel
Used deals from £15,943
Monthly finance from £244*

The Kia Ceed is one of the best value family hatchbacks you can get. It offers a high level of quality throughout, a long list of standard equipment and the reassurance of a seven-year warranty. That means that even four-year old models could have the same level of manufacturer warranty left as many brand new alternatives.

A new Kia Ceed was introduced in 2018. It picked up where the old model left off, but with the added benefit of improved styling, a revamped interior and the latest safety and connectivity technology. And it caters for driver and passengers in the heat stakes, too.

Heated front seats are standard on GT-Line, GT-Line S and GT models, while the GT-Line S adds heated rear seats to the mix. This high-spec version could be yours from around £250* per month.

KIA CEED BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Renault Koleos

Look for Heated seats, plus heated and cooled cup holders
Used deals from £15,824
Monthly finance from £254*

You may not have heard of the Renault Koleos, but that’s no reason to discount it from your search for a used car. On the contrary, the Koleos is essentially a larger version of the popular Renault Kadjar, with the added bonus of more interior space and a longer list of standard equipment.

It’s arguably a little expensive when new, but because it sheds its value faster than its rivals, the Koleos is a cracking used buy. Prices start from around £200* per month for a 2017 example with 50,000 miles on the clock. All cars registered on or after 18 December 2019 will be covered by a five-year warranty, making them good choices as a used purchase.

Heated seats are standard on most versions, while all models come with heated and cooled cup holders. This means you can keep your coffee warm and your water cool at the same time. The Initiale Paris version is rare, but it comes with a heated windscreen, heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats.

RENAULT KOLEOS BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Peugeot 3008

Look for Heated seats with massage function
Used deals from £22,495
Monthly finance from £356*

Following an update in 2020, the Peugeot 3008 is now better than ever. There’s a new face, but the biggest change is on the inside, where the 3008 pushes even further into upmarket territory. In short, one of the best family SUVs just got better.

The GT Premium model comes with driver and front passenger heated seats, plus multi-way electric adjustment and massage function for the driver’s seat. You also get a fancy Focal premium audio upgrade, electric tailgate and automatic parking assistance.

Don’t rule out the pre-update version of the 3008, either. The GT model features heated seats with three preset temperatures, with heating elements in the seat base and backrest. The pack, which was optional on Allure and GT Line versions, also includes five different massage functions.

PEUGEOT 3008 BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Volkswagen ID.3

Look for Heated front seats and steering wheel
Used deals from £29,000
Monthly finance from £400*

There’s never been a better choice of electric cars on BuyaCar, as more and more plug-in models become available as used cars. The Volkswagen ID.3 is one of the latest electric models to hit the market, but already a large number of used models are ready to be snapped up at much more appealing prices.

Even the entry-level ID.3 Life features a heated steering wheel and heated seats, so it comes down to how much you want to spend and the size of the battery. The ID.3 Life’s 58kWh battery should deliver up to 263 miles of range, but you’ll need to limit your use of the heated seats to achieve the maximum distance per charge. The seats are designed to be efficient, but making use of all the car's onboard electrical systems will reduce driving range somewhat.

You don’t have to rely on the seats to keep you warm on a cold day, however. The pre-conditioning system allows you to pre-heat the cabin using the We Connect smartphone app. If the car is plugged in at the time, it can use this charge to warm the car, rather than depleting the batteries before you've set off. You can even restrict the air-conditioning to the driver’s area to reduce the amount of energy drained.

MORE DETAILS ON THE VOLKSWAGEN ID.3

8. Mercedes GLS

Look for Heated front and rear arm rests
Used deals from £48,480
Monthly finance from £712*

Fancy pushing the boat out? The Mercedes-Benz GLS is one of the best luxury SUVs you can get, with a level of quality that’s almost unrivalled. Sure, you’ll pay handsomely for the privilege, but as with all big and expensive cars, you could save yourself tens of thousands of pounds, even by going for a nearly new model.

The GLS takes heating to the next level. Prepare yourself, because there’s a lot to take in. Heated front and second-row seats are standard across the range, with the AMG Line Premium Plus Executive model featuring heated seats in the third row.

AMG Line Premium Plus and Executive versions also feature ventilated front seats with massage function, while the Executive trim adds these features to the second row, along with a heated steering wheel.

It gets better, because AMG Line Premium Plus and Executive models also come with a Warmth Comfort package, comprising heatable arm rests for the centre console and the front and rear doors, plus heatable door centre panels in the front and rear doors.

For the SUV driver who demands the ultimate level of heat, the GLS even comes with heated windscreen wipers. What more could you ask for? 

*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%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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