Best car for comfort

Some drivers seek sporty handling while others need peak practicality, but what if comfort is top of your list? Check these cars out

Chris Rosamond
Jan 29, 2021

Different strokes for different folks, the saying goes, and that’s well illustrated by the choices people make when picking their next car. While many drivers lust after the excitement of big engines, sporty suspension setups and dramatic design, there are plenty of others who want the most practical used car purchase to support family or business commitments.

Others simply want a car that will cosset and cocoon them in a world of their own, isolating them as much as possible from the noise, hassle and commotion of our traffic-filled roads.

Of course, the best modern cars are able to combine multiple characteristics, and most are decent to drive, reasonably practical, and relatively comfortable. However, different models naturally excel at different things, and this round-up is designed to shine a light on some of the most comfort-orientated models, irrespective of their image or price-tag.

In fact, we’ve picked out comfort champions at a range of price points and across a number of car types, including city cars, superminis, family hatchbacks and SUVs. All of them prioritise a relaxing drive and comfort ahead of super-sharp handling. Oh, and they’re also connected by the fact you can pick-up amazing used and nearly new bargains on BuyaCar.

As you can see from our selection, you don’t necessarily need to pick a posh or upmarket brand to maximise your driving comfort. You don't even need to get a large or expensive car. So keep reading to find the most comfortable car for your budget and size requirements.

Don’t forget too, if you want to personalise your quest for the best car for comfort, you can use the keyword search tool on BuyaCar to focus on vehicles with features such as heated or massaging seats, keyless entry or leather upholstery. Whatever comfort means to you, you can bet BuyaCar has it covered. So, simply sit back, pick a car and you can order it and arrange the finance from the comfort of your home and have it delivered to you.

Best cars for comfort

1. Mercedes E-Class

Used deals from £16,799
Monthly finance from £218*

It’s hard to spend any time with a Mercedes E-Class and not come away immensely impressed, and in fact the longer you spend behind the wheel the more impressive it becomes.

You can appreciate the handsome design from the pavement, and the cabin ambience is second-to-none with a fantastic high-tech but user-friendly feel to the dashboard controls, touchscreen media system and instrumentation.

It’s only when you start to drive it that its underlying qualities shine through, though; basically this highly desirable Mercedes saloon offers similar levels of comfort and refinement as its bigger and more expensive sibling, the S-Class luxury saloon, but for a fraction of the cost.

The comfy interior sets the tone, not just because it’s spacious and the seats offer superlative comfort and adjustability, but also because it looks so good there’s an instant hit of feel-good factor. Start the engine and even the entry-level diesel offers plenty of performance for relaxed overtaking, while always being pleasantly muted inside the cabin. A supple and cosseting ride is the icing on the cake, making the E-Class one of the most comfortable long distance cars on sale today.

MERCEDES E-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Citroen C3

Used deals from £6,495
Monthly finance from £114*

If your budget or preference is for a small car that is Ford Fiesta-sized, but you still want to maximise comfort over sporty handling or performance, a great place to start your search is with the Citroen C3.

It stands out for a variety of reasons, not least its fashionable design that features some SUV styling themes. In fact it rides quite high off the ground and has a sufficiently upright stance to suggest it might actually be an off-roader style 'crossover', but Citroen also makes the bigger, boxier and more chunky-looking C3 Aircross to fulfil that role.

The C3 supermini’s high comfort levels are down to a combination of a genuinely supple ride and excellent front seats. The former is refreshing in a class of car where many manufacturers make their models firmer for a more sporty feel, which can make some superminis a bit crashy over potholes.

In contrast, the C3 rides serenely over bumps, especially around town. The car also benefits from a design philosophy called 'Citroen Advanced Comfort', which means you get heavily padded seats and a focus on making the car very easy to drive and to live with.

CITROEN C3 BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Toyota Prius

Used deals from £11,250
Monthly finance from £139*

The Toyota Prius made its name as the first hybrid car ever to go into mainstream production, and ever since it’s the Prius's eco-credentials that tend to be considered first when the name is mentioned. That’s a shame, because Prius enthusiasts have known for years that this eco-warrior is one of the most relaxing cars around to drive or ride in.

For starters the car has no pretence of being sporty, which means that you can ease back and relax when driving. Not that the Prius doesn’t handle corners pleasantly enough, as the steering is light and accurate and it doesn’t lean uncomfortably into corners. The ride is very supple too, while the combination of economy-optimised tyres and a wind-tunnel honed body - which both help to cut fuel use - and an electric-only mode for low-speed manouevring mean the cabin is a remarkably quiet and relaxing place to spend long periods at the wheel.

Comfortable seats, easy to use controls and high specifications all add to the luxurious feel, and the only real fly in the ointment is cramped rear headroom due to the sloping roofline, which helps to reduce fuel consumption. You can typically pick up a two-year old Prius for around £16,000, with similarly affordable monthly payments, so you can be comfortable about the price, too.

TOYOTA PRIUS BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Volvo V60

Used deals from £17,990
Monthly finance from £262*

The Volvo brand may be Chinese-owned these days, but its products are arguably more ‘Scandinavian’ than ever. The V60 estate in particular is a car that brings together many of the firm's traditional virtues, being roomy and practical, technologically advanced, impressively designed and immensely comfortable.

The latest model is just a couple of years old, and we’d recommend it above the previous generation car. You can recognise the newer version by its sleek ‘Thor’s Hammer’ headlamp design, and the attractive yet understated design is reflected in a lovely cabin that is only a slightly dressed-down version of the larger and even more luxurious V90 estate.

Equipment levels are high even for the entry-level Momentum trim, which we’d recommend for comfort-seekers. Go up a grade and bigger wheels means the V60 won’t have quite such a pleasant ride, as there's more metal and less rubber between you and the road.

As well as extremely comfortable seats, and a relaxed, comfort-focused driving experience, the V60 has acres of space for tall adults in the front and rear. A huge boot means you won’t have to share seats with leftover luggage, either.

VOLVO V60 BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Volkswagen Up

Used deals from £4,495
Monthly finance from £95*

The VW Up is one of the best city cars for a wide range of parameters - and comfort is certainly one of them. While other city cars may crash over potholes, give you earache on the motorway, or be unreasonably cramped, none of these things are true of the VW Up or its closely-related sister models, the Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii.

The VW runabout may be a small box on wheels, but it has a depth of engineering and quality that belies its price. The Up really does feel like a bigger car when you drive it. For starters, it has comfortable seats with a wide range of adjustment, even for tall people, while the solid build quality shines through with a cabin that’s free of creaks or rattles.

The engines provide enough power but are sufficiently subdued to make progress relaxing even when on longer motorway journeys, while the upright and square profile makes the most efficient use of all the available space.

Yes, a two-year old Skoda Citigo could be £1,000 less than an equivalent Up, but its cabin is marginally less-well finished. So we’d argue it’s not quite as comfortable, but maybe not so much that you’d notice. If you'd feel more comfortable about the saving you'd get by going for the Skoda, it's still a very good city car choice.

VOLKSWAGEN UP BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Peugeot 5008

Used deals from £17,000
Monthly finance from £242*

We reckon the Peugeot design team worked overtime on the shape of the 5008 SUV and its smaller sibling, the Peugeot 3008, and they clearly came up with a winning style. The Peugeot pair are some of the best looking family cars around, which accounts for their sales success.

Beauty is more than skin deep too, as anyone in the market for a seven-seater can find out. The 5008 proves that while you no longer have to put up with boring people carrier designs when choosing a seven-seater, you can also mix style with superb comfort.

Older readers will remember that French manufacturers like Peugeot and Citroen always used to prioritise comfort over sporty handling, and it’s starting to feel that they’re returning to form. The 5008 is an especially comfortable machine to ride in, with suspension that soaks up the worst of British tarmac with barely a grumble.

Also adding to the comfort is an eye-catching and novel cabin design with comfy, plushly upholstered seats plus a distinctive digital dashboard that you look at over the small steering wheel. This puts critical info like sat-nav directions directly in view of the driver, which helps to create a relaxed driving environment.

PEUGEOT 5008 BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Lexus UX

Used deals from £23,290
Monthly finance from £310*

Toyota’s luxury brand, Lexus, has a well-deserved reputation for building very refined and comfortable cars, and its UX SUV model does a very good job of keeping that reputation intact. The upmarket compact SUV class is quite busy at the moment, with buyers offered a wide range of models from the Audi Q2 to the Volvo XC40 and many in-between.

All offer comfort levels that a few years ago would have been unheard of in an SUV, but we particularly like the Lexus UX for its ‘soft-roader’ approach, where it has off-roader design cues, but hasn't compromised on-road comfort by offering any actual off-road ability. It has a sleek five-door hatchback body style and a relatively low ride height that make it a doddle to drive.

On the road, the luxuriously appointed cabin is supremely comfortable in its own right, while the slippery aerodynamics and hybrid petrol-electric setup available mean wind and engine noise are pleasantly muted. In town traffic the 'EV' electric mode makes progress whisper quiet too.

8. Skoda Superb Estate

Used deals from £10,990
Monthly finance from £186*

Superb by name and extremely comfortable by nature; if you’re looking for a big family hatchback or estate car then the Skoda offers a more expansive and comfortable interior than just about any other at the price.

It’s surprising just how far upmarket the brand has moved while still offering tremendous value for money. To put it bluntly, this big Skoda offers the space, relaxed driving comfort and much of the plush feel of a BMW 5 Series or Mercedes E-Class, while only costing Ford Mondeo or Vauxhall Insignia money.

There’s a range of petrol and diesel engines available, but the entry-level 1.5-litre 'TSI' petrol should suit most users who put comfort ahead of outright performance. Smooth and efficient, it has all the power you need for everyday driving. Basic SE trim has all the important creature comforts like air-conditioning, Bluetooth and an eight-inch touchscreen media system too, while strong build quality gives the Superb that all-important feel-good factor.

Hushed performance and supple suspension in the Superb make progress extremely relaxing, especially over long distances where the acres of legroom will be appreciated by passengers in the front or back. The best bit? All this executive-level comfort and luxury could be yours for less than £14,000 for a two-year-old Skoda Superb.

SKODA SUPERB ESTATE 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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