Cars with the best rear legroom

Need space for tall passengers? We've rounded up the best cars to choose if you need a car with lots of rear legroom, from city cars to SUVs

Sam Naylor
Nov 30, 2021

Most of the time, we choose cars for ourselves - after all, we are the ones that are going to be behind the wheel, and so we need a car that suits us. Yet it’s not just the driver that the car needs to suit - it’s everyone on board.

That’s why you’re looking for a car with the best possible legroom in the rear seats. Here we’ve picked out the eight best cars with excellent rear legroom for their class. Rather than simply picking out the cars with the most legroom, this will give you an idea of which cars in your price range have the best rear-seat space.

If you go purely by the measurements, it’s mostly long-wheelbase limos and luxury cars like the Mercedes S-Class that have the most legroom, but those are unrealistic for most people, which is why we’ve avoided them here. All the cars we’ve picked out here are available at relatively affordable price points and will suit everyday family life.

We’ve chosen cars from all sorts of different classes - from small city cars that still have a good amount of legroom despite their small dimensions to larger saloon cars and SUVs. So, you should be able to find a roomy car here that works for you.

You can also check out our list of the best cars with big back seats - these models have a lot of legroom but also feature large seats with more shoulder room and other clever features to improve their practicality.

You’ll find all of the models we’ve picked out below at great prices on Buyacar.co.uk, and as always we’ve chosen cars that are not only roomy in the back seats but also good in other ways, whether that’s reliability, comfort, technology or anything else. Our experts have driven and tested all these cars, so they’ve got our seal of approval.

Best cars with lots of rear legroom

1. Skoda Superb Estate

Best for just about everything

Skoda Superb Estate front

Used deals from £11,995
Monthly finance from £467*

The Skoda Superb Estate is the best choice of car if you really want a lot of legroom in the back. With everything considered - price, running costs, comfort, equipment, boot space and performance, it’s one of the best used cars around that has lots of rear-seat legroom.

The Superb Estate in particular is fantastic value - it has as much legroom as many luxury cars designed to chauffeur passengers around, yet it also has a boot with space for two big dogs and you can fold the seats down to fit in mountain bikes or surfboards. It’s huge inside, but affordable to purchase, too.

The rest of the car is fantastic for the money as well. It’s good to drive, comfortable and performance is good from any of the engine options. The diesels are great for long trips while the petrol options work well for local trips as they’re punchy but economical. The Superb is comfortable and has lots of standard equipment as well.

SKODA SUPERB ESTATE BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Nissan Pulsar

Best for value for money

Used deals from £8,239
Monthly finance from £0*

The Nissan Pulsar is a family hatchback, which means it’s a similar size to a Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus. The Pulsar is a bit of a left-field choice, as it was never an attractive buy as a new car, but it’s worth a look as a used car.

Part of why it was so unloved as a new car was poor residual values - meaning it lost value quickly from new - but that’s a boon for used buyers, as it’s now very cheap to buy second-hand, and offers plenty of rear legroom. It’s not a big car so it’s nice and easy to drive and park, but rear-seat passengers won’t feel short changed when sitting inside.

There were a few other reasons it lost out to more mainstream alternatives when new, such as the cheap-looking interior, poor performance and dull driving experience, but if those aren’t an issue, this is a roomy, reliable and economical family car at a cheap asking price.

NISSAN PULSAR BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Mercedes E-Class

Best for luxury

Used deals from £8,490
Monthly finance from £414*

The Mercedes E-Class is a large, luxurious saloon car but as it’s popular with company car drivers and high-end taxi firms, there are plenty of used versions on the market at affordable prices. In fact there’s a reason taxi drivers love the E-Class, and that’s because it has a high-quality interior and crucially, loads of legroom in the back for passengers.

The E-Class makes a great everyday car, though, because it’s also really comfortable on the road. It glides over lumps and bumps in the road thanks to its soft suspension, but it’s not wallowy or unpleasant to drive on twisty roads either, thanks to the complex, high-tech suspension. It’s a fantastic car in all kinds of conditions, from motorways to city streets.

The best model to choose is the E220d, which uses a small diesel engine. It’s really economical yet also quite powerful, and it suits the relaxing driving experience of the E-Class. There’s an estate version as well which offers loads of boot space.

MERCEDES E-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

MERCEDES E-CLASS ESTATE BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Volkswagen Up

Best for cities

Used deals from £5,300
Monthly finance from £236*

The Volkswagen Up is a very compact car - it's a city car, so it’s the smallest type of car you can buy. While it doesn’t have as much legroom as the other options on this list, the Up is very good for this type of car - the five-door model in particular.

It has enough space for adults to get into the back seats, which you can’t say of many alternatives such as the Fiat 500. The only drawback is the pop-out rear windows, which look a bit old-fashioned these days and limit rear-seat ventilation. Still, most cars have air-con as standard so that won’t matter too much.

The VW Up is a brilliant city car overall, too. It’s cheap to insure and run as well as being a bargain to buy, plus it’s fun to drive, comfortable and easy to park. It has a relatively small boot but you can fold the rear seats down if you need to carry larger items.

VOLKSWAGEN UP BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Citroen Berlingo

Best for total space

Used deals from £15,750
Monthly finance from £0*

The Citroen Berlingo is a great example of a van-based people carrier. There are plenty of models to choose from, including the Ford Tourneo Connect, Peugeot Rifter, Volkswagen Caddy Life and Vauxhall Combo Life. All use the shape of a van to create a huge amount of interior space at a low price.

The Berlingo uses a full row of seats in the back, so there’s room for three adults side-by-side and lots of legroom and headroom. You can fold and remove the seats as well, for added versatility. There are seven seats in total, plus a huge boot if you remove the third row.

What’s the drawback? Well, if it’s not obvious, these van-based models aren’t exactly stylish. Many drivers shun them for their dreary looks but the Citroen is actually comfortable, well equipped, cheap to run and great value for money, so if you can look past the image, it’s a great buy.

CITROEN BERLINGO BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Toyota Prius

Best for economy

Used deals from £17,300
Monthly finance from £0*

Taxi drivers all over London and the whole country can be found driving a Toyota Prius. It’s a hugely popular minicab for a few reasons, all of which make it a fantastic used car. Crucially for its inclusion here, it has plenty of rear legroom for passengers, plus headroom is good despite the low roofline.

The Prius is also a great car to spend all day driving around in, because it’s really relaxing and comfortable to drive. It’s a self-charging hybrid, so an electric motor drives the wheels at low speeds. This means it’s nearly silent in traffic and really economical - it’s easy to get over 60mpg without even trying, so your fuel bills should be low if you opt for one of these.

The Prius is also highly reliable, which means it’s a top used buy. You can feel confident knowing that Toyota offers up to 10 years’ warranty on a rolling basis, and the Prius is designed to last for hundreds of thousands of miles with low-cost maintenance.

TOYOTA PRIUS BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Land Rover Discovery

Best for SUV lovers

Used deals from £18,395
Monthly finance from £794*

Many SUVs have a lot of rear legroom, but not many are as roomy as the Land Rover Discovery. It’s a seven-seater, and while the sixth and seventh seats aren’t all that roomy, the second row of seats offers a massive amount of space for passengers.

The high seating position means you sit upright, so it’s really comfortable, and the Land Rover’s comfy suspension setup means you don’t get shaken about on bumpy roads either. There’s almost nowhere the Discovery can’t go, as it’s designed for proper off-roading and adventures.

The Discovery is also highly luxurious inside and has loads of high-tech equipment as standard. It has a range of powerful engines, though we reckon the V6 diesel option offers the best balance of performance and economy. It’s smooth and pleasant to use as well.

LAND ROVER DISCOVERY BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Audi RS6 Avant

Best for sporty driving

Used deals from £41,989
Monthly finance from £0*

If you want a fast and sporty car that also has loads of rear legroom, consider the Audi RS6 Avant. It’s an estate, which means there’s a huge amount of boot space for all your family gear, plus loads of space in the back seats just like in any version of the Audi A6.

Yet the RS6 model has a hefty 4.0-litre petrol engine and four-wheel-drive, which means it can rocket from 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds and get to a limited top speed of 155mph. It’s as fast as a supercar but has the practicality of a family car - though it’s by far the most expensive option here.

It’s worth considering if you have a large budget and need a car that can serve a dual purpose: on the one hand it’s a practical, roomy family car with lots of creature comforts, but on the other it’s a die-hard sports car with performance to rival the quickest models on the road.

AUDI A6 BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

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Total cost of credit: £2,426
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APR: 9.9%

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