Cheap cars with lumbar support

Fancy a car with lumbar adjustment for maximum comfort behind the wheel? Here are the best cheap used cars with lumbar support

Sam Naylor
Apr 28, 2022

A huge contributor to the comfort level of any car is the seats it uses. Other key parts of what makes a vehicle comfy is the suspension, wheels and tyres fitted, but usually those aspects are rather expensive to change and cars with quality items are more expensive in the first place.

Yet the seats in any car can make a huge difference, especially if you have a bad back. Plus, great seats are available in all kinds of cars, including very cheap models. Key aspects of a comfortable seat include the amount of back and side support it gives, the softness of the back and base and how much support it provides to your lumbar area, or lower back.

Lumbar support is not as common as it perhaps ought to be, but there are still plenty of cheap cars that have lumbar adjustment, at least on the driver’s seat. Sometimes it’s also fitted to the passenger seat too, although don’t count on that as manufacturers sometimes cut corners and fit a cheaper seat on the other side.

We already have an article covering the best cars for back pain that you can buy in the UK, based on models that have seats certified by the Campaign for Healthier Backs, or AGR. This is a German organisation that approves the seats that are best at combatting back pain.

But in this article we’re focused solely on models that satisfy two features; first, they have lumbar support available on at least the driver’s seat, and second, they’re cheap. We’ve picked out various models that might suit different types of driver, and we’ve only chosen cars that are good value, rather than just having a low price tag because they’re rubbish.

Read on to find out more about the best cheap cars that have lumbar support.

Cheap cars with lumbar support

1. Hyundai i30

Best for families

Our pick Hyundai i30 SE Nav
Used deals from £13,750
Monthly finance from £0*

The Hyundai i30 is a great all-round family car for a lot of reasons, and it certainly offers comfort and value - it’s really affordable to buy, especially a model more than five years old, and has very comfortable seats with lumbar support (in SE Nav trim as picked out here).

The Hyundai isn’t a whole lot of fun to drive compared with models such as the Ford Focus, but it makes up for that with a comfortable ride over bumpy roads and a spacious cabin with plenty of standard kit. It can feel a bit cheap inside thanks to some of the hard, scratchy plastics, but if you’re after a cheap car there's not much to complain about. What’s more important is that there’s lots of room for passengers and a big boot.

The i30 is also really reliable. It came with a five-year warranty from the factory, which shows how confident the brand is about the dependability of its products, and reports from owners have indicated that the i30 should be a very reliable choice as well. Running costs should be low overall as all the engines are pretty economical.

HYUNDAI I30 BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Skoda Octavia

Best for practicality

Our pick Skoda Octavia SE L
Used deals from £9,991
Monthly finance from £0*

An older Skoda Octavia is a fantastic cheap car, and in SE L trim there’s lumbar support as standard. The Octavia is great because it offers more practicality than almost anything else at a similar price, yet it doesn’t sacrifice comforts such as in-car technology, a pleasant cabin or fuel economy.

It’s actually excellent in all of those areas, too. The Octavia is known for its big boot and large amount of rear passenger space, but there’s also a good amount of standard equipment, it’s comfortable over bumpy roads, the light steering means it’s easy to drive and there are lots of different engines to choose from.

The 2.0-litre 'TDI' diesel is worth a look for those after a cheap car - not only will it be really cheap to run, because it gets very good fuel economy on the motorway, it’s also cheap to buy because drivers typically prefer petrol models right now, and prices reflect that. You can find quite a few bargains on diesel Skoda Octavias, but make sure your lifestyle suits a diesel car, as they don’t like being used for regular short trips around town and best suit longer, higher speed journeys.

SKODA OCTAVIA BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Ford Fiesta

Best for fun

Our pick Ford Fiesta Zetec S
Used deals from £6,390
Monthly finance from £0*

The Ford Fiesta is a small car known for being a huge amount of fun to drive. It has lots of grip, precise steering, a great driving position and a range of peppy engines to choose from. Best of all, it’s available cheaply even in Zetec S form, which came with lumbar support as standard.

The Fiesta is plentiful, as it’s one of the best-selling cars in the UK, which means there should be plenty of suitable examples for sale. The 1.0-litre 'EcoBoost' petrol engine is a top choice - it’s available in several power configurations, but more isn’t necessarily better as they are all quick enough for most people and are fun to use.

The Fiesta is also comfortable over bumps and should be cheap to run as well. It could be more practical - the boot is quite small - but it’s a great all-round car aside from that and would suit all kinds of different drivers. Newer is better in terms of tech and kit, but all versions of the Fiesta available on BuyaCar are great to drive.

FORD FIESTA BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Toyota Yaris

Best for reliability

Our pick Toyota Yaris Icon
Used deals from £7,398
Monthly finance from £0*

If you want a cheap car with lumbar support that’s going to be really reliable, then we’d recommend a Toyota Yaris. In Icon trim it comes with the required seats, plus it’s available in petrol and self-charging hybrid forms - although the electrified model is a bit more expensive to buy, though it is cheaper to run.

The Yaris qualifies for Toyota’s 10-year warranty scheme: so, as long as it’s serviced at approved Toyota dealerships then the warranty keeps on going. Toyota offers this scheme because it knows that its cars are supremely reliable and won’t need much warranty work - and if they do, it’s all going to be taken care of easily. The Yaris has an enviable reputation for its dependability.

It’s not as fun to drive as the Ford Fiesta, but it’s more practical and easier to see out of, so it suits people who mostly drive in towns or cities. Distinctive looks help it to stand out, but the interior is a little plain and the technology inside will feel lacking if you’re coming from a European model. Put those things to one side, though, and the Yaris is an excellent choice for people who want something comfy and easy to drive.

TOYOTA YARIS BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Audi A1

Best for style

Our pick Audi A1 Sport
Used deals from £16,280
Monthly finance from £0*

There aren’t many cars from luxury brands that can appear in a list of cheap cars, but the Audi A1 proves that it is possible to get into a more luxurious and stylish model for not a lot of cash, especially if you’re opting for PCP finance. The A1 looks very smart inside and out, plus it has lots of tech and - of course - lumbar support on the seats in Sport trim as picked out here.

The A1 is a comfortable and easy-to-drive city car with decent visibility, supportive seats and plenty of tech, so it’s strong value for money as a used car. The engine range is good, and while the 1.6-litre 'TDI' diesel is a cheap option, both in terms of purchase price and running costs, you might prefer the quieter 1.0-litre petrol engine.

The diesel works really well for longer trips, and the small A1 is surprisingly good for motorway driving as well as local trips. The back seats are big enough for kids, but adults might find them a bit cramped, so it’s not an ideal family car. The same can be said of its main rival, the Mini Hatchback, as well.

AUDI A1 BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Toyota Avensis Touring Sports

Best for comfort

Our pick Toyota Avensis Touring Sports Design
Used deals Limited stock

The name Toyota Avensis Touring Sports makes this car seem like it might be trying to be sporty or fun to drive but that’s the complete opposite of the reality. The Avensis is actually rather dull to drive, but it has plenty of redeeming qualities including lumbar support on Design trim models.

The main plus point for the Toyota is that there’s loads of legroom and headroom inside and a big 543-litre boot. The Touring Sports part of the name actually means it’s the estate model, so there’s a big hatchback boot and a long roof that adds even more practicality, as the load space is nice and tall. It’s also easy to drive, visibility is good and the seats are really comfy.

It’s also the second Toyota in this list because it works for people who want a hugely dependable car with a long warranty, but find the Yaris to be too small. The Avensis is actually available for around the same money depending on trim, which means it’s fantastic value and should be just as reliable as the Yaris.

TOYOTA AVENSIS BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Nissan Pulsar

Best for safety

Our pick Nissan Pulsar N-Connecta
Used deals from £7,750
Monthly finance from £0*

The Nissan Pulsar is a family car that’s a bit of a rare sight in the UK - it didn’t sell all that well when it was new. There are still quite a few for sale used, though, and since it’s a little bit unloved, prices are very low. It’s actually great value as a result, if only because it comes with loads of modern safety kit as standard. Of course, it includes lumbar support, too, on N-Connecta trim as picked out here.

There’s tyre pressure monitoring, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, autonomous emergency braking and a wide-angle parking camera fitted to the Pulsar as standard, which means it’s easy to drive confidently and this also helps to keep insurance prices low. The cheapest engine option to buy and run is the 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine, which is capable of excellent fuel economy.

The Pulsar lags behind when it comes to general comfort, driving and practicality when you look at it next to a similar Skoda Octavia, but the Nissan’s extra safety and lower prices might mean that it makes a more sensible purchase for you.

NISSAN PULSAR BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Renault Kadjar

Best for SUV fans

Our pick Renault Kadjar Dynamique Nav
Used deals from £10,990
Monthly finance from £205*

If you want a cheap car, usually an SUV isn’t the answer. These higher-riding models are typically more expensive than an equivalent hatchback, and they cost more to run as well. If you still want one, though, there are plenty to choose from - our pick would be the great value Renault Kadjar, which has lumbar support on Dynamique Nav models.

The Kadjar is a comfortable, really practical and well-equipped SUV, and it’s better value than an equivalent Nissan Qashqai or Skoda Karoq. It shares engines with Nissan models, including the 1.5-litre 'dCi' diesel engine, which is really economical and because many buyers prefer petrol power in general, prices are low for these versions as well.

The Kadjar is very roomy inside and should be great for family life - there’s lots of rear legroom and the boot is big. It has all the tech you need and the seats are comfy, plus it’s smooth over rough roads.

RENAULT KADJAR 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%

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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