Most customisable cars

Fancy a car that's unique to you rather than looking the same as everyone else's? You need a highly customisable car - like the ones below

James Wilson
Aug 1, 2022

Want to put your own stamp on a car? There are plenty of personalisation options these days, with the most customisable cars enabling you to choose different paint colours, finishes and even contrasting setups, with numerous interior choices for the seat fabrics, trim and other details. So, if you fancy creating a car that feels bespoke to your tastes, there should be plenty of cars that could fit the bill.

There are a number of different types of customisation, the most obvious being visual changes. These include colour schemes, decals (such as bonnet stripes) and flashy alloy wheel designs. A less obvious type of customisation is centred around in-car technology - for example having a larger touchscreen media system fitted in the middle of the dashboard.

For vehicles that are typically used for work purposes, there can be huge scope for customisation to the bodywork. Pick-up trucks and vans are prime examples of this as they come in a number of different lengths, heights and various seating configurations. Below there are eight cars that stand out thanks to their customisation options. They vary greatly in their shape and size but all promise buyers the chance to create a model which reflects their individual needs.

One thing to bear in mind when customising a car is that colours can be a double-edged sword. You might love a car which has lime green bodywork and a brown roof, but if you are paying cash or taking a finance option where you own the car at the end of the contract, this could cause issues. If you ever need to sell the car, chances are that it would be much harder to sell and you may get a lower price for it.

Then again, certain cars look fantastic in bright colours and can be more desirable as a result. Style-centric models like the Fiat 500 can look great in a zingy shade of orange, for instance, and can even command a premium if the colour you choose is very rare. However, the same shade of orange on a sensible people carrier may make the car impossible to sell. Meanwhile, other customisation options can make a car safer and possibly cheaper to insure as a result.

Most customisable cars

1. Mini Hatchback

Mini Hatchback

Our pick Mini Cooper S Sport
Used deals from £8,549
Monthly finance from £159*

Although the Mini Hatchback is a relatively small car, it has huge potential for customisation. Take paint colour as an example. At the time of writing, there are 10 different colours to choose from. These include colours like yellow, green, blue and red - not just 10 shades of grey, which is sometimes the case with upmarket models.

And don’t forget that you can have a different colour roof - but not just a black, white or silver roof, as is the case with some car manufacturers. Mini offers roofs that blend through three different colours - the most striking goes from dark blue to teal to black.

Mini knows there is more to customisation than just colour. As such, there are a handful of alloy wheel designs to choose from, bonnet stripes, more upholstery designs than your local DFS and a lengthy list of option packs. The latter are bundles of equipment that complement one another, for example, the ‘Comfort Pack’ includes heated seats, an armrest and automatic air-conditioning. Basically little things that make the driver more comfortable.

MINI HATCHBACK BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Mercedes S-Class

Our pick Mercedes S350d L AMG Line
Used deals from £27,499
Monthly finance from £575*

The Mercedes S-Class is one of the most upmarket cars in the world, and it is available with an array of cutting-edge technology. When it comes to customisation, motorists have the most freedom when it comes to body colour, the upholstery and whether they want an extra-long S-Class or a standard model. If you expect to be chauffeured around then the extra space in the back that comes with the long-wheelbase version makes it well worth considering.

The really interesting options are tech-based and these are quite closely linked to the trim you choose. If you want all the toys then an ‘L AMG Line Premium Plus Executive' model is the one to go for. Some of the best pieces of equipment with the S-Class include a 3D drivers display (which replaces traditional dials), a head-up display that uses augmented reality to make it look as though direction guidance is being projected onto the road ahead and front seats that can massage the occupant when on the move.

MERCEDES S-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Ford Ranger

Our pick Ford Ranger 2.0 EcoBlue Double Cab
Used deals from £16,500
Monthly finance from £407*

Unlike the other cars on this list, the Ford Ranger is customisable so that it can be the best workhorse possible. This is due to the fact that pick-up trucks are often used by tradespeople who need a vehicle that can carry and tow heavy gear while also being able to withstand being used on tough terrain, like building sites, farms and woodlands.

With the Ranger you can, to a certain extent, customise both the cabin and the length of the load bay behind it. Regular Cab models have two seats, two doors and the longest load bed, while Double Cab versions have four doors and seats for five plus a shorter load bed. Sat between the two options are Super Cab Rangers, which have rear seats but still only two doors.

Ford also offers a Chassis Cab model, which comes without a load bed so that owners can customise the truck to their heart’s content - depending upon their specific needs. They could turn the Ford into a caravan, mobile sandwich bar or even a tow truck.

FORD RANGER BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender 90 front three quarters view

Our pick Land Rover Defender 110 D250 XS Edition with Adventure Pack
Used deals from £53,995
Monthly finance from £794*

The Land Rover Defender offers styling personalisation like the Mini, tech customisation like the S-Class and practicality personalisation like the Ranger - albeit on a slightly reduced scale. That said, considering the breadth of options available, you're sure to find a configuration that appeals to you.

There are two main types of Defender - three-door and five-door models. The latter is more practical and will easily cope with the needs of a large family or park ranger. When it comes to customisation, Land Rover offers all kinds of weird and wonderful options, such as pet packs, which can include a ramp for your pet to get in and out of the boot.

You can also specify a ladder strapped to the side of the car, and choose from a number of packs aimed at exploring. One is quite literally called the ‘Adventure Pack’ and it includes features such as extra protection for around the wheel arches to prevent damage when driving off-road.

LAND ROVER DEFENDER BUYERS' GUIDE

5. BMW 4 Series

BMW 4 Series Convertible front three quarters view

Our pick BMW M440i Convertible
Used deals from £34,500
Monthly finance from £530*

When it comes to customisable and sporty cars, the BMW 4 Series has it all. One of the most obvious options is the choice between a convertible with a folding fabric roof and a coupe with a fixed metal roof. The real magic comes with the selection of engines, though, which can appeal to a huge variety of drivers. At one end of the range, there are economical - but still relatively powerful - 2.0-litre diesel engines and at the other end, there are incredibly powerful - and less economical - 3.0-litre petrol engines.

The M4 models are the most powerful and they come with the most sporty styling. These won’t be cheap to run so some prefer the more subtle styling and lower running costs of the M440i or M440d - both of which are still incredibly fast but more economical. The M440i is petrol powered and the M440d is diesel-powered and both should be considerably cheaper to purchase new or used.

BMW 4 SERIES COUPE / CONVERTIBLE / GRAN COUPE BUYERS' GUIDES
BMW M4 BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Hyundai i30 N

Our pick Hyundai i30 2.0 T-GDi N Performance
Used deals from £22,000
Monthly finance from £409*

This practical, powerful and fun Hyundai has not made it onto this list as you can change every minute part of its design. Instead, the i30 N offers a huge amount of customisation in terms of the way it drives. Adjustments are made via the central media system, which has simple touch controls for tweaking the engine, exhaust, suspension, steering and stability control settings plus a few other more niche options.

You might wonder why you'd want to adjust things like that, but this all lets you tailor the feel of the car to your tastes. Let’s take the steering; some people prefer steering which is more effort to turn, while others prefer lighter setups. Likewise, some people love an exhaust that pops and bangs and makes lots of noise, while others prefer a quieter exhaust.

Instead of having a one-size-fits-all configuration, the i30 N lets you create a bespoke setup. Plus, you can easily flick between settings to suit your mood - for example, setting the exhaust to the quietest mode when you have a headache or choosing lighter steering after a boxing class when your arms ache.

HYUNDAI I30 N BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Peugeot 308

Our pick Peugeot 308 1.6 Hybrid 180 Allure Premium
Used deals Limited stock

If you're looking for the kind of car that can be used every day with minimal fuss, the Peugeot 308 is a fine option. A large part of this is thanks to the broad range of engine options. There are frugal petrol models, which are great for people who want the most affordable 308 but don’t expect to do lots of long motorway journeys.

For anyone who will regularly slog up, down and across motorways, meanwhile, one of the diesel models will be a better bet, as these are likely to be notably more economical when cruising. If money is less of an object and you do lots of short journeys, a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid is well worth considering - provided you're able to charge the car regularly. This is how to get the most out of a plug-in hybrid, by covering as many of your journeys as possible using cheap electric power rather than burning expensive petrol.

Moving to the interior design, this is where the 308 really impresses. It is well built, the touchscreen media system responds quickly to inputs and the use of interesting materials means the Peugeot has a far more striking cabin than some of its German rivals - like the Volkswagen Golf.

8. Renault Captur

Our pick Renault Captur 1.0 TCe S Edition
Used deals from £15,599
Monthly finance from £224*

Should you be on the hunt for a small but practical car with plenty of scope for customisation, then look no further than the Renault Captur. This French compact SUV is not only available with a wide range of paint colours (Desert Orange with a contrasting black roof looks particularly striking), but it is something of a jack of all trades in that it is practical, affordable, stylish, economical to run and comfortable to drive.

Being well-rounded makes the Captur great for smaller families. The boot can carry between 422 and 536 litres of luggage which is much larger than cars like the Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta, which are actually similar in length and width to the Captur. The boot size varies as the rear seats can be slid forward or backwards, which can be very handy if carrying bulky items in the boot or long-legged people. If you are transporting children, the rear doors open nice and wide to help make loading child seats easier.

RENAULT CAPTUR 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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