What makes a car comfortable?
There are many different ways that manufacturers can enhance their cars to make them more comfortable both on a daily basis and on a longer drive. Some of the methods include:
- Softening the suspension to soak up bumps
- Fitting smaller wheels with higher profile tyres
- Creating soft but supportive seats
- Using plush materials that feel nice to the touch
- Plentiful sound-deadening to keep out engine noise
- Designing an aerodynamic car that reduces wind noise
The most comfortable used cars, of course, use a combination of some or all of these techniques to keep you comfortable out on the road. Here's a list of the best ones.
Modern SUVs are all the rage these days because they can successfully tackle just about anything daily life throws at them. Among the best in the premium segment is the critically-acclaimed Volvo XC60, which has been celebrated for offering an incredibly comfortable ride.
However, it isn't just the exceptional seats that gather praise, it's the high levels of refinement and build quality that set the XC60 aside from competitors. Although, between you and us, if you want even more comfortable seats in an XC60, then you need to opt for the R-Design models.
Another reason the XC60 excels as a comfortable car is that its suspension manages to miraculously soak up just about every imperfection in the road. Coupled with the vast amount of space inside and you have one very enjoyable place to spend time.Search Used Volvo XC60
If you're someone who isn't a fan of the typical German trio (Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW if you were wondering), but still want a car that offers exceptional levels of comfort and luxury, then you'll be hard-pushed to beat the Jaguar XE saloon.
Without going into too much detail, it's worth explaining that it's very difficult to make a sporty vehicle that's also comfortable. Yet, Jaguar have managed to achieve exactly that with the XE, because it's best in its class when it comes to the driving experience.
Inside the XE is typical Jaguar, with oceans of quality materials complementing the near-silent cabin. On top of this, the seats themselves offer plenty of lumbar support, without being overbearing on a long journey.Search Used Jaguar XE
Citroën C3 AIRCROSS
Citroën know a thing or two about comfortable cars; remember the Citroën 2CV that could transport a basket of eggs across a field without breaking a single one? Now imagine that commitment to comfort blended with modern design and technology; that's where the plucky C3 AIRCROSS comes into play.
The interior design and layout of the C3 AIRCROSS is astonishing for a car that can be had at this price point, because it offers a cabin that is brimming with character.
Another impressive trait is the amount of sound deadening utilised throughout the cabin, making long distance trips an absolute doddle; Citroën even used acoustically optimised glass to keep the outside noise from protruding in.Search Used Citroen C3 Aircross
Kia have managed to achieve an excellent blend of quality and value for money with their extensive range of vehicles, and the Sportage is the perfect example of that. In fact, you will be pleasantly surprised by the number of plush materials that have used throughout the Sportage's cabin; coupled with excellent levels of sound deadening and you have a family SUV that is very relaxing to drive over long distances.
With its raised ride height combining with the advantage of having chunkier tyres compared to hatchbacks and saloons, the Sportage does a good job of dealing with Britain's pot holes and rural roads.
On top of all this, the seats offer plenty of adjustment and support, meaning you're never far away from contentment.Search Used Kia Sportage
BMW 2 Series
This list was always going to be largely dominated by SUVs and hatchbacks because they are usually engineered for comfort as opposed to outright sportiness. However, we thought the BMW 2 Series represented the perfect opportunity to highlight a sports car that delivers driving thrills and comfort over longer distances.
As with any BMW, you get an engaging driving experience that makes every journey an enjoyable one. However, the Bavarian giants know that sometimes you just want to soak up the scenery in total relaxation, that's why their seats offer acres of adjustment and lateral support.
On top of this, the interiors are beautifully manufactured, with a clear emphasis having been placed on ensuring noise intrusion from the wind and tyres are kept to an absolute minimum.Search Used BMW 2 Series
Okay, so we won't bore you with the nitty-gritty details, but the Octavia is essentially a Volkswagen underneath because that's who owns them. Volkswagen cars are very good and exceptionally well-made; these qualities clearly resonate throughout every modern Skoda. Inside is a waft of lavish materials that come together to create a premium ambiance, something that is very welcome during any journey.
Let's talk seats, because they are genuinely remarkable in the Octavia; there's miles of adjustment to play with, and the materials they've used in the seat's construction has clearly been designed to offer comfort without sacrificing support.
It may sound counter-intuitive, but the seats in the Octavia vRS (Skoda's sporty model) are even more comfortable, which means you can enjoy excellent performance without the risk of backache.Search Used Skoda Octavia
Range Rover Evoque
The Evoque is Range Rover's answer to those who want an SUV that gets you to your destination in complete luxury and then makes a big impression upon arrival. Sit inside an Evoque and you can almost feel your heart rate drop as you settle into the plush leather seats that offer support in all the right places.
On the road, the Evoque feels refined and quiet, with minimal noise intruding into the cabin, while bumps and imperfections in the road are soaked up with the composure you'd expect from a vehicle such as this.
Despite its sloping roof-line, the interior is airy and spacious, with enough leg and headroom for passengers to enjoy.Search Used Range Rover Evoque
This is an interesting one, because city cars used to be renowned for being a bit basic and unrefined; so why is a Peugeot 108 in here? Well, city cars have taken an almighty leap forward over the last few years; not just in their build quality, but also in the levels of comfort they offer the daily commuter.
Okay, so the interior of the 108 is going to be more spartan than some of the other cars on this list. However, it still feels well-bolted together, and it does a very good job of stopping road noise from entering the cabin.
Although you wouldn't want to do a grand tour in a 108, it does a very good job of soaking up bumps in the road because of its supple suspension set up, making it perfect for daily driving.Search Used Peugeot 108
The Nissan Juke is a bit like marmite, isn't it? You either love 'em, or you hate 'em. Yet, Nissan have sold them in vast numbers, which tells you everything you need to know! And although the appearance divides opinion, there can be no arguing that the Juke is a very comfortable car to live with on a daily basis; it's one of the main reasons they have sold so well.
The high seating position is a desirable feature that instantly makes for a relaxing drive, while the seats themselves offer support in all the right places.
Despite being a crossover, there is a decent amount of head and leg room in the back, which means your passengers can enjoy the excellent refinement and snug seats too.Search Used Nissan Juke
Audi do some of the best interiors on the market, a trait which even applies to their baby A1. Everywhere you look there are lavish materials, which makes for a very enjoyable place to sit over any distance. Combine that premium ambience with snug seats and you have a very comfortable supermini that delivers enjoyment everyday.
Being an Audi, it isn't just the materials that impress; the sound insulation is on another level entirely, blocking out the majority of external noises.
On another note, the supple suspension setup means you barely feel any of the road's imperfections as you drive along. And, because the A1 is so user-friendly and easy to drive, you never get out feeling drained and tired after a long journey.
Find your perfect comfortable used car
There's a number of factors that need taking into consideration when looking for a comfortable car; seat design, sound insulation, interior quality, and driving manners.
Each of the cars on this list tick all the right boxes, which means all you have to do is pick the one that meets your needs and requirements.