What makes a car comfortable?
Comfort is essential to many of us when it comes to our motors, whether you're often taking off on long journeys, transporting children and pets, or simply spend a large amount of time behind the wheel.
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.
- Land Rover Range Rover
- Volvo XC60
- Jaguar XE
- Audi A1
- BMW 2 Series
- Nissan Juke
- Peugeot 3008
- Škoda Superb
- Citroën C3 AIRCROSS
- Kia Sportage
Land Rover Range Rover
The Range Rover is Land 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 a Range Rover, and you settle right into the plush leather seats that offer support in all the right places.
The Range Rover comes with every extra comfort you could possibly think of and more. As with all Land Rover cars, it's more than roomy, allowing up to five occupants to comfortably spread themselves out, and there’s room in the enormous boot for any amount of luggage.
On the road, the Range Rover feels refined and quiet, with minimal noise intruding into the cabin, while the adjustable air suspension allows for ease of entry and exit and helps iron out any bumps and imperfections in the road.Search Used Land Rover Range Rover
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.
The XC60 excels as a comfortable car, with a suspension managing 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.
The XC60 isn't quite as exciting to drive as its rivals, but this won't put most buyers off in the used car market, as comfort and refinement are qualities that the XC60 possesses in excess.Search Used Volvo XC60
If you're someone who isn't a fan of the typical German trio (Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW), but still want a car that offers exceptional levels of comfort and luxury, then you'll be hard-pushed to beat the Jaguar XE.
Inside, the XE is a 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.
There's a decent amount of room in the back for passengers, and climate vents to keep them comfortable, too. Luggage space isn't an issue in the XE, with a sizeable boot and a few storage spaces dotted about the cabin.Search Used Jaguar XE
Audi cars have some of the best interiors on the market, a trait which even applies to their little 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 every day.
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 road trip.Search Used Audi A1
BMW 2 Series
This list was always going to be largely dominated by family SUVs and hatchbacks because they're usually engineered for comfort as opposed to outright sportiness. However, we thought the BMW 2 Series represented the perfect opportunity to highlight a sports-inspired car that delivers driving thrills and comfort over longer distances.
BMW 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.
Being a BMW, the 2 Series boasts premium-quality materials and high levels of refinement. On top of this, the interiors are beautifully manufactured, with a clear emphasis placed on ensuring noise intrusion from the wind and tyres are kept to an absolute minimum.Search Used BMW 2 Series
The Nissan Juke is loved by many and sold in vast numbers, and although the futuristic divides opinion, there can be no arguing that the Juke is a comfortable car to live with on a daily basis; it's one of the main reasons they've sold so well.
The high seating position of this spacious SUV 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's a decent amount of head and legroom in the back, which means passengers can enjoy the excellent refinement and snug seats, too.Search Used Nissan Juke
Some rivals are better-known for their luxury offerings, but the Peugeot 3008 does well in providing an up-market feel for a fraction of the price. As far as comfort goes, it smashes most of the competition out of the park, providing a quiet ride and smooth suspension that soaks up lumps in the road with ease.
All 3008 models are more than relaxing to drive, but higher-spec models with auto transmissions offer the best comfort and refinement. And unlike many comfortable cars, this one is big on style, with sharp exterior styling and a neat well-equipped cabin, making it one of the best-looking comfortable used SUVs on the market.Search Used Peugeot 3008
If you're searching for a family hatchback that values comfort above all else, the Škoda Superb lives up to its name, especially when it comes to ride quality, with a smooth suspension that feels as if you're driving on a cloud.
But the spacious interior is what really sets the Superb apart from its rivals in terms of comfort, providing generous room for drivers and passengers and a huge boot fit for the most adventurous of families.
Inside is a waft of lavish materials that come together to create a premium ambience, something that's very welcome during any journey. For those who want an even softer ride, driving mode 'Comfort' can be selected, which helps smooth out any lumps in the road, so every trip feels relaxing and enjoyable.Search Used Škoda Superb
Citroën C3 AIRCROSS
Citroën know a thing or two about comfortable cars, and with a welcome blend of modern design and technology, the C3 AIRCROSS is a smashing contender.
The interior design and layout of the C3 AIRCROSS is astonishing for a car at this price point, because it offers a cabin that's brimming with character.
Another impressive trait is the amount of sound deadening utilised throughout the cabin, making long distance trips a doddle; Citroën even used acoustically optimised glass to keep the outside noise from protruding in.Search Used Citroën 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'll be pleasantly surprised by the number of plush materials that have been used throughout the Sportage's cabin; coupled with excellent levels of sound deadening, and you have a family SUV that's very relaxing to drive over long distances.
With its raised ride height combined with the advantage of having chunkier tyres compared to hatchbacks and saloons, the Sportage does a good job of dealing with Britain's potholes 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
Find your perfect comfortable used car with Evans Halshaw
If you've been inspired by our expert list of comfortable used cars, you can contact your nearest Evans Halshaw dealership today for any enquiries and to arrange a test drive.
If you're still making your mind up, our used car section is home to a wide range of comfortable cars, available in a variety of shapes and sizes, from spacious family SUVs and hatchbacks to cosy city cruisers.