Best for comfort

Drivers want the best seat in the house, but not all cars deliver. Here are your winners and losers

Does a long slog behind the wheel leave you aching all over? Or do you often reach your destination feeling relaxed and refreshed? The ability to iron out bumps in the road while feeling solid and secure is key here.

You’ve let us know which cars are the most comfortable to spend time in.

1.Volvo XC60 Volvos have long been renowned for making the longest of journeys pass with minimum discomfort, and the XC60 is the most comfortable of them all. Its seats provide plenty of lumbar adjustment and lateral support to ensure that drivers of all shapes and sizes can find their perfect position.

2. Jaguar S-Type Plenty of Jaguar S-Type drivers praised the comfortable seats in their car. Long journeys pass by without any aches and pains thanks to the seats' supportive sides and generous padding. It’s worth trying to find a car with optional electric lumbar support, though, as owners report this makes all the difference.

3. BMW X5 BMW calls the seats in the X5 'Comfort Seats', and you’ve told us that you agree. They can be raised or lowered and angled forwards or backwards, and also come with adjustable lumbar support and depth, too. The perforated leather is very effective at keeping the driver cool on long journeys.

Last place: Land Rover Defender The Defender's seats are a world away from the the sculpted, adjustable seats in Volvos. There’s very limited adjustability, which makes finding a comfortable position difficult for tall drivers. Long journeys are reportedly a nightmare, and there’s not much lateral support to hold you in place around the corners. All these factors add up to the Defender’s disappointing average score of 70.41 per cent.

The results

PositionMakeModel%     PositionMakeModel%
1VolvoXC6096.72%     51Alfa RomeoMiTo85.93%
2JaguarS-Type94.62%     52HondaJazz MkII85.89%
3BMWX5 MkII94.34%     53VolkswagenPassat MkV85.88%
4Land RoverDiscovery 494.17%     54VolkswagenGolf MkV85.77%
5VolvoV5094.14%     55ToyotaCorolla Verso MkII85.75%
6SkodaYeti93.37%     56FordFocus MkIII85.71%
7SkodaSuperb MkII93.29%     57AudiA4 MkIV85.66%
8Land RoverRange Rover Sport93.10%     58VauxhallZafira MkII85.49%
9MercedesE-Class MkIV92.90%     59ToyotaAuris85.21%
10MercedesE-Class MkIII92.35%     60VolkswagenScirocco MkIII85.06%
11Land RoverFreelander 291.91%     61RenaultScenic MkII84.93%
12NissanJuke91.81%     62Mazda3 MkII84.88%
13LexusIS MkII91.62%     63ToyotaiQ84.62%
14VolvoC3091.58%     64CitroenXsara Picasso84.49%
15NissanQashqai91.28%     65HondaCivic MkVIII84.44%
16HondaCR-V MkIII91.19%     66VauxhallCorsa MkIII84.42%
17VolvoXc9090.98%     67FordFiesta MkVI84.42%
18ToyotaAvensis MkIII90.62%     68VauxhallAgila MkII84.26%
19HondaAccord MkVII90.53%     69CitroenC4 MkI84.21%
20NissanX-Trail MkII90.48%     70AudiTT MkII84.13%
21Saab9-3 MkII90.00%     71SEATLeon MkII84.12%
22FordKuga89.88%     72Hyundaii2084.12%
23KiaSportage MkIII89.82%     73AudiA184.08%
24CitroenXsara Picasso89.79%     74ToyotaYaris MkII83.91%
25JaguarX-Type89.43%     75AudiA3 MkII83.81%
26VolkswagenGolf MkVI89.20%     76VauxhallVectra MkII83.71%
27JaguarXF89.17%     77FordFocus MkII83.46%
28FordS-MAX89.07%     78FordC-MAX MkI82.92%
29BMW5 Series MkVI89.02%     79Peugeot20782.78%
30BMW5 Series MkV89.02%     80RenaultClio MkIII82.52%
31Hyundaiix3588.97%     81VolkswagenPolo MkIV82.46%
32SkodaOctavia MkII88.92%     82HondaJazz MkI82.06%
33VolkswagenTiguan88.62%     83BMW1 Series MkI82.03%
34VauxhallInsignia88.24%     84VolkswagenPolo MkV81.89%
35VauxhallMeriva MkII88.16%     85KiaCee'd81.85%
36RenaultMegane MkIII88.07%     86NissanNote81.83%
37Hyundaii3088.04%     87SEATIbiza MkIV81.82%
38AudiA6 MkIII87.57%     88Hyundaii1081.76%
39ToyotaAvensis MkII87.28%     89MINIMkI80.46%
40MercedesA-Class MkII87.14%     90RenaultMegane MkII80.45%
41ToyotaPrius MkIII87.11%     91SmartForTwo MkII79.57%
42ToyotaRAV4 MkII87.10%     92ToyotaAygo79.52%
43FordMondeo MkIV87.07%     93Fiat50079.50%
44ToyotaPrius MkII86.67%     94VauxhallAstra MkV79.29%
45VauxhallAstra MkIV86.64%     95Peugeot20677.61%
46Mazda6 MkII86.60%     96FiatPanda MkII75.90%
47MercedesC-Class MkIII86.30%     97FordFiesta MkV75.64%
48SkodaFabia MkII86.21%     98NissanMicra MkIII75.34%
49VolkswagenTouran85.97%     99Peugeot30775.21%
50BMW3 Series MkIV85.95%     100Land RoverDefender70.41%

See the results…

Most Popular

“Mid-sized electric cars are way beyond the financial reach of most mums and dads”
Opinion - electric car prices

“Mid-sized electric cars are way beyond the financial reach of most mums and dads”

Mike Rutherford thinks the industry needs to face the fact that a lot of people can’t afford a brand new factory-fresh car
16 May 2022
Best electric cars to buy 2022
Best electric cars
Electric cars

Best electric cars to buy 2022

There are more electric cars than ever to choose from, so we've picked some of the best you can buy in the UK now
28 Apr 2022
Shell and ABB team up to deliver world’s fastest electric car charger
Shell charger

Shell and ABB team up to deliver world’s fastest electric car charger

New Shell and ABB-developed Terra 360 EV charger can add 62 miles of range in less than three minutes
16 May 2022