Top 10 most comfortable cars under £25,000We reveal the most comfortable cars rated by you

28 March 2012

Skoda Superb estate 1

The Skoda Superb estate was rated the most comfortable car under £25,000

We test driving position and ride comfort for every car that passes through our Test Lab. But nothing quite beats the experience of living with a car, day in, day out. 

That's why we ask owners to rate every aspect of their car in our annual Which? Car Survey. 

Last year you told us about more than 63,000 vehicles, collectively covering an impressive 520 million miles in the 12 months prior to the survey.

So with all those miles on the clock, we name the most comfortable new cars you can pick up for under £25,000.

Skoda Superb estate

Skoda Superb estate

1. Skoda Superb Estate (2010-)

Comfort score - 88%

Living up to its name, the Skoda Superb Estate tops our list. With bags of space for luggage and passengers, its clear to see why you rated this so highly. Pick the 2.0 TDI engine with 140bhp if you're looking for a model with the best balance of running costs and ability.

Citroen C5 Tourer

Citroen C5 Tourer

2. Citroën C5 Tourer (2008-)

Comfort score - 87%

The C5 Tourer is one of the bigger options in its large family car class. It comes well-equipped and is offered in a wide range of engines. If you're looking for efficiency opt for the 1.6 HDi model which achieved 48.7mpg in our tests - not bad for a car of this size.

Honda Accord tourer

Honda Accord tourer

3. Honda Accord Tourer (2008-)

Comfort score - 86%

Another large estate car scoops the final place on the podium. The Accord Tourer is spacious, well-equipped and has more of a sporty feel than some rivals. Although introduced in 2008, Honda made a few slight changes last year to keep this model looking fresh whilst also introducing lower emission engines.

Skoda Yeti

Skoda Yeti

4. Skoda Yeti (2009-)

Comfort score - 85%

The Yeti is a compact crossover that offers low running costs, good interior space and all-round versatility. Despite the off-roader looks this is mainly designed as a family car and performs much better on the road than off it. It's a pity Skoda has still not made electronic stability control a standard feature for every version, though.

Land Rover Freelander

Land Rover Freelander

5. Land Rover Freelander (2006-)

Comfort score - 84%

More expensive than some of its close rivals, the Freelander does offer decent off-road ability and can be considered more fashionable than most. However, running costs are fairly high - we measured fuel economy of 33.6mpg when we tested the diesel 2.2 TD4. 

Peugeot 3008

Peugeot 3008

6. Peugeot 3008 (2009-)

Comfort score - 84%

We're not surprised the 3008 featured strongly in the comfort rankings - with good build quality, a practical interior layout, and its unique MPV-cum-4x4 looks, this car has proved popular with owners. The generous headroom makes this a comfortable ride for taller adults too.

Toyota Avensis Tourer

Toyota Avensis Tourer

7. Toyota Avensis Tourer (2009-)

Comfort score - 83%

The Toyota Avensis Tourer is solidly built, well equipped and easy to live with. The cabin feels wide and roomy in the front which clearly influenced owners to rate it highly for comfort. But it's a bit more cramped in the rear, and you may struggle to squeeze in three adults.

Skoda Superb

Skoda Superb

8. Skoda Superb (2008-)

Comfort score - 83%

Just like the Superb Estate, the saloon performs strongly for comfort, according to owners. There's plenty of legroom for both front and rear passengers, although anyone taller than 1.85m (6ft 1in) may struggle with headroom in the rear. The Superb may not be adventurous in how it looks and drives, but it cossets its occupants on any given adventure.

Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester

9. Subaru Forester (2008-)

Comfort score - 83%

Now in its third generation, owners of the Forester continue to rate it very highly. Not quite a proper SUV or an estate car, this car falls somewhere in the middle. There's plenty of room for passengers, although we measured boot space at 395 litres, which isn't as generous as rival cars.

Alfa Romeo 159

Alfa Romeo 159

10. Alfa Romeo 159 (2006-)

Comfort score - 82%

Completing our Top 10 is the sporty Alfa 159. It's not a big seller (Alfa's reliability reputation probably holds it back), but it offers very comfortable seats for those in the front. However, we found the rear to be less comfortable for tall passengers - anyone over 1.80m tall (5ft 11in) will hit their head on the roof.

 

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