What are the features we look for in the interior while buying a new car? – Good dashboard, good seats at the front, leg room at the rear and comfort for the occupants at both front and rear. Most manufacturers offer good seating position at the front but not the same level of comfort at the rear. Here we present to you the 10 cars that offer the best back seats in their respective segments.
Entry level hatchbacks: Renault Kwid
Starting price: Rs 2.67 lakh
Renault Kwid may be one of the cheapest cars in the market, but it does not compromise on comfort. The Kwid offers enough space for three adults in the rear seat without any problem. The tallish body design helps to provide adequate headroom at the rear even for taller passengers. The Renault Kwid is offered with 2 engine options to choose from. While manual gearboxes are standard on both motors, an AMT option is offered on the bigger engine.
Mid-size hatchbacks: Mahindra KUV100
Starting Price: Rs 4.51 lakh
Mahindra KUV gives the appearance of a baby-SUV and offers some serious space inside the cabin. The width of the KUV is a plus point, which allows more seating space and comfort. The wide shoulder line offers an airy cabin feel, and head room for tall passengers is also adequate. The rear seats are of flat bench type, which provide equal comfort to all the occupants. The top variants of the KUV100 get a centre armrest and adjustable rear headrests.
Premium hatchbacks: Honda Jazz
Starting Price: Rs 5.9 lakh
Honda Jazz is the most comfortable hatchback in the segment. The Jazz is the only car in its segment which offers rear reclining seats. The rear seats offer best in segment visibility and headroom, thanks to the broad shoulder line of the car. The top variants of the Honda Jazz come with ‘magic seats’ which can be folded in different configurations. The Jazz offers more comfort than the Hyundai i20 and the Maruti Baleno.
Compact sedans: Honda Amaze
Starting Price: Rs 5.6 lakh
Honda Amaze and Maruti Dzire go head on when it comes to interior seating comfort and leg space. The Amaze gets extra marks for its rear seat design and cushioning over the Dzire. The extra storage space in the rear doors earn it those extra points. The rear windows of the Amaze, bigger than the Dzire, offer good visibility and make the rear cabin feel more spacious.
C-segment sedans: Honda City
Starting Price: Rs 8.7 lakh
Japanese manufacturer Honda surely knows how to make the occupants comfortable inside its cars. Just like the Honda Amaze, Honda City also offers a good seating position and comfort at the rear. The headroom is a problem for tall occupants (similar in Ciaz) at the rear due to the slanting roofline design. The top variants of the Honda City offer a more spacious cabin feel, thanks to the sunroof.
Compact SUVs: Tata Nexon
Starting Price: Rs 5.99 lakh
Tata Nexon is the second most-selling compact SUV in India after Maruti Brezza. The level of comfort and space inside the cabin are the main reasons for its top spot in sales. The rear seats in the Nexon are very comfortable and offer different foam density cushioning. To add more to the comfort, extra knee room, leg room and rear armrest along with rear air-con vents, are provided. Ample thigh support and comfortable seating angles are the other good bits.
Full-sized SUVs: Tata Hexa
Starting Price: Rs 11.85 lakh
The Tata Hexa sets the benchmark in seating comfort and cabin space. Another advantage the Hexa holds over the XUV500 is the presence of multiple rear air-con vents on door pillars, lower center console and roof. The seats are comfortable with an upright seating position. In the Hexa, you can choose between a regular or two captain seats options in the middle row which is not offered in the XUV.
D-segment sedans: Skoda Octavia
Starting Price: Rs 15.87 lakh
People who buy the D-segment sedans mostly use the rear seats as they like to be chauffeured around. Skoda Octavia is the right pick over the higher-selling Toyota Corolla. Octavia offers more leg room and rear air-con vents, which are missing in the Corolla. The Octavia is at par with the Corolla when it comes to overall cabin feel and comfort level.
Family MPVs: Toyota Innova Crysta
Starting Price: Rs 13.52 lakh
Unbeatable for a decade, the Toyota Innova is the most comfortable family MPV in the market. The top spot is retained because of the level of comfort offered in the middle and 3rd rows. The option to choose from a regular bench seat or 2 captain seats in the middle add more to the comfort. Best-in-class ride quality along with features like rear air-con vents and sliding middle seats contribute to the comfort of the MPV.
Luxury SUVs: Ford Endeavour
Starting Price: Rs 25.65 lakh
Ford launched the all-new Endeavour in January 2016, with new tech, more comfort and more power. Ford Endeavour improvised on the cabin comfort and offers more comfortable seats in a very silent cabin, thanks to the active noise cancellation feature. To add more to the airy cabin feel and comfort, a panoramic sunroof is offered by the manufacturer.