For most people, space and comfort are the determining factors when buying a car. Further, for those who spend most of the time in their rear seat, comfort, features, space and convenience become even more important factors. While most manufacturers offer good seating position at the front, the back seats are where many fail to make a mark. Here are 10 cars that offer the best back seat comfort in their respective segments.
Entry level hatchbacks: Renault Kwid
Starting price: Rs 2.71 lakh
The Renault Kwid is the best selling model for the French manufacturer in India and also the most affordable one. It comes with a nice second-row bench that does not compromise on comfort. The Kwid offers enough space for three adults in the rear seat without any problem. The SUV inspired body design means that there is enough head room at the rear for everyone. 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 NXT
Starting Price: Rs 4.82 lakh
Next comes the Mahindra KUV, which is the only micro SUV on sale in India. The KUV100 has quite a spacious cabin for its size and its width further allows better space management on the inside. The rear seats are in flat bench layout, which provides equal comfort to all the occupants. The top variants of the KUV100 get a centre armrest and adjustable rear headrests. The cabin has an airy feel to it and there is enough headroom for tall passengers too due to its tall body profile.
Premium hatchbacks: Honda Jazz
Starting Price: Rs 7.39 lakh
Ever since its launch, the Honda Jazz has been the is the most comfortable premium hatchback in India. It is the only car in the premium hatchback segment that comes with 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. Compared to its rivals like the Maruti Suzuki Swift and the Hyundai Elite i20, the Jazz offers superior comfort.
Sub-4 meter sedans: Honda Amaze
Starting Price: Rs 5.85 lakh
The new generation Honda Amaze is the second best selling sub-4 meter sedan in the market, behind the Maruti Suzuki Dzire. However, when talking about rear seat comfort, the Amaze gets an upper hand due to its rear seat design and cushioning. The extra storage space in the rear doors earn it those extra points. The rear windows of the Amaze are bigger than the Maruti Suzuki Dzire’s and offer good visibility and make the rear cabin feel more spacious.
Sub-4 meter SUVs: Tata Nexon
Starting Price: Rs 6.48 lakh
The Tata Nexon is probably the most affordable and the second best selling sub-4 meter SUV in India after the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Among its USP are the level of comfort and space inside the cabin. The rear seats in the Nexon are very comfortable and offer different foam density cushioning. Adding further to the comfort are the generous knee room, leg room and rear armrest along with rear air-con vents. Ample thigh support and comfortable seating angles further make it the most comfortable SUV in terms of rear seat comfort in its segment.
C-segment sedans: Honda City
Starting Price: Rs 9.70 lakh
The Honda City is the oldest C-segment sedan which is still on sale in India and a major reason for its success can be credited to its very comfortable rear seats. The Honda City offers a good seating position along with comfortable and supportive seats at the rear. The top variants also come with a sunroof which further helps to give an airy feeling to the cabin. However, headroom is a problem for tall occupants at the rear due to the slanting roofline design.
Mid-size SUVs: Tata Hexa
Starting Price: Rs 13.16 lakh
The Tata Hexa may not be selling sales charts at fire but the SUV-MPV crossover sure has a few special tricks up its sleeves. Ont of those is its cabin space and comfort, which is far better than its rivals. It gets rear air-con vents on door pillars, lower center console and roof which ensures that things don’t get sweaty no matter how hot the weather is. The rear seats too are comfortable with an upright seating position. Tata offers both regular and two captain seats options in the middle row on the Hexa.
D-segment sedans: Skoda Octavia
Starting Price: Rs 15.99 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 14.93 lakh
The Toyota Innova has been the best MPV on sale in India ever since its launch, not considering the much expensive German counterparts. The middle row of the Innova is a very comfortable place to be in. That is the reason it is used by so many celebrities and politicians among others. The Innova Crysta can be had in either the regular bench seat or 2 captain seats. Further, best-in-class ride quality along with features like rear air-con vents and sliding middle seats contribute to the comfort of the Innova Crysta
Full-size SUVs: Ford Endeavour
Starting Price: Rs. 28.20 lakh
The newly unveiled Ford Endeavour Facelift is among the best full-size SUVs money can buy. It rivals the Toyota Fortuner, Mahindra Alturas G4 and the Skoda Kodiaq among others in the segment. In terms of rear seat comfort, the Endeavour gets the upper hand compared to its rivals. The light colour theme and panoramic sunroof create a sense of space on the inside and the seats are quite supportive too, though getting in and out is a bit tough due to its height, but that’s the case with most all its rivals. Ford has worked on the cabin comfort and thanks to the active noise cancellation feature, the cabin is very silent. The mid row seats can be adjusted manually which further helps enhance the comfort level.