Great for keeping yourself cosy during the colder months, heated seats are a desirable feature in any vehicle. They also bring enormous benefits to many drivers suffering from back or hip problems. Read on for details of seven vehicles currently on the market that have heated seats fitted in some, if not all, variants.
The Forester is well-known for its high-performance AWD system. It's also spacious, practical and well-equipped. The introduction of a hybrid option is likely to appeal to cost-conscious motorists, as well as those who favour greener driving. This is a family-orientated car. It has a particularly plush rear area that benefits from air vents, well-upholstered seating, USB ports and a fold-down armrest. The rear doors also open almost 90 degrees, which makes it easier to use car seats for younger members of the family.
Heated front seats are fitted in all variants except the basic 2.5i AWD. An engaging feature of the Forester is its driver recognition facility. Using facial recognition technology, the vehicle will customise the driver's seat to your preset requirements (including temperature) when you get behind the wheel. Up to five drivers can have their preferences stored.
2. Mazda 3
If you want heated front seats in your Mazda 3, you'll need to shop at the top of the range to get them as standard. Heated front seats are fitted in the G25 Astina, the X20 and the G25 GT only. Along with the heated seats, which are also fully adjustable, you'll also benefit from a heated steering wheel for extra-cosy motoring.
The 3 is available in sedan or hatch variants. Owners can choose from a manual or automatic transmission as well as a hybrid version. Reviewers are quick to praise the 3's performance and looks. It's a great car to drive, but if the comfort of heated seats is important to you, there are cheaper comparative options out there.
A versatile ute that's at home in both urban and rural environments, the Nissan Navara is designed to be robust enough for regular off-roading at the same time as a practical option for the school run or daily commute. It's available in multiple variants, including single, dual and king chassis'. The SL and the ST versions don't have heated seats - you'll need to invest in a PRO-4X Dual Cab or the ST-X King Cab for the front driver and passenger seat heating.
Reviewers speak highly of the Navara's Australian engineering and good looks but point out that the front seats aren't as comfortable as they might be.
If you're looking for a seven-seater that has those all-important heated seats, the Kluger could be the one for you. This is a large SUV that benefits from Toyota's advanced engineering and safety technology. There's an engine for everyone, including a hybrid and a revamped V6. There are three variants on offer - the GX, the GXL and the Grande. If you want heated seats as standard, you'll need to invest in an option from the GXL or Grande range.
For the ultimate in seat comfort, it's worth noting that the driver's seat in the Grande is heated, ventilated, power-adjustable, contains adjustable lumber support and has a memory feature.
5. Hyundai Kona
A compact SUV that's packed with features, there are four variants available - the Kona, Kona Active, Kona Elite and Kona Highlander. If you want heated (and ventilated) front seats, you'll have to buy a Highlander to get them as standard. For drivers who prefer a sportier SUV, there are the N-line and N-line premium variants. These have a 1.6T-GDi petrol seven-speed, DCT AWD engine and transmission. In comparison, non-N-line options are powered by a 2.0MPi petrol CVT FWD.
The Kona has plenty of tech, including Hyundai Smart Sense and, depending on the variant, features including remote locking, push-button start, solar control glass, rain-sensing wipers and a sunroof.
A medium SUV, Tucson drivers can choose from petrol (2.0MPi petrol, six-speed automatic FWD), petrol turbo (1.6T-GDi petrol seven-speed DCT AWD) or diesel engine (2.0l CRDi diesel eight-speed automatic AWD)options. There are three specifications - the Tucson, Tucson Elite and Tucson Highlander. Each of these has the option to incorporate the N-line pack - a combination of largely cosmetic additions that are intended to turn your Tucson into a sporty drive.
For heated front seats, you'll need to opt for the Elite variant, either with or without the N-line package. One of the features that ensure the Tucson stands out is the Highlander variant heated seat offering - the front seats are ventilated and the rear seats are also heated. If you want to prioritise comfort on the second row as well as for the driver and passenger, the Tucson is worth a look.
The Next Gen Everest - an improved and updated version of the current iteration, should be available in showrooms during the second half of the year. This fresh Everest benefits from improved connectivity, more space (particularly for third-row passengers, who found the previous Everest a cramped experience)and a suite of improved autonomous and physical safety features.
Heated and cooled front seats (driver and passenger) are available as standard in the Sport and Platinum Everest variants. If you want this feature in the Trend, you'll need to order it as part of an add-on pack. If you purchase a top-of-the-range Platinum, you'll also benefit from a heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats.