In the world of compact cars and SUVs, have the rear seats literally taken a back seat when it comes to spaciousness?
Here are the best comfortable rear seat cars in India which are budget friendly as well. The list is based on legroom, headroom, seat width, cushioning support, backrest angle, and the overall comfort.
Tata Tiago Rear Seat Layout
Compact Hatchbacks (Rs 3.5 to 5 Lakh)
In the small car segment, the compact hatchback could be a constricted when we think of space for the rear seats.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR Rear Seat Layout
However, some of the cars in this segment do offer quite a spacious rear bench. Among these are - Tata Tiago, Maruti WagonR, and the Maruti Celerio.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Rear Seat Layout
While the Tiago boasts of a premium car ambience, the headroom and the legroom leaves wanting for more. The WagonR is of the tall boy design but falls short in width, that leaves the Celerio which has a relaxed seating position with a good amount of legroom and headroom.
Tata Bolt Rear Seat Layout
Mid-Size Hatchback (Rs 4.5 to 6.5 Lakh)
One of the coveted segment in India is the mid-size hatchback cars and to spearhead this segment is the Maruti Suzuki Swift. The Swift though falls short in terms space at the rear seat. Very few have the spacious rear seat area. The only mentionable cars are the Tata Bolt and the Ford Figo.
Ford Figo Rear Seat Layout
Like any Tata cars, the Bolt boasts of good legroom and headroom space for the rear passengers and feels like a sedan. However, the rear seats feel a little too stiff and it takes away the overall comfort. Ford, on the other hand, has cleverly designed the rear space to give it the best in the segment.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rear Seat Layout
Premium Hatchbacks (Rs 5.5 to 8.5 Lakh)
When the mention of premium hatchback we feel that all the cars will come with best of rear-seat spaciousness. However, there are cars which are best in rear seat comfort. The ones which stand out in this segment is the Honda Jazz and Maruti Suzuki Baleno. The Suzuki Baleno has good wide rear bench seats, but the headroom might be a little short than expected.
Honda Jazz Rear Seat Layout
Honda Jazz is the best-in-segment when it comes to rear seat comfort. The cabin is wide, legroom is long, and a good amount of headroom. With the high seating position of the Jazz, it gives an overall comfortable position for the rear passengers.
Honda Amaze Rear Seat Layout
Sub-Compact Sedans (Rs 5.5 to 7.5 Lakh)
The sub-compact sedans are nothing much other than a hatchback with a boot added. Since the manufacturers concentrate more on the boot space, the rear seat comfort could be a bit of a bother. However, among the cars, there are some which stand out from its competitors. Sub-compact cars like the Tata Zest and the Honda Amaze boasts of better rear seat comfort.
Tata Zest Rear Seat Layout
It is hard to beat the Zest with its best legroom, headroom and the space for three abreast. The Honda Amaze too with its ample legroom and the wide window which gives the sense of space.
Nissan Sunny Rear Seat Layout
Entry Level Sedans (Rs 6.5 to 9 Lakh)
The competition in this segment if far and wide. While there are models like the Skoda Rapid, Toyota Etios, Chevrolet Sail and the Honda City, the Nissan Sunny takes the cake and eats it too. With a relatively flat floor and longer wheelbase, the Nissan Sunny is the leader in this segment when it comes to rear seat comfort.
Toyota Etios Rear Seat Layout
A mentionable model which comes closer to the Nissan Sunny is the Toyota Etios which is quite comfortable and spacious.
Honda City Rear Seat Layout
Mid-Size Sedans (Rs 8 to 12 Lakh)
In this segment, cars like Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Rapid forms the list.The clear winner in this segment is the Honda City, it is not just about the dimensions, the thigh and back support which can easily accommodate three passengers. As a matter of fact, the overall comfort at the rear seat can rival some of the premium sedan in the market like the Skodas and Volkswagens.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Rear Seat Layout
MPVs (Rs 7 to 10 Lakh)
The multi-purpose vehicle's main USP is that it is a people carrier, so the rear seat comfort can be taken for granted that it will have the best space. However, in the era of compact design, there are many with a lesser dimension which could lead to lower comfort.
Renault Lodgy Rear Seat Layout
With the price range we are looking at, the only models are the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Renault Lodgy. The Ertiga has the sliding second row which makes it easier to egress and ingress, but the third row is quite uncomfortable for two people.
That leaves us with the Renault Lodgy which is quite spacious in the second and the third row. The Lodgy is well cushioned and is supportive as well and most of all it has the best refinement when to comes to cabin noise from the engine.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Rear Seat Layout
Sub-Compact SUVs (Rs 7 to 10 Lakh)
The Utility Vehicle segment has grown in leaps and bounds with all manufacturers jumping into this segment with their best product.
So, in terms of best comfort when to comes to rear seats, the Maruti Vitara Brezza and the S-Cross are the best in the segment.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Rear Seat Layout
With the relatively high seats and plenty of legroom, headroom and the width, both the SUVs are the best in the overall comfort.