Cars with leather seats

If you’re looking for a great car with a plush leather interior, then search no further: here are some of the best affordable options

Matt Rigby
Sep 10, 2021

If there’s one thing that can lift a car’s interior from feeling basic to luxurious more reliably than anything else, it’s a high-quality leather interior. Leather upholstery comes in many different guises and can be specified on all sorts of cars, from superminis to saloons to SUVs and everything in between.

Here, we’ve rounded up a list of eight cars where the leather seats are a real highlight of their cabins. If however, you'd rather avoid leather in the cabin of your car, check out the best cars for vegans that, wherever possible, avoid the use of animal products.

Cars with leather interiors

1. Hyundai Tucson

Used deals from £21,995
Monthly finance from £345*

Traditionally speaking, luxury and Hyundai are not two words you’d put together in the same sentence, but models like the 2021 Tucson family SUV are changing that. Its interior - and exterior - design is one of the smartest and most striking ever made by the Korean brand and, while it’s no longer as cheap to buy as some of its predecessors when brand new, the feeling of great engineering and top build quality you get in the Tucson is worth the extra cost - and you can always go used to get more for your money.

Tucsons are incredibly well equipped, too, and in the case of top-spec Ultimate models, this means that you get beautifully comfortable leather seats that are both heated and cooled. If you were thinking of a top-spec Nissan Qashqai or Ford Kuga, one of these is definitely worth a look as a more stylish and plush alternative.

READ MORE ABOUT THE HYUNDAI TUCSON

2. Peugeot 208

Used deals from £13,295
Monthly finance from £220*

Peugeot has upped its game in the past few years when it comes to interior quality - and in terms of how striking the exteriors of its cars are, for that matter. The 208 supermini, launched in 2019, is one of the biggest beneficiaries of Peugeot’s newfound style. It looks really striking inside and out.

Its cosy cockpit, with smart-looking digital dials and piano-key-style shortcut buttons, is more the sort of thing you’d expect from Mercedes or Audi than Peugeot. And of course, optional Nappa leather seats lift the interior ambience still further. Just be aware that you look at the dials over the small steering wheel in the 208, which is an acquired taste.

READ MORE ABOUT THE PEUGEOT 208

3. Mercedes S-Class

Used deals from £29,990
Monthly finance from £494*

If you’re in the market for a large luxury car, then a Mercedes S-Class should definitely be on your shopping shortlist. It's incredibly refined, available with all the latest in-car tech you can imagine and is supremely comfortable.

The quality of the leather seats is as equally beyond reproach as every other part of the big Mercedes. Better still, these seats can be had with a massage function, one setting of which mimics the feel of a hot stone massage. So if you want luxury and leather-clad comfort, you can't get much better than this.

MERCEDES S-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Volvo XC60

Volvo XC60 interior

Used deals from £25,390
Monthly finance from £388*

Few car manufacturers can conjure up vehicle interiors with quite as relaxing an ambience as Volvo. Their models offer up a chilled-out Scandinavian-cool vibe combined with sublimely comfortable seats and high-quality materials.

Whatever trim level of XC60 you go for, it’ll have leather seats. But while the Momentum models are fine and the sporty R-Design version's sports seats will hug you tight around corners, the luxurious Inscription models offer the best leather seats. These feature perforated Nappa leather and are both heated and cooled to keep you at just the right temperature, whatever the weather.

VOLVO XC60 BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Skoda Superb Estate

Used deals from £14,000
Monthly finance from £238*

The vast Skoda Superb is Skoda's luxury model - it's big and very plush, though you'd never guess it from the surprisingly affordable prices. And as well as providing acres of interior space for luggage and passengers, it also features some pretty stunning perforated leather seats with a massage function. Provided you go for a top-spec Laurin & Klement version, that is.

An alternative to the Laurin & Klement model’s seats are those you’ll find in Sportline cars. True, they are trimmed in faux-suede Alcantara and so aren’t made of leather, but these seats look and feel great, gripping you well around corners and making Sportline versions a good option if you like to take corners at speed.

SKODA SUPERB ESTATE BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Audi TT

Used deals from £15,970
Monthly finance from £270*

The third-generation Audi TT, launched in 2014, is a superbly stylish sports coupe - and it looks great inside and out. Part of that’s down to the gorgeous dashboard design with its circular air vents, but it’s also partly down to the seats. As standard, they come with panels made of Alcantara, which is a synthetic alternative to suede rather than real leather.

Should you get one that’s been treated to the £950 Nappa leather upgrade, however, that Alcantara section is replaced with high-quality real leather and there are numerous colour options available, depending whether you'd prefer a subtle shade or a bold colour.

AUDI TT BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Mazda CX-30

Used deals from £19,794
Monthly finance from £260*

You’ll need to push past the more basic SE-L, SE-L Lux and Sport Lux models to find leather in your Mazda CX-30. But find a Mazda CX-30 Sport GT and you’ll be able to enjoy smooth, finely grained leather upholstery - again with bright colour options, should you fancy something other than black or grey.

The rest of the CX-30’s interior is pretty smart, too. As with Mazda’s other offerings, it has an organic, swoopy, minimalist style to its interior that sets it apart from the overtly whizzy and high-tech-looking interiors of rivals such as the Peugeot 2008 and Audi Q2.

READ MORE ABOUT THE MAZDA CX-30

8. Jaguar XE

Used deals from £13,100
Monthly finance from £218*

The standard grained leather seats in the Jaguar XE look and feel good in the first place, and they’re definitely made to last. In fact, even high-mileage examples still have fresh-looking upholstery - these are seats that should handle six-figure mileages with barely a hint of creasing or cracking.

This is a good thing, considering the high-mileage, motorway-heavy driving these small upmarket saloons tend to be tasked with. And if you can find an XE where the first owner specified the plush Windsor leather, then you’re really onto a winner. This is a Nappa leather that’s fine-grained and beautifully soft and would have been a £2500 option when new.

JAGUAR XE BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

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