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Now I don’t know about anyone else – but my own disability means that in pretty quick time each day, my legs, hips and especially lower back can really ache & play me up no end. When I’m driving, heated seats are an absolute blessing! My current Toyota C-HR does a fabulous job of heating my lower back & this is particularly helpful during cold spells of course.
I am due to change my car in a few months however & two cars that really catch my eye are the new Peugeot 208 GT Line and the DS3 Crossback – both from the PSA Group. But here’s the thing;
The ‘top spec’ 208, in GT Line trim, doesn’t come with heated seats. If I want heated seats – I have to spec full leather option seats, which I don’t like or want, and pay £1,000 just to get them heated! That’s a lot of money just to keep my bum warm and help with the aches & pains. Pity – because I really like that car.
Okay – so that’s the 208 almost certainly off my list sadly. Moving on to the ‘top spec’ (or indeed any spec) DS3 Crossback which doesn’t come with heated seats on any model as standard, the ‘Ultra Prestige’. Sadly again, this is the only trim that heated seats can be specced on… and for the privilege of doing so, I will have to cough up £550 (on top of an AP that’s already well over £1,500).
So the question is… why are the PSA Group just about the only manufacturer these days that doesn’t include heated seats as standard on their trim levels when most other car maker’s do? I know today is July 1st and thoughts of cold weather are far away… but it won’t be long before the cold, icy fingers of Winter come calling & the little comforts in life like heated seats become a real blessing. Come on PSA. Stop being mean, miserable, gits! You are losing sales in a time when you can hardly afford to do so… and all for the sake of a few quid to yourselves when fitted at the factory as standard. For many of us, able-bodied and disabled, heated seats in 2020 are a real necessity – not a luxury.