What to look for in a vehicle seat

There are a number of requirements for ergonomic seating – as seen in all office chairs:

A fully adjustable seat will have:

  • a seat base that moves forwards and backwards
  • a seat base that moves up and down
  • a seat base that can be adjusted to different angles
  • a lumbar support that moves up and down

Not all seats are created equal

In an ideal world, every kind of seat would be adjustable to provide the kind of support you know differently shaped backs need. Imagine if seats in vehicles were as adjustable as an ergonomic office chair. They could be moved up or down, forwards or backwards. Both the seat back and the seat base could be set at different angles.

This is not the case, yet, we hope the information below will help you get a quick check list of the adjustability that you might be inspecting.

Unfortunately, these simple requirements which you have come to expect in office chairs are hard to find in most vehicles, except for a small number of expensive high-end vehicles.

Something that we often don’t think too much about is that a lumbar support that moves up and down is important.

Being able to move a lumbar support up and down is essential for the seat to fit drivers of different sizes. Ideally, a lumbar support that fits someone of 5ft. 4in. could be adjusted to fit someone of 6ft. 4in.