The best steering wheel covers

Keep your steering wheel in the best condition with CAR's guide.

A leather car steering wheel

by Ryan Gilmore |
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Think of the best steering wheels ever fitted to a car; from the simplicity of a three-spoke Ferrari wheel to the madness of the one-spoke fitted to the Citroen DS, they're great to look at. Steering wheels are also essential; they're the sole thing you can move to change the direction of your car after all, so you'll be wanting to keep them in the best condition possible.

Even if in recent years they've become more and more misshapen, you'll still want to look after your steering wheel. That's why we've selected the best steering wheel covers on the market today so your steering wheel is always protected.

The sporty option
Sparco steering wheel cover
Price: $45.21

This set (including seatbelt pads as well as the steering wheel cover) will inject some sporty credentials into even the most basic of cars. The steering wheel cover is heat-resistant and will keep your steering wheel protected. And with Sparco's close relationship with Ford (remember the interior of the Racing Puma?), this set would even suit a Transit van.

Pros: Make your car feel sportier while protecting it.

Cons: Only fits steering wheels up to 39 cm in diameter

Inject some class with velvet

Adding a touch of class to the standard steering wheel cover, this option from Miss Bling makes use of quilted velvet to protect your wheel and keep your hands warm on cold days. Velvet is a very fashionable material at the moment and this wheel is available in a good selection of colours. We personally like the black options and would steer clear of the pink with diamontes option, but each to their own.

Pros: Keep your hands warm in winter. Quality is excellent.

Cons: Some of the colour choices verge on tacky

Designed for steering wheel locks

If your primary concern is damage to your wheel when your steering wheel lock is attached, then one of these covers is what you'll be after. Made of stretchy cloth, this cover fits over your steering wheel so your steering wheel lock doesn't leave any damage.

Pros: Keep your steering wheel looking great

Cons: Can't really use it when driving

Bigger car and vans often have bigger steering wheels which can make finding a steering wheel cover an issue. Thankfully, this cover is designed for steering wheels between 39-41cm in diameter. It is also available in a number of colours and will protect your steering wheel.

Pros: Fits larger vehicles with ease.

Cons: Not the most attractive option

Simple yet effective design

This microfibre steering wheel cover like this one here will keep your hands warm on cold winter mornings and will prevent damage to your steering wheel. The elasticated base will give you a better grip and make installation easy.

Pros: Soft and warm finish Easy to install.

Cons: Will require regular cleaning

Best budget option

A basic option from Halfords, this is great if you just want a simple steering wheel cover. With a soft finish, it'll comfort your hands help you grip the wheel. It's also easy to attach and is great value for money.

Pros: Good value option.

Cons: Edges split after a while.

What you need to know about steering wheel covers:

How to install a steering wheel cover

Most steering wheel covers simply slot over the top of your wheel. All you'll need to do is pull the cover over the wheel and ensure that it's tightly secured. It'll take a matter of seconds to do and will come off with nothing more than a little bit of force.

What should I look for?

Before you do anything, measure how big your steering wheel is. Using a tape measure check to see the diameter of your wheel. This will avoid you buying a cover that's too big or small (either option would be a waste of money).

Quality should be the next thing you look for with any steer wheel cover. Ideally, you'll want to spend a bit more to get a cover that'll last a long time. Don't be tempted by suspiciously cheap options, they'll more than likely be tat.

Finally, think of your hands. The soft-finish steering covers will be a lot nicer to use in cold weather than a leather option.

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