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I've got my RS on order and have stuck with the standard seats for now (albeit the blue trimmed ones from an aesthetic perspective to 'lighten' the interior). The reason being is I thought the standard seats will be more comfortable, and less hassle getting in and out, than the upgraded seats. Also, I'm not a boy racer (a child yes, but not a boy racer) and see no reason why I'd need what are, in effect, race seats. Am planning on keeping the car so am not overly bothered about future resale value/attractiveness to potential purchasers either.

I sat in a showroom ST3 (maybe a 2 as they were not electrically operated?) at TCH in Peterborough and it had what I assume are pretty much the same seats that will come as standard in a Mk3 RS. I'm 6'1" and 17 stone (I know, too many pies) and the seats were very snug around my 'love handles'. I sat in there for about 10 minutes and while it wasn't uncomfortable it was noticeable.

So, does anyone know where I might be able to try out an upgraded seat so I've got something to compare to?

I realise that the spec of the Mk3 RS's seat may be slightly different to something in a Mk2 etc but it has to be pretty close, and short of waiting until some early ones are delivered and asking nicely if I can try out a seat (which may be too late to change my options) I'm a bit stuck as to what to do.

Stick with standard black Recaros (with the all important blue trim) or try to find the equivalent of the upgraded CS seats and try them out with a view to changing my options.

Decisions, decisions :)
 

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Find a used mk2 with the CS seats and go try them out. That's what I did. I know the bolsters are better on the mk3 but still gives you a rough idea
 

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Asuming the ST seats are the smae make in Germany and the UK, first time I sat in mine (particial leather, non electric) I noticed that they squeeze you a lot.

Coming from a sofa like feeling of an old 1.9 diesel Megane, it was a really unusual feeling.

The longer you use them though, the more comfortable they become, its kinda like with a heated windshield, you notice the wires at first, but you get used to it.

The seats feel exactly the same imo, if the first impression was "squeezish" but not awful, you probably get used to being hugged real quick.
 

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Mk3 CS a slightly different, but anyone who sat in mk2 seats liked them even more, as they have slightly more bolstering on the upper half.
So you if you can find a mk2 with leather CS, it would give you an idea, what new CS are like in Mk3 , or even better , have a go in them, because simply seating in them only would paint you half of the picture .
Ergonomically they are head and shoulder above standard (ST) seats IMPO.
 

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I'm sure a friendly local mk2 owner would be happy for you to try out their seats.

I'm happy for anyone in the Essex area who wants to try out the CS seats, to sit in mine. :yep:
Only if they are careful getting in and out though :nice: and I would make them take their shoes off too :yep:

Asuming the ST seats are the smae make in Germany and the UK, first time I sat in mine (particial leather, non electric) I noticed that they squeeze you a lot.

Coming from a sofa like feeling of an old 1.9 diesel Megane, it was a really unusual feeling.

The longer you use them though, the more comfortable they become, its kinda like with a heated windshield, you notice the wires at first, but you get used to it.

The seats feel exactly the same imo, if the first impression was "squeezish" but not awful, you probably get used to being hugged real quick.
Looking forward to my first mk3 FRS recaro CS hug
 

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Only if they are careful getting in and out though :nice: and I would make them take their shoes off too :yep:

Looking forward to my first mk3 FRS recaro CS hug
Was talking about the normal seats, not the CS ^^

Mostly everyone who sat in both the MK2 CS and the MK3 ST seats seems to think the ST ones are better, CS just looks cooler.
 

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Il go against the train of thought here then lol

I had a PFL mk3 Focus ST3 with the electric, heated, etc and actually found it very hard to get comfortable if I'm honest and with all the adjustments (8way if I remember) there's just too many variables, yes they were comfortable whennnn you actually spent the time sorting them out, I say in mk3 CS's at SMC the other day and as soon as I sat in them I was comfortable and apart from back and forwards and the back raising up a bit I was perfect and no need for height adjustment and they were very comfortable and felt ready to hold me in place 👍
 

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I was in the same position as you, all set on having the standard seats but found the ST seats did not fit me right felt they were pressing on my ribs but not uncomfortable.
Then I sat in the CS seats and instantly felt more comfortable maybe because I have had the same seat in my Megane that I have just sold for the last 5 years.
 

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I drove a pre facelift ST estate (over 100 miles in one night) and liked the seats in that a little more than my MK 2 RS at the time.

I then drove a MK3 facelift diesel ST a few months ago and felt that the seats hugged me far too much and I just could not get comfortable
admittedly I have put on a little more weight between the two drives.

I find the CS seats in my MK2 satisfy all my needs of it being a daily or fun car, and more importantly when having some fun you know you are going to be gripped right for the handling characteristics Of the car and can get the best from it.

I am not sure one would get the same feeling from the standard / default seats.
 

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Can anyone confirm if the rear seats are the same if you have the standard front seats or the CS front seats?
In the American model ST style seat's plain rear seats. Nobody seems to know what the rear in europe. This is the reason I ordered the CS seats.
 

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I drove a pre facelift ST estate (over 100 miles in one night) and liked the seats in that a little more than my MK 2 RS at the time.

I then drove a MK3 facelift diesel ST a few months ago and felt that the seats hugged me far too much and I just could not get comfortable
admittedly I have put on a little more weight between the two drives.

I find the CS seats in my MK2 satisfy all my needs of it being a daily or fun car, and more importantly when having some fun you know you are going to be gripped right for the handling characteristics I
Of the car and can get the best from it.

I am not sure one would get the sa,e feeling from the standard / default seats.
When Keith & Steve borrowed his old mans ST estate to pick up Keiths Escort, they both said how uncomfortable the seats were & were virtually crippled by them! :cry: Admittedly it was a 500 mile odd trip but they both done that mileage in a day to Buttertubs in the CS mk2 seats & didn't have these problems. :nice:
 

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Thanks for everyone's comments, too many to reply to individually. Seems that it might come down to heads or tails :)

I suppose I need to find a Mk3 RS as not sure trying out a Mk2's CS seats would tell me what I need to know, by all accounts they are likely to be different and fit is an individual thing. I know additional bolstering is not what I'm after, that's what's got me thinking in the first place, in my situation less is more.

So, I need to see if a dealer near(ish) has one in I can go and see. Time to keep eyes and ears open.

Thanks again.
 

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Well I managed to find a Mk2 RS reasonably close (Marshall Land Rover in Melton Mowbray) and I sat in it for all of 30 seconds; someone was just about to take it for a test drive so I cheekily asked could I have a quick sit in it to see how the seats 'fitted me'. Hope the lady, who was already sat in the back as the salesperson was busy with the trade plates, didn't mind too much. Thirty seconds later and I'd have missed it.

Compared with the seats in a Mk3 ST (which i assume will be the same as the standard ones in a Mk3 RS) it was like night and day, absolutely nothing pressing into my kidney/love handle area like the ST seats did. The difference was immediately noticeable. I know 30 secs isn't long but the standard seats have been concerning me for a while.

So, decision made, another option added will be the Recaro CS seats ... think it's only the sunroof that isn't now ticked.
 

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Great choice, you won't regret it. They're not only more comfy but look awesome compared to the ST variants. I've had heated seats in the past and yes it was nice but I don't miss it one little bit.
 
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