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post #1 of 65 (permalink) Old 19-01-2014, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Front seats/Driving position

Hi all, first post here.

Had my D4L for couple of months now, love everything about the car -- style, handling, brains, the lot.

I drive heaps for work and spend at least three hours behind the wheel daily.

There's only one problem: my back is absolutely killing me. I don't know what it is about the seats or the driving position, but I get absolutely wrecked after couple of hours in it.

It got so bad that I started taking my old Saab 93 for longer trips. I have owned it for 4 years now and never had any problem with seats -- they are extremely comfy and suit my back just fine. I never appreciated how great they were until I swapped the cars.

At some point I got a chiropractic lumbar support pad for the seat, which helped a bit -- I can now drive for the required time, but I'm still far from enjoying it.

I absolutely love the car otherwise and would have to change it, but need to do something.

I know that seat comfort is very individual thing, but does anybody else had this problem? I heard that the R design seats are very nice, maybe I try to get the dealership to install them for me... How much that would cost and are they really that different?

Any insight is appreciated.
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post #2 of 65 (permalink) Old 19-01-2014, 10:52 AM
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I am always a bit worried when I get a new car as they give me a bad back also for a while, however the seats in my SE model are brilliant they are the comfiest I have ever sat in. Have you tried all the adjustments including tilting the seat base and the lumber support in the backrest? It maybe that you have just not got the adjustment right for you yet, if not keep trying as you'll love them when you get used to them.
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Driving Comfort

I also drive my car for work, I have run a C30 2.0 SE, and a C30 R Design D3
I would drive from my home in Leicestershire up to Edinburgh no issues, coming back to home a straight drive from Aberdeen to Newcastle up on Tyne no issues.
Drove the first long journey from Leicestershire to Cardiff in V40 and yes I found it difficult to get a seat setting that was comfortable, given I am still experimenting I don't feel the seat is as good as the C30 D3
I do around 40k per year and I have driven most cars that are available (Road Testing)
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Some owners will not like to hear this but my V40 is definitely the least comfortable Volvo I have had. I had an S60 until four years ago and to be honest that was streets ahead in the comfort stakes.

V40 wins hands-down on looks but that's it.

Maybe if I tried an S60 now I'd find it very similar to the V40 as I suspect that one way Volvo have become more viable is by cutting some corners in build quality.

Don't get me wrong, the Volvo brand is still up there with the lower end BMW's and Mercs but not quite as it used to be.

I'm still happy to keep my current car for at least three years. She's not that bad!

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post #5 of 65 (permalink) Old 20-01-2014, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your responses.

Yes, I naturally played with all the settings in the seat as well as the steering wheel. My lumbar support is turned to max, but it's still not enough... or rather the upper part of the seat is not deep enough, I guess.

On a side note, my friend just got an XC60 and also complained how he is having hard time finding comfortable driving position in it.

I will go visit the dealer one of these days and try to get myself into one of the R-design seats -- see if they are any different.
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post #6 of 65 (permalink) Old 20-01-2014, 07:46 AM
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I have the el-cheapo seats - minimum adjustments and no lumbar support! I generally have issues with my back on journeys in a car but so far no real issues in the V40. I have the back support fairly upright and the steering pulled out quite a way so as not to have to reach for the wheel.

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Originally Posted by _mo_ View Post
My lumbar support is turned to max, ...........

That configuration is the most uncomfortable for me. I prefer the opposite to what you've selected.
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post #8 of 65 (permalink) Old 20-01-2014, 10:21 AM
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I'm shocked by this thread. For me Volvo seats are really comfortable.
IMHO V40's seats are nicer than in old s40's, also with much better side support. In new s60 they are a bit wider, but thats the only difference for me.
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I also find the seats very nice, when I get in the previous model BMW 3 series, the seats just feel icky, and doesn't feel nicely around you.

Haven't been longer than a hour trip in the car, can't comment on how my back feels on long trip.

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post #10 of 65 (permalink) Old 21-01-2014, 12:16 PM
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I can't say that I have experienced any discomfort with the seats after 14 months and 23,000 miles of driving. Indeed I have found the seating to be very to very comfortable on both long and short journeys alike.
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