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Hi All

Just wondering if anyone has trouble with their driving position

Own a mkV r32 and really struggling with being too close to the pedals and too far from the steering wheel. Need to be close to the steering wheel to get a good perch but it puts me real close to the pedals

find also that the pedals are angled quite high compared to other marques

result is putting the back of the seat quite vertical, and town driving especially means I am getting a lot of back and lower leg pain

in hindsight I could probably have done with a steering wheel reach adjustment but they are quite rare options

also i find the clutch light, so you cant rest your foot on it in normal driving without engaging the clutch a little... eg. no slack for you to rest your foot / too light under your foot, so again it means holding your left foot up a bit and thats where the back ache comes in

anyone noticed these things and anyone have any solutions?
 

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I am sure you can adjust the steering wheel? Perhaps try lifting the seat up or down rather then forward? Have you not got lumbar support?
This is the first time EVER i have heard someone complain about the driving position? It is better then most cars i have driven!
 

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up and down adjustable yes I can do that. Adjusting down tilts it a bit close but then the bottom is quite close to my raise legs

lumbar support seems to make it a bit worse actually..usually drive with it fully in / off
 

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The mk5 does have reach adjustment not just up and down!
 

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Am sure it's not optional extra, also the lever on the right side of the seat helps raise and lower the seat.
 

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Sorry mate but perhaps there is something wrong with it as all mk5 R32s have reach and rake
 

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You should never rest your foot on the clutch even if it is stiff. Don't hold your foot up, just move it to the left slightly and rest it there as you would if you were a passenger? Sounds like you are inflicting that one upon yourself mate!

I was pretty uncomfortable in my mark 5 untill I realised that the seats were set to the maximum height. I have them as low as they go and this feels much better. My previous car was a VX220 turbo so this may contribute to my preferred lower driving position...
 

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ahah found it - didnt realise the release under the steering wheel was also a reach adjustment was expecting it to be electric, on a level near the indicator type of thing

so much better..... can put my seat back a bit now, not so doubled up on the pedals, really chuffed

nope not recarros I test drove one with those, didnt get on with them personally
 

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Glad you got it all sorted, you'll enjoy driving it now mate
 

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My MK4 has reach adjustment as well as up and down. Assumed it was standard!

My only gripes with all R32s is the pedals are hopelessly slippery with damp shoes and the seat base doesn't quite have enough adjustment notches (forwards/backwards). I'm either slightly too close or slightly too far away.

I could get some longer legs I suppose.
 

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The slippery peddles thing is quite annoying. I found this after trying to drive in my work shoes after it had been raining! thank god I didn't have a clutch to contend with too!

I find the MK5 R32 to have one of the comfiest driving positions I've experienced so far. Used to get terrible lower back ache in my old MK4 Astra which is one of the reasons I ended up selling it and buying the B6 Passat (half leather/half alcantara) and that felt like night and day.

The R32 on the other hand is even better than the Passat being full leather and also hold you in better. The Passat seats seem a bit "wide" for lack of a better word compared and I felt I had a lot more room to slide and move from side to side. I much prefer being held in and supported in the R32
 

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although I love the r32 and have got on better since discovering the telecopic s wheel adjustment, i do find the mkv seats to be pretty uncomfortable... i feel they are too contoured. the base of the back digs into my lower back a bit too much esp when I am on the pedals, and the adjustable lumbar makes it worse so i dont use that at all

I am getting on with it now but I feel if they were a bit softer or flatter they would be better.. if you are tall with a long back they probably fit you really well but I seem not to match the contour of the seat, forever adjusting the incline of the back up and down

heyho... small gripe.... always had trouble with driving positions but think the r32 slightly more difficult than my old 330
 

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I love the position in the mkIV, I have the chair as low/back as you can on the pump actioned adjustment. Have the actual back of the chair quite reclined, then the overall seat position where I need it to get the clutch nicely depressed.
 

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I find the seats quite comfortable. Im 5'11...fairly heavy through weight training and have the odd niggles. Dont really get any issues!

Never really played with the steering wheel position. Seems about right by default.
 
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