We are currently shopping for a car for my wife which will also act as a family car (My GTA remains as my car). Having discussed the criteria (basically a nearly-new petrol compact estate with some character, more performance and much more space than her 2-litre Focus hatch, etc) and come up with the shortlist it's very much been her call since, as she will drive it most of the time (though I will a few times a week). Obviously I'd be happiest with another Alfa on the drive, despite their customers services and many of their dealers, it doesn't seem to put me off!
Anyway, we got to the stage where the a new Octavia vRS estate looked an odds-on cert, but it's been scuppered by the seats. My wife has had a bad back for some time and dislikes sports seats where the front of the base part of the seat is much higher than the back, i.e. where you sit in a sort of dip. The sports seats in the vRS are like this, and adjusting the height doesn't affect it. Skoda wanted £1300 plus VAT each and fitting to put in the normal seats from a base model, that we both really preferred
So we came back to the list, and the 159 2.2 SW (in Turismo form, i.e. Alfatex, she prefers cloth to leather) is one of the cars she's not yet driven. I had one on loan for a few days and really liked it, especially the comfort. Do the front seats slope up heavily towards the front? If so, when you raise the seat, does it alter this angle? On my GTA the front is high but as you raise the seat, the back of the seat comes up relative to the front.
If someone could let me know, it'd be much appreciated - I'd also like to know how people with the 159 and bad backs find it generally. I found the seats, driving position, and ride of the one I drove probably the most comfortable of any car I've driven, but I'd not have noticed the angle of the seat base- I don't mind them sloping up.
Edited to add - if anyone has any 0-100mph and/or 30-70mph through the gears acceleration times for the 2.2, saloon or ideally SW, please post them up!