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    S3 sportback with buckets

    I'm hoping someone on here who can answer my question

    Debating on whether to go for buckets in my new S3 SB, and wanted to know how much rear leg room is sacrificed with the buckets

    is it a great amount over the normal S3 seats, or bearable. Could small adults sit in the back in comfort?

    Really want them, but the car will be used 4 up most of the time, so this is a real deciding factor

    Otherwise I'll just stick to the normal S3 seats and save myself 2k!

    Thanks in advance!

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    I haven't actually sat in the back so can't answer that, but on looks factor and feel buy buy buy with buckets! They are stunning!!!
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    That side of it's already sorted. Heart says go for it without a doubt!

    Head says please check the rear leg room before purchase and don't waste 2k!

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    Buckets, and two bus passes?????

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    Lol, debatable! Good thinking though!

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    deffinatly buckets only thing i regret not getting on mine
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    Got them in my SB and the wee fella (2yrs) can comfortably sit in the back and not scuff the rear black gloss of the passenger seat.....if he could the he might have to go before the buckets...that is how superior they are
    NOW......Couldn't resist.....another RS3.....Phantom Black RS3 with Buckets, folding auto dimming mirrors, privacy glass, Bose, Aluminium inlays, light and rain sensor pack and now black exhaust tips!

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    S3 BUH if you don't mind me asking - why didn't you originally decide to opt for them?

    And Elton, do you have any pics of convince of the seats and/or rear leg room. TIA

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    Its all about the buckets...
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    You guys are not helping

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    No problems in my mine, they are sexy from the back as well



    you HAVE to get buckets man HAVE to


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    Worst thing is they'll be the icing on the cake in my instance

    N8 are the front seats quite far back in tha pic. It looks it, or is it just me?

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    I hope this helps! Ask yourself.... Will you ever be sat in the back? If the answer is no, then buckets it is! If the answer is yes, then I suggest you STOP doggin fella!

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    Yes they are far back


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    well ive been in the back of mine as i carnt drive at the moment its a 2 door not a sb and i think there plenty room in the back so sb sld have more

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    I think I prefer buckets in sportbacks, they remind me of mini RS4 avants
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    The only bad things about the buckets are the quality of leather on the bolsters and the fact that they don't slide forward on the rails when getting in the back of a two door. The latter of which obviously isn't a concern for you.

    I honestly think that the hard backs will make minimal difference to leg room but I think they would scratch easily with regular rear seat passengers - may be a consideration.

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    Honestly....they prob take up an extra inch but that it...

    Buckets, nav, piano black inlays and flat bottom steering wheel really make the cabin look special imo...just seems to work

    Get them Hyacinth buckets! you will only regret it if u dont

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    Ok I think you guys have convinced me s

    It's just a shame that you have to pay another 2k to have them in any other colour apart from black! Arghhhh!

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    You can just get them wrapped. Guy on here did some on a White s3 looks amazing and flawless work!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoothie View Post
    I think I prefer buckets in sportbacks, they remind me of mini RS4 avants
    Even better then when you've got RS4 buckets, ohhhh the electrics


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    I didn't mean the backs. I meant the actual leather on the seats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N8 View Post
    Even better then when you've got RS4 buckets, ohhhh the electrics
    Apart from the obvious looks, do the RS4 ones fit the same rails etc as the S3 ones?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Virdee View Post
    I didn't mean the backs. I meant the actual leather on the seats.
    i don't own buckets but some members have said that the quality of the leather on them leaves something to be desired anyway. you can get a retrim from soewhere like MJ Interiors for less money than an Audi Exlusive interior, you'll get exactly the colour you want ad the quality will be higher. just something to think about
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    Quote Originally Posted by Virdee View Post
    S3 BUH if you don't mind me asking - why didn't you originally decide to opt for them?

    And Elton, do you have any pics of convince of the seats and/or rear leg room. TIA
    when i transfer into the car from my wheelchair its such a faf with getting past the side support and getting over the bottom seat support but when i was in there there just so superior the support is great just could deal with hasle of them for me personaly on a daily basis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoothie View Post
    Apart from the obvious looks, do the RS4 ones fit the same rails etc as the S3 ones?
    Yes just need to trim off 2 locator lugs.


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    OK another Q

    AFAIK the buckets come in black leather with WHITE stitching. Does the White stitching carry over onto the rear seats? And the door panel inserts are just plain black leather, right(?)

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    Don't think the stitching is white? Can someone else confirm?


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    The leather looks way darker in real life and after 35K mine are still almost perfect condition and i never really feed them or anything...they are soooo comfy
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    Looks White/silver to me

    Have a look in the above pic where the backrest bolster is at it's peak towards the bottom of the pic

    Does this carry on to the rear bench?

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    I think I'm getting over excited having looked into more pics on the web

    It seems the B7 RS4 had silver stitching to them. S3 ones seem to be black/dark grey. Would be great if someone could confirm who has buckets.

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    I'll try and look at pics of my seats when they were standard


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    I've not got buckets but there's plenty of room in the back behind my S5 seats so I don't think you'll have any issues at all.


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    Stitching is normal dark grey-definitely not white.I have a 2008 S3 Limited Edition[in Australia]and they came with the buckets as standard.
    Plenty of leg room in the back,and mine's a 2 door.Great seats.

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    Yes, just checked, all s3 buckets and rear seat stiching is dark grey/light black as above...
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    Thanks guys. Will keep you posted.

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    Recaro's CS seat has a far slimmer profile than than that of the OEM bucket seats, maybe look into those as they look like they will increase leg room for rear passengers over the OEM S3 seat or OEM S3 bucket

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    The the CS are nice as well
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    Just shame they ain't got the same seat adjustment and you lose the heated, unless you are investing in new plugs and elements - 300


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    Ok - now I LOVE my buckets - but to answer the OP's question

    I have two little ones - a 5yr old and a 3 yr old. They come out in the S3 infrequently to be honest.

    There are a couple of things to consider. The seat backs WILL get scratched with the little ones kicking the back of them, but it's liveable

    Also it is quite clostraphobic in the back. My two dont really like it in the back, tinted windows, black headlining and big winged buckets don't leave much room for light or for little ones to be nosey.

    Don't get me wrong I'd still spec them again as my two are not in the S3 much, but if it was a daily family wagon I'd have Probably have saved myself 2k
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