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172 Standard vs Cup Seats


ClioSport Club Member
  172 / 996 / Z3
Afternoon all
Any opinions on the pro's / con's of standard vs. cup seats for a 172.
I'm assuming the cup ones are considerably lighter?
Are they any better for spirited driving?
Less comfortable for longer trips?
I'm just thinking of 'adding lightness' to my standard 172.


ClioSport Club Member
Weren't they just finished in a different cloth to standard seats?

Both were manual adjustment with no option for heating so it's not like standard ones are full of heavy electrical bits.


ClioSport Club Member
  172 Cup
I disagree. Standard Cup seats are dated looking yes, but as far as I'm aware they are the same structure as the 172/182 and are very comfy and supportive for road use.


ClioSport Club Member
  LY 220 Trophy
I thought the cup ones felt a little cumfier and more supportive as the fabric wasn't as tight as the alcsntara if that makes sense.

lighter too without the airbags


ClioSport Club Member
  Renault Clio Mk2 '01
Lighter, slightly different side bolsters so they're a bit deeper and a little more suportive than the half leather ones.
I'm with Filters on this, the addition of extra metal bars to the side of the seats in the frame make a world of difference to being "locked" into the car. I picked up the half leather full set for £75 with one cig burn mark on the drivers side - Some of the best money I have spent on the car. I often do 4-5 hour trips with no discomfort.

For more info I left the rails in the clio (as they were not rusty compared to the ones attached) and just replaced the frame. I did have to re-wire the airbags and fiddle with all the trim but otherwise pretty simple swap.