Originally Posted by Kabigon
According to Motor Authority:
One other thing potential buyers should consider carefully is whether they want the deeply bolstered Recaro sport seats or not. We appreciated their firm comfort and good support (no bracing required in the passenger seat). But they'll prove simply too deep and too narrow for many American-size drivers, so if you can, sit in them. The base ST gets essentially the same seat that's in upper-trim U.S. Focus SE models, so wider drivers should stick to that.
Months ago I sat in a ST with the leather Recaros. I'm 6'0" / 165 lbs and the driver's seat was *snug*. Motor Authority is not exaggerating in the slightest about the bolsters being deep and narrow. If you (or your passenger) are even slightly wide, you should either try before you buy or go for the base model.
I think anyone paying the money for Recaro sport seats expects them to be snug. If at 6'0" and 165 lbs you found them to be too tight a fit, methinks maybe you just don't like a tight-fitting sport seat. Whether they are too snug for the stereotypical overweight American is irrelevant to me, because I really hope that designing sports cars for fat people is not where we're headed.
There is a brand new review of the ST over at Jalopnik, written by Bill Caswell, whom I admire. He calls the ST's Recaros "the best car seats I've ever sat in." 'Nuff said, IMO.