I'm almost 63 and I'm the principal driver of the Q3. My wife and I are both fairly slim and we both like the sport seats (did one long trip so far and felt very comfortable). We had a little time in a demo and I'm assuming it didn't have teh sport seats...but it wasn't enough time for us to be able to compare. I think you should try both seats before deciding if you have an opportunity. I have not used the paddle shifters and have not done sufficient testing of the different drive settings on the same course to really compare the difference in throttle and steering. I'm thinking that the paddle shifters might come in handy for downshifting during winter driving...but TBD on that.