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I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks #4714403
04/02/18 06:33 PM
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skyactiv Online content OP
skyactiv  Online Content OP

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My wife is on business travel this week and took my car to keep the miles off of her Audi, so I'm stuck with hers.
My VW has cloth seats, her Audi has leather. I simply don't like the feel of leather compared to cloth. Vinyl is even worse than leather.


Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual

Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv] #4714408
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Much rather have leather.


2016 Honda Pilot EX-L with NAVI.....Mobil 1 0w20 AFE and Honda OEM Filter
Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv] #4714411
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I like cloth better to. I have leather in my current vehicle and it's to slippery. When I have to slam on the brakes....everything hits the floor.

Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv] #4714413
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The cloth seats in both Focuses are itchy. The leather in the Golf is blissful. Not to mention if anything spills in the Golf I can just wipe it away.

I have to disagree with you.


2018 VW Golf Sportwagen
2008 Ford Focus
Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv] #4714422
04/02/18 06:51 PM
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Wishin' I was in Wi
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Same here, never could get comfortable with leather.

Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv] #4714426
04/02/18 06:58 PM
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I'll take cloth over leather any day


2002 Jeep WJ 4.0 | Mobil 1 HM 5w30 |
TG8A | 2.5" lift | 148k miles

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Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv] #4714430
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Yeah I'm not a fan of leather. Too much maintenance keeping them clean and conditioned. I just keep Costco seat covers on my cloth seats.

I also live in the hottest city in the U.S., no way am I parking in the sun and getting in a hot car. Been there, done that, when I had my black VW with black leather seats.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 92k STP Synthetic HM 10w30 & Wix
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 233k Mobil Super HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 148k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv] #4714438
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Real premium leather is another story but very few cars have it today, most have a vinyl or poly coating or made with cheap bicast leather. I much prefer cloth or Alcantara to this type but not to uncoated real leather.
The problem is "real" leather is hard to care for and time consuming, stains easily and can be difficult to remove.


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Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv] #4714443
04/02/18 07:15 PM
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I like the look of leather in a car, and it is easier to clean up, but from a feel perspective, I prefer cloth/alcantara - not slippery and does not feel hot/cold in summer/winter.


'02 530i (Edge 0W-40)
'15 Q5 3.0T (Edge 5W-40)
'18 Charger SRT (PUP 0W-40 SRT)
Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: Quattro Pete] #4714450
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Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
I like the look of leather in a car, and it is easier to clean up, but from a feel perspective, I prefer cloth/alcantara - not slippery and does not feel hot/cold in summer/winter.


That's what heated/cooled seats are for wink

I prefer nice leather. Cheap leather, might as well give me cloth.


2019 RAM 1500 Sport - Mobil 1 EP 0w-20, FRAM Ultra
2016 Grand Cherokee SRT - Ravenol SSL 0w-40, FRAM Ultra
Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv] #4714459
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I prefer the feel of cloth seats, but don’t like their capacity to hold on to farts.


'14 Forester XT FA20DIT (Cobb Stage 1)
Edge 0W-40 + FU filter (64,774 miles)
'15 Legacy FB25 (OEM Stage, uh, neg. 7?)
Edge 0W-20 + FU filter (40,803 miles)
Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv] #4714473
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I'll take cloth inserts with vinyl around the edges all day.

Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv] #4714493
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I don't really care, but leather is easier to clean and wipe off than cloth smile

Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv] #4714499
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I managed to get “leather” in all three of my current vehicles. I like the jeep and truck mostly because it looks cleaner and is easy to clean plus they have heaters. The car is black on black with no AC and no seat heaters so basically the worst of both worlds in extreme temps. Being slippery affects all three.


2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7L (wife’s) PUP & FU
2002 Ford Taurus 24V M1HM & M1EP
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 5.9L 4x4 10w-30 RP & FU
1993 Yamaha FZR 600
Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv] #4714503
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I agree about leather, not sure I agree about vinyl.

Im no fan of leather. The plastic coated leather used these days is pretty lousy feeling, often has a mix of cheap looking vinyl and leather mixed, etc.

Good vinyl, like MB Tex, is my preference.

I will take cloth seats too. No issues with cloth. I do slightly prefer vinyl.

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