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


Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 4165
Loc: The Midwest
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.
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#4714408 - 04/02/18 06:39 PM Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv]
Bud Offline


Registered: 06/04/02
Posts: 1618
Loc: Texas
Much rather have leather.
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#4714411 - 04/02/18 06:41 PM Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv]
Warstud Online   content


Registered: 09/02/05
Posts: 5184
Loc: MIchigan
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.

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#4714413 - 04/02/18 06:41 PM Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv]
jmsjags Offline


Registered: 10/16/09
Posts: 647
Loc: Richmond, VA
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.
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#4714422 - 04/02/18 06:51 PM Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv]
mjk Offline


Registered: 02/15/11
Posts: 1223
Loc: Wishin' I was in Wi
Same here, never could get comfortable with leather.

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#4714426 - 04/02/18 06:58 PM Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv]
JeepWJ19 Offline


Registered: 09/09/15
Posts: 899
Loc: PENNSYLVANIA
I'll take cloth over leather any day
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#4714430 - 04/02/18 07:02 PM Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 9806
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
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.
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#4714438 - 04/02/18 07:06 PM Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv]
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Registered: 11/20/06
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Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
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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#4714443 - 04/02/18 07:15 PM Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 35555
Loc: Great Lakes
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.
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#4714450 - 04/02/18 07:20 PM Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: Quattro Pete]
OVERKILL Online   content


Registered: 04/28/08
Posts: 35973
Loc: Ontario, Canada
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.
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#4714459 - 04/02/18 07:29 PM Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv]
gathermewool Offline


Registered: 01/09/09
Posts: 5880
Loc: New England
I prefer the feel of cloth seats, but don’t like their capacity to hold on to farts.
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#4714473 - 04/02/18 07:37 PM Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv]
NHGUY Offline


Registered: 10/09/11
Posts: 4985
Loc: USA
I'll take cloth inserts with vinyl around the edges all day.

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#4714493 - 04/02/18 07:48 PM Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv]
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Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 5823
Loc: USA
I don't really care, but leather is easier to clean and wipe off than cloth smile

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#4714499 - 04/02/18 07:53 PM Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv]
Aero540T Offline


Registered: 01/08/18
Posts: 15
Loc: MI
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.
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#4714503 - 04/02/18 07:58 PM Re: I think the feel of leather and vinyl seats sucks [Re: skyactiv]
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Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41403
Loc: New Jersey
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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