My understanding is that any part you sit on will be real leather but the
sides, back and parts of the headrest will be leatherette.
I'm pretty sure it was stated in the sales brochure but I didn't keep mine.
What Dave said is correct. Starting with the 2003 1.8T's, you could
order leather 'seating surfaces' with the Premium Package. So, if it's
not cloth, it's leather - but only in the center of the seat bottom and
back. The bolsters and headrest are 'leatherette' - an expensive way of
saying vinyl. Kind of a pain as I use leather cleaner/conditiooner on
the centers, and vinyl cleaner on the bolsters.
That does sound like a pain. Perhaps leather cleaner on vinyl won't cause
What Ian said holds true for VW. I saw the new Jettas recently and the
salesman said if it's leatherette it is perforated (probably because vinyl
doesn't breathe like leather).
OK, this isn't a surefire answer, but at least it isn't a "smart-ass"
answer. On my 02 A6 the seats are leather, but the side of the
headrest and center storage cover are leatherette. they have a
different feel. Also, leather has a tendency to give after a couple
of years, where the plastic doesn't. Real leather gets softer...
Either way take comfort in the fact that you can't even ask that
question with a BMW three...it would just be plastic.
On Mon, 20 Jun 2005 11:55:49 -0400, "Art M"
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