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2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

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2010 Volkswagen GTI: The Plaid Perseveres

March 16, 2011

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Bad news, plaid haters, the cloth seats in our 2010 Volkswagen GTI are holding up great after over 21,000 miles of brutal, indifferent use by 20-odd editors. Whereas the leather seats in various long-term cars have aged rapidly while in our care, these plaid seats are still stain-free with minimal pilling. If I had it my way, all the cars in our long-term fleet would have plaid...Mwahahaha.

Minor signs of wear after the jump.

There's minor pilling (i.e., fuzz) on the widest part of the outboard seat-back bolster on the driver seat. No surprise, here, since everybody rubs against it getting in and out of the GTI.

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There are scratches from shoes on the (cheapy) plastic cover over the base of the seat. Again, no big deal.

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Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 21,674 miles

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