Nice Seat Upholstery Inserts - 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Nice Seat Upholstery Inserts

July 17, 2013

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

If you're buying a 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI, you're not going to find one with cloth upholstery. Even the starting TDI SE model comes standard with leatherette (premium vinyl). But if you go with the top TDI trim level, the SEL Premium (like our car), you get leather upholstery with these front-seat faux-suede inserts.

For a midsize family sedan, this leather and faux suede (Volkswagen calls it "Dimamica") combination isn't very common. Yet I happen to like the way it looks and feels. I've driven a Passat with leatherette, and I much prefer the leather/suede combo of the SEL Premium. It gives off a premium vibe that nicely matches the character of the car.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 3,781 miles


  • alex4515 alex4515 Posts:

    Those seats look great. If we had to replace our '09 Accord, the Passat TDI is the first car I'd look at. Very impressed with the fuel economy, the range, the back seat space and I even like the way it looks.

  • bc1960 bc1960 Posts:

    I actually wish these seats were available in the generally more expensive CC, which has V-Tex unless you spring for the >$40K VR6 4Motion to get full leather seating. The V-Tex is soft and has vent holes but feels more rubbery than some other makers' "leatherette."

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