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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Bum Seat Heater

January 16, 2015

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI doesn't have the plaid seats it should. Instead, VW cruelly makes GTI buyers choose between the awesome throwback and cloth-lined buckets dual-zone climate control and Navigation. Seat heating, however, is available on both* and an absolute must have.

Except when it doesn't work. Like on the passenger seat of our GTI.

Sure, the heated seats start off okay, but then, just about 5 minutes into use, turn off. The passenger reported no discomfort — the seats weren't overheating — when the switch-off happened, it just happened. No luck turning them back on, either. Only after a full restart did the seat heater turn back on. And then, just a few minutes in, it went out again.

I repeated the test without a passenger and the heater stayed on for my entire 30+ minute drive so this looks to be a faulty sensor. We'll get this one looked at during the next service.

*Note: A previous version of this incorrectly indicated that heating was not available on the cloth seats. That was not correct. Heating is available on the awesome plaid or on the leather.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 4,250 miles

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