Premium GTI Fabric Seat Covers for VW California
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Our GTI Fabric is the ideal solution for people who want to protect the original upholstery of your California from weather and wear arising in everyday use of the vehicle. The GTI fabric collection covers are an ideal choice for drivers who prefer understated, individual interior of your vehicle associated with everyday comfort in use.
When producing these covers a great emphasis is placed on detailed craftsmanship cut and attested use of quality materials to meet strict conditions. Detailed and responsible attitude of professionals with years of experience millimetre accuracy processing MAD seat covers tailor-made for all of our cuts.
These seat covers are manufactured according to the digital patterns of the original manufacturer’s seats, with a fabrication precision of 0.02 mm ensuring a perfect fit every time that will not only enhance the look of your California interior but will also protect your original seats upholstery. After having properly installed the seat covers, the product will look as good and fit like the original upholstery. Armrest covers are also included.
These seat covers are made from fireproof material. They do not charge with static electricity and do not bleach, being resistant to a continuing friction with other textile materials and to the UV sun beams they are also air bag deploy-safe
Package includes full set for VW California T6 including armrest and headrest covers ( also latest T5 see notes below) Also included is our new 2018 – free M110 spline tool worth £9.99 for removing the armrests and we also provide video links to our fitting instructions.
Fitting Time: 4-6 Hours
Please Note: These are for use with the T5/T6/T6.1 California from 2014 onwards ( Check you have ‘Headrest A’ in the image )
Please Note – the Beach 3 seater models will require a piece of retractable fabric (we call it the seat blind) either removing and re-fitting or removing and leaving off in order for these covers to be fitted.
Please Note: All Zips are designed to hold the fitted seat covers in place and are not designed for pulling of material together – using the zips in this manner will cause them to break. (rear back rest and arm rests)
Please note – The Beach 2 seater option involves cutting a cross in the cover in order for it to fit over the rear head rest support holes.
Earlier T5 Owners: If you have an earlier California (2004-2014) Please Choose ‘ T5 SE – Headrest B’
We now also have these covers available for the 5th Seat, please call us on 01246 912 712 to order
Please Note: Colours may vary very slightly
These can now be fitted at our store (Saturday AM only) for £90 per set. Subject to availability.
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16 reviews for Premium GTI Fabric Seat Covers for VW California
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Jenny (verified owner) –
Really good quality and dare I say more robust than the standard covers – they look fantastic and the darker colour will hopefully hold up well to day to day use (especially with our border collie on board). They are a bit of a fiddle to fit but well worth all the effort and the fit is perfect. So pleased that we opted for these – highly recommended.
Keithsaxman (verified owner) –
Excellent quality product – sturdy fabric, attractive design (though not yet fitted). Fast delivery, good packaging. A concern about deficiencies of fitting video/dvd, but hoping this will not be an issue.
Keithsaxman (verified owner) –
NB.Later experience – unfortunately, it IS an issue ! video was of very limited use – don’t be fooled by its lack of detail! Fitting took 2 days to complete(2 people) – this is a lot more difficult than previous comments suggested. Still cannot close one zip on back of rear seat backrest! “Removable” panel below rear seat – shown very simply on video is NOT removable, and you will need leave to this step incomplete, the front edge of the rear seat cushion cover unable to be inserted and drawn towards the rear (the result is ok though, in my view)
**Importantly, the SPLINE TOOL provided with seat covers, had insufficient reach to make good contact into splined bolt (through armrests), due to chamfered spline ends, so after exhaustive efforts, had to have the chamfered ends of the tool ground down to a flat end – it then worked perfectly. Finished job is excellent – personal recovery in progress.
Paul Leek (verified owner) –
Very nice indeed, they are very tricky but worth it, I undone front seat bases to fit as this seamed easier to do up the straps,
I’m wait for wife to help do up final zip on rear back seat as it’s too fiddly
And I did make a little cut for seat pull strap on rear bench, overall very happy
stewart1150 (verified owner) –
Delighted with these seat covers, they look superb with friends not believing there are covers and not the original seats – they do look that good. They are not difficult to fit, but are tight so just need time to ease and stretch the covers over; I removed the bed, shelf and rear tool box which provided better access to underside of the rear seat bench to pull the cord cable and attach the hooks. The plastic connections that close off the connecting ends (head restraints & front seat backs) are tight to get closed but worth persevering as they give a very professional finish rather than just a Velcro closure. Spline tool worked a treat and is of good quality, videos though are a bit dated. If you get them fitted in the 3 – 5 hours, you’re are doing well – on my own and taking my time 5 hours, however – Would I buy again, most definitely.
m.d.prior (verified owner) –
5 Star rating based on final fit and finish – if you looked in they really do look like original seats, not covers, and they go really nicely in the interior. They make the previously very effective heated seats a little slow to warm up though, presumably due to the thick/high quality nature of the fabric.
I’d almost want to take a star off the rating for the fitting process – which although not overly complicated, is very hard work made harder because the old, low res, silent instructional videos aren’t helpful at all – demonstrating installing on chairs that have been removed from the van. If only! Check out California Camping’s video review – much more useful. No tools needed for trim removal, I would suggest using hands and exercising caution. Take care putting arm rests back on to check movement is correct before doing it all back up fully. Don’t be afraid to pull VERY hard on the fabric to get it to fit – that tight fit and finish doesn’t come from nowhere – back of rear bench especially. Bottom fastener of front seat back simply too hard to connect even after much stretching – s o have left undone (as per california camping). Took just over 3 hours without breaks – and have incredibly sore fingers. Feels like manufacturer could perhaps give a bit extra tolerance in some places without detracting from the finish (front seat back; rear seat back around seatbelt opening at top, etc).
That all sounds quite negative – so i’ll reiterate that they really do look amazing, the colouring and stitching is really nice, the embroidered logo is great, my wife thinks nicer than the original covers, so if you’re happy to give up half a day contorted in various positions around the van, swearing and pulling with all your strength as your fingertips scream in agony… go for it – it’s totally worth it and would definitely recommend and buy again!
rebeccajones27 (verified owner) –
Fitted these covers over the course of around 5 hours (came back to it on several occasions to avoid getting too stressed!) Yes they are difficult to fit – but that’s due to their exact fitting to the originals, hence why they looks like factory seat covers! The picture instructions you are given are quite bad, so I’d watch the video instead. Also it comes with a spline tool but no ratchet… so off to Halfords to buy a £24.99 ratchet mid-installation… Also we have a MY19 California Ocean and the covers go on top of the isofix!!! So either means cutting a whole in the fabric, or not having or ever having children and car seats!!! Would have given a 5 star if it weren’t for this point – very disappointing feature for such an expensive cover 🙁
steveh319 (verified owner) –
Firstly the end product and look is five stars.
Unfortunately the instructions and video’s are like sitting through my grandparents holiday photos.
Purchased a set of car trimming tools of Amazon for about £6, made of nylon but only needed two of the tools which work well and allows you to be a bit more forceful damage free. Check the inner labels for seat position.
To install the back seat covers you need to remove the tool kit and have full access to the rear, its also easier to do the front clips from the rear of the seat.
It’s also better to do the zips kneeling on the seat rather than in the boot.
So after hours of van aerobics I love the look and feel, previously having the VW waterproof covers on. They also add warmth to the seat.
Allow plenty of time, google video clips online, laugh and cry at the instructions!
Iain McGregor (verified owner) –
As is often stated, the seat covers look tip-top and fabulous! However, and again as is often remarked on, the fitting is not a “walk in the park’ and the available videos/instructions do leave a fair bit to the imagination. Having said that, I persevered and am delighted with the results and would highly recommend anyone to consider buying these seat covers. One point I would like to highlight is that, as a reasonably fit and agile 61-year-old, I really did consider that I had had a major workout once the fitting was completed and I can not see myself removing any of the covers for cleaning any time soon!
All-in-all, I bought these covers with my eyes open and am extremely delighted with both my fitting prowess and the final look and feel of these superb seat covers.
jalrees (verified owner) –
Fantastic fit and look as good as factory upholstered seats but be prepared for a wrestling match to fit them. I guess if they weren’t so snug they wouldn’t have the same professional appearance. The guides on line help in the fitting and the bottom line is the finished result is well worth the time and effort.
Nick Hirst (verified owner) –
The seat cover set are excellent quality and a superb fit and look as if they were fitted as standard in the factory. A couple of points, the zips on the front arm rests need very careful doing up as you get towards the end of the zip track and closing it up completely is difficult. Do not be tempted to use a tool of some kind to close the zip fully as it WILL break as one of mine did. No big concern though as I put a stitch through the zip using extra strong thread and a curved needle to make sure that it did not come undone and it is 100% secure and invisible. The other point and is that the instructions are poor that come with the covers and the not all of the videos on online work. It would be really good if better detail was shown where to attach the securing hooks on the front seat base and the rear seat base. Apart from that I would 100% recommend these covers and they are MUCH more durable than the standard seats material in my 2019 California Ocean. Five stars for the seat covers, 2 stars for instructions on how to best fit them.
kevfrombournemouth (verified owner) –
These covers ooze quality, they are quite expensive, but no alternative to compare with in the market presently.
They fit like a glove, looks smashing in our new T6.1 Cali Ocean, lovely styling, matching our grey interior.
They took 4 hours to fit, but worth every moment and like other reviews, would strongly recommend.
Watched fitting video by bus and beyond on Youtube initially and we found no difficulty fitting.
Great product, which I am convinced will offer long lasting protection and durability.
paul.slater (verified owner) –
I echo the other reviews here – the end result is definitely worth the effort – once fitted these look amazing.
I recommend watching the ‘A Bus and Beyond’ Youtube video on fitting these before you start – however, I think that the design has changed ever so slightly as the positioning of the zips on the armrests are now different – and are really difficult to close properly. The instructions could do with updating (as could the videos TBH) as they are probably circa T5 days and I suspect the VW seat mechanism has changed over the years as some of the straps for attaching to the front seat base now seem to be surplus to requirements.
Overall – these are fantastic – I hope they are as hard wearing as they look/feel.
Top tip – allow plenty of time!
Steven Colebrook (verified owner) –
Fitted these seat covers to our Cali Ocean & they look fantastic. Took around 3 hours & hard going in places but well worth the effort. Recommend plastic trim removal tools (£7 Amazon) and watch the videos available.
Tim Fernau (verified owner) –
Absolutely delighted with these covers which I fitted to our 2020 T6.0 California Ocean. The quality of the covers is excellent and I also just want to confirm that they now come with small zips to allow for iso fix child seats. We love the darker colour and 3 months in they still look like new despite a winter with children climbing all over them.
I agree with the other reviewers that the instructions are due an update and you really do need to allow plenty of time 3-5 hours in total to fit. I also bought a cheap trim removal kit from Amazon which was very helpful.
ramain1 (verified owner) –
An excellent product. Good quality and the covers fit like a glove. Lots of patience required to fit them but it is well worth the effort. The instructions are brief and not always easy to follow, however if you take it slowly and methodically, you will survive! We found the small spatula from our RidgeMonkey set to be perfect for tucking the covers into place.