Leather seats

Discussion in 'MBClub Polls' started by Dieselman, Nov 25, 2012.

Do you prefer leather or material seats?

  1. I prefer leather

    226 vote(s)
    80.1%
  2. I prefer material

    36 vote(s)
    12.8%
  3. I prefer material but have leather because it's expected

    20 vote(s)
    7.1%
  1. mct_cars

    mct_cars Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I prefer leather, but like the leather bolsters and alcantara centres in my S-Max - looks good, comfy and durable sides. After 100k, still looks almost new.

    Protocol (or "the trade") does dictate that luxury cars should have leather..............
     
  2. Londonscottish

    Londonscottish Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Yeah but my kids would still spill stuff on them/throw up on them/etc.

    Wipe clean is goodness :)
     
  3. DWM1973

    DWM1973 New Member

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    For me it has to be the leather.

    Leather just seems to be a bit smarter and I like to be able to wipe the kids chocolate finger marks off!
     
  4. BoyracerAU

    BoyracerAU Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I prefer cloth.

    Here in Sydney, leather will sear the backside off you on a hot Summer's day, especially if your car is a convertible and you left the roof down for five mins while you ducked into the shops.

    And given our climate, most manufacturers don't deem it necessary to supply heated seats. In Winter a leather seat can give your kidneys a nice chill when you first get in of a morning.
     
  5. Haris

    Haris Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I hate leather.

    Cold in the winter (I've had heated seats in the past)

    Warm in the summer

    and all you do is slide around on it

    I don't see at what point it you can call it comfortable. Cloth wins everytime
     
  6. mika

    mika Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Im in the cloth camp for older mercs
    with a touch of wood and the bonnet badge
    you cant beat it:thumb:
     

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  7. whitenemesis

    whitenemesis MB Club Veteran

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    There is a difference between cloth seats and velour seats though. In a classic Merc cloth looks the part but velour looks more luxurious. I could be very happy sitting on the velour seat but I wouldn't want it as my daily transport.

    Leather fulfils the luxury aspect and the daily practicality aspect.
     
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  8. deian

    deian Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I prefer leathers. More practical, especially if you have a child who could spill drinks/food etc. Also leather seat may retain a car's value better.
    On the other hand, I have really nice cloth seats in my C250td now, they are in really good condition.
    I have also seen merc kitted with totally red interior, burgundy leathers, red carpets, even red plastic on the dash! whoever chose that must have been on acid when specifying his/her car.
     
  9. Bri

    Bri Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I prefer leather, only i find them very cold in winter (not heated).
    Seat covers soon put that right,so its leather for me
     
  10. joecash

    joecash Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    if u have a merc best to have one with leather seats - better for resale too
     
  11. Piff

    Piff Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Leather for me.
    Last car (Volvo C30) had what appeared to be half leather but the leather bit was actually (in the words of Volvo) derived from neoprene. It was actually ok and showed no signs of wear when sold.
    Had some lounge furniture a few years ago, supposed to be brown leather but had some sort coating. Slighest scratch revealed red leather underneath:eek:
    It was returned to supplier:rolleyes:
     
  12. moff

    moff Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Good quality nappa leather for me when possible.

    I hate cloth seats feel to warm...

    I really hate the Artico material that pretends to be leather that my last C class had, it was awful and looked pretty cheap.

    I do like a split of Alcantara / Leather and Audi do some amazing combinations for their S/RS cars.
     
  13. Bodster

    Bodster New Member

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    Leather, leather, leather! For a somewhat odd reason; if I am wearing jeans and I get in a car with cloth trim, the trouser material gets all rucked up around my legs and nether regions. This leads to a minute or so of pulling, pushing and generally faffing about to get comfortable (more info than you needed? - probably!). This is not an issue with leather seats as you just slide into them... Therefore, leather equals groinal comfort!
     
  14. ricardo62

    ricardo62 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    do you drive in the nude?
     
  15. ricardo62

    ricardo62 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    are they not housetrained yet?
     
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  16. MOCAŠ

    MOCAŠ MB Club Veteran

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    Never mind groinal comfort. Generally speaking, leather seats (especially nappa) and blue jeans are not good bedfellows, whether due to the former's susceptibility to metal studs or the latter's tendency towards poor colour fastness. A combination best avoided.
     
  17. minstrel

    minstrel New Member

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    Got to be red leather looks great with the hood down (SLk 3.5)
     
  18. BigRog

    BigRog New Member

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    Depends whats fitted as I don't buy new cars
     
  19. jamesfuller

    jamesfuller Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I'm not particularly bothered and neither would put me off a car, as long as the quality and finish were up to the expected standards and it was in keeping with the car and its intended use.

    (apart from in the middle east, all landcruisers and patrols there have deep velour for a reason)
     
  20. Darren1717

    Darren1717 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Leather all the way
     
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