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Cloth Seats vs. Leather Seats

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Subhuman, May 30, 2014.

  1. Subhuman

    Subhuman Member

    Aug 1, 2013
    United States
    I know there have been some previous post on this topic but they did not answer all of the questions I had so here we are.

    Anyway, I am slowing whittling down the option I feel are a most have, nice to have and I really don't care about. Leather seats full under the option that I really don't care about. However it is still on my list for a few reason. Some collective insight would be great.

    - From images I have seen it appears that the leather seats on the Model S stretch over time and leave wrinkles or indentions. Is this pretty common or has Tesla addressed this issue (Any pictures would be great)
    - Maintenance and care. I have had leather seats in the past and have always had to contort myself to get into the vehicle to avoid rubbing on the side bolster or scratching from buttons on my jeans etc.
    - I personally prefer the looks of the cloth seats
    - Possible con: Is it ridiculous to buy a $100,000 car and not have leather seats (Possible resale impact)
    - I have kids
    - Hot seats from the sun

    - I have kids (Easy cleanup)
    - Makes sense in a $100,000 car

    Another issue I have seen is the with the back of the seats. If I recall correctly someone had posted that the back of the front seats are basically foam wrapped in a hard plastic shell. His kids actually chipped the back on the seats by kicking them. I think I had seen a photo showing this damage somewhere. While I joke that I will break my kids legs if they kick the back of the seat, I know it will be difficult to keep them from kicking the back of the seats at all times. The car seats positions them just right to be able to reach the back of the seat or are is this not an issue with the model S because there enough legroom. Any info or pictures would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Gizmotoy

    Gizmotoy Active Member

    Sep 16, 2013
    Bay Area, CA
    Well you won't have to worry about that here because there is no side bolstering. I'm only partially kidding. There is a tiny amount, but not enough that you'll ever worry about rubbing it on entry. You'll be more concerned about wearing a hole in the leather on the B pillar than anything relating to the seat.
  3. DingDingDao

    DingDingDao Member

    Sep 11, 2013
    Orange County, CA
    I have the cloth seats and a 1.5 year old. Absolutely no regrets--the cloth is fantastic. Also, cleanup doesn't seem to be an issue thus far, although I don't give my kid any liquids other than water when we're in the car, so I can't speak to milk/OJ/apple juice/whiskey/beer.
  4. JohnQ

    JohnQ Active Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    Redding, CT
    I have leather but want to address the back of the seat. My girls scuff the back of the seats all day long. I clean them twice a week. No issues with any wear. Now, the back corner of the armrest console is a different story. One of my daughters like to rest her foot there and it's seeing a little wear. Not the end of the world, though--it's a car, it gets driven, stuff happens.
  5. Ulmo

    Ulmo Active Member

    Jan 19, 2016
    Vienna Woods, Aptos, California
    Yesterday, I had a realization, which I finally understood this morning:

    One of the major things I liked about the Model 3, Model S, and Model X that I sat in yesterday was their "leather" (not sure whether real or substitute) seats. They were really really nice. The cloth seat I had in my Model S back in 2016-2017 was not that nice. It made a huge difference to me in retrospect, something I did not realize until this morning.

    Getting a cheap new Model S back in 2016 was one of the worst mistakes of my life. I should have kept my money invested and gotten a fully optioned X or 3 a year later, and used another used Mercedes in the interim. My failings got the better of me and I splurged too soon for too little.
  6. MarkKW

    MarkKW Member

    Jun 16, 2018
    Palm beach gardens
    We like the “cloth” seats... they are super comfortable and not hot or sticky in south Florida

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