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Differences between black and white interiors

Professor_t

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It really just depends upon personal preference, as you can already see in this thread. I had a light colored interior once (light gray in an Audi), and I'll never, ever have a light-colored seat material again. Despite my best efforts, I just couldn't keep it as clean as I would have liked.

That being said, the white does look amazing to me (and in some way more appropriately "futuristic" for a car like the Tesla), so if you are meticulous with the care and maintenance, it's a striking way to go.

That being said, I do think my gray exterior and black interior still looks pretty damn good, if not as eye-catching as the white interior.
 

Kevy Baby

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White is also the free color so every tesla I see on the road is white now.
I wholeheartedly disagree with this. The day I was driving to work when I was going to order my model 3, my plan was to get an MSM. But I saw an MSM and a white side-by-side on the freeway and thought the white looked MUCH better. My change to white had nothing to do with the cost: it was 100% about the look (and I would have paid a $1,000 premium over MSM to get the white). I have heard from other white owners who feel similarly.
 

Kevy Baby

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It really just depends upon personal preference, as you can already see in this thread. I had a light colored interior once (light gray in an Audi), and I'll never, ever have a light-colored seat material again. Despite my best efforts, I just couldn't keep it as clean as I would have liked.
I've had my white interior for 19 months / 28K miles. I am FAR from being a neat freak. I have been very pleasantly surprised at how simple it is to keep the white clean.
 

Durzel

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I went with white because it looks so damn cool. But, I haven't worn a pair of jeans in the car once since getting it, for fear of dye transfer, and I pretty much always wear jeans (especially now working from home full time).

This leads to rather silly situations where I have to use Summon to move the car backwards and forwards, watching it fail hopelessly (this is more an Europe problem), rather than just getting in and moving it in like 10 seconds.

So, yeah, if you're a bit* OCD like me then maybe white isn't the best choice.

* Maybe more than a bit
 

Gasaraki

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I wholeheartedly disagree with this. The day I was driving to work when I was going to order my model 3, my plan was to get an MSM. But I saw an MSM and a white side-by-side on the freeway and thought the white looked MUCH better. My change to white had nothing to do with the cost: it was 100% about the look (and I would have paid a $1,000 premium over MSM to get the white). I have heard from other white owners who feel similarly.
Yeah, I got my neighbor to get a Tesla and he got a grey Model Y. It looks boring and drab in real life, doesn't stand out at all. I was planning to get the grey but I would have needed to get it matte wrapped for it to look good.
 

TechOps

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I'm ready to pull the trigger on a red LR, but can't decide white vs. black interior. I currently have a black/black Model S. I have test drove and sat in both interiors.

White Pro:
- Looks futuristic
- Different, stands out. Looks good with Red IMO.

White Con:
- Blindingly bright inside the cabin, when in direct sun [this is the main reason I'm reconsidering]
- Less privacy in the cabin, even if windows are tinted
- Don't like the white strip on the dash, though the new design doesn't have the white door inserts, so this removes a Con.
- $1k upcharge

Tesla uses marine-grade white vinyl, which they explained to me when white first came out years ago in the S. That's why it's super stain resistant and waterproof. So I believe some of the cost is the more premium material grade..also why the seat feels somewhat softer, because it's a different material.

Why can't they have cream in the M3 like the MS? I'd go for that in a second.
 

Kevy Baby

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White Con:
- Blindingly bright inside the cabin, when in direct sun [this is the main reason I'm reconsidering]
- Less privacy in the cabin, even if windows are tinted
- Don't like the white strip on the dash, though the new design doesn't have the white door inserts, so this removes a Con.
My $0.02

I've had my white interior for 20 months / 30K miles and have NEVER felt like it was too bright. The brightness is really most perceptible when no one is sitting in the car and you're looking at it (particularly when the doors are open). You have very little white in your line of site while driving (except see below).

As for the privacy, you can't see anything more inside of the car just because of the white seats - you just have the PERCEPTION of seeing more because the white MATERIAL is so much more visible. But as far as seeing someone inside the car, that person would look just the same whether it was a white or black interior. I guess you can more readily see the outline of a dark object sitting on the seat, but that minor and (to me) irrelevant.

The one detail you dismissed is the one I actually dislike about the white interior. Frequently on bright days, the white strip across the dash is reflected enough in the driver-side window as to be considered dangerous as it can impact being able to fully see the mirror. Not a deal killer for me, but worth mentioning

Would I do it again? Without question, I would.

Tesla uses marine-grade white vinyl

It's not vinyl, it's "Vegan Leather" :p

(Although it appears they aren't calling it that any more)
 

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