What’s the difference between leather and MB-Tex upholstery in a Mercedes-Benz?
Just hearing the term “leather seats” grabs the attention of many car shoppers. It’s one of those features that is synonymous with luxury, and one that many of our customers ask about when they step into our showroom. The fact is, not all luxury cars have leather seats, and although there are some great benefits to leather, Mercedes-Benz has an alternative called MB-Tex upholstery that can save you money while providing many of the same (and some superior) benefits.
Before getting into the details, it should be noted that all Mercedes-Benz models offer leather seats as an option, and many include it as standard. In entry-level models like the Mercedes-Benz CLA and C-Class, you may find MB-Tex upholstery in the base trims.
MB-Tex upholstery is a vinyl material that covers the seats of many base-level Mercedes-Benz models. In appearance, it’s not that different from leather, and to the casual observer, they might think it is leather. To those more accustomed to real leather, there are noticeable differences, not to mention the prestige that comes with having genuine leather seats.
While leather is widely considered superior to MB-Tex upholstery, there are benefits to the ladder. First, cleaning MB-Tex is easier than cleaning leather, as you’ll only need standard vinyl seat cleaner and a brush.
In some cases, it’s also more durable. Although Mercedes-Benz treats its leather upholstery to prevent sun damage, this is never a concern with MB-Tex upholstery.
Lastly, and for some, most importantly, MB-Tex is made from synthetic materials, not animal hides. That may or may not be an important factor for you, but it’s worth considering as you look for your next vehicle.
Nothing compares to premium leather seats. You’ll find leather in many of the European luxury imports at Shortline EuroCars. MB-Tex is a good alternative if you’re looking to save some money and time on maintenance.
See the difference between leather and MB-Tex upholstery for yourself at Shortline EuroCars near Denver, CO.