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It is Artico, not MB-Tex as per the 1970s Benzes. It feels like plastic and cracks after a couple of years. To be absolutely avoided at all costs, if the car is a keeper. Artico is crap.
 

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Most of the people here who have talked to dealers, the dealers have said that its nearly identical to leather. Have you seen it in person?
My dealer said the exact same thing when I was giving him my wish list. He took me out to the show room and showed me both the mbtex and the leather, and it's really hard to tell them apart. Plus he said the mbtex holds up better than the leather. It certainly surprised me!
 

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I'm getting leather for several reasons...

1) I like the feel of leather instead of plastic
2) my current car has both leather and plastic. The plastic is cracking. The leather is not.
3) Leather breathes better. You know, summer time and sweaty backs. Plastic does that.
4) It's a Mercedes. Some of my friends might be fooled, but do I really want to fool them and play that game? Again, it's a Mercedes. Leather should just be expected to be standard. Besides, it's German leather, not like that Cadillac leather crap. Cadillac customers would kill to have that type of leather.
 

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I'll go with leather, my G500 has it. My C class has MB TEX and after 200K miles it has held up great. People have a hard time believing that I have driven my car so much and it still looks great. I generally like the trim package that comes with leather and I like the smell of real leather, but I certainly won't knock the MB TEX!!!
 

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I've got MB TEX in my 2008 C300 and it looks and feels great. I will give you a fair warning, I did have to get my driver seat replaced (under warranty) because the MB TEX started tearing. The dealership said it was covered because it was a known flaw. I will probably go with MB TEX but will spring for leather if its available in the right color (red).
 

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The B 200s in Canada with Artico/MB Tex had reams of torn seats under warranty and sometimes just beyond. What's more, some dealers would not repair the seats under warranty, claiming tears in this plastic stuff are "normal wear and tear"...so to them, I guess a tear in this stuff is normal. Anyway, once again, leather is the only stuff to get. Leather should last at least 25 years if you take care of it.
 

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Went into the dealer today guys to put my deposit down and to be honest I couldnt tell the difference between the two. The only thing was that the leather was a little softer but honestly they felt the same so I save $1,200 there which is a total score!
 

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Went into the dealer today guys to put my deposit down and to be honest I couldnt tell the difference between the two. The only thing was that the leather was a little softer but honestly they felt the same so I save $1,200 there which is a total score!
I have MB-Tex in my C300 now and it's weathered just fine for the first two years. It feels pretty nice and, aside from a leather smell, seems pretty close to the lower end leathers you see in cars. Seems perfectly fine to me.

The bonus to the leather option on the CLA to me is that you can get brown and you get the two-tone door trim, which I think looks nicer. Either should be pretty nice though.
 

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I'm reviving this because the seats are one of the things I can't seem to settle on. I'm looking for any new feedback/experiences you have with either. I have been reading about the leather getting all scratched up due to bedazzled jeans, crazy kids, pets, etc. I haven't had leather seats before (and feeling like this would be the time to do it), but I don't want to get all spazzy (which I certainly will) when the seats get damaged due to the day in the life of me. For what it is worth, this will be my fulltime car, so it's not like it's reserved for special occasions. OK guys and gals, sell it to me...what should I do - leather or MB-Tex??? :confused:
 

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I'm reviving this because the seats are one of the things I can't seem to settle on. I'm looking for any new feedback/experiences you have with either. I have been reading about the leather getting all scratched up due to bedazzled jeans, crazy kids, pets, etc. I haven't had leather seats before (and feeling like this would be the time to do it), but I don't want to get all spazzy (which I certainly will) when the seats get damaged due to the day in the life of me. For what it is worth, this will be my fulltime car, so it's not like it's reserved for special occasions. OK guys and gals, sell it to me...what should I do - leather or MB-Tex??? :confused:
I have had black MB-Tex in 2 successive C-classes. It feels good but doesn't look quite as rich as leather. It seems to be improving over the years- I drove a 2013 recently and it looked better. For some reason I think the difference shows up most in black- so check different colors if you can.
 

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I ordered mine with MB tex but the dealer has his training on tues I asked him to find out about the diff seats I've been seeing online with red stiching
 

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Go check'out a C-Class w/ MB-Tex and/or a BMW 1-series/3-series/etc w/ "Leatherette" as both will give a more-or-less accurate feel & idea of the CLA's MB-Tex.
 

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Leather for me all the way. Lasts longer, more comfortable, and just looks a little better. Even those MB-Tex is really good quality.
 
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