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!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?
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.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 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.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???