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1. Are the leather seats as comfortable as cloth? You would think that they should be but I found a distinct difference between the cloth and leather seats in the Mini Cooper.

2. For $700 (or thereabouts) how good is the leather? Is it actually real leather or leatherette?

3. Does anyone have pictures of the light gray/ebonyish leather seats? I'm interested in a brighter environment but am worried about stains, etc.

4. What kind of maintenance do the leather seats need?
 

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1. Are the leather seats as comfortable as cloth? You would think that they should be but I found a distinct difference between the cloth and leather seats in the Mini Cooper.

2. For $700 (or thereabouts) how good is the leather? Is it actually real leather or leatherette?

3. Does anyone have pictures of the light gray/ebonyish leather seats? I'm interested in a brighter environment but am worried about stains, etc.

4. What kind of maintenance do the leather seats need?
Leather is SO easy to maintain! I have it in my truck. I was initially concerned about getting leather in my truck because I typically get dirty when using it. The truck is nearly 10 years old now, and the leather still looks very nice. Spills wipe off with no staining, and they are much more comfortable for those times when I have been 12-14 hours on the road with a trailer behind. I didn't get leather on my Fiesta because I wanted the SFE package, which only comes on the SE. In the end this saved me about $3000. My bottom line was about $17,400 rather than around $20-$21K with a leather-equipped SES. That will buy a lot of gas.
 

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The sun, and extreme heat are the worst enemy of leather seating ..it can crack, shrink, and dirty VERY easily....

Also it is VERY important to understand that only small sections of the seating surface are ACTUALLY leather...Usually it is restricted to the insert panels or surfaces that are on the front side of the seat back and the top of the seat bottom....All other surfaces are vinyl ....

I would not recommend leather unless the car can be protected from the sun especially....

For absolute durability cloth is the way to go..and you won't burn your legs and arms on a hot summer day either...
 

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I frequently hear people talking about how hot leather gets in the sun, but I have to disagree. I've been driving an Avalon with black leather seats in central TX for the last 5 years and I've never noticed them getting hot.

The sun, and extreme heat are the worst enemy of leather seating ..it can crack, shrink, and dirty VERY easily....

Also it is VERY important to understand that only small sections of the seating surface are ACTUALLY leather...Usually it is restricted to the insert panels or surfaces that are on the front side of the seat back and the top of the seat bottom....All other surfaces are vinyl ....

I would not recommend leather unless the car can be protected from the sun especially....

For absolute durability cloth is the way to go..and you won't burn your legs and arms on a hot summer day either...
 

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I frequently hear people talking about how hot leather gets in the sun, but I have to disagree. I've been driving an Avalon with black leather seats in central TX for the last 5 years and I've never noticed them getting hot.
You must have magic leather seats. Congrats ! :D;)

I've been in numerous cars with leather seating and without exception I have always tended to be burned when the car is sitting out in direct sun for any period of time.
 

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I frequently hear people talking about how hot leather gets in the sun, but I have to disagree. .
That's what I was thinking too.....


I have leather seats on my bimmer and leather on my fiesta (all black leather btw), live in California and usually wear shorts. I have ZERO problems with the seats being hot and I am pretty sure they are not magic seats. I cannot say if the seats are all leather, if only parts are leather or it's composition without talking out of my ass, but I will say all of the sections on the seats feel like the other sections, so if one section is leather and the other is not, I can't tell the difference.

All cars I have ever owned that were cloth seats tore sooner or later. Nevermind the stains. I haven't owned my bmw for long and just got my fiesta and these are my only cars to have leather, so I can't attest to how well they'll stand up to time, but my BMW is a 2006 and the seats still look new. As pointed out, easy to clean, doesn't stain and in my opinion, looks much better then cloth.

Also, all my windows, including the windshield has ceramic protective tint on it and hopefully that'll help with sun damage for the times I don't park in the garage, shade or put screens up.
 

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That's what I was thinking too.....


I have leather seats on my bimmer and leather on my fiesta (all black leather btw), live in California and usually wear shorts. I have ZERO problems with the seats being hot and I am pretty sure they are not magic seats.

Also, all my windows, including the windshield has ceramic protective tint on it and hopefully that'll help with sun damage for the times I don't park in the garage, shade or put screens up.
I'm sure the special tinting helps quite a bit. ;)

Not everyone wants to tint like that either...I don't.

I've owned all my cars with cloth (various makes) and have never had any of them tear, wear, or pull apart and that is with over 100k on all.

Also you do tend to slide around on leather surfaces vs cloth..especially on cars lacking substantial side bolsters.

I mean 700 smackers for just 4 small pieces of leather surrounded by mostly vinyl? Bad deal if you ask me...not just on the Fiesta, but on ANY car.
 

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This is my first leather car. I had ordered an SES with cloth, but as time went by and I grew impatient, I had the dealer search around for an identical car. The closest they could find was the same except for the leather. I was a little hesitant, but after a month now I am really happy. It looks really nice, and seems like it will be durable. :)
 

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I don't really want to push people away from what they think they want..I mainly want to let folks know about the positives and negatives about all features .:D

But to all those that have the leather ...congrats and enjoy!
 

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I have leather on my Fiesta, I prefer a alcantara/leather combo over just a leather seat because it prevents you from sliding, you do lose the durability of all leather though.
 

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Courtesi, the Fiesta owners manual states that they indeed are leather, but coated leather. They don't recommend leather conditioner. Just water on cloth to clean for minor cleanups.
I really love the smell of leather plus the look of it also, so that's why I have them. Additionally, from my experience, I believe the leather/vinyl seats are easier to keep clean as spills and sweat and dirt can be cleaned up rather than soaking in, like spills can in cloth seats. When I drive cars w/ cloth seats I always cover w/ seat covers..Maybe I'm just messy though!
 

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Courtesi, the Fiesta owners manual states that they indeed are leather, but coated leather. They don't recommend leather conditioner. Just water on cloth to clean for minor cleanups.
I really love the smell of leather plus the look of it also, so that's why I have them. Additionally, from my experience, I believe the leather/vinyl seats are easier to keep clean as spills and sweat and dirt can be cleaned up rather than soaking in, like spills can in cloth seats. When I drive cars w/ cloth seats I always cover w/ seat covers..Maybe I'm just messy though!
 

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I'm sure the special tinting helps quite a bit. ;)

Not everyone wants to tint like that either...I don't.

I've owned all my cars with cloth (various makes) and have never had any of them tear, wear, or pull apart and that is with over 100k on all.

Also you do tend to slide around on leather surfaces vs cloth..especially on cars lacking substantial side bolsters.

I mean 700 smackers for just 4 small pieces of leather surrounded by mostly vinyl? Bad deal if you ask me...not just on the Fiesta, but on ANY car.
I don't have problems sliding around on my seats and I throw my cars into corners hard. Although I do wish for a more sporty seat and will see if an upholstery shop can mod my Fiesta seats to have more side bolster.

You can get tint that offers all the protection with practically no darkening of the window. There are 70% ceramic tint and many people at the shop I use does that for windshield. Saw pics of a couple cars that used 70% all around and if they didn't tell me it was tinted, I'd have no idea it was tinted.

After going through cancer wards and seeing people with half their face missing because they spend too much time in the sun, I am very protective of my sun exposure and is why I tint all windows...with ceramic. Also, it will probably help keep the interior looking nice years later. A shade you put up may do better, but you don't always have it up.
 

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I am very happy with the quality of the leather in my Fiesta. Contrary to what others have posted, the seats are leather and not pretend leather. They are also much better than the leather seats in the EU Fiesta. The seats are fairly supportive, but not as supportive as the Recaro's in my SVT Focus. The leather looks and feels very upscale, and really makes the interior of the Fiesta a pleasure to be in. As for care, both my wife and I have had leather in our cars for years with no issues. I condition the leather every few months with an automotive conditioner. The black leather in my old SVT Focus was 7 years old and still looked as good as new when I sold it. If cost is not an option, then I would highly suggest going with the leather. The only cloth seats I own are in my Mustang, and one of them is thin fabric and alacantra wrapped over kevlar.

Leather seats FTW!
 

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I don't have leather in my 97 Escort, which has grey cloth seats. There are some stains, but they're very durable and not damage at all otherwise. I ordered cloth for my Fiesta because I am a cheapskate :b I go the charcoal black and expect the dark color with the fabric pattern to be good for hiding any stains I end up with (darn those coffee lids popping off!) My point is that the cloth seats quality of my lowest-trim level 13 year old Ford is superb and I expect the same or better of my Fiesta cloth seats.

This is not a vote against the leather trim however. I believe the quality and look of it is top-notch, but the value-to-cost ratio just wasn't right for me personally.
 

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1. Are the leather seats as comfortable as cloth? You would think that they should be but I found a distinct difference between the cloth and leather seats in the Mini Cooper.

2. For $700 (or thereabouts) how good is the leather? Is it actually real leather or leatherette?

3. Does anyone have pictures of the light gray/ebonyish leather seats? I'm interested in a brighter environment but am worried about stains, etc.

4. What kind of maintenance do the leather seats need?

I love my leather seats (not leatherette). They are heavily impragnated with vinyl for high mileage durability (so they have a leatherette feel).

You can go to Ford.com and build a Fiesta with Cashmere or Black leather seats (for a picture of them). I would also recommend going to the website, select Ford brand and then select locate dealers near you. Then go to each dealer website and look up their Fiesta new car inventories. Find one who at least has leather seats to feel/sit on them (and maybe some may have the color you are interested in). Here is a picture of the black leather seat at .... http://www.fordvehicles.com/cars/fiesta/gallery/photos/interior/. You can also download a Fiesta e-Brochure at http://www.fordvehicles.com/ and see the Black & Cashmere leather seats near the end of the brochure.

Most all light color leather seats have problems keeping them clean especially from blue jeans. That is why I went with the black leather. You would need to use leather cleaner every week if you do go with a light color leather. My light color leather seats on Linc MKX/Mark VIII, T'Bird Convertible, Jag XK8 Convertibles, Jag X-Types, Volvo S60 Turbo with light color seats (light colors) were almost impossible to stay clean.

The Fiesta has a lt color ceiling (on all) to help brighten up the car. I find the black interior (with moonroof) very cheery - I feel like you about a bright environment!
 

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I went with the black leather seats,black SES hatch and I haven't tinted my windows yet and it sits in the Florida sun all day while I am at work. For the last month and a half that I have owned it I haven't had any problem with burning my back,butt or legs when I get in it.
I also think that with the leather seats the padding doesn't absorb as much heat and that actually makes the A/C cool the interior that much quicker.
I have uniform pants on that are like suit pants material and not really that thick compared to jeans. I also haven't had any problems with sliding around on the seats either.
I have never owned a car that I drive full time with leather seats but I can tell you for 700.00 dollars I will get it in any future cars that I get.
I have also had many comments when showing friends and family. The first thing out of their mouths is usually " I love the seats and they are so comfortable " followed by " it has more room than I thought it would from the outside ".
 

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Leather isn't perfect either

My fabric interiors have held up better than the leather ones on my cars. I've worn through the leather in the driver seat bolster on my old Acura Integra and my '99 Miata. The perforated leather in my Acura TL and a Mercury Cougar looked much older than the rest of the car. Then again, some people like that look. The fabric seats in my Mini, Festiva and Neon looked just as good the day I sold them as when I bought them. The only exception for decent leather was the interior of a Mercury Mystique in light grey, so there is some hope for the Fiesta in lighter colors.
 
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