Understanding MB-Tex Seat Upholstery

By Loeber Motors | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 at 10:06 am
Mercedes-Benz MB-Tex Upholsery

What is MB-Tex Seat Upholstery?

When you purchase a luxury car, there are certain things you expect. Cutting edge technology, supreme comfort and premium performance are certainly among them. Often times, people also include leather upholstery in that conversation. While it’s true that some Mercedes-Benz models offer leather seat trim as a standard feature and every model has leather upholstery has an option, many Mercedes-Benz models come standard with MB-Tex upholstery. To help you understand exactly what that means, we’ll answer the question “What is MB-Tex upholstery?” and explain how it stacks up against leather.

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MB-Tex seat upholstery is a form of vinyl material used in many Mercedes-Benz base trims. The material looks and feels a lot like like actual leather, and is occasionally mistaken with the real thing. To the trained eye, however, there are noticeable differences. Although MB-Tex may not have the prestige of genuine leather seat upholstery, many drivers actually prefer the less expensive seat trim for a few reasons.

MB-Tex vs. Leather upholstery

Mercedes-Benz CLA Leather SeatsMB-Tex is generally easier to clean and maintain than leather. When cleaning leather seats, they must be properly treated and conditioned to maintain their luster. Cleaning MB-Tex upholstery is quicker and easier, as it takes no more than a basic vinyl seat cleaner and brush. MB-Tex material also is less susceptible to cracking and sun damage than leather upholstery, although Mercedes-Benz treats its leather seats to prevent those issues. Additionally, it’s not made from animal hide, which may or may not be a factor for you to consider.

Of course, the benefits of leather are widely understood among luxury car shoppers. While it may cost you a little extra, the look, feel and even the smell of properly cared for leather gives the air of prestige many consumers desire. Throughout Mercedes-Benz trims, there are various tiers of leather upholstery, the best of which is designo leather. Additionally, upgrading to leather seats in a new Mercedes-Benz is often part of a the Premium Package, which will equip your car with a number of other features.

We have a number of Mercedes-Benz models that have both MB-Tex and leather seat upholstery if you’d like to experience the difference between the two for yourself. Our vehicle specialists can also give you a more in depth description of how each must be cleaned and how they will wear over time.

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17 Responses to “Understanding MB-Tex Seat Upholstery”

  1. Richard Levy says:

    What do you suggest to clean MB tech???

    Thanks so much

    • Maggie Browne says:

      How should MB Tex Leatherette be cleaned? Is there any protective product that should be used and how often? I have 4 slits on the left side of the drivers seat. The side close to the door. None on the drivers seat back. What is causing this and how can it be repaired? How can I prevent further cuts from forming. I am 5’3″ and weigh 140 lbs. I am the only driver. All cuts are less than 1/2 inch.

  2. Rob mcspadden says:

    Drivers seat on 2010 glk 350 ( seat not back rest) has been slashed and needs to be replaced. I would like to replace with mb Tex ( as originally installed). All other upholstery is in excellent condition. Where can I buy??

  3. CPM du Toit says:

    I want to change the complete inside colour of my Mercedes B from black leather to very light ( or white Leather ) what will it cost to replace seats and panels

    • Jake Infante says:

      I am restoring an old model W115 Mercedes Benz. If I want to use MB-Tex Seat Upholstery, where can I find the source of material? Do you have it? If so, in what colors? Am interested on Bordeux / Maroon color and Beige.

      Thanks for your kind assistance

  4. CF Duke says:

    Our 2009 E320 Bluetec has the MB tex and the bottom driver’s seat section closet to the door also has numerous slits/tears. This started at least three years ago and has gotten worse. It was not caused by any damage we did. We had a 1983 300D with MB tex for 18 years and and never had a problem with it. I think the material Mercedes now claims is Mb tex is crap. There are too many reports of early failures to think otherwise.

  5. Les says:

    Is it true that from a wear point of view MB Tex can start to suffer “friction cracking” after maybe 3 or 4 years. Friction cracking being were the seat cover creases in the same place each time you sit on it and subsequently cracks. Also that once it starts to crack it cannot be lastingly repaired?

  6. Karlbenz says:

    MB tex better than leather, hahahaha, right yeah i believe you

    “Well they wouldnt say that sorry that we have cheapened our brand over decades and have turned into a mainstream crapmobile maker with cheap plastic upholstery that is found on the budget cars of the half price ” now would they ? ! No they would go around making false claims about how a cheap synthetic uphostry is better superior an more luxurious than the test of time proven precious leather !

  7. Barry says:

    I have an 2014 E350 42,000 mi. I weigh under 180 my wife 120 my MB-tex drivers eat ripped t a sea.the car is spotless, garaged, and taken care of. Mercedes will not cover it, whats the warranty on manufacture error? Im waiting for a call from Mercedes

  8. Alan Cohen says:

    MB Tek seat wore through 3 times in 2 years!

  9. Alan Cohen says:

    My mb tek seats wore through 3 times in 2 years. Seems to be from swiveling to enter and exit on left side of driver’s seat. Hasn’t happened in any other car – ever

  10. Alex says:

    My 2012 c300 has MB-tsk and has a seam split on the drivers seat exactly the same and in the exact same location as many hundreds of MB owners have experienced ( google MB-trek torn seat to see and hear the frustration of many MB owners who were told that this material is durable.

  11. Monika Half says:

    I have a certified pre-owned 350E 4matic with MB Tex seats, one of which MB Penske just reported as peeling-and the seat & back heating pads on both front seats has just become inoperable. With 50,000 total miles on the car of which I drove the last 12,000 miles in 3.5 years. I weigh 120 pounds and the car is kept in a heated garage.My extended warranty just ended 1300 miles and less than 6 months ago.This repair has been quoted at $1500+.and I was charged $169 for the privilege of being told that.Nice timing MEBE!

  12. RPM says:

    Take a look at the BMW. It includes leather and the maintenance, when performed at the dealership, doesn’t require you to take a personal loan to pay.

  13. Car Tailing says:

    Hi, who would have guessed the difference between the two and the troubles to care for the fabrics, thanks Loeber Motors! What are the best ways to care for them when its weather worn? Thank you!

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