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X1 E84 (2011 - current)
The new to the US BMW X1 will arrive at BMW dealers in the fall of 2012 as a 2013 model year. Get your X1 28i with either sDrive (RWD) or xDrive (AWD) or get the US exclusive I6 N55 powered X1 35i dDrive.

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Old 05-12-2013, 07:57 AM
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Leather vs. Leatherette

Just wanted to see if you guys thought there was a huge difference in quality between these two seating surfaces. Obviously the leather would be the nicest choice, but is it worth the $1500 premium?

If I got a package that included sport seats, but in leatherette, would they still have the extending "knee rest" that comes out of the front of the seat?
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:08 AM
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Not sure on the knee rest with leatherette...

I personally got a 35 with black leatherette which should hold up better than leather in the long run, which is a plus for me as I plan to keep the X1 10+ years and I will hopefully have kids in the back a lot. The comments about the leather for the X1 usually go from poor to okay. The leather isn't as nice as other brands in the same price range or even lower. Once you get up to the 5 and 7 series or Z4 the leather is suppose to be much better.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:10 AM
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On the f30 in yurop I can confirm the leatherette sports seats have the knee rest thingy
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:14 AM
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Try to sit in both if you can.
The leather is nicer IMO, but the leatherette is still very good.
I opted to save the few pennies and put them towards my other options.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:15 AM
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Try to sit in both if you can.
The leather is nicer IMO, but the leatherette is still very good.
I opted to save the few pennies and put them towards my other options.
Thanks for all the replies so far. I actually ordered my car yesterday as I couldn't find one with my exact specs. I had a little wiggle room for some options, but if I started adding too many packages this car would have quickly gotten out of the range of what I was willing to pay. I passed over on the leather in favor of getting the panoramic moonroof instead.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:44 AM
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I passed over on the leather in favor of getting the panoramic moonroof instead.
I'd say you made a good choice. The leather, as nice as it is, isn't worth $1500 over the leatherette. The ette is a little plastic feeling compared to the leather but will still look new with 100K miles...VERY durable.
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:48 PM
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We have the M Sport with leatherette. It does have the front part of the seat that will come forward. Also noticed that the leatherette is finished in such a way that it hold you I place. Kind of nice. What I would like to know is what if any conditioner would be good to keep the seats pliable over time. The BMW catalog does not list anything but a cleaner.
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:49 PM
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I don't think any conditioner is required if you have leatherette. I had leatherette in my Mini & it still looked brand new after seven years, when I sold it, and I did zero maintenance on it.

That said, I opted for leather in my X1 (because I really liked the oyster color, which is only available in leather, & because it was only a $950 option in Canada rather than a $1500 option). It does feel nicer. It breathes more, & it's just a softer/nicer feeling against your skin. So I would recommend checking it out before ordering.

But if you're budget constrained, I would definitely give up the leather before giving up other options, like the sunroof.
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:32 PM
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Got the leatherette in my ride like it so far . Opted for the moon roof also.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:04 PM
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Prefer leather as it 'breaths' and does not cause me to sweat as much in the heat of the Texas sun. I tried both over an extended 2 week session. To me it is worth it to have the premium feel and texture of leather.

I would prefer cloth seats to leatherette, but that is not an option on US bound BMWs. I had several BMWs in Europe with plastic (leatherette), cloth and leather. Leather felt the best with cloth coming next. However cloth does not wear as well as the leather and the leatherette wears very well but always felt sticky and unpleasant in warm weather.
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:46 AM
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I have a 2005 325i that I owned for 2 years (bought in 08) before I realized it wasn't real leather. But I've never had leather, so what did I know...

It - Looks - Like - New! even after 8 or 9 years of rolling about in western PA. I'd probably get leather as I like the orange stripe. But you cannot underestimate the utility of leatherette. If you could live with the differences, it is cheaper and will last much longer with less care.
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:17 AM
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Me? Do I want the faux substitute or the real thing? Similar in IMHO as saying cloth or leather? Would you accept fake leather in cowboy boots or real ostrich? It's all about perceptions, eh?

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Old 05-14-2013, 08:08 AM
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Save a cow. But seriously, we have leatherette and love it in our Msport. You'll be happy...
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:18 AM
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Leather vs. Leatherette

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We have the M Sport with leatherette. It does have the front part of the seat that will come forward. Also noticed that the leatherette is finished in such a way that it hold you I place. Kind of nice. What I would like to know is what if any conditioner would be good to keep the seats pliable over time. The BMW catalog does not list anything but a cleaner.
I'm a fan of Meguiar's Natural Shine Protectant. Cleans and conditions without feeling greasy or excessively shiny. They also have detailer wipes that are good for all surfaces.


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Old 05-14-2013, 06:05 PM
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Me? Do I want the faux substitute or the real thing? Similar in IMHO as saying cloth or leather? Would you accept fake leather in cowboy boots or real ostrich? It's all about perceptions, eh?

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I believe the answer to that is that you want real leather when it's new, and leatherette in 7 or 8 years.


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Old 05-15-2013, 05:55 AM
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I believe the answer to that is that you want real leather when it's new, and leatherette in 7 or 8 years.

Not too bad for a 12 yo car.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:51 AM
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The BMW leatherette is excellent, but keep in mind that it does absorb a lot of heat in warm weather. It takes a long time for the AC to cool the seats down. It's like sitting in a heated seat. Something to keep in mind if you live in warmer climes.
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:18 PM
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Not too bad for a 12 yo car.
But if it were leatherette it would look good as new. If you're leasing or don't keep them very long, it wouldn't matter. But it's worth noting for anyone who thinks they may keep it on the long haul
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:37 AM
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@ bptsull: Yes, those features can be had in sports leatherette seats... my gf's X1 also had seat warmers. like some folks here, unless the leather's quality is totally up there, a sturdy leatherette is a better choice especially for long term
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