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OK, I LOVE our new Sonata, it's probably the nicest family car we have owned (and we have gone through a BUNCH of cars), but has anyone determined if the center inserts in the Limited's seats are really leather? Maybe I don't really want to know but I'm curious.

I started my typical leather care regimen regardless the morning after she came home.
 

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I am wondering the same thing... I have grey leather in my limited and I noticed a small black speck in rear seat where my son sits. It appears to be that a small piece of the grey is missing and the black is showing through:( not quite sure what to make of it.
 

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i'm sure it's real, but it's the cheapest i've ever experienced in a car. i've had leather in every car i've owned and when i test drove the limited the seats pretty much sealed the deal for me getting the se. now people are posting pics of the se seats tearing up so i guess you can't win seat wise with this car.
 

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QUOTE (louky @ Aug 4 2010, 08:29 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=347028
i'm sure it's real, but it's the cheapest i've ever experienced in a car. i've had leather in every car i've owned and when i test drove the limited the seats pretty much sealed the deal for me getting the se. now people are posting pics of the se seats tearing up so i guess you can't win seat wise with this car.

I can bet it isn't real.....Hyundai made the mistake of advertising the XG300/350 as coming equipped with synthetic leather...that definitely didn't help their reputation....and I can tell you also that the genesis sedan didn't give me that leather odor that i've come to enjoy from the rest of my rides.

There are reasons Hyundai isn't yet in the luxury world. This is one of them!
 

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I doubt for this price point that it is real. Heck BMW and Audi base models have fake leather. The SE seats so far are fine for me. I am sure any seat will get caught up on a hand gun or switch blade when you sit down.
 

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Not many cars use much real leather if its even in the car. Most cars only use leather in the seating surface area if leather is used. The days of an "all leather" seat are LONG gone. Unless of course you over spend on your car just to see some certain letters on the outside.

However just because it doesn't smell like leather, doesn't mean it is. I can make my cloth seats smell exactly like leather.

I have no idea whether or not the Hyundai is or isn't, and really don't care.
 

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Well so I'm not alone, I've long known (and even told folks on other forums to their sad surprise) that usually it's only the body touching parts are real leather unless you spend boo coo bucks. And the truth is most of the syn-leather surfaces are actually really nice! Guess my pondering is if the center section isn't real how can they get away with touting it as "leather" and charging commiserate $ for it?

The Nissan that we didn't like quite as much in the same price point did have real leather for the seating surfaces BTW so it's not unheard of.

We like leather because it cleans up nicer than cloth (was always a preference but seems to be more important with a 2 year old :) ) Vinyl does that job even better but don't fib about it.
 

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Oops, Search Dummy....

http://www.hyundai-forums.com/t47724-leath...r-simulated.htm

Consensus there is just as I imagined HAD to be right, it's real but it's just lower level. And the assertion that it will wear longer certainly sits well with me.

For the record I remember thinking the seats in a Santa Fe my sister bought about 3 years ago were stiff but they have gotten quite a bit more comfortable with a few years of use and my fairly regular detailing.
 

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The middle portion is leather, but cheap one (and stamped), as noted. BMW uses vinyl seats standard ('leatherette'), but has never called them leather. If they do, they'd be subject to a lawsuit, and are not that stupid. You can tell the edges (plus sides, obviously) of the seats and backrest are vinyl. In some cars, just a little square where your butt touches and another on the back are leather. But to be fair, most automotive leather is the coated variety (does not readily absorb liquids, like aniline or semi-aniline), which means it behaves like vinyl anyway, so the difference is basically negligible. VW also uses vinyl standard on their Passat CCs and such. I prefer vinyl than cloth, but it's a matter of preference. I like it because it's easier to clean and maintain, but it's hotter in summer and colder in winter for sure.
 
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