Nappa leather vs leather seats

What is the difference between leather and Nappa leather seats?

Driving your vehicle everyday, and sometimes for quite few hours a day, you want to be comfortable while you drive. One of the biggest parts of driver comfort and an exceptional driving experience is your vehicle’s seating material. So, when you’re looking to buy a new vehicle the seating options available on a model become of high importance and knowing what the difference is between leather and Nappa leather seats can make a huge difference in your purchasing decision.

One of the major differences between leather and Nappa leather seats is that Nappa leather is a softer and smoother leather, offering drivers a buttery soft seating surface. This notable difference stems from the way in which Nappa leather is tanned. The hides used for Nappa leather are tanned with chromium or aluminum sulfate, salts noted specifically for softness and durability.

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The tanning process for each type of leather does vary depending on the type of hide used, the results leaving normal leather seats with more grain and detail in their finish than Nappa leather.

Kia sportage leather seats Frank Boucher Kia
Kia Cadenza Nappa Leather seats
Kia Optima Quilted Nappa Leather

2016 Kias with Leather Seats

  • ¬†Optima
  • Cadenza
  • K900
  • Soul
  • Sportage
  • Sorento
  • Sedona
  • Forte
  • Forte5
  • Forte Koup
  • Rio
  • Optima Hybrid
  • Soul EV

2016 Kias with Nappa Leather Seats

  • Cadenza
  • K900
  • Soul
  • Sorento
  • Sedona

2016 Kias with Quilted Nappa Leather Seats

  • Optima
  • K900

Another feature of Nappa leather that sets it apart from normal leather is its having been dyed with water-soluble colorants to make it more resistant to fading. With Nappa leather you can enjoy your seating in pristine condition for longer. Moreover, due to the dying process, Nappa leather seats are also easier to clean.

Overall, choosing a Kia with Nappa leather provides you with a vehicle that is easy to maintain and more durable than other leather seating options. Kia models such as the 2016 Optima also tend to have available a leather wrapped steering wheel when fitted with leather seats for superior styling.

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If you want more seating options or standard features in your new Kia, you may want to take a look at the new 2017 models such as the Cadenza and Sportage that have been re-imagined to offer drivers the latest in technology and performance.

You can get behind the wheel of Kia’s latest models with Frank Boucher Kia in Racine, WI. We are your local family-owned Kia dealership rated in the top ten percent in the nation for customer satisfaction.