What is the Difference Between Leather and Nappa Leather Seating?
If you’ve ever sat in a luxury car from the 1960s, 1970s or even 1980s, you know that the way we think about luxury has changed since those bygone decades. While modern luxury cars like the 2019 Kia Stinger or 2019 Kia K900 feature incredible performance specs and 22nd-century technology, those old “land yachts” were stretched-out, 6,000-lb. pieces of steel that cared less about performance or style and chose to wholly focus on comfort instead.
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The most memorable facet of these old luxury vehicles is, far and away, the seating. Not giving a single care for how well the seat was bolstered or whether the driver stayed in place while cornering, these elongated sedans of yesteryear often had front and row benches that were basically leather sofas. You would climb into a luxury car and sink into the soft Corinthian leather. It was an experience to just sit inside one of these cars, much less drive it.
Luxury Lives on in Leather
While these cushy and underpowered cars are pretty much absent from the modern automotive landscape, seating that rivals the Corinthian leather benches of old is still available. A timeless upholstery material, leather is prized for its comfort, sophistication and versatility. If you’re shopping for a new vehicle, you may have also seen the term Nappa leather. Is this just marketing jargon or is Nappa leather something worth investing in?
Leather Vs. Nappa Leather
The biggest difference between leather and Nappa leather is the softness and smoothness of the material. Leather softens over time but begins its life firm and supportive. Due to a different treatment and construction process, Nappa leather is softer than traditional leather. It is also smoother. Sitting in a Nappa leather seat is likely to recall the pillowy Corinthian leather seating from days past.
As a bonus, Nappa leather is also less likely to lose its color over time and easier to clean due to a refined dyeing process that is foregone on traditional leather for the more natural tanning.
Which Kia Models Have Nappa Leather Seats
The following 2019 Kia models are available with Nappa leather seating:
- 2019 Kia Optima (Quilted Nappa leather available on SX)
- 2019 Kia Stinger (Nappa leather standard on GT2)
- 2019 Kia Cadenza (Quilted Nappa leather standard on Limited)
- 2019 Kia K900 (Nappa leather standard)
- 2019 Kia Sorento (Nappa leather standard on SX-Limited)
- 2020 Kia Telluride (We snuck this in here with no confirmation but feel confident saying that the Telluride will have some decadent interior finishes and we expect Nappa leather to be among them).
Upgrade Your Comfort Experience
Kia’s focus on value means you get more for less. Nappa leather is just one of the many refinements offered by Kia that make every mile in a new Kia car or SUV feel like a decadent self-care experience.
For more information on Kia features or to try out Nappa leather for yourself with a test drive, contact us today!