White Leather - Great for Stoned Pop Stars, Not for Cars - 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Mini Cooper: White Leather - Great for Stoned Pop Stars, Not for Cars

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 3, 2015

2014 Mini Cooper

The pros and cons for light-colored vehicle upholstery are pretty obvious.

Pro: Looks great when new!

Con: Shows dirt the day after you brought it home!

Such is the case with our 2014 Mini Cooper. Our car's Satellite Gray leather upholstery pairs well with the Deep Blue paint and imparts a premium vibe. But after 20,000 miles, certain parts of the upholstery are looking pretty dirty.

The above photo is of the backseat, which has been christened by my two young children clamoring in and out. There are other spots, too. It's hard to photograph, but the driver seat is particularly grimy as we've been driving our Mini for about a year now. There's also a nice darkened elbow spot on the driver door armrest.

2014 Mini Cooper

On one hand, it's nice knowing exactly where the dirt is. On the other hand, it'd be "out of sight, out of mind" if we had a black interior that hid dirt.

I tired some Meguiar's leather cleaning wipes on our Mini's dirty spots. The shoe prints on the rear seat came right off, but the driver seat didn't show much improvement, presumably because we've been grinding dirt into it for a year now and haven't done much upholstery cleaning (if we've done any at all). It's going to take more work to get it clean.

What's in your car: light- or dark-colored upholstery?

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 20,104 miles


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