For some time now all I seem to hear is that the plastics are a bit harsh to touch, look cheap etc in reviews, but what we dont hear is how they have favoured after 5 or so years of abuse compared to the high quality soft touch materials that seem to give everyone a semi these days. So I had a look at my cars last night as it was sparked by me thinking that one looked a bit of a state.
So three cars, two Jeeps, on a 52 plate Cherokee and a 56 plate Grand Cherokee and a 60 plate 520D. Two young kids and my house has been completely re-wired and replumbed with extension added over last 5 years with the Cherokee taking most of the brunt of the materials movement.
Out of the three the one which looks the worst for wear is certainly the BMW. There are scuffs, scratches and dirt marks which seem to take an age to move (and you can still see them afterwards) - compared to a quick wipe over in the Jeep with those wipes you can buy in Halfords and its looking smart and tidy again.
If I kept the BMW for the same time as I have the Cherokee I can not see the inside standing up anywhere as near as well as the so called cheap cabin plastics, and would probably not even reach 5 years old if I put some of the stuff in it that the Jeep gets.
Do others of you find that the cars with the "cheaper" interiors seem to be faring much better over the life of the car than the soft touch brigade?