I recently read an article here http://thegarage.jalopnik.com/suede-is-a-garbage-material-for-car-interiors-1733409981 explaining how much of a pain it is to maintain Alcantara. Since basically everybody here is getting an Alcantara keyboard, I think it is a good idea to discuss here.
Basically in the article it is mentioned that Alcantara requires a lot of effort to maintain, and even with proper maintenance, it is not going to look and feel good after a seemingly short period of time. Okay, granted cars are used for 5-10 years, while tablets is somewhere between 2-4 years. There are, however, plenty of materials to choose from, including leather, faux-leather, fabric (but not Surface-like, please)
The popularization of Alcantara seems to be overhyped...
Porsche’s big on this crap. So is GM. At first, Alcantara headliners were offered as an option in higher-end models as the material wouldn’t work well in an application like a seat or armrest because of the constant crushing and scuffing, but in a unanimous move, designers said “Fuck it!” and just made entire interiors out of the stuff, and it goes down as one of the dumbest ideas in automotive history.
And it doesn't seem to be the material that is appropriate for the uses where it involves a lot of interaction with human skin
the oils in your hands are immediately soaked into the fibers of the steering wheel, staining them and making it a grotty mess over a surprisingly short amount of time.
Here's a testimonial
Here’s a picture of my daily-driven S-Class with an Alcantara headliner. This is what clean looks like:
And it doesn't seem to fit Eve's vision
If it’s such a crappy material, why are car manufacturers using it in such spectacular numbers? The answer is simple - because the masses have been told that this is expensive and therefore the thing to get. Much like new iPhones that introduce people to problems that were long since eradicated while charging twice as much for the privilege, suede and its various iterations is just as easy to stain and pedestrian-looking as a traditional cloth interior, except it’s infinitely harder to clean and never looks quite right. It has a dramatically short shelf life and can’t stand any sort of prolonged use.