Tesla Model S review

Inside

As it is inside?

It’s impossible to talk about the interior of the Tesla without addressing the elephant in the room: the expansive touchscreen that dominates the dash and controls virtually every feature except a handful of physical buttons. It used to be a 17-inch vertical box, but the latest update introduced a horizontal screen like the one on the smaller Model 3.

It handles everything from climate control and audio, to navigation and hands-free phone, to things like the headlights and sunroof. Thankfully, despite the size of the screen, the interface/UI is so polished and easy to navigate that it’s no more distracting on the go than competing systems. Some functions can also be controlled with buttons on the steering wheel or through voice commands.

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Tesla’s build quality issues are well known, but the cars we tested recently felt more solid and well-built than those we’ve driven in the past. Supple leather, acceptable plastics, textured wood trim on the dash, and an Alcantara headliner: These things aren’t perfect, but for the most part they feel like premium items these days. Just like cars that cost so much money. That said, the more you spend, the more they struggle. Step into six-figure territory and the Model S feels out of reach. You can get a new Bentley for that kind of money, after all…

The driving position is quite good and the seats themselves are quite comfortable. The headrests are of the non-removable variety, so they obscure the view out the rearview mirror (not a good thing to begin with).

Space, however, there is plenty of it. The boot is big enough to swallow 793 liters of stuff with the seats up, and with the rear seat down you can easily fit a bike in the back (see our gallery for proof).

The ‘frunk’ (for ‘front trunk’), as Tesla calls it, isn’t huge, but the fact that it’s there is a small advantage over petrol or diesel rivals. There are no door bins, but there is a small shelf below the touchscreen and some deep bins/cup holders to compensate.

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