There are hardly any switches or buttons in the Model S. Instead, you get a massive 17in colour touchscreen that displays sharp, high-definition graphics and online connected services.
This might sound overwhelming, but it's actually friendlier to use than some of the smaller touchscreens in many mainstream cars. Shortcuts for key systems – including navigation and audio – are always on display at the top of the screen, and the screen is very responsive, with decently sized icons. Yet, due to the sheer amount of features it controls – even the sunroof is opened and closed via the screen - for safety on the move we still prefer a less distracting system, such as iDrive in a BMW 6 Series GT.
Finding a comfortable driving position in the Model S is easy, with plenty of adjustment via the electrically adjustable seat and steering wheel. The pedals are well set and the seat is generally supportive, although it could do with little more side support, given the car’s performance potential.
Forward visibility is great, but the view rearwards is quite restricted due to the narrow rear screen and thick pillars. Still, you get front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera as standard. It’s a very airy interior, though, thanks to a fixed panoramic roof that floods you with natural light. You can upgrade this to an opening sunroof.
Is quality up to the level of its premium rivals? Well, inside the materials are generally good, although there are areas, such as the centre console, that feel flimsier than you might expect. If you are coming from a Porsche or BMW, you might feel a little short-changed.