Tesla Model S review

Category: Electric car

Section: Interior

Tesla Model S 2021 interior dashboard
  • Tesla Model S 2021 front cornering
  • Tesla Model S 2021 rear cornering
  • Tesla Model S 2021 interior dashboard
  • Tesla Model S 2021 interior rear seats
  • Tesla Model S 2021 interior infotainment
  • Tesla Model S 2021 right tracking
  • Tesla Model S 2021 front cornering
  • Tesla Model S 2021 interior front seats
  • Tesla Model S 2021 boot open
  • Tesla Model S 2021 front cornering
  • Tesla Model S 2021 rear cornering
  • Tesla Model S 2021 interior dashboard
  • Tesla Model S 2021 interior rear seats
  • Tesla Model S 2021 interior infotainment
  • Tesla Model S 2021 right tracking
  • Tesla Model S 2021 front cornering
  • Tesla Model S 2021 interior front seats
  • Tesla Model S 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Driving position and dashboard
  • Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
  • Sat nav and infotainment
  • Quality

Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Driving position and dashboard

Finding a comfortable driving position in the Model S is mostly easy. The pedals are well set, in line with the seat and steering wheel, and the seat and steering wheel move electrically.

There are some issues to point out: the lumbar adjustment isn't that comfortable – it feels like a little anvil being squeezed gently into the small of your back – and there isn't a lot of side support to prop you up through corners. We prefer the seats you get in a Jaguar I-Pace or Porsche Taycan for overall comfort.

LED headlights are standard, but you can't have fancy adaptive matrix LED headlights that can remain on main beam without blinding other road users – a helpful feature that's fitted to some rivals, . 

Tesla Model S 2021 interior dashboard

Sat nav and infotainment

There are hardly any switches or buttons in the Tesla Model S. Instead, you get a massive 17.0in colour touchscreen that has sharp, high-definition graphics and online connected services.

That might sound overwhelming, and, generally we'd prefer a solution like BMW's iDrive with a rotary controller, but, if you're going to have a touchscreen, it's better to go big. It's actually friendlier to use than some rivals' systems, like the Porsche Taycan's with its smaller, fiddlier screens. Shortcuts for key systems, such as sat-nav and media, are always on display, and you can have multiple menus up at the same time. You scroll, pinch and swipe like a tablet, and the software is very slick.

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