Tesla Model S review

Category: Electric car

Section: Passenger & boot space

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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Front space

Front-seat occupants are unlikely to have any complaints about space, no matter how tall they are.

Storage space is okay in part. The huge central bin between the front seats great, and a there's a smallish glovebox. Oddly, though, there are no door bins, and you might find you really miss them.

Rear space

The rear floor is completely flat, with no hump running down the middle of the car, so there’s no obstruction for a middle passenger to have to clamber over. There isn't much foot space under the front seats, though, and the rear-seat squab is set quite low in relation to the floor, which doesn't make for an ideal seating position. 

Still, you won't have too many complaints about the actual space it offers, with enough head, leg and shoulder room to fit three tall adults with little issue. 

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Seat folding and flexibility

As standard, the Model S's rear seatbacks split and fold in a 60/40 arrangement, for when you need to carry longer loads. You cannot have more flexible 40/20/40 split seats, like the kind offered by the Porsche Taycan, or the sliding and reclining seats that come with some electric SUVs. 

Boot space

Because there isn’t a big engine sitting up front, you get storage beneath the front bonnet to complement the enormous conventional boot at the rear.

That rear boot is accessed via a wide-opening, powered tailgate and is as roomy as those of some estate cars; it dwarfs the luggage space of a Jaguar I-Pace, let alone a Porsche Taycan. In total we managed to fit 11 carry-on sized suitcases (using both boots), and that still left the massive well under the rear boot's floor for all the charging cables. So, if you travel with lots of luggage, this could well be the electric car for you. 

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