Tesla Model X review

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Section: Interior

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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

The dashboard is dominated by a high-definition 17.0in touchscreen that controls almost every function in the Model X, including the air conditioning, suspension, stereo and sat-nav. With only a couple of physical buttons on the entire dashboard, you’re left with a super minimalist design.

Although the touchscreen menus are fairly easy to navigate when you’re stationary, they’re trickier to operate on the move. Some of the icons are a bit small, while the sheer number of them can make it hard to find what you want. You’ll eventually get used to it, but we’d still prefer a few physical buttons for some of the more commonly used functions.

That's why we reckon the infotainment system in the rival BMW iX3 is more intuitive to use while driving. And unlike most rivals (including the iX3) there's no Apple Carplay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring – a pain, if like us, you prefer to use smartphone based navigation apps such as Google Maps or Waze over standard-fit sat-nav systems. 

The touchscreen is paired with another digital display behind the steering wheel, which replaces conventional instrument dials. While it offers lots of information, it remains easy to read, with sharp graphics.

Getting comfortable is easy, too, thanks to a good range of adjustment for both the steering wheel and driver’s seat. The seat is supportive yet fairly comfortable, with adjustable lumbar support. Even after a couple of hours behind the wheel, your back won’t feel like a pretzel that’s just been trodden on.

Sadly, this attention to detail doesn’t spread to the whole interior. While the material quality feels decent for the most part – even in areas you wouldn't normally touch – some parts of the dashboard feel a bit wobbly and there are curiously large, and sometimes inconsistent, gaps around some of the interior panels. And the exterior body panels, too, for that matter.

 

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