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2020 Tesla Model S Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The 2020 Tesla Model S has an attractive cabin, but reviews are mixed on build quality. Seating is mostly spacious, but rear headroom is a little lacking. Some infotainment features can be overwhelming and distracting to use while driving, but this Tesla's cargo space is excellent for the luxury hybrid and electric car class.

  • "Compared to the established luxury brands, the Tesla's interior fit and finish isn't in the same league as that of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The Tesla's interior is a very special place in which to spend time, with a wide-open feel and lovely materials." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "Unfortunately, fit and finish can be inconsistent." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Seating

The five-seat Tesla Model S has an open, airy cabin with a good amount of space in both rows of seats. However, taller rear passengers might want more headroom. Reviews of front-seat comfort are mixed, with some saying it’s great and others saying the bottom cushions are too short.

Standard features include 12-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. For installing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor for the rear middle seat.

  • "The bottom cushion is a little short and tends to lose support on a long drive. Four-way lumbar adjustment is very useful. The rear seats are also a little short in the bottom cushion and low. Taller passengers will find the rear seat tight on headroom." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The cabin feels huge, and all occupants have a ton of leg- and headroom. Overall, there's an airy and spacious feeling." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "The cabin has a simple modern vibe offering comfortable seating in all positions." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2020 Model S include proximity keyless entry, a rearview camera, a panoramic glass roof, and a 17-inch touch-screen infotainment system with an 11-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, wireless device charging, two USB ports, navigation, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The infotainment system looks great and functions smoothly, but its convoluted menus and complicated controls can make it distracting to use.  

Tesla's Autopilot feature is also standard, with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist. Full-Self Driving Capability with automatic lane changing and automatic parking assist is optional.

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  • "A standard 17-inch touch screen dominates the dashboard, but unlike with the company’s Model 3, in the Model S the display is deftly integrated into the dash design. … Gratefully, the information is logically and cleanly arranged on the screen, which quickly responds to inputs. Overall, it’s a beautiful and updatable interface that’s easy to love." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The large center screen serves as the gateway to many of the car's functions. It packs several categories and is configurable but it proves highly distracting and some tasks require several steps." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The main touchscreen is huge, and it responds very well to inputs, though the control menus are complex. The audio options are limited, but the premium audio system has an appealing sound quality. Internet radio, scrolling and playlist creation are all well-executed. Navigation is unreliable." -- Edmunds (2019)

Cargo

The Model S offers 26.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seat, which is excellent for the luxury hybrid and electric car class. With the back seats folded, the Model S has about 60 cubic feet of space. There's also a front trunk that measures 2.1 cubic feet.  

  • "There are two trunks, one in front, the other in back. The front trunk is deep and will hold a large upright suitcase and a duffel bag. The rear trunk is large and is covered by a sturdy cargo cover under the big hatch." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Thanks to its hatchback design, the Tesla Model S offers ample cargo space behind its 60/40-split-folding rear seats, supplemented by a sizable underfloor storage bin and a roomy front trunk, or 'frunk' as Tesla calls it." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Model S has a usable front trunk and a massive rear trunk. That's a lot more space than other large luxury sedans offer." -- Edmunds (2019)

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