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2019 Tesla Model S Interior Review


Interior: 8.2

The 2019 Tesla Model S has an airy, spacious cabin. It is awash with premium touches, from the stunning oversized infotainment display to the premium cabin materials. Storage areas are available in the front and rear of the car, and the Model S offers more overall cargo space than most class rivals.

  • "Our Model S has an impressively buttoned-up build quality. The panel gaps are tight, the materials are excellent and everything feels expensive." -- Edmunds
  • "Unfortunately, fit and finish can be inconsistent." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "In other respects, such as the stitched-leather dash, soft-touch material and high-quality furnishings (the gear shifter is even sourced from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class), the Model S' cabin is everything one would expect from a luxury sedan." -- Left Lane News (2018)


The Model S has five seats. Heated front and rear seats are standard, along with 12-way power-adjustable front seats and a heated steering wheel. Even large travelers have plenty of room to stretch out in each row, though tall rear-seat passengers may find headroom a little tight. Except for ventilated seats, no seating upgrades are available.

For attaching child safety seats, the Model S has two full sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether anchor on the rear middle seat.

  • "The cabin feels huge, and all occupants have a ton of leg- and headroom. Overall, there's an airy and spacious feeling." -- Edmunds
  • Those in the back seat will find headroom a bit snug, but passengers riding up front should have no complaints other than they're not in the driver's seat." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "The Model S is roomy, comfortably seating five." -- The Washington Post (2016)

Interior Features

The infotainment system in the Model S certainly seems impressive. It includes a 17-inch touch screen that manages most of the car's audio and climate operations, along with navigation, vehicle settings, and cabin controls such as operating the sunroof. The interface is straightforward for tech-savvy operators, but it feels overly complex for the uninitiated. Between the huge touch screen and the sheer number of adjustments that require its use, this system can be distracting for the driver. Furthermore, the navigation system doesn't always work smoothly.

Standard features in the Model S include a Wi-Fi hot spot, voice-activated controls, Bluetooth, two USB ports, navigation, 11 speakers, satellite radio, automatic climate control, an air filtration system, ambient lighting, and a rearview camera. The standard Autopilot contains automatic emergency braking, front collision warning, and side collision warning.

Enhanced Autopilot is one of the few available options. This semiautonomous system utilizes features such as adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring to change lanes and manage vehicle speed in traffic. It also includes frequent over-the-air updates from Tesla.

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  • 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
  • "The interior of the 2018 Model S is dominated by a massive 17-inch touch screen that takes up most of its dashboard and houses controls for its climate system, all infotainment and vehicle settings. It's a masterpiece: fast to react, simple to use and beautifully crafted. It's the benchmark for the industry for in-cabin technology." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • Driving the Model S feels like driving an iPhone. The speedometer area just above the steering wheel is a screen: showing your music, turn-by-turn navigation, how you're using the battery. The dashboard between the two front seats is a screen: a 17-inch touchscreen the size of a sideways computer monitor. … It is baffling, cool and distracting, all at once." -- The Washington Post (2016)


The benefits of the Model S' hatchback body style and lack of a gasoline engine are that there are numerous cargo areas and lots of room overall. The front trunk (which Tesla dubs a "frunk") measures 5.3 cubic feet. The rear cargo area is about 26.3 cubic feet and expandable with the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat.

  • "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
  • "Actually a hatchback, the Tesla Model S offers a ton of cargo space behind its rear seats. In addition, there's a supplemental front trunk, or 'frunk' as Tesla calls it." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "You could easily fit a couple of baby seats, or cram in the haul of a big grocery-store shopping trip in the spacious trunk and 'frunk,' the under-the-hood front storage area where most cars keep the engine. (The electric motor that drives you is hidden beneath your seat.) Yet the car still ends up feeling less like a family wagon and more like a sleek, minimal, vaguely Scandinavian bachelor pad." -- The Washington Post (2016)
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