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2017 Tesla Model X Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Tesla Model X was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

The 2017 Tesla Model X has quality interior materials, but the cabin's styling is plain. It has comfortable and spacious seating throughout, though legroom can be tight for taller passengers in the second row. The large tablet at the center of its infotainment system is responsive, but some of the menus take time to get used to. The Falcon Wing doors provide easy access to the second and optional third row, and the Model X has both a rear and front trunk for cargo storage.

  • "Inconsistent panel gaps, some paint and rubber gasket quality issues, and a few stray cabin noises from time to time reduce the quality feeling of this vehicle. When it's cold out, the rear doors make a fair amount of creaking and cracking noises. A Mercedes-Benz it's not." -- Edmunds
  • Since the X is an SUV, it's about more than the driving experience. There's a U in there, and the X does offer a lot of utility. You can order it with up to seven seats (ours had six, with the middle two on special Tesla-designed posts." -- Autoblog (2016)

Seating

The Model X comes standard with seating for five, but you can increase capacity to six or seven with available upgrades. Standard features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, a panoramic front windshield, 14-way power-adjustable front seats with memory settings, and Falcon Wing doors that are double-hinged and feature sensors to help the doors avoid obstacles when they open. Heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel are available.

There is plenty of head- and legroom in the front seats of the Model X. There is also great visibility in both the front and second rows thanks to the panoramic windshield that stretches up and over the first two rows. This windshield also allows for good headroom. Back-seat legroom, however, isn't quite as spacious.

Depending on if you get the five-, six- or seven-seat Model X, there are up to four LATCH systems for child seats. They have not yet been evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for ease of use.

  • There's ample space up front. Headroom is respectable in the second row because of the door's 'skylight' windows. But second-row legroom could be better, and the front seatback is hard and knee-unfriendly. Third-row seating is tight and best for children only." -- Edmunds
  • "I sat down in the back seats and they are plenty big and comfortable and easy to get in and out of thanks to the Falcon Wing doors, which swoop up from the sides at the touch of a button." -- Autoblog (2016)
  • "So the basic idea is that the [Falcon Wing] doors open really wide and high, so if you need to put someone in a child seat, for example, you can reach in here really easily without having to duck down or tuck behind seats, and especially nice and easy to get in the seat back here. The seat's pushed up kinda far, but I can move it back. The seats are mounted on central pillars, which makes them easier to get in and out. There's also room underneath the seats." -- CNET (2016)

Interior Features

The Model X comes standard with four USB ports, a 17-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a nine-speaker sound system, collision avoidance, automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, power and heated side mirrors, proximity key entry, and navigation with real-time traffic.

Available features include Enhanced Autopilot, a 17-speaker sound system, satellite radio, and a high amperage charger.

The tabletlike touch screen displays graphics very clearly and is easy to see from almost any angle. Its menus are complex, but the screen is responsive. Setting up Bluetooth for calls and streaming music is easy, but navigation? Not so much.

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  • The main touchscreen is huge, and it responds very well to your inputs, though the control menus are complex. Audio sound options are basic, but the premium system has an appealing sound quality. Internet radio, scrolling and playlist creation are all well-executed. Navigation is unreliable." -- Edmunds
  • "The futuristic feel is cemented by the X's giant touchscreen. Just like in the S, the screen is visible and usable at all sorts of viewing angles, works without too much difficulty, and allows for way more options than a million buttons would give you. And I'm a guy who usually loves physical buttons in cars. I guess it just took someone to do touchscreens right. Aside from the 'buttons' on the screen, it can display an excellent and easy-to-use back-up camera, access the Internet, and even use some third-part apps. Just like the Model S, the X has the beta Autopilot software, which makes it possible to not touch the wheel for miles and miles of driving." -- Autoblog (2016)
  • A center touch screen, like the one we see in the Model S, controls everything from the climate, to the radio, to the charging status and available range of the car. You can also start the car, unlock it, open and close the doors, and activate the horn and headlamps on the Model X using an app on your phone." -- Bloomberg (2016)

Cargo

The 2017 Tesla Model X has 88.1 cubic feet of cargo space including both its front and rear trunks. The optional third row folds flat. However, the second row doesn't fold at all, limiting cargo carrying versatility. There is also limited in-cabin storage, with few places to keep smaller items. An automatic rear liftgate is standard.

  • The second-row seats do not fold, limiting large-object hauling, and the articulating rear doors preclude bicycle racks or cargo boxes. The rear cargo hold has good height and depth, but it's on the narrow side. The front trunk is a bonus, at least." -- Edmunds
  • The pedestals supporting the middle seats motor back and forth to make rear-seat entry easy, and they allow a lot of stuff to be stored underneath. However, they don't actually fold flat, as does the rearmost row. Tesla says the amount of space in the cabin combined with the 'frunk' up front creates more than enough room." -- Car and Driver (2016)
  • A sizable storage well beneath the rear floor adds further cargo capacity, as does the small storage space beneath the front hood." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)

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