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2019 Tesla Model X Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.1

The Tesla Model X has a sleek and modern interior design constructed with upscale materials, but it suffers from poor build quality as well as mediocre fit and finish. Compared to the rest of the luxury midsize SUV class, the Model X has an excellent amount of room for cargo, but its passenger space is just average. Infotainment features are high-tech and straightforward.

  • "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 our test vehicle. A Mercedes-Benz it's not." -- Edmunds
  • Inside, the Model X is essentially identical to the Tesla Model S sedan. That means comfort is high, as is material quality, but fit can be inconsistent." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "There's no question that the materials are high-quality; all dashboard and door panels are covered with soft-touch material. However, our test car had multiple fit issues. The carpet was gapping in the driver's side footwell and the trim surrounding the windows didn't universally fit well." -- Consumer Reports (2018)

Seating

The Tesla Model X has standard seating for five, though six- and seven-seat configurations are optional. All seats are heated, and 12-way power-adjustable front seats and a heated steering wheel are also standard. Ventilated front seats are optional.

Inside, things feel a little cramped, with mediocre second-row legroom and a third row that's only suitable for children or smaller passengers. The front seats are comfortable and offer good outward visibility.

The Model X has up to four complete sets of LATCH connections, depending on the seating configuration. The second-row lower anchors are easy to access, but the third-row anchors are set deeper in the stiff seat cushions. All of the tether connections are located under seatback carpet.

  • There's ample space up front. The headroom is respectable in the second row because of the door's skylight windows. But the second-row legroom could be better, and the front seatback is hard and knee-unfriendly. The third-row seating is tight and best for children only." -- Edmunds
  • Each [second-row] seat is well-padded and wide enough to fit most adults. However, compared to other luxury SUVs, legroom is only adequate rather than generous. Moving the seat back creates more space for the second row while basically eliminating room in the third row. Consider the third-row seat suitable only for kids. The seat cushion is too low to the floor to provide adequate under-leg support, and both leg and knee room are in short supply." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
  • "A cramped interior and inflexible seats limit the Model X's versatility." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Tesla Model X include an air filtration system and an infotainment system with a 17-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a 17-speaker stereo, satellite radio, navigation, two USB ports, voice command activation, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

The Model X's user-friendly touch screen is massive, with on-screen icons that are large and easy to see. It processes inputs quickly, and its menus are easy to navigate. However, the climate controls at the bottom of the screen can be hard to reach and adjust.

Several safety features also come standard, including a rearview camera, forward collision warning, side collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. The optional Enhanced Autopilot bundle features technology like adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane change assist, and automatic parking assist.

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  • Nearly all secondary controls are controlled via the tall touchscreen, which works well for the topmost controls. But for the HVAC functions at the bottom, this format isn't ideal. The instrument cluster is very clear." -- Edmunds
  • "If you're the type who lives for the next Consumer Electronics Show, the … Model X's massive 17-inch infotainment screen will have you jumping for joy. Serving as the car's command center, the tablet-like screen uses a pinch-and-swipe function to control audio, climate and navigation. … It's the largest screen in the business, and it's fast to react and simple to use." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "The screen's system logic is very straightforward. Icons and fonts are generally large and easy to read, and tapping the big on-screen buttons is simple. Unlike other cars, the Tesla screen is very responsive. Swipe motions, used for moving through media and music selections and for the on-screen tuning 'knob,' work just like on your phone or tablet." -- Consumer Reports (2018)

Cargo

The Tesla Model X has two separate cargo holds, with a total volume of up to 88 cubic feet. That's among the highest values for the class. The rear cargo area is tall and deep, and there's additional storage space under the floor. The second-row bench seat and available third row fold down, but the optional second-row captain's chairs don’t.

  • The second-row seats do not fold, limiting large-object hauling. (For 2018, the five- and seven-passenger versions do fold flat.) The articulating rear doors preclude bike racks or cargo boxes. The rear cargo hold has good height and depth, but it is on the narrow side. The front trunk is a bonus at least." -- Edmunds
  • The rear hatch power opens to reveal a flat cargo area behind the third-row seats. The cargo floor can be flipped up to give access to a nice deep floor well that can help keep groceries corralled. The cargo area is also useful in carrying a few full-size suitcases. If you need more room just fold the third-row seats and you get an extended flat cargo floor. But be careful that you don't crush taller items with the sloping rear hatch." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
  • "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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