Disclaimer: No one will ever totally love 100% of every aspect & inch of a car.
Below is my feedback for the Tesla Engineers/Marketers who have built a wonderful car that needs some easy tweaks to meet some industry standards. My family and I are HUGE Tesla advocates and waited until we drove the car to pass judgment pro or con:
HIGHES: Personally I really like the exterior design and the drive/handling of the car as much as possible for any car made and for the price to quality ratio! KUDOS!
Model S MUST be driven and seen moving in person to really appreciate the car.
LOWS & HOPES: The interior needs some engineering help. Tesla, these have been mentioned in the forums and in reviews by the press – please listen to what everyone is saying!
CONSOLE: At least offer the mentioned opportunity upgrades for those wanting more and to match the level of design, function, artfulness found elsewhere in the car. The newly announced holder under the touch screen shows that you can fix/add things timely to improve the car. While this still doesn’t solve all of our concerns here, it is a move in the right direction.
Offer a back seat console as an option or pop-out drink holder from the back of the front console for back seat passengers. Others have asked for simple seatback pockets or hidden door pockets and I agree they would have been a nice touch.
STEREO: (FYI there is NO WAY to aftermarket upgrade the Model S given the dash, electrical, screen glove box etc so good dealer installed options are needed now.)
I pray the stereo we have heard in the test drive cars and in the showrooms were not the upgraded/optional version! What we heard in the Seattle even (white car with the tan interior and standard wheels) could not have been the upgraded stereo. If it was as we were told it was, then Tesla MUST hire a sound engineer now and fix this!
Maybe the Seattle Tesla reps were confused as to what sound systems are in the showroom and test cars (shame). Can anyone clarify? Buyers listen to the stereos before ordering, ask what files are being played, and adjust the sound fields. I hope I was misinformed on the stereos we listened to. If this was the upgraded stereo, then too many Tesla audio designers are listening to compressed files on iPhones via cheap speakers for a reference point. Again, if that was the upgraded system it would be embarrassing to have play it side to side with top upgrades from Porsche, BMW or MB (which are themselves not phenomenal but are certainly acceptable and the benchmark standards for factory installed stereos.) Where was the bass and separation? Please tell me the reps are wrong or fix this.
To everyone else who reads this blog:
I know not everyone is an audiophile – consider yourself lucky if you aren’t as the smallest imperfections will drive you crazy! And I know that some people will be perfectly happy with the existing stereo…but I know that after hearing it in person, I won’t ever be.
BACK SEAT: Headroom is really low for adults above 5'10" in a normal upright sitting position. It is better with the pano roof. Reservation holders take note and buy according to your backseat height needs. As for the roof bar in the back seat for the pano-roof, it needs to made from a different material than the present plastic which looks like cheap packing plastic. We were told it will change yet it is still there. I read in the forums the word FUGLY used in describing it and that is being polite. What was delivered in the Sig cars thus far?
Thanks Tesla & CONGRATULATIONS as you are off to a great start! You did what most thought could not be done. I know "version 2.0" and subsequent versions will have things like adaptive braking, parking assist, electric folding mirrors, vanity mirrors in the visors, seatbelts matched to the leather color, a better headliner etc...All of which I wish were available now. (All of which our friends/potential future buyers were surprised were not available or standard).
However in my opinion I think the other requests highlighted above (console, stereo, interior cabin trim & functionality) are needed NOW in the first Model S!