Solid Roof Vs Glass

Solid Roof Vs Glass

Sorry if this was already covered (where's the search function already!) but has anyone had any experience with driving or even seeing the solid roof yet? I keep hearing that the panoramic sunroof yields an extra inch and half of headroom but any other observations? I'm a tall guy at 6'3" but don't think any of the stores have a solid roof for me to actually compare too.

Also, safety wise- is it really as safe as a solid roof? When I asked the rep they kind of beat around the bush. I get that it will pop off should it need too but then (as a family man) I worry about other things popping out or popping in if that happens.


Flex | 19. Dezember 2012

Neighbor of mine has one with solid roof. I was in his car over the weekend in the back seat and headroom was not a problem for me. I am 6'. I am basing this on a short ride I took with him and do not remember noticing any issue with me head. I have a glass roof and from what I understand it does give you another inch or two of headroom. No issue in front seat between either roof, by might be important for tall rear passengers.

gregv64 | 19. Dezember 2012

I believe it's only really an issue with the back seat. Back seat headroom is tight, so if that's important to you then the extra bit the sunroof gets you is important. I rode in the back seat of a solid roof car during my wife's test drive today, and at 5'10" my head was definitely hitting the roof. That said, I've sat in worse. Wouldn't want to take a road trip in the back seat, but fine for driving somebody to lunch (and fine for our sun). I'm not getting the sunroof.

BYT | 19. Dezember 2012

I love the pano roof and from what I heard about the safety tests, the Model S can roll over with either roof and you should be safe. I can't reference the links to that right now, mostly because I'm late for the holiday work party. :)

BigTex | 19. Dezember 2012

Thanks, everyone! Keep the ideas coming, they're very helpful.

Mog | 19. Dezember 2012

I'm 6'2" and recently sat in both the front and back of cars with solid and panoramic roofs. The front was no problem in either roof config. The back was definitely too short with the solid roof. Since I have 2 boys over 6' I opted for the panoramic roof.

dstiavnicky | 19. Dezember 2012

I find it interesting that everyone is so worried about roll over. Especially in a car with such a low center of gravity... You will likely get hit by lightening two or three times first...

jbunn | 19. Dezember 2012

Ah. then glass WOULD be better!

TikiMan | 19. Dezember 2012

I have the solid 'body-colored' roof, and I fit fine. I'm 6'1".

Plus, i'll bet my car weights a little less than one w/ a pano roof (no heavy glass or motor), so it's a bit faster!

Getting Amped Again | 19. Dezember 2012

@TikiMan - it's more aerodynamic also.

heems | 19. Dezember 2012

Another diff: Solid roofs don't have the roof rack option (yet).

Volker.Berlin | 20. Dezember 2012

@TikiMan - it's more aerodynamic also. (Getting Amped Soon)

Is it? How and why? No doubt the solid roof is more aerodynamic than the _open_ pano roof -- but when the pano roof is closed...?

ChristianG | 20. Dezember 2012

The only thing driving me to get the pano roof would be the rack option for some snowboarding ar surfing trips with frinds when I have to seat more than 2

ddruz | 20. Dezember 2012

FWIW, I am 5'10 and cannot sit up straight in the back of a solid roof car without hitting my head. But no problem with the pano roof. I have a longer torso to leg ratio than many folks but nonetheless the extra difference to me is striking with the pano roof even at my less than 6' height.

Unless someone plans to only rarely have adults ride in the back seat, and then for only limited distances, I cannot in good conscience recommend they buy the hard top Model S but can wholeheartedly recommend the pano roof car without reservation.

IMHO the pano roof should be the first option on nearly everyone's option list because I believe such an expensive car should seat 5 adults, not just 2, as comfortably as possible.

DJay | 20. Dezember 2012

I finally took it off my list of options for a couple of reasons.

I often visit a warm clmate and I was concerned that because it only blocks 81% of the heat that my range would be reduced while trying to stay cool. For the reason of preserving range I also took off the larger wheels which reduce range by nearly 6%. I'm not sure how much the increased AC at 100 degrees would impact range, so I decided to be conservative as range is important to me.

I also did not want to deal with possible leaks and other sunroof issues. I have had sun roofs in my last three cars, and it turns out I seldom open it up.

The Tesla S sunroof certainly looks great, and may someday have an interior cover to block the heat, but at the same time this solution may take away the added headroom.

gregv64 | 20. Dezember 2012

@ddruz: You go from IMO a reasonable first statement (if you plan to seat adults in the back for more than a short drive you should get the pano) to a unreasonable second one (the option should be on nearly everyone's option list). 95% of the cars I see on the road only have a single driver. I'd say very few people need to drive very often or very far with adults in the back. Personally I might take people to lunch, but that's about it.

TeslaOwnerBlog | 20. Dezember 2012

I didn't see anywhere in this discussion the fact that the pano roof allows you to put on a roof rack but the standard roof does not.

Could accomodate long bikes, long skis, paddleboards etc...

BYT | 20. Dezember 2012

I don't see it in discussions, I have seen it in real life however, solid roof, not holes for racks, pano, holes are there!!

stevenmaifert | 20. Dezember 2012

Two things:

1) In an 08.02.12 blog post, GB made mention that they were making some adjustments that would give more rear seat headroom. I'm 6'0" and my head scrunched on the headliner in the back of a solid roof beta. I'm taking delivery of a solid roof S this Sunday, so will find out soon enough if the rear seat headroom has improved.

2) Some time ago, there was discussion that radio antenna placement was problematic with the glass roof S, particularly the XM/Sirius antenna. Haven't heard much about that lately, but supposedly it was resolved. Most recent discussion has been about the lousy AM/FM radio reception some are getting.

Getting Amped Again | 20. Dezember 2012

Volker.Berlin | December 20, 2012 new

@TikiMan - it's more aerodynamic also. (Getting Amped Soon)

Is it? How and why? No doubt the solid roof is more aerodynamic than the _open_ pano roof -- but when the pano roof is closed...?

Volker - let's let an expert chime in, but there's got to be some small eddy currents that are created by the rubber gaskets, small gaps and steps when compared to a perfectly smooth metal top. I would guess these discontinuities are probably more a source of noise than aerodynamic drag. My "more aerodynamic" statement is probably correct, but some knowledgeable person will surely point out that it's a negligible difference.

BigTex | 21. Dezember 2012

@atevenmaifert- you'll have to keep us posted once you take delivery!