Front Seats too small for large drivers

Front Seats too small for large drivers

Beeing 2,03 m (6 foot 7) tall the front seat of my Model S with the not adjustable neck rest is much too small for me. Does anyone know if the seats can be replaced by regular other seats (eg Mercedes)? Unfortunately the German Service Center doesn´t know and doesn´t answer this question (via phone + mail).
Thanks a lot, Ludger

Gizmotoy | October 17, 2013

The seats are really a low point of the car on several fronts. Unless they did something really unusual, most seats can easily be swapped between cars, or with 3rd party seats. The problem is you lose your side airbags, which you probably don't want.

Beyond that, with how connected everything is (pressure sensor for starting the car, memory seats, etc.), the system will likely freak out if the seats are missing.

Carefree | October 17, 2013

There's a pressure sensor in the seat - that's how the car knows that the driver is present and is needed to start the car. I doubt very much that you will find after market seats for the Model S.

jbunn | October 17, 2013

Holy s____t! 6'7"

I'm guessing that this fit problem is not solely related to Tesla. You probably have issues with doors, planes, clothes, and the like.

GDH | October 17, 2013

The seats suck, Tesla should stop using Mercedes parts and use Volvo. My Volvo seats and turn stocks are amazing.

brandtlings | October 17, 2013

I love the seats, some of the most comfortable I have ever used. I'm 6'5 and fit with no problems- room to spare. If your height is mainly in your torso or legs, it may be problematic.

cfOH | October 17, 2013

If it makes you feel any better, most smaller drivers think the seats are too big. They certainly don't provide the lateral support in the back, hips, and thighs that I'm used to. It's almost like sitting on a La-Z-Boy. | October 17, 2013

You get an extra 1.5" of headroom if you have the pano roof, so if you're tall, I'd suggest getting it. Rather obvious, but the seats can go up and down. Make sure they are adjusted to the lowest position if you're having headroom problems.

I find the seats fine, but then I'm average (in height) - otherwise I'm far above average! | October 17, 2013

They are not MB seats, they have a different vendor that makes the seats specifically for them.


portia | October 18, 2013

5'3" and no problem with the seat! comfy and good for road trips! 13 hours last weekend.

Gerhard Eide | October 18, 2013

The seats really suchs...compared to most European cars they have no side support. This was how seats was 15 years ago. Try Volvo sports seats and you know what I am talking about. At least they should have sports seats as an option.

dtesla | October 18, 2013

A 6'6" friend sat in my MS (with Panoramic roof). He was amazed he fit. The Panoramic roof gave him the extra head room he needed to fit.

danej | October 18, 2013

I'm 6'4", with long legs, and while I fit, I think I am getting a permanent dent in my right shin. The point on the bottom left of the center console is unavoidable in any seating position, and it hurts!

Brian H | October 18, 2013

Glue a color-coordinated cushion there.

AmpedRealtor | October 18, 2013

I never thought I'd be so happy to be of average height.

NKYTA | October 18, 2013

At 6'2"+ I find them very comfortable on longer trips. I could use some more lateral support in fast turns, but on the other hand I don't roll down any windows with my knee.

redacted | October 18, 2013

@Amped, I've also found it useful to be below average.

mikefa | October 18, 2013

2.03 m (6 foot 7) tall?!!! ... my gosh, you definitely need to swap it with Model X when it becomes available!

fawu | October 18, 2013

I am 6'7" (200cm), and so far - 7,000 miles in - feel the seats work quite well for me. I would wish the headrest would be adjustable though.
Pano roof definitely helps. I feel I have plenty of head room.

Ludger | October 27, 2013

Thanks for your comments. Just to be understood right: I am absolutely happy with the comfort, but I have a safety issue, because the neckrests are too low for my head. But Elon announced on a presentation last Monday in Munich, Germany a totally new designed front seat for next summer - maybe that will fit...

Brian H | October 27, 2013

The proper contact point for a headrest is base of the skull, not midpoint. Comfort and safety are not the same!

asbjorn.sabo | October 30, 2013

Good afternoon,

I agree with Ludger. The seats are too low in the seat back, and hence the headrest is coming too low and too far back, which in my view is a safety concern. (Our VW Golf 2009 has a much better positioned headrest, and other new cars I have tested the last year also have the possibility for higher headrest/neck protection.) The rear seat is even worse which is very unfortunate since the rest of the car (except from the noise from the wheels/road) is brilliant and revolutionary in my opinion. Due to the low seat back in the rear seat we have rebooked from Model S to Model X since the Model X seems to have adjustable/higher seat backs.

I also look forward to the new design of the front seats. Thanks for info Ludger!

Car t man | October 30, 2013

The seat switch can be bricked and installed into a different seat by a competent car electronics specialist... It is all doable. Seats really could offer more side support. I think BMW holds a patent but am not sure, but
a good option is active side inflatable support pads, inflating during cornering...

chrisdl | October 30, 2013

Are you sure about that? That's different than anything I've ever heard about setting up headrests. It sounds to me that a contact point at the base of your skull may actually snap your neck in case of an accident. That doesn't sound right, but maybe I'm wrong.

Here's a reference document:

AmpedRealtor | October 30, 2013

"This car isn't made for fat girls."

Said one my rear seat passengers recently.