Driver and passenger height

Driver and passenger height

Any information yet on passenger size that will be able to fit in the car? I am 6 foot 3 inches and stick out of most sports cars. Planes are a real pain with the knees. Before purchasing, this is a pretty critical piece of information

chaosfl | February 2, 2011

I've the opposite problem; I'm 4' 10"! But I'm a girl. A test drive will tell you

Timo | February 2, 2011

Model S should have seats with height control (any luxury car has), so being tiny package like you should not be a problem (as long as you reach pedals without practically touching the steering wheel, in crashes airbag would become a safety hazard to you then).

6'3" should not be a problem for family car like Model S, and apparently people taller than that fit nicely into Roadster too. There should be plenty of headroom in backseats, there are those two rear-facing children seats behind back seats, so rear window is not immediately behind the seats. There should be enough room for legs too. The fact that there is no ICE to take space front or back apparently allows a bit larger passenger space than traditional car of the size.

I have problems with my shoulders in many cars. I have about 60cm wide shoulders and there is surprisingly little space sideways in many cars. Especially seats which are shaped to "support" passenger from sides are bad in that. I can fit in, but not comfortably.

Roblab | February 4, 2011

Me too! 24 inch shoulders. I get the impression you are in Europe (not sure) but since I am near Menlo Park, IF they get a demo out here, I will be sure to let people know how someone 193 cm tall, 60 cm shoulders, fits in it. I also have big feet which kept me from being able to enter and exit the Roadster. Hope all stores have demos same time, but I wonder.

Brian H | February 7, 2011


Have you two been tested for Neanderthal genes? Seems scientists are finding scraps of it in some populations.


Brian H | February 7, 2011

I gather Ahnold had the same trouble with his Roadster. I'm sure wee Elon got an Ohr-ful eahful over that!

:) ;)

Timo | February 7, 2011

Large external organs, long arms, big head and brain, lousy at throwing things. Maybe I do have neanderthal genes in me :)

Brian H | February 7, 2011

Here's the acid test: can you scratch the small of your back by reaching between your legs?


Timo | February 7, 2011

Flexibility is gro-magnon -trait, not neanderthal trait. Can you? :)

Timo | February 7, 2011

Gro = Cro

Brian H | February 8, 2011

No, I lack the arm length necessary. And I never had the flexibility.


Brian H | February 8, 2011

(I was sure you were going to say, "No, I could when I was younger, but now there's too much junk in the way.")


JohnEC | February 9, 2011

Wow - this thread is getting a little off course.

I'm 6'2" and pretty big, but had plenty of room in the red Model S proto when it was in Menlo Park. I was told however that the interior would change somewhat by time the car went into production. My guess is that it will be very roomy though.

Nvbob | February 10, 2011

I am 6' and found we had plenty of room when we had our test ride in Carmel last summer.

Roblab | February 11, 2011

Big people have big bodies. I am 6'4" and I weigh 240 lb. I am not fat. The inside dimensions of a car are important to big people! And right now, I drive a Scion xA, which is quite adjustable. It depends on the car. I can't pull my leg up to shift a Mazda Miata without opening the door, which seems to be quite humorous to other people driving down the road.

Timo | February 11, 2011

What surprised me was mini (the old small one). You could be 7' and still have plenty of room driving that. When I climb to the unknown car I usually put the driver seat as far back as it goes and *if* it is then too far I pull it a bit forward. When I did that in mini, I couldn't reach the steering wheel. Looking at the car it really doesn't look possible, but it was.

So those comical bits you sometimes see in TV about tiny fender bender with mini and some SUV with tiny SUV owner getting mad and then getting scared when a colossal driver of the mini folds himself out of the car can actually happen.

Onto other hand, modern Volvos have small interiors. Something to do with half a meter thick armored doors I guess. ;-)

Discoducky | February 11, 2011

I'm 6 feet and can fit in a Civic with the seat all the way back.

But that leaves no leg room for the second row.

I'm hoping that the Model S will have rear leg room over 40"

searcher | February 12, 2011

Hilarious,Some of you folks should consider writing comedy monolouges. And it's Ok to throw a little humor in ocassioally, after all were humans {albeit primitive} not robots.

msiano17 | February 12, 2011


the Civic and Model S are two different classes of cars. the S is more so like the Toyota Avalon in spaciousness where as the Civic is like the Camary ... just to give some like comparisons

in short, it supposedly will have plenty of room for everyone and them some