Model S interior design

Model S interior design

Hi everyone
I went today so excited with intensions to buy a model S but I was very disappointed with the interior design. I figured if I am paying at least 85K for a car, I would get a luxury sedan but the quality of leather as well as interior design was far from luxury. Unfortunately there is not much options for upgrade for the interior.
Do you agree, or have you found a solution (like aftermarket upgrades)?

Mike83 | 4 oktober 2014

Interesting perspectives on interiors. I agree with less is more. I don't even want a center console, I love driving and focus on that. The leather seats, high end stereo, air, performance were musts for me.
Maybe for a self-driving vehicle you would want all the "stuff" then you could make it like a Bentley(costs at least double and is gas).

AmpedRealtor | 4 oktober 2014

@ ByeByeOil,

I prefer that my car's dashboard not have breasts. I also prefer to have my LCD screen integrated with the rest of the dash rather than propped up on top like an iPad mini - as if the designers didn't know where to put this "new fangled" technology. All of the buttons in the C-class interior are horrid and serve no purpose other than to dazzle the eyes with all of the things you can press. Absolutely unnecessary in a 21st century vehicle and reflective of nothing more than status quo thinking.

It's a matter of personal taste. The Model S interior fits my design aesthetic perfectly. Anyone with a background or formal education in design can immediately appreciate the thought process behind the Model S interior. Words like Helvetica and Eames immediately come to mind. If you think Helvetica is just a font, you are not a designer! It's a movement.

mtaylor619 | 4 oktober 2014

Some of the older luxury leathers were thicker and perhaps more durable. The Model S leather is more supple, perhaps thinner. Time will tell how it holds up. I wish the floor carpet was not black...really hard to keep looking clean. Some kind of tweed look would have made that easier.
I do have two other issues I would like to ask other owners. I am only one week into ownership...and yes, this is the coolest car in town. 1st question: Does anyone else have an issue with the front door sagging slightly and needing a little extra help to close? 2nd question. Has anyone noticed a misalignment of the headrest through the steering column to the speedometer's center? I could swear it is off a a degree or two. If I sit perfectly centered against the headrest, my vision lines up toward the left of center across the road, particularly if I wish to look down at the speedometer simultaneously. Being picky of course, but its a pricy package so I don't want noticeable flaws.

Red Sage ca us | 4 oktober 2014

WEB_SRFR mentioned, "...the epitome of perfection as if god himself created it..."

Well... The Tesla Model S is close...

carlk | 4 oktober 2014

@Red Sage Not quite there yet but the MS interior is awfully similar to the Dragon II interior. There is little wonder why it was designed that way. Everything is on purpose.

To people who want Tesla to imitate MB/Lexus I'll just say I hope they will never do that. Let the Koreans to imitate MB/Lexus looks. Or let MB/Lexus to imitate Tesla. I think they will eventually do that. Visionaries like Musk or Jobs only create trends. They never follow trends. The moment they do that their values will be largely diminished.

@Mike83 I too have pre-ordered the center console but decided that I don't want if after driving my MS for a few weeks. What a nice clean look and actually the extra floor space is very useful too! This is another example here of what was purposely designed but some old school thinking just could not adjust to the concept. C'mon guys we are driving the car of future let's first throw out the "a car should have that" mentality.

Red Sage ca us | 4 oktober 2014

I like to think about the future...

dchint | 4 oktober 2014

@AmpedRealtor That's hilarious. I agree. I like the clean design of the S...simple but effective. Mercedes has always been pretentious and so is the interior...

hcwhy | 4 oktober 2014

I'd take the Tesla interior over the C class hands down...the Benz is just too much and the screen looks like an awkward add on.

For me, Tesla's on the right track with the simplicity, but there could be improvements. It could have more character. I'd like to see the sides of instrument screen above the steering wheel squared up so that it and the center screen related better to each other. To my eye, the center screen is high tech, and the shape of the screen above the steering column is vintage Oldsmobile.

The interior of the Bentley manages to be both luxurious and simple. I like that. I would also like going even more high tech and unifying both screens in a style more SpaceX.

dborn | 4 oktober 2014

The basic styling of the S interior is fine by me. I still think some things can be done which don't interfere with it. For instance moulded-in door pockets below the armrest. My 7 year old Merc has these and they include, in the front a place to stand a wine bottle vertically. I use that all the time!!. More importantly to me, sunglasses holder, could be moulded in to the headliner and thus disappear when not in use. And, yes I know, and "not again", but for mobility challenged folks, NOT to hang dry cleaning off, Grab handles that fold flush to the headliner in moulded recesses. None of these would affect the uncluttered look, yet would still provide significant functionality. Still leaves the entire centre area open for those who place their bags there.
Another way to provide more discrete storage and not affect any of the interior design is to replace the kangaroo pockets in the front seats with an opening latched hatch and under seat storage. Completely out of sight!! They could even be a drawer configuration. Of further significant benefit, a center folding armrest for the rear seats. Yes, they can be made so that the seats still fold flat like the current ones do. Made hollow, they could incorporate heaps of things, storage, cup holders, USB ports, power off takes, sunglass holder, flat screens to play videos (like on aircraft) (for the kids) etc. Good design of the upholstery could make them disappear into the backrest stitching. The cubby under the center screen could have a door to provide further privacy.
I don't believe that any of this would have a material effect on the design aesthetic.

data02 | 29 juni 2015

Otto Fabri, an engineer and designer from Tesla Motors, will join the COO of STRV Lubo Smid to talk about professional and personal experiences from Silicon Valley.

Brian H | 30 juni 2015

I think the kangaroo pouch (driver's seat only) has now disappeared. Too bad.

2015P90DI | 30 juni 2015

The Model S is NOT A LUXURY CAR. People keep thinking because it costs as much as most luxury cars and looks nice, it must be a luxury car. it is NOT. It is the most technologically advanced car on the road with a huge, very expensive battery that prevents you from ever having to visit a gas station again. THAT is what you are paying for, not luxury. It's a "nice" car inside, but far from the luxury of other cars. If Tesla were to include the luxury that Mercedes, or Lexus, or others have in their top model luxury cars, this car would be over $200,000.

To keep costs "reasonable" they had to pick and choose the best areas to save costs. The exterior, in most people's opinion is beautiful, so nothing lost there. Well, not much anyway. Sure there are some items that could be made optional for those that want a sportier appearance and whatnot, but if you want a sporty looking car, buy something else. The car has decent leather, a simplistic design interior to go along with it's "Green" theme. And is a very nice car. But no, it doesn't have push seats, massage chairs, built-in rear seat entertainment, refrigerators in the consoles, cup holders (anywhere, really LOL). But where else can you get a car and drive 250 miles for free, every day you own the car????

Once people stop thinking they're buying a luxury car, they will realize what an amazing vehicle they really are getting and stop being disappointed at something that is their own fault for being disappointed about.

prp | 30 juni 2015


Red Sage ca us | 30 juni 2015

livnzdream: +1! The word 'luxury' does not appear anywhere on this website, beyond these forums.

cpmarino | 30 juni 2015

@livn: But why not offer a luxury upgrade as an option? Design remains the same, but better quality materials, better leather, possibly some other design changes, more color options ... can outsource much of this, so no impact on in-factory production.

I agree with the general concept that you are paying for technology and it shouldn't be compared to an S-class, but I disagree regarding the cost ... $10k would be a huge upgrade for the interior, make it an option, call it "Tesla Exclusive" or something and at least give the choice to those driving such vehicles.

prp | 30 juni 2015

Because they are not a traditional car manufacturer. You dont buy a tesla just for the leather.

Red Sage ca us | 30 juni 2015

As I said in a similar thread:

It works... Until it doesn't. My Aunt, for the first time in decades, decided to keep her leased Cadillac specifically because there was no palpable difference, beyond cosmetics, between the 'new' CTS and the one she had grown to love. It was the smallest Cadillac she ever owned, and she loves being able to park wherever she likes with ease compared to the ones she replaced like clockwork every three years for so long.

Also, let's face it... The typical refresh that takes place every other year on an American ICE vehicle is purely cosmetic. A badge here, a trim piece there, slightly more stylized emblem embroidery... Maybe a different shape grille and/or headlight assembly. That's about it. Yawn enducing, to those that pay attention.

Besides, Tesla Motors has been (wasting their time by) offering comfort and convenience product options that I don't personally care for, but others have demanded. Front and rear consoles, funny little strap-on cup holders, executive rear seating... I would have rathered that effort have been spent engineering a means to provide more adequate heating, cooling, and ventilation for third row jump seat passengers, perhaps along with a parental spycam and two-way display.

To me, if someone truly wants the executive experience they should be willing to pay for it. That means either they contact a third party firm to customize the interior to their personal liking... Or they pay a similar ridiculous fee as Porsche charges at around $25,000 for an optional, full-blown, luxoboat interior environment.

prp | 30 juni 2015

+1 redsage, although in the aussie winter the heating is very adequate.

LostInPA | 30 juni 2015

Love the car but less than like the interior. Why? As the OP stated... lack of luxury. In spite of the poor luxury levels, I still bought the car. The technology won me out. However, I would have paid more to get more.

Tesla has done a wonderful job of convincing its current customers that "less is more". As a retired calculus professor... less is still less.

Red Sage ca us | 30 juni 2015

"Calculus, schmalculus! As long as I'm RICH!" -- paraphrasing Daffy Duck

Rocky_H | 30 juni 2015

Wow. This is a two year old thread that got revived.

Brian H | 30 juni 2015

Some issues are eternal.

AmpedRealtor | 30 juni 2015

These types of threads tend to come back to life after the stock has gone up...

2050project | 30 juni 2015