Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Interior dominated by imposing 17-inch screen
  • Most functions controlled from the screen
  • Despite sleek styling, there’s lots of room inside

Although in layout it’s relatively conventional, the main difference is that virtually all of the ordinary switchgear has been replaced by different access menus on the 17-inch touchscreen. Particularly noteworthy are quality of the cameras, and the clarity of the maps, which brings mundane graphics to life. While it’s good, if the 4G connection drops your route is overlaid on a plain white background.

The instrument binnacle also houses a colourful LCD screen, the sections of which adapt depending on functions being used, so one side may show the car’s efficiency or sat-nav map, while the other shows album artwork from your connected smartphone. The speedo sensibly sits at the centre.

What switchgear there is has been borrowed from Mercedes-Benz, meaning the cruise control stalk, combined indicator and wiper wand, as well as the steering column-mounted drive selector and electric window switches will be familiar to E-Class owners. Visibility is excellent, helped by the Model S’ frameless doors. Pillars are relatively slender and the door mirrors are mounted on protruding metal plinths, maximising rearward visibility.

One downside for smartphone lovers is that the Model S has no compatability with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, but it could be argued that so good is Tesla’s operating system for its toucscreen, this really isn’t a problem. Besides, it has the look and feel of an app-based system, and it uses Google mapping anyway for its sat-nav set-up.

Another gripe is that for a car that costs this much, some of the interior plastics feel a little below the luxury car par. Sure, they’re interestingly styled and the Model S is well assembled, but the actual quality of the materials in some places feels less special. Good job that touchscreen will distract most people’s attention away.

Tesla Model S (2019) front seats

Is it comfortable?

  • Air suspension cushions most bumps UK throws at it
  • Some ride jitters on broken surfaces
  • Front seats are super-supportive

There are few questions regarding Tesla Model S comfort levels – this is a spacious, luxury saloon with a sporting edge. We’ve still yet to test models with conventional suspension, the Long Range version with standard air springs is a comfortable place in which to travel, regardless of whether munching long-distance motorway miles or crawling through cities.

Not only are the seats supportive, leaving you free from fatigue, it’s an airy and genuinely roomy cabin too. The rear bench can take three adults side by side with ease too, aided by a completely flat floor and plenty of legroom, taller back seat passengers may find the roofline tapers a little too much for optimum headroom.

Perhaps the most obvious aid to comfort is the lack of engine noise, which isn’t to say the Model S is completely silent, for you can still hear the rear motors gathering pace with a high-pitched whirr at faster speeds, combined with a little wind noise and tyre roar.

Other touches work well, making the cabin feel even more comfortable. The door panels are scalloped in such a way that your forearm sits neatly into the shape left behind, while in the centre the armrests initially feel as though they’re set too high but in reality feel just right. They slide back to reveal cupholders too.

The front seats adjust in 12 directions electrically, while the reach and angle adjustment of the steering wheel is also powered. It’s nigh on impossible not to determine the optimum driving position.