I just got back from the LA showroom where I was able to sit in the Model S Beta driver's seat for a short 10 minute presentation. Since I'd already had a ride at the factory tour, I specifically wanted to see how it felt "behind the wheel" of the Model S. While the Tesla rep explained the touch panel to everyone else in the car, I played with all of the adjustments that I could find. Seat adjustments: check. Inflatable lumbar support: check. Electric steering wheel adjustment: Very smooth. One thing concerned me however. In the driving position, my right knee seemed constrained by the position of the touch screen. With my foot on the gas (electric) pedal, unless I maintained a straight on, perfect posture, the right knee would bump the bottom of the touch screen panel.
Since the Model S is such a larger car compared to my Prius, I couldn't understand why my knee was bumping into the touch screen. It appears that the dashboard, and certainly the touch screen extends out further into the passenger compartment than many cars. This is convenient when reaching to touch the "touch screen", since you don't have to lean forward to do it. However, it creates a bit of a "cramped feeling" for the legs.
So, did anyone else notice this? When you "relax" your knee, it seems to hit right at the bottom of the panel. I'm 6' 1". Not extraordinarily tall.
Other than that... the more closely I look at this car, the more I love it!
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