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Tesla Model S review: boot space, seating & practicality

There’s a generous amount of luggage space in the Tesla Model S, and there's lots of room for passengers too

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Boot space, seating & practicality rating

4.5 out of 5

Price
£94,070 - £114,070
Fuel Type:
Electric

Length

Width

Height

Boot space (seats up/down)

4,979mm

1,979mm

1,445mm

744/1,645 litres

The standard Tesla Model S Long Range is powered by two electric motors; one at the front and another behind the rear seats. The Plaid ups this to three motors – one at the front, but two at the rear – for ballistic performance. However, as there aren’t as many bulky components as in petrol and diesel cars, lots of space has been freed up inside. The Model S will comfortably seat five, and with five doors, access is easy for all.

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Regardless, the boot is very large, and bigger still with the rear seats folded down. There’s also a compartment in the front of the car where the bonnet would traditionally be: this boosts space for luggage even further – and is a useful spot for storing the charging cables.

Tesla Model S interior space, storage & comfort

The design of the Model S allows it to have a flat floor, which means legroom is good throughout. Headroom is more than adequate, but if there’s one area the Model S falls slightly short, it's interior storage: there’s a glovebox, cup holders and a central storage compartment in the front, but little else.

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One boon – though we’d question how useful it is – is that the Model S offers three ISOFIX mountings in the rear. Most cars only come with two, plus another on the front passenger seat if you’re lucky. Our scepticism surrounds whether or not there’s actually space to fit a trio of child seats across that back bench; only a handful of SUV and MPVs manage it – and mostly only those with three individual chairs that slide and fold independently.

Remember though, from May 2023 – and quite a while before the official announcement, for that matter – the Model S was made left-hand drive only, so you'll need to be prepared to make that compromise if you're going to live with one every day.

Boot space

With the rear seats up the boot measures 744 litres, and with the rear seats down this rises to 1,645 litres. Don’t forget to factor the front storage compartment into the equation, too; this adds another 150 litres to the total. There isn’t much of a loading lip, which means shopping should be easy to load into the back. The seats don’t fold flat, but given the amount of space on offer, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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