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
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The Tesla Model S is powered by two electric motors; one at the front and another behind the rear seats. 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.
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.
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.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Tesla Model S set the bar that all other long-range EVs had to meet – but you can no longer buy a right-hand-drive car in the UK
- 2Range, battery & chargingLarge batteries and access to Tesla's Supercharger network makes the Model S a great long-distance car – but it's now left-hand drive only
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe running costs of the Tesla Model S are very low, but the asking price isn't cheap
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Tesla Model S is exceedingly quick and performs well as a refined motorway cruiser; semi-autonomous features reduce the strain further
- 5Interior, dashboard & infotainmentThe Tesla Model S feels spacious and elegant inside, although the fit and finish leaves a little to be desired
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingThere’s a generous amount of luggage space in the Tesla Model S, and there's lots of room for passengers too
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Tesla Model S has a relatively clean record for reliability, and once again boasts a five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating