2022 Tesla Model S Plaid Interior and Cargo

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2022 Model S Plaid Interior

As you can see from the above section, nobody can touch Tesla when it comes to range. But when it comes to the nitty-gritty of car building and churning out models with consistently good build quality, Tesla could still learn a thing or two from heritage manufacturers. This used to be most evident on the inside, where Tesla struggled with material quality and even something as basic as panel alignment. We could forgive Tesla initially, but a decade down the line, most kinks should be ironed out. The new interior is a giant leap forward. It takes minimalism to the extreme while incorporating a few old-school luxury touches and better materials. It's too early to tell whether the build quality has improved, and given Tesla's history, we're disinclined to give them the benefit of the doubt. We hope we're proved wrong, however.

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Seating and Interior Space

One of the significant benefits of a skateboard design is more room to work with. Designers don't have to work around a transmission tunnel or exhaust system. Having a flat floor to work with is a designer's dream, as they can replicate the interior space of a much larger car in a shorter wheelbase. That's the theory, at least.

The legroom up front is 42.4 inches, while the rear only offers 35.5 inches of legroom. The headroom is 39.7 inches in the front and 38.1 inches in the rear. The smaller Model 3 offers more room in the front but the Model S has significantly better rear legroom. The Model S does also score some points for providing a proper middle rear seat. Since there is no transmission tunnel, there is space for the middle passenger's feet.

The Model 3 proves that Tesla's designers are getting better at packaging, but this is still not applicable to the Model S. It's an inherent problem that can only be solved with an entirely new model. The Plaid provides ample space for a family of five, though.

2022 Tesla Model S Plaid Interior Dimensions:

Tesla Model S Plaid TrimsPlaid
Seating5
Headroom Front Seat39.7 in.
Headroom Back Seat38.1 in.
Legroom Front Seat42.4 in.
Legroom Back Seat35.5 in.
Shoulder Room Front58.4 in.
Shoulder Room Rear55.1 in.
Hip Room, Front54.8 in.
Hip Room, Rear50.3 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

One would imagine that being called the Plaid, there would be only one tartan interior choice, right? Wrong. There are only three interior options and not one of them has even a hint of plaid anywhere to be found. The options are no-cost Black, or two $2,000 options in Black and White or Black and Cream. All these color schemes are complemented by carbon fiber inlays. The black and white interior has too much of a porn producer feel, but the standard black with carbon fiber trim works nicely.

2022 Model S Plaid Trunk and Cargo Space

The Model S gives the establishment a thorough spanking in this department. High-end sedan designers struggle to find more than 20 cubic feet of cargo capacity, but Tesla doesn't have that problem. The trunk has 25 cubes of cargo capacity, which can be increased by folding the rear seats forward. And because there's no noisy ICE engine under the hood, you get a neat 3.1-cube frunk. You can pack a soft bag or two in the frunk, but we find it most beneficial for the weekly trip to the shops. When only the driver and a front passenger are on board, total cargo volume works out to a crossover-like 64.6 cubes.

In terms of small-item storage, there is a sliding center console in front with space for wallets and the like, along with cupholders. Wireless charging is offered for every occupant and in front, two smartphones can be accommodated alongside each other on the charging pad. The rear fold-down center armrest houses more storage space as well as cupholders. There are also handy door pockets in all four doors.

2022 Tesla Model S Plaid Trunk and Cargo Space Photos

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2022 Tesla Model S Plaid Cargo Dimensions:

Tesla Model S Plaid TrimsPlaid
Max Volume61.4 in.

2022 Model S Plaid Infotainment and Features

Features

The highlight of the interior is undoubtedly the 17-inch cinematic display, but we'll get to that shortly. As a high-end car with a sticker price to match the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, it's only reasonable to expect a long list of features. Tesla provides them, but they do an equally excellent job of hiding them. As standard, it comes with tri-zone climate control with hidden vents, a heated steering wheel, heated front/rear seats, ventilated front seats, 12-way power adjustment for the front seats, a rearview camera, and the controversial yoke steering wheel ahead of the digital instrument cluster. Power-folding side mirrors with heating elements are also standard. The comprehensive Autopilot suite includes features like blind-spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking, and, provided you spec the so-called Full Self Driving Capability at the time of purchase, you're able to remotely summon your car, and it'll soon be fully capable of semi-autonomous driving within city streets thanks to traffic light recognition and stop sign control.

Infotainment

The revised Model S caters to the infotainment needs of the front and rear passengers. Front passengers get a 17-inch cinematic touchscreen "cinematic display" that controls nearly everything, climate control included. Its operating system is not compatible with Apple or Android devices, but you can connect to it via Bluetooth. You can also stream movies or play games, but only when the car is stationary. It's a brilliant concept and a great way to keep busy while the car charges on a trip. Unfortunately, some die-hard Autopilot fans found some sneaky ways around this. We won't mention them here. Tesla offers one-year premium connectivity including satellite-view maps, video streaming for services like Netflix and Hulu, and internet browsing.

Rear passengers get a smaller eight-inch display that you can game on. Tesla says it's as powerful as today's newest consoles. It's compatible with wireless controllers and offers a gaming computer with as much as 10 teraflops of processing power. There are also two wireless chargers hidden in the middle seatback, and all passengers get access to USB-C points. The cinematic display is mated to a 22-speaker, 960-watt sound system with active noise cancelation.

Both front and rear systems operate flawlessly. The new UI is a huge step forward, and there's less lag from the infotainment than there is from a prod at the throttle. Tesla might've built a reputation for making bold claims and falling short, but the new infotainment system holds up to every claim, at least in early testing.

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