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2013 Tesla Model S: Average Seats for the Price

June 7, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

As impressive as our 2013 Tesla Model S is for a pure electric car, it's still a very expensive car in general. And with a price tag of well over $100,000, there are certain expectations that come along with it.

For me, that means a great set of seats, at least for the driver and front passenger. In the Model S, the 8-way adjustable front seats are pleasantly comfortable. They have a good shape, nice materials and a decent amount of adjustment. But as luxury cars go, they're nothing special.

In the Audi A8 L 4.0, which starts at around $88,000, the standard seats have 18-way adjustment and can be upgraded with massage and cooling functions. Not exactly necessary, but nice to have if you're shelling out such money for a car.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 4,437 miles

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By mercedesfan
on 06/07/13
2:55 PM PST

The lack of seat features has never bothered me. As far as I'm concerned, those extras just suck up energy and decrease range. I bought an EV knowing their would be some concessions. Besides, after the first year or two I rarely used the gazillion massage options in my S550 anyway. What I did appreciate was the comfortable seats. The Model S also gets that right.

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By zcalvert
on 06/07/13
9:47 PM PST

well... maybe. perhaps it should have more seat gimmicks for the $. but on the other hand, other comparably priced lux sedans don't have game-changing propulsion tech. its just a matter of where the money is being spent. as impressive as this car is from a brand new manufacturer, i think we can cut them some slack for not having borderline useless massage seats.

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