2013 Tesla Model S: Hurts To Sit Down
September 17, 2013
Last time I drove a Tesla Model S was in June 2012 at the production model roll-off. Then it was all giddy fun and giddy-up-and-go for the 15 minutes they let us have a car. This time I'm driving our long-term 2013 Model S. With a more critical eye. And a very sore thigh bone.
It must be the way I get into the car as no one else on the team seams to have been bothered. But each time I drop into the Tesla's driver seat I graze my left thigh, just below the hip, on a protruding bit of upholstered metal on the rear edge of the driver's door cutout.
That little bump-out is part of the Tesla's interior design, but it also is, literally, a pain in my butt.
The result of this glaring lack of Model S comfort is a 2-inch tender spot and a rather ginger approach to the car two days after bringing it home for the week. I now place my left hand on the protruding bit before I get in, and use it to cushion my entry. Awkward, but an effective painkiller.
I also wonder why no one else is complaining. Others obviously are rubbing against the same bump because the upholstery and the thread in the seam at that spot both are worn, as you can see in the photos below, and worn substantially more than at any other spot on the car.
Perhaps I'm just not as well padded or as limber as some on the staff and thus can't avoid being jabbed by what others just slide on past.
Still, it seems a dumb thing for an expensive luxury car that's otherwise this well-packaged and aimed at buyers in an income bracket that suggests many wouldn't be as flexible climbing in and out as they once were.
John O'Dell, Senior Editor @ 9,521 miles