Good Seats, Not Great Seats - 2016 Tesla Model X Long-Term Road Test
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2016 Tesla Model X Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Tesla Model X: Good Seats, Not Great Seats

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on May 9, 2016

 2016 Tesla Model X

Great seats are one of the things that makes high-dollar luxury cars feel a cut above the rest. The front seats in our Tesla Model X are good, but not great.

First, the good part. The driver's seat in the Model X is far better than the one we had in our Model S sedan. It's well-bolstered from top to bottom with solid support in all the right places. It's a seat that feels fundamentally sound from the minute you sit down. There's plenty of room for tall drivers and it's easy to get in.

So why are they a letdown?

As good as they are, this is a $145,000 vehicle. For that much money the seats should be outstanding. They should have adjustable side bolsters and thigh extensions. They should have a massaging function and pillow-soft headrests.

It might sound like a fussy critique, but the reality is that those are the kinds of seats you get in an Audi or Mercedes-Benz in this price range. Tesla may get a pass from many buyers now, but eventually it's going to have to compete on the same level in every aspect of luxury.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 2,310 miles

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