So I recently took a second test drive of the ModelS at the Bellevue store. My original drive was the 10 minute Get Amped tour so this extended drive was intended to give a little more time in the car before I make my purchase decision and lock in my order.
The car was a green performance model - wow, that car is fast.
I still can't get over the simplicity of the car and how the car sits dead silent even when it is so ready to go. As we pulled out of the parking garage it is almost as though someone is gently pushing the car from behind and guiding it around, rather than you driving or an engine propelling you. It just so quite.
Question 1: The inside of the car is pretty big, actually the entire car is large. Has this caused any problems for current owners who recently moved from a smaller car?
As we took off down the road you can feel the performance motor as it throws you to the back of the seat over and over again. The power band just keeps going and it really does give you a feeling of ultimate control. At one point, I may or may not have had to make a turn out of a left turn lane back on to the through lane. I found myself wondering if I would get going fast enough to make the change from stand still. In an ICE the engine has to rev up and get going and so there is that lag time that you have to calculate when you negotiate jumping in front of someone. That fear was soon removed when I hit the accelerator and the car just darted off.
Question 2: The rear seat belts kept tightening up on my dad and he actually had to take it off while we were driving to correct the problem
Question 3: The rear seat retraction slot rubs when pulling the seat belt out. It actually felt like I was doing something wrong. I'm worried this will wear down the seat belt or the slit where it retracts into over a period of time. Thoughts?
Question 4: My dad felt that the rear seat was a challenge to get into. He is not the youngest of men, but I also found it a slight bit awkward getting into the back seat. Anyone else?
Just a comment about the center open space, my brother who also drove hopped in and tossed his wallet onto the bottom of that section and it slid around the whole time we drove. Will be interesting to see what options come for that section.
The car is really nice and I'm looking forward to having one. Just a few minor concerns. My brother said on the way home, "In 5-10 years I wouldn't be surprised if every vehicle goes electric". Also, he previously complained about how quite the car was and the lack of "Revving" that you get from performance cars. For those readers who wonder about that, we noticed that the road noise and wind increases as you accelerate so there is still a sense of speed and acceleration. It is not just dead silence.
Ok, that's it, more questions than comments. Great car! Oh, and yes, traction control works ; ) Sorry to Luke who was our co-pilot.