Does A Tesla Model 3 Work Well For Tall Driver/Rear Passenger? – Video

Tesla Model 3

DEC 19 2017 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 49

Now You Know these guys can put together their own Tesla Model 3 Christmas song, but what about fitting the tall guy in Tesla’s new “little” car?

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 “tall passenger” space

We’ve been told time and time again that the Model 3 has impressive interior dimensions even though it’s a smaller car. InsideEVs has now had a few opportunities to ride in and/or drive one, and we can say that there’s plenty of room. Honestly, none of us played center for the high school basketball team, but the point is, the average person isn’t going to be cramped in this sedan.

Tesla vehicles are known for their open space. The Model S is often lauded for the fact that it drives like a sports car, yet it can accommodate up to seven passengers, or five passengers and a considerable amount of cargo.

Popular YouTubers, Now You Know, set out to find out exactly how a tall person might fare driving the Model 3, as well as taking a ride in the rear seats. Their friend, Jeff, measures 6’7”, which makes him the perfect candidate. He also owns a Model S, so he has grounds for comparison. Jeff notes that he has to duck to enter his Model S, though he can get in and out of the Model 3 with ease.

Jeff says he picked the Model S since it’s one of the only EVs he fit in. Surprisingly, he has more headroom in the Model 3.  He also says he has more room for his legs around the steering wheel and more room for his arms.

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Tesla Model 3 rear-seat passenger space

Additionally, with a “normal-sized” adult passenger sitting up front, Jeff has legroom to spare in the back seat. Though his head is fairly close to the glass roof in the rear, he still has a few inches of clearance.

Video Description via Now You Know on YouTube:

On the fourth day of Model 3 St. Nikola gave to me… Seating for Tall People!!!! Join Zac and Jesse in their 12 days of Model 3 series, where they show you 12 cool features of their brand new Model 3! Stay tuned for more videos every other day by subscribing! Please consider supporting us on Patreon. We have some pledge rewards you may be interested in, so go check that out. Now You Know!

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49 Comments on "Does A Tesla Model 3 Work Well For Tall Driver/Rear Passenger? – Video"

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I’m wondering what people think of the frameless door windows. I had this on a 95 Plymouth Neon and loved them. My son’s Subaru Baja has them too. They can be a bit problematic depending on quality of the seal.

I read a comment recently claiming that frameless windows are a problem when you have an ice storm and the doors freeze shut. I can’t speak from personal experience; I’ve certainly had problems with doors freezing shut when those doors had ordinary framed windows!

Just Preheat the car’s Cabin , Problem solved !

I’ve had frameless door on my Mini and never had a problem (2008, 80k miles). Frameless also makes it easier to get into/out of cars in tight parking spots since you can lower the window.

Thanks for posting that. This answers an important question for me.

Despite its larger size, the Model S actually has much less headroom, both on paper and in real life. That tall driver must have his Model S seat reclined pretty far to make it work for him.

I think at least one review out there notes Model 3 as giving up bench height, to gain rear head room (didn’t get to watch the video). So, knees go skyward.

One of the M3’s was at Tesla last night. Nobody else has, so I’ll mention the coil strut is marked with Tesla’s logo and Made in Mexico. When coil and air first started at Telsa, I believe it was Bilstein’s shocks w/coils, and Continental air struts. Then, recently Tesla moved away from coil struts and to Firestone, as Model S went air-only.

It wasn’t likely Tesla would keep these names in Model 3. The suspension gets good reviews, and like many things its possible Tesla figured it out, then sent the recipe out for manufacture. But there’s also been a long-standing hierarchy of companies making specific components like struts.

I think the bigger issue is the floor being high due to the battery pack.

It would be nice if Tesla created some empty space in the pack to accomodate footwells. They could get the knees a good 4 inches lower that way.

Hopefully they’ll explore that possibility for the next S.

unless that tester doesn’t have what most humans suffer from on any journey over 15miles in the back that lack of under thigh support will give cramp like never before in that position. Those seats are WAY too low in the back.

Yes, in any real road trip situation, you would need to put the longer legged passenger in the front seat.

That’s pretty standard though for most cars.

The only issue I see in the rear is the lack of thigh support. You sit so low that your knees are

M3OC at delivery event, though no Model 3:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AS4mZuPmoVE

This is good news, for sure. Entry and exit ease, though are probably not as good as on the Chevy Bolt EV.

I hope that people don’t all wait for the Model 3 to become available – which is likely to be several years from now.

I will also point out that the i3 has an amazing amount of legroom and headroom, in the front seats in particular. My brother, who is over 6′-6″ and weighs about 265 pounds (much bigger than Jeff in the video) and he loves his i3 REx.

Have ever done a face-off between Bolt EV & i3? Body fits, handling, range (Even against the i3 Rex, it seems the Bolt goes further, until you go past 238 miles or so, where the i3 Rex would just add Gas & keep going!), etc?

I’m a late entry to the M3 waiting list and am being told delivery will be late 2018. Where do you get ‘several years’?

Normal Tesla incompetence.

When you get to ten, do you explode?

“I’m a late entry to the M3 waiting list and am being told delivery will be late 2018. Where do you get ‘several years’?”

I’m guessing he meant “Model Y” rather than Model 3. But I’d say the wait will be a very few years, not “several”.

My guess — and it is just a guess — is that Tesla will aim to start selling the TMY in 2020, and actually do it in 2021.

I was thinking of someone who signs up now or in the near future.

We’ll see what happens. I think it will take a bit longer than a year to produce about 400,000 Model 3’s – how much longer? We can’t know thatm until it happens.

Yes, Tesla chose better aerodynamics over having excessive amounts of head room above and beyond what is needed to fit people who are 6 foot 7.

Every design feature has both upsides and downsides. For car owners who really value huge amounts of space above their heads far beyond what is needed, and don’t care as much about wind drag, the Bolt is clearly the best choice. Maybe they need to fit some sort of cap on their heads?

Or, if they are over 6 feet by 6+ inches, maybe the wait for the Model Y is worth it!

Unless you plan on riding in the back seat of your own car a lot on long road trips, I don’t see why somebody over six foot would need to wait for the Y.

The video shows that the front seats are very spacious and comfortable for even extra tall drivers.

How often do you ride for long trips in the back seat of your own car?

Both the Model 3 and the Bolt EV fit 6′-7″ tall people. In the back seat, tall people will be more comfortable in the Bolt EV, I think. Entry and exit ease favors the Bolt EV, as well.

The Bolt EV is a hatchback, and that is a must have for me and my family. We will not own a sedan, because it simply will not do what we need it to do.

As a person who has designed and begun construction – from scratch – of a 5 seat EV, I am quite familiar with balancing design elements. My project is called CarBEN, if you want to look it up on Blogspot.

Yes, with the shape of the back end, it will likely have better head room. This is not unusual. One of the advantages of that shape is the good rear head room for a short car. In fact, a number of years ago I was looking at VW/Audi products, and found that the VW Golf 4-door actually had the most room in the back seats of every Audi and VW they sold at that time. The shape of the roof in sedans will always cut into head room Of course there is always a drawback that comes with every design choice. And the downside is that it is less aerodynamic. So since the Model 3 actually has enough head room for a 6 foot 7 person, it comes down to choices. If you need to sit people TALLER than 6 foot 7 in your back seats, you might want a car with more rear head room. If you want to consume less energy due to less wind resistance, and you don’t have 6 foot 8 or taller passengers that ride in your back seats, the sedan shape of the Tesla 3 is the better solution

Actually, Model 3 has more interior passenger volume than the Model S, so it isn’t surprising.

But what I do find is that rear seat is really low for that tall guy and all the pressure on his rear end which wouldn’t be comfortable on a longer trip with his knee up that high. Maybe that is just extra long frame. His head room is also tight.

But overall, I would say that is pretty good.

I wonder what happens in the steel roof version?

At his height, I doubt he gets thigh support in very many passenger cars at all.

^^ Clarification: in rear seats.

Or even in the front seats of most cars. … Speaking as someone who’s a touch taller than this guy at 6’8″. I couldn’t stand to drive a Model S for long because the lack of “room for legs” makes it awkward to reach the gas pedal for me. (For my right heel to rest on the floor, given the steering wheel and dash bump for the giant center screen, my right heel is far to the left of the accelerator pedal.) I’m heartened to hear that the model 3 seems a little better in this regard. Even though personally I wouldn’t buy one. I sort of think that the standardization of car specifications like “legroom” in this case has been harmful to the practical use of cars by people living out on the tails of humanities distribution. A few years back there was a mid-size Chevy rental that I literally couldn’t even reach the gas pedal in. My two choices for the position of my right knee was either at about the top of the dash with my heel off of the floor and the gas pedal out of reach, or else tucked completely under the dash while sitting… Read more »

I feel for you. Even at 6’4″ I have trouble in many cars, especially the back seats. Many things are not designed for those of us in the 99th percentile in height–even smaller for you!

that is a fair point.

But I do think some of the CUV/SUV will offer better thigh support because the seats are naturally higher off the ground which allows the knee to be much lower.

Yes, absolutely. That has long been one of the selling points of SUV/CUV’s and Minivans. If having thigh support for 6+ footers in the rear seat, the Model Y is likely going to be a better choice. The same as typical ICE SUV/CUV’s are typically better than a typical ICE mid-size sedan.

Another Euro point of view

Did you see the guy sitting on the rear seat at 4’30” ?!? There is like half a meter height difference between his knees and bench level. I mean this is a 4.7m car, at Euro standards it’s far from small so passenger space should really not be a problem, eve for tall ones. Having your knees at about the same height as your shoulders with no tight support is a problem. So to summarize what we know so far, it handles well, it looks good, rear passenger sitting position is bad, rear visibility is bad and center screen commands sucks if not sometimes downright dangerous. I am sure OEMs can do better than that and can’t wait 2018/2019 to see what they are currently preparing.

“passenger space should really not be a problem, eve for tall ones.”

They just got done showing that a six foot seven (200 cm) person fits with plenty of room, and can even fit in the back with enough space to very comfortably fit a 6 foot person. And your conclusion is that there somehow is a problem fitting tall people in the car?

99.954% of adults in Europe are shorter than this. They just got done showing that you would have to be even taller, above the 0.05% of tallest adults NOT to fit in the Model 3. And you somehow think there is a problem with tall people fitting in this car?

You nutters are amazingly crazy.

That picture doesn’t really look like “plenty of room”. It’s more like workable in a pinch.

I can also sit in the back seat of a Chevy Bolt or Nissan Leaf–doesn’t mean I’d ever want to do it.

Is it your experience that extra tall people generally fit comfortably into the rear seat of a car that is less than “full sized”? If so, then I guess you’re living on Bizarro Planet FUDster.

Here in the real world, extra tall people usually find it uncomfortable to sit in the back seat of a sedan, unless its an extra-large one. Duh!

Heck, at 5′ 11″ I’m not exactly extra-tall, but even I hate sitting in the back of a standard sedan because I don’t have enough leg room.

Oh, and do tell us again how you’re “really a fan” of Tesla, and are just here to offer your “honest opinions”, Another Euro.

For some reason, we keep forgetting. 🙄

Sounds like road tripping in the rear of a Model 3 if you are 6 feet or over would be a very uncomfortable experience.

You mean like road tripping with the notoriously uncomfortable front seats in the Bolt is uncomfortable regardless of height?

I guess on the good side for the Bolt, without supercharging (or any 80 kW charging network available yet) Bolt owners have lots of time to walk off the pain from the uncomfortable front seats.

(A small minority of people claiming the seats don’t hurt them are the exception that prove the rule.)

At 5:21, when he closes the door, do all Tesla’s do that, where the window is down a bit, then goes up after the door closes?

I don’t know about all Tesla’s but BMW’s have had that feature since the 90’s. It allows the frameless doors to close easier, and to seal better.

That is pretty much what all convertibles had with soft tops in order to seal the door.

My friend’s old 1995 VW Golf Convertible had that feature with his frame less door.

The downside is that you can’t open the door quicker than the time it takes the window to drop sufficient for the door to open.

Most of the time, it isn’t a problem since it takes about 1 second for the window to drop which is about how long it takes for the door to unlatch for most people.

What is annoying is that if the window mechanism is broken, then you can’t open your doors…

I don’t know about other cars, but on BMW’s it doesn’t push the window up into a channel that would keep the door from opening. It just presses it up against the seal tighter, and provides room for air to exit the vehicle as the door closes to make the door close easier.

I just looked at the video again. I think it fits your description and matches how BMW does it. That is good to know that it won’t be an issue.

I guess convertibles are slightly different since the window has to go up to the channel created by the soft top to have a tight water seal.

For folks who are under the delusion that tall people have thigh support in rear seats of midsize passenger sedans, here is what somebody a few inches SHORTER than the guy in the Model 3 video looks like sitting in the back seat of a BMW 3-Series:

https://youtu.be/Hi5JkoiI5W8?t=47

And here is the taller person in the TM3:

https://youtu.be/TmD0AkVoYU0?t=275

Lesson? if you want thigh support for long trips, and you are well over 6 foot, ride in the front seat.

For Thigh Support, Extra, Extra, Tall Dudes & Dudettes need a custom seat cover, with a fit to them, and the Car! 3D Scanning needed for this Modeling Challenge!

Speaking as a tall person (6’4″) the biggest problem with back seats isn’t really leg room. It’s that in many cars the roof sweeps back so aggressively that your upper body cannot fit between the seats and the roof. It sets up a situation where the back seat is unusable not from a comfort standpoint but rather a safety standpoint. If rear ended your neck will be compressed dangerously between the seat and the back roof. Looking at the video, it wasn’t entirely clear this wasn’t still an issue in the Model 3. He head looked pretty close to me, and he wasn’t leaning back the whole way. The afforementioned issue also relates to torso length, not straight up height. So someone slightly shorter but with a greater torso to leg height distribution could still have problems. This isn’t to say Tesla didn’t do a pretty good job with the back seat, but the reality is no one 6’4″ or taller is ever going to want to ride in the back of the Model 3. I can technically sit in the back of the Bolt or Leaf too, but it’s never going to happen. In contrast with the Civic, Volt… Read more »

Go to 5:20 in the video. He leans his head back all the way in the back seat and you can see he still has space above his head and the glass.

No, it isn’t a problem for him.

How far up are the front seats when they place the tall guy in the back? The guy up front has his knees pressing on the dash for that photo/screen capture.

Just from that picture, the scenario seems unrealistic.

You didn’t watch the video did you….

Click on the second youtube link I have in my post above, and it will start at the point where they have a 6 foot tall person in the front seat, and 6 foot 7 person in the back, and they go through how much more you can slide the seat back and still have the back seat passenger comfortable.

There is plenty of room. What part “seems unrealistic” to you?