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Getting In/Out Model S for Large Folks

trekkie

Supporting Member
Oct 2, 2019
102
55
Wake Forest, NC
I ordered the new version of the Model S to replace a car, without ever having been in an S. We currently have a 2019 X (Raven)

Today, unrelated my X needed a low voltage thingamajig replaced and they gave me a 2016 90D S.

Uhm, I'm having fun getting in/out of the car. I am not a tall person, but I have a 'tall' upper body/short legs. I'm only 5'10, but my shoulders rest on the head rest of the S, and my head bonks the indent around the roof.

I've monkeyed with the seat some but I am unable to get into a car like I've gotten into a car my whole life, insert right leg into foot well, lean forward and slide in. I will knock my self unconscious banging my head on the ceiling.

I will admit to everyone I have an above normal gut size, but even trying to lean forward I am unable to get in the car like I get into every other car I've owned including some coupes (A5). The X with the higher roofline I don't have this problem.

I was wondering short of cancelling my order if anyone knew if the roofline changed any, or anyone else who has to struggle some to get in has any suggestions.

crazy topic to post, but hey, I really don't want to cancel my S order because 'old overweight guy can't get in it'
 

DerbyDave

Member
Jul 2, 2020
827
455
Kentucky
The new models have an Entry mode. You can set the seat all the way down, and all the way back; and you can have the steering retract all the way in and up, if you want -- or anywhere in between. If you can't find a setting that allows you to get in and out without bumping your head, there is no car you can fit in. It will then set this position for each entry and exit automatically. I am 6' 4" and "well nourished" as my doctor puts it. No problems.
 

trekkie

Supporting Member
Oct 2, 2019
102
55
Wake Forest, NC
so i got a few minutes, and had my wife try. She's 5'4 and had problems so I'm guessing there is a seat setting I'm missing, i'll play around some more. I figured if I could get in/out of my A5 no problem this shouldn't be an issue.
 

2101Guy

Active Member
Jan 6, 2020
1,763
1,782
USA
so i got a few minutes, and had my wife try. She's 5'4 and had problems so I'm guessing there is a seat setting I'm missing, i'll play around some more. I figured if I could get in/out of my A5 no problem this shouldn't be an issue.
HAs to be a setting that you arent utilizing or that isn't working properly. Has to be.
 

trekkie

Supporting Member
Oct 2, 2019
102
55
Wake Forest, NC
I hope so. i mean i get i'm overweight, but even after playing with the seat for quite some time i was unable to make it better. I did fix whatever had me banging my head against the roofline/moon roof seam, so I did find something. Hopefully the sales center might get a demo unit and I could go experiment with sitting in it. My order is schedule for August.
 

All In

Member
Jul 9, 2020
26
10
Maryland
The new models have an Entry mode. You can set the seat all the way down, and all the way back; and you can have the steering retract all the way in and up, if you want -- or anywhere in between. If you can't find a setting that allows you to get in and out without bumping your head, there is no car you can fit in. It will then set this position for each entry and exit automatically. I am 6' 4" and "well nourished" as my doctor puts it. No problems.
I wasn’t aware of this. Here is a guide for anyone interested.

 

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