TL;DR It is a car made for people who do not like driving cars the old way.
Huge market: old people, easily distracted people, people who are not petrolheads.
But surely all car review experts will miss the current interfaces we have grown to love and like. I have issues with every single car that tries to modernize the interface. Think Citroen with it's odd satelites, think BMW with it's knob-thiny, but every once in a while there are changes that are just fantastic: HUD! Steeringwheel heating! DSG!
What a terrible UI for ... everything. Everything via the touch screen? Including mirrors? windows? Are you fucking kidding me?
And I don't want to hear that, "Well with the assisted pilot" (and no, not "auto pilot", what a stupid marketing ploy. It's not autonomous and you shouldn't give drivers a false sense of security so they're less engaged when driving).
For the $57k price, there should be a heads up display with all relevant data, or at least the option for one.
Also, what is this stupid UI choice recently in "less is more?" There are so many devices out there today with "one button" and different LED flashing patterns you have to remember for use. Do the windows really not have power buttons, because dropping the window at a drive through is going to be super annoying and more complicated than it should be.
So it is good looking, it is fun to drive, it has a decent base price if you don't splurge on options. Changing speed through the touchscreen when you are using the autopilot hardly seems the end of the world. So almost all positives.
I really dislike the center console. At least the speedometer should be visible at all times(a hud focused at infinity would be ideal), everything else is less important. Still, this is becoming a trend now (I'd guess it's for cost-cutting).
What about readability of that screen under sunlight? I see nothing in the article addressing that. Is it just a non-issue?
This is a pretty sparse article/video that doesn't quite back up the premise of the headline, which is "the only people who will buy one are Tesla people". Basically the single complaint is "the gauges and controls are on a touchscreen". There's a side complaint of "the one I drove was really expensive" but those are options, which every vehicle has.
Everything else is "it's fast and exciting and fun" which sounds pretty appealing.
Wow that article was low on substance.
Basically the author wanted more physical buttons. Everything else was a compliment.
It could just be me, but every time I see a video review of a car and it's not Brian Cooley doing it, I think Brian Cooley would do this better, and he'd sound better doing it. He makes every review interesting.
Does the Model 3 have an API? I wonder if aftermarket or DIY knobs and buttons and gauges would be possible.