- Video credits Chris B

The Yoke steering wheel on the Tesla Model S is ridiculously tricky to use

Nothing beats a round steering wheel!

6w ago

Yes, a rectangular steering wheel inevitably evokes the space shuttles of the greatest science fiction films. Yes, a rectangular steering wheel gives a particularly futuristic feel. Yes, a rectangular steering wheel is not a round steering wheel, and that's the problem. By trying too hard, Tesla has turned its new steering wheel into an ergonomic nonsense.

Available as an option on the facelifted Model S and Model X, the rectangular Yoke steering wheel will undoubtedly take a lot of getting used to. The video accompanying this article is self explanatory and shows how confusing it can be to go from a circle to a rectangle.

The hands of the person behind the steering wheel of this Model S Plaid seem to be hesitating as to what posture to adopt at each turn. Throughout the sequence, the driver will try to grip the steering wheel in the air several times by habit. The task is likely to become even more difficult when a turn brings the steering wheel into a completely vertical position.

Fortunately, this steering wheel is not imposed, as a traditional circular model is still available for customers who have not succumbed to the silliness of style over substance. Finally, let's add that in both cases, the controls on the column have disappeared and that the vehicle itself manages the "gearshift" and the indicators.

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Comments (46)

  • I have a hot tip for Elon Musk which is definitely not meant in a bad way: Stop making the yoke an alternative and fit it to every Tesla, it will DEFINITELY increase sale figures

      1 month ago
    • I believe that the yoke is designed to tuck out of the way once full self driving can be instituted. I think it's going to need to become a bit more known about and its need better understood, before full transfer occurs across the range. Its one...

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        1 month ago
    • You don't want anything that goes fast with such a wide steering lock! He goes very nearly full lock for a bog standard right turn 😬

        1 month ago
  • It belongs in an F1 car from 2040, not a gimmicky family car put together by a bunch of chimps.

      1 month ago
    • These'll be those famous chimps that theory tells us could write the works of Shakespeare 'by accident', would it?

        1 month ago
    • No, the ones who seem to have skipped all their classes on quality inspection.

        1 month ago
  • What next...wings that come out of the side skirts? Or maybe Elon will move the accelerator to mimic that of a throttle controller on an airplane.

      1 month ago
    • The long awaited Roadster is apparently getting cold-jets fitted (a technology developed for his spaceships) as an acceleration aid,and Elon hinted that the car could technically fly for short distances, so you're actually bang on!

        1 month ago
    • I think he said that he wanted it to not that it could… still pretty interesting😂

        1 month ago
  • If you spin the wheel with you palm I doubt you'd even notice the difference after a while.

      1 month ago
  • Looks fine to me.

    Seen a couple of vids online now of people actually using it and it doesn't look to hard to get used too.

    Like the clear view over it. Would like to have a go off it.

    Also like the gear shifting the car does. Saw a good vid of it actually working. Nice.

      1 month ago