The Yoke steering wheel on the Tesla Model S is ridiculously tricky to use
Nothing beats a round steering wheel!
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.