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Standard features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel
Premium pack adds a satellite radio with navigation
Aftermarket stereo...provides Bluetooth connectivity
The Detroit News
A price of $109,000 will buy you quite a number of vehicles with way, way more features and standard equipment than you'll find on the 2010 Tesla Roadster. But none of them will offer quite the same "wow factor" that you'll learn accompanies the Tesla Roadster.
Your money goes toward a unique drivetrain and the acceleration it provides, so the Spartan interior is strictly secondary. For 2010, Tesla has focused on improving some of the basics, fitting a more powerful heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system, for instance.
Still, the reviews compiled by TheCarConnection.com show that the base Tesla Roadster boasts a few features you might not expect. Motor Trend reports that the Tesla 2010 Roadster has "cruise control, heated seats, air-con, remote locking and electric windows," noting that while those features "might be standard on any Korean econobox, [they're] not always on hardcore quasi-track cars, so they're worth noting." Cars.com expanded the list of standard features on the Tesla Roadster by citing the "leather-wrapped steering wheel, [and] a CD stereo with iPod connectivity."
Every buyer of a 2010 Tesla Roadster has to splurge on at least one option, as TheCarConnection.com's editors note that even the most basic recharging cord is not included in the base price. Beyond that, Cars.com reviewers cite the "optional Electronics Group [that] includes Bluetooth cell phone connectivity, a navigation radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, and a subwoofer." Other options include forged wheels, a carbon-fiber hardtop, metallic paint colors, and more.
The interior of a 2010 Tesla Roadster doesn't stack up particularly well against scores of other cars. But Tesla buyers probably aren't comparing it to those cars anyway.