Tesla Model S review

Category: Electric car

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:electric
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Tesla Model S front action - 69-plate car
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Introduction

What Car? says...

If you thought that electric cars were all environmental piety with zero fun attached, the Tesla Model S will quickly make you reconsider. Everything about it is designed to indulge, from its supercar performance to the sleek looks and jaw-dropping technology.

What are its highlights? Well, even the cheapest Model S will accelerate from 0-60mph in less than four seconds. You’d also have to include its automatic driving modes and its infotainment touchscreen, which is so massive that it makes an iPad look like an iPhone.

It does all the usual things that infotainment systems do, along with streaming Netflix and providing you with a variety of computer games. That lot should be enough to keep you and the kids amused.

The thing is, though, the electric car market has got a hell of a lot more competitive since the Tesla Model S first went on sale. So, does the latest version have what it takes to compete with the likes of the Audi E-tron, Jaguar I-Pace and Porsche Taycan?

That’s what we’ll be exploring in this review, plus we’ll look at how the Model S compares with its cheaper sibling, the Model 3.

We’ll consider everything from the way the Tesla Model S drives, to how practical it is and how many miles it's really likely to do on a full charge. And we’ll take a closer look at whether all the clever tech lives up to the hype.

If at the end you decide the Tesla Model S is the car for you, just head to our free What Car? New Car Buying pages to find out how to make a big saving without any difficult haggling. We have a separate review of the Tesla Model X too.

At a glance

Number of trims3 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? electric
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty4 years / 50000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£168 / £280
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£336 / £560

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