Tesla Model S review

Category: Electric car

Section: Costs & verdict

Tesla Model S 2021 interior infotainment
  • Tesla Model S 2021 front cornering
  • Tesla Model S 2021 rear cornering
  • Tesla Model S 2021 interior dashboard
  • Tesla Model S 2021 interior rear seats
  • Tesla Model S 2021 interior infotainment
  • Tesla Model S 2021 right tracking
  • Tesla Model S 2021 front cornering
  • Tesla Model S 2021 interior front seats
  • Tesla Model S 2021 boot open
  • Tesla Model S 2021 front cornering
  • Tesla Model S 2021 rear cornering
  • Tesla Model S 2021 interior dashboard
  • Tesla Model S 2021 interior rear seats
  • Tesla Model S 2021 interior infotainment
  • Tesla Model S 2021 right tracking
  • Tesla Model S 2021 front cornering
  • Tesla Model S 2021 interior front seats
  • Tesla Model S 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

There aren’t as many tax incentives for choosing a Tesla Model S as there once were; while it’s exempt from the London Congestion Charge, it no longer qualifies for the Government’s £3000 plug-in car grant, because it costs more than £50,000. The Model S is also slightly more expensive than an Audi e-tron or Jaguar I-Pace, but it’s significantly cheaper than the equivalent Porsche Taycan. Its resale values aren't as strong as the Taycan's, though, which means the difference in PCP finance payments between the two cars isn't as vast as you might think.

Like all electric cars, however, it's a ridiculously cheap company car. Your benefit-in-kind tax (BIK) payments over the next few years will be next to nothing, and vastly cheaper than a similarly priced petrol or diesel car. On top of that, if you buy a Model S from the cars that Telsa has in stock, you get free access to Tesla's Supercharging network (you'll pay around 25p per kW if you order a bespoke car), which has more than 500 charging points at over 60 destinations around the UK.

Equipment, options and extras

In addition to the infotainment and driver assistance technology that we’ve already looked at, both versions of the Tesla Model S come with lots of luxuries.

They include 'vegan leather' upholstery, four-zone climate control, power-folding door mirrors, metallic paint, heated seats (front and rear), a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof and keyless entry that can be activated via an app on your smartphone.

Tesla Model S 2021 interior infotainment

Reliability

Overview

The Tesla Model S comes with stunning performance, a feature-packed infotainment system, fine comfort and handling, lots of passenger space and a huge boot. And it's one of the easiest electric cars to live with, thanks to Tesla's brilliant Supercharging network and the Model S's long range, making it a sensible choice if you do lots of miles.

  • Staggering performance
  • Impressive range and charging network
  • Cavernous boot
  • Iffy interior quality
  • A Porsche Taycan is much more fun to drive
  • It's not cheap to buy