Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S review

Cost & verdict
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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Model S is far from cheap, with prices for the 75D starting in excess of £60k. However, it is competitively priced next to petrol, diesel and hybrid versions of luxury cars, including the Porsche Panamera.

And you will save loads on fuel (a full charge costs £6-£10 on an Economy 7 night rate), although you will have to pay to use Tesla’s rapid-charging Superchargers regularly. The first 1000 miles of charging are free annually but, from then on, you’ll pay a small fee.

There aren’t the tax incentives for private buyers that there once were, so even though you don’t pay any road tax or the London Congestion Charge, you do have to pay a £310 annual luxury car tax.

The Model S still makes a great deal of sense for business users, though. A low benefit-in-kind tax rate means you’ll save a lot of money compared with a Panamera 4S Diesel or BMW 630d GT.

Standard equipment includes power-folding door mirrors, electrically operated front seats, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, a reversing camera and keyless entry. Plus, there’s internet connectivity with access to Google Maps and internet radio. Worthwhile options include the two rear-facing kids’ seats in the boot and the Enhanced Autopilot functionality.

Meanwhile, the impressive list of safety kit includes six airbags, automatic emergency braking and blindspot and lane departure warnings – all of which helped the Model S achieve the maximum five-star rating from Euro NCAP.

A four-year/50,000-mile warranty is standard, with the battery covered for eight years, no matter how many miles you do. Tesla’s over-the-air wi-fi software updates fix glitches and add features while you are asleep, rather than requiring you to book your car into a dealer.

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Tesla Model S
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This groundbreaking electric car is fast, practical and desirable

  • Staggering performance
  • Impressive range for an electric car
  • Seating for up to seven
  • Feels big on UK roads
  • Still not quite as convenient as conventional rivals
  • Pricey
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