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.