What's the used Tesla Model S hatchback like?
So, your list of demands reads that you want a car with storming performance, technology that'll rival even the latest smartphone plus a body of exceptional elegance? And you want all this in a vehicle with zero emissions.
Blimey, a bit fussy, aren't you? Well, in fact, there is a car that satisfies all of those criteria. It's been around since 2014 and it comes from America: the Tesla Model S. It’s the product and brainchild of a Paypal billionaire who happens to be passionate about electric vehicles. And space travel, among other things.
In truth, it's difficult to keep count of all the various motor, battery capacity and driven wheel options in the Model S (we know of at least 12 so far with this generation). Basically, 60kWh is the smallest battery capacity and lowest performance at 'only' 314bhp. If you want something faster, go for either a Dual Motor (four-wheel drive), Performance or Performance Ludicrous model – particularly the Dual Motor Long, which has a 100kWh battery pack and 762bhp.
Standard equipment includes 19in alloy wheels, electrically operated front seats that are heated, dual-zone climate control and a reversing camera. There were plenty of options, ranging from internet connectivity with access to Google Maps to an Enhanced Autopilot function. If you have a large family, it's worth seeking out one with the two rear-facing kids’ seats in the boot.
What's it like to drive in the real world? With a stiff, mostly aluminium body and a huge battery located below the interior’s floor, the Model S handles rather well, and if it’s speed you’re after, one version of the car can fly from 0- 60mph in just 2.5sec – quicker than nearly any conventionally powered supercar.
The interior is a tech fest, with a massive, 17.0in colour touchscreen that displays sharp, high-definition graphics and online connected services. The screen is responsive, with decent-sized icons, and nearly everything is on it, including controls for the sat-nav, audio and even the sunroof operation.
At first glance, the interior impresses with its eye-catching design, complete with a large panoramic roof that floods the interior with light. Close up, it isn't quite a match for its German executive car rivals, especially around the centre console area, but it’ll still impress your neighbours.
Freed from the space restrictions of housing a conventional engine and all its associated gubbins, the Model S has masses of room inside, with lounging room for five and no hump in the floor to interfere with rear passenger comfort. There's even a boot in the front if you find the one in the rear isn't massive enough for your needs.
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