Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Tesla Model S hatchback?
This is a large car that will have been used in tight urban car parks, so check the bodywork carefully for dents and scuffs; Teslas are expensive to repair. Check the alloy wheels for kerb damage, too.
What are the most common problems with a used Tesla Model S hatchback?
Nearly 38% of Tesla Model S owners reported faults in our most recent reliability survey, with issues split fairly evenly between bodywork, interior trim and the cars’ electric motors.
Owners also told us about broken exterior door handles and other bodywork problems, as well as some faults with exterior lights.
Problems have also been reported that relate to the climate control, steering and suspension systems, as well as the powertrain itself. Other problems involved replacement of the electric motors, warped brake discs and door handles that fail to slide out as a driver approaches.
Other areas cited by Tesla owners are leaking cooling pumps for the battery pack, dead windshield wipers, persistent alignment issues with the wheels, and misaligned latches for the front boot and the rear tailgate. Although all cars were fixed under warranty, some were off the road for more than a week.
Is a used Tesla Model S hatchback reliable?
The Model S finished in sixth place in our most recent reliability survey in the electric cars section. This was a much better result than previous years, where it had finished last.
Tesla as a brand didn't feature in this survey, although in previous surveys it had finished in a hugely disappointing last place out of 32 manufacturers.