Tesla Model S Review

Tesla Model S Review

The Tesla Model S was a revelation when it was launched in 2012. Immediately, electric cars went from being low range city cars to luxury and desirable automobiles . The Model S didn’t just catch the eye of motoring enthusiasts, it caught the eye of everyone! In the eight years that it’s been around it has sustained a much needed face lift removing the black front grilI, which gave it a more modern and electric look.

The acceleration numbers for even the Long Range variant impressive. If you go for the Performance model, it’ll fly past the legal speed limit from a standstill toe-to-toe with a Bugatti Chiron.

Yet the Tesla Model S has charm beyond its immense pace. While some people would be inclined to use it as a second car, the S makes an irrefutable case for itself as a daily driver. It was meant to change the way we interact with our cars. It has managed to do this but boasting a very high tech appearance.

Yet with all of this speed and power, speed bumps can be an issue with low ride height you would think. But the Model S has a great feature, to reduce the impact of speed bumps, curbs ETC. As the car is fitted with air suspension, when you manually raise the Tesla to clear an obstacle the car remembers this location and will automatically raise next time you pass through that location.

 Pre Facelift

Pre Facelift

 Facelift

Facelift

Long RangePerformance
0-603.7 Seconds2.3 Seconds
Range379 Miles367 Miles
Drive TrainDual Motor All-Wheel DriveDual Motor All-Wheel Drive

To put in perspective how quick the model S performance really is, here is a list 0-6 times of cars that the Tesla is on par/quicker than:

Tesla Model S Performance 2.3 Sec

  • mclaren 720s – 2.7 Sec
  • Ferrari LaFerrari – 2.4 Sec
  • BMW i8 – 4.5 Sec
  • lamborghini huracan – 2.4 Sec
 Old Style Seats

Old Style Seats

The interior of the Model S is where the magic happens. The seats as you would expect are heated and super comfy especially with the new next generation seats.

The new generation seats are much more supportive with larger side bolsters, better designed head rests and ultimately look and feel more premium.

 Next Gen Seats

Next Gen Seats

 Infotainment System

Infotainment System

The centre infotainment screen is 17 inches (the standard for most cars being between 7″ and 10″) make it much larger than any other passenger car.

It controls nearly every function in the vehicle and offers plenty of entertainment options such as Google Maps Sat Nav, games, an internet browser, and music applications such as Spotify.

It even has easter eggs such as the “007” access code which turns the car’s appearance on the screen into a spaceship, to just name one!

 Infotainment System

Infotainment System

 Romance Mode

Romance Mode

The huge panoramic glass roof makes the car feel light and airy, especially when paired with the white interior.

Camping mode lets you operate the air conditioner with the car turned off, making star gazing a delight.

Romance mode on the other hand turns the Tesla into a romantic setting, blowing warm air in the cabin and displaying a classic log fire on the touch screen.

Bio Weapon Defense Mode utilises the car’s over-engineered air filtration system. The Model S has a HEPA filter and a host of other air purification technologies

 Panoramic Sun Roof

Panoramic Sun Roof

The Tesla is also a safe car to be in thanks to its autonomous systems. Hence why it has achieved a 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating.

Tesla Model S Achieves Euro NCAP 5 Star Safety rating

 Euro NCAP Rating

Euro NCAP Rating

 Colour Options

Colour Options

As you’d expect the Tesla Model S comes in a range of colours.

The only difference is Tesla change the free colour from time to time. At the point of writing this review the white was the colour included in the vehicle price.

All of the colours suit the car very well, but our personal favourite is the red, giving the car a sporty look.

Despite the ludicrous speed and next level technology on board, the Tesla Model S is still very practical.

Open the electric tailgate and you’re greeted with a cavernous 894-litre boot. That’s with the rear seats up. If you lay them down, the capacity increases to 1,795 litres.

And even then this space does not get taken up by the charging cable ETC, thanks to the small yet useful frunk (front trunk).

 Model S Frunk

Model S Frunk

3 Pin Plug44 Hours
3.7 kW Charger27 Hours
7kW charger 15 Hours
Super Charger (0-80%) 40 Mins

Moving onto the technical side:

Under the floor sits a 100kWh battery which is good for the 379-mile range (long range version) that Tesla quote depending on your driving style.

Tesla offers a 4-year or 50,000-mile warranty on the Model S. The battery and drive train components carry a warranty of 8 years or 150,000 miles.

The long range versions top speed is rated at 155mph and the performance model capped at 162mph.