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Tesla Model S review – price, Engines, performance, Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Performances is,erm.electrifying  with up to 412-miles of estimated driving range—depending upon model—the S can easily be used for long drives, and the 1020-hp Plaid version can deliver supercar acceleration while seating four adults. The Model S is also practical, with a large rear cargo area and a secondary front-trunk for extra space. New entrants in the luxury EV sedan category includes the Porsche Taycan and the Audi e-tron GT, both of which challenge the Model S in terms of performance and comfort, but its superior range and available semi-autonomous driving technology continue to draw consumers to this Tesla.

  • Pricing and Which model to Buy

£94,990 to £117,990

base Long Range model or The 1020-hp Plaid model ?

We’d stick with the base Long Range model, which carries an estimated range of 412 miles per charge. The 1020-hp Plaid model sounds compelling, but its six-figure asking price represents diminishing value—unless you must have a car with the performance of a Top Fuel dragster.

  • Engine, Transmission, and Performance

With an electric motor dedicated to each of the front and rear axles, the Model S offers full-time all-wheel drive. Acceleration of the various models ranges from outstanding to ferocious. We haven’t tested the Model S Long Range or Plaid yet, but our 2020 Model S test vehicle delivered a blistering 2.4-second zero-to-60-mph time and proved endlessly entertainment thanks to its immediate power delivery. The Plaid model boasts a third electric motor, which boosts combined output to 1020 horsepower, which is enough to send it to 60 mph in just 2.1 seconds in our testing. The standard Model S has proven itself an agile sports sedan with well-controlled body motions and direct steering. Two different settings allow drivers to choose

heavy or light steering effort, but neither of them enable more feedback from the road. Ride comfort is good, the handling is crisp, and it’s confident and almost tranquil on the highway.

  • Range, Charging, and Battery Life

Under the Tesla’s floor lies a battery pack that yields a low center of gravity and evenly distributed weight from front to rear. Driving range and acceleration performance varies from model to model, with the Long Range version’s battery providing up to a 412-mile range while the Plaid model offers up to 390. Upstart Lucid Motors says its Air luxury sedan is rated for up to 517 miles per charge.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

the Model S is an impressive alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles when it comes to long-distance usability. The base Long Range model receives the highest MPGe ratings at 121 city and 112 highway. In our real-world, 75-mph highway fuel economy test, a 2020 Model S  posted a 222-mile highway range number against its 326-mile EPA estimated driving range; the Plaid managed 280 miles of its claimed 390 miles of range.

  • Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

With Model S prices starting at over $90,000, buyers would be reasonable to expect a certain amount of luxury inside the car. The cabin’s atmosphere is very  nice .

 The Model S’s sloped roofline cleverly hides a rear liftgate that opens up to reveal a huge 26-cubic-foot trunk. We managed to stash eight of our carry-on-size cases without folding down the rear seats. Paltry small-item cubby stowage throughout the interior—especially in the back seat—is offset by a large underfloor bin in the rear cargo area.

Infotainment and Connectivity

lovers and Fans of modern minimalism will adore the Model S’s cabin, which comes standard with a giant infotainment screen that controls almost all of the vehicle’s functions. Technophiles will be in heaven, but we’re not completely sold. The

screen’s positioning on the dashboard will require some drivers to lean forward in their seat to reach certain icons, especially those near the top right of the display. Unlike the cheaper Model 3, the Model S provides a secondary display for the gauge cluster and a small touchpad in the rear seat as well.

  • Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Key safety features include:

•          Standard automated emergency braking

•          Standard lane-departure warning

•          Available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode

  • Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Tesla offers a comprehensive warranty package to protect the Model S’s powertrain and hybrid components but lacks the lengthy bumper-to-bumper coverage and complimentary scheduled maintenance packages of the Jaguar I-Pace.

•          Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles

•          Powertrain warranty covers eight years and unlimited miles

•          No complimentary scheduled maintenance.

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