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Tesla Model S Review

October 8, 2015

In today’s review, we’re climbing inside the latest instalment from sustainable auto-engineering champion Tesla. We’ll be putting futuristic, all-electric luxury saloon the 2015 Tesla Model S through its paces to see what’s beneath this stylish exterior.

Join us for an in-depth Tesla Model S review, where we’ll give you the lowdown on features, design, performance and handling – as well as showing you how you can secure finance for a Model S of your own.

Tesla Model S

Original image by mariordo59

Design

On first impressions, the Tesla Model S could easily be mistaken for your typical petrol or diesel saloon. However, there’s more to this car than meets the eye. With a wide rear stance and a sweeping roofline, it’s somewhat reminiscent of the Jaguar XF – but once you climb inside the cabin, this car is in a class of its own. With key fob entry, there’s no handbrake or start button – the car’s sensors simply detect you’re in the driver’s seat and ready to go.

The intuitive dashboard includes a 17” touchscreen, as well as a dual control steering wheel. The interior is classy and spacious, with a generous 894-litre boot that can also be fitted with two optional rear-facing seats, as well as extra space in the nose of the car. Overall, the Model S is practical, versatile and luxurious – with an added bonus of being as eco-friendly as physically possible.

Features

The Tesla Model S is available in a choice of several trim options: the four-wheel drive Model S 70D, rear-drive Model S 85, the 85D with two electric motors and the top-of-the-range P85D. As you’d expect, standard kit is generous – with a 17” touchscreen, Wi-Fi connectivity, retracting door handles, heated seats and much more. But, as you move up the range, you can splash out on options such as a full-length sun-roof, LED cabin lighting, 21” alloy wheels and high fidelity stereo to add some welcome luxury to your in-car experience.

Performance and Handling

Driving the Tesla Model S is something else – the silent electric motor makes for an effortless drive and, despite the weight of the car, there’s plenty of oomph in the high powered electric engines. Even in the entry-level 70D, getting from 0-60mph takes just 5.2 seconds – but the star of the lineup is the Tesla Model S 85D, which boasts supercar performance and unparalleled response, making it from 0-60mph in an eye-watering 3.1 seconds.

The various models feature different sizes of battery, which all achieve an incredibly impressive mileage range compared with the car’s all-electric rivals. The Model S 85D claims a range of up to 310 miles on a full charge. Due to its electric status, buyers get a hefty £5,000 off the price of their Tesla Model S with a Green Car Grant – and thanks to no CO2 emissions whatsoever, it’s exempt from both road tax and the London Congestion charge.

Tesla Model S Finance

Tesla Model S interior

Original image by Steve Jurvetson

In the UK, Tesla Model S prices start from £49,900 (after the £5k the government grant), but don’t let the hefty price tag put you off. At the Car Loan Warehouse, we have a number of Tesla finance options available – so you could be behind the wheel sooner than you think.

Ready to check out your options? Simply apply online to get started or find an instant estimate by heading straight to our car finance calculator.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.