The Tesla Model S is almost a decade old now. But, in terms of competition, other manufacturers still lag behind with some of the features and innovations that are presented in the Model S.
The Long Range Plus variant is the more affordable model in Tesla’s Model S line-up in Australia. As the name implies it has a longer range, and with a 0-100km/h time of 3.8 seconds is quicker than the considerably more expensive Porsche Taycan 4S.
The Model S is now only offered in dual-motor configuration. In this guise, you get all-wheel-drive, 398kW of power, and an impressive 755Nm of torque. With efficient use of power, the 100kWh battery gives a claimed 722kms of range, although the real-world range is closer to 540km. Notably, this is the longest range offered on an EV on sale in Australia.
The Model S’s functions are controlled through a massive 17-inch touch screen which is considered one of the best on the market. However, build quality over the years has consistently raised concerns from testers. Eight years in, and the Model S has been improved, but some areas may not be as robust or nice feeling as the competition.
Tech being the big sell of any Tesla, the Model S is no different. It features all the hardware required for autonomous functionality and offers a raft of self-driving options already. Tesla’s over-the-air updates are similar to how you may receive updates to your phone or laptop’s operating system. As such, new features and upgrades are often unlocked throughout your ownership experience.
The Model S is handsomely equipped, with a premium sound system, heated seats and steering wheel, and automatically dimming mirrors. At $141,300 drive away, there are very few EVs that offer range and performance similar to the Model S Long Range Plus in terms of price.
Specification-wise, the Porsche Taycan 4S comes close but is over $60,000 more expensive. Conversely, there is an option which offers many of the features that the Model S has, but in a smaller, newer and reportedly better-built package: Tesla’s own Model 3. Although not as large, the entry-level model is around half the price, yet provides many of the same options in a more modern and fun-to-drive package.