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The Top Gear car review:Tesla Model S

Overall verdict
The future is here and it's amazing. The Model S is a true game changer.


Scintillating acceleration, interior design, ride quality


Not the most enthralling to drive, Tesla is still an unknown quantity


What is it?

At its most basic level, this is a simple car: an all-electric saloon. It also happens to be the car that has established Tesla as a force to be reckoned with. Because while the Lotus-based Roadster put the Californian firm on the map, it’s this one that has to gain the hard yards and convince buyers that this relatively new start-up deserves to stand alongside the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz. 

Unlike other rivals, all of which are hybrid to a greater or lesser extent, with an internal combustion engine tucked away somewhere, the Tesla risks it all by doing without one altogether, opting instead for a massive battery pack to get around those pesky range anxiety problems. It’s a big, heavy, clever car.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
100kWh Dual Motor 5dr Auto
2.5s 0g/km 611 £91,080
The cheapest
75kWh 5dr Auto
5.5s 0g/km 315 £64,880
The greenest
85kWh Dual Motor Performance 5dr
3.2s 0g/km 691 £81,780
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