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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Tesla Model S

£66,380£137,830
9/10
Overall verdict
The future is here and it's amazing. The Model S is a true game changer.
 

For: 

Scintillating acceleration, interior design, ride quality

Against: 

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

Overview

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 DM Performance Ludicrous Exec Edn 5dr Auto
2.5s 0g/km 611 £137,830
The cheapest
75kWh Business Economy 5dr Auto
5.5s 0g/km 315 £66,380
The greenest
85kWh Dual Motor Performance 5dr
3.2s 0g/km 691 £81,780
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