The dinky little city car gets more aero-friendly looks and extra tech
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Tesla Model S
The Top Gear car review:Tesla Model S
What is it like on the road?
Driving an EV is always a serene experience. The lack of noise from the drivetrain – save for a bit of whine from the e-motors, there’s none at all – amplifies wind and tyre-roar. Thankfully in the Model S these are both pretty well supressed.
The seats are comfortable and supportive, and the ride smooth enough on the standard height-adjustable air suspension, making the Model S good over long distances. It’s good in town too – a bit of practice and you’ll be using the retardation when you lift off the gas (which regenerates energy back to the batteries) for most of your braking. Just watch the size – this is an American car after all, so it feels very wide on narrow city streets.
Country lanes are a bit tight too. But find a wide one and the Model S reveals itself to be a decent steer. Because they’ve kept the weight low it stays pretty flat. There’s no feel to the steering, but it’s accurate and quick enough to make the S feel pretty agile, especially given the size of the thing.
Autopilot is Tesla’s suite of semi-autonomous driving assistance tech. It’s a pricey option, but probably worth having if you spend a lot of your time on motorways. Like systems from Merc, Audi, etc, when activated it handles the braking/accelerating and gives steering assistance. Another YouTube search will show you lots of videos of this being unwisely used…