Tesla’s influence on America’s automotive panorama was minuscule until the game-changing Model S car came along. This all-electric lavishness car is absolute proof propellant turbines aren’t the only way for characters to get around. Tesla has gone so far as to declare that explosive turbines aren’t the only means for somebody to have fun following the disk of a car.
The 2019 Tesla Model S is both practical and violent, with the highest-performing variant capable of a claimed 2.4-second zero-to-60-mph time. We haven’t examined it, but if the more passive versions are anything to go by, the Model S with the aptly named Funny Mode should offer an expedition that is exactly neck-snapping. The cabin isn’t as upscale as its price implies, but buyers are paying for the tech rather than sumptuousness; Tesla gives plenty of techs, too, including a semi-autonomous driving mode, a remote-control driving innovation, the largest infotainment security in the automotive domain, and plenty more.
What’s New for 2019?
Choosing a more simple design, Tesla has altered the 2019 Model S lineup. Left are the 75D, 100D, and P100D and in their place are the Standard, Long Range, and Production models. The entry-level car comes with a battery capable of delivering a 270-mile driving series but picking the Long Range model increases the range to 335 miles. The Model S Performance comes with a range of 315 miles but focuses more on expedition times; Tesla claims a zero-to-60-mph time of 3.0 seconds. For $15,000, Tesla will unlock the car’s Ridiculous Mode, which drops that demanded acceleration time to an unbelievable 2.4 seconds.
Tesla Model S Pricing and Which One to Buy
Standard Range: $80,200
Long Range: $84,200
We’d penetrate with the Standard Range Model S, which advises capacity of driving range and expedition performance for regular drivers. We would, however, add Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot innovation.
Overall rating >> 8.6 / 10
It’s fair to say the Tesla Model S was the originator of the modern luxury electric-vehicle growth. Yes, there stood other EVs ere it — notably the Nissan Leaf — but it was the first to be aspirational, not just experienced. It was fast, stuffed with technology, and choice. Connected with ancestor Elon Musk’s outsize character and claims, it shifted something deeper than just a car.
New updates to the car may be controversial to some. The smaller battery pack option has been dropped, and now all cars come with the same 100-kWh battery pack. That suggests the new trim building doesn’t involve any physical upgrades to the car; rather “upgrades” are software unlocks to enable capability the car already has.
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For example, the new Long Range trim is a $10,000 upgrade over the base Standard Range model. For that money, you get an extra 85 distances of range, made available via a switch to the car’s software. If you opt for the Model S Performance and decide you’d like Ludicrous Mode enabled, you’ll be shelling out an added $20,000.
Customers may be customary to spending more to get more power and more features. But it remains to be seen whether tech-savvy buyers will be happy to dig into their wallets for a software key that enables their car to do something it was automatically already proficient of.
While there are lots of great contenders for the cheaper Model 3 (and competitors for the Model X are rolling out), there’s really blank on the market that plays with the Model S yet.
You might think shopping for popular luxury vehicles such as the Audi A7, Mercedes-Benz CLS, and Porsche Panamera. They’re numerous cars, certainly, but they just don’t offer the same slick all-electric power or technology-above-all-else ethos. At most, you can get them with a mild mixture or plug-in hybrid drivetrains. From a style perspective, however, the Germans win the day with their fresher sheet metal and richer centers.
It’s rumored that the Model S will get a meaningful update in late 2019; we’ll update our review with more news as it becomes possible. In the meantime, the Model S continues the go-to — and only — choice for an exciting luxury sedan.
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Notably, we chose the 2019 Tesla Model S as one of Edmunds’ Best Electric Cars and the Model S P100D as one of the Best Entertainment Sedans for this age.
Tesla Model S models
The 2019 Tesla Model S is a five-passenger exciting luxury vehicle. At the start of the model year, it was available in four variants: the base Model S, Extended Range, Performance, and Production with Ludicrous Mode. Midyear updates replaced the base model with the Standard Range variant, and the Long Range model was replaced by the Long Range. Soon after this, Tesla discontinued the Official Range variant. All Model S sedans come with the same 100-kWh battery pack and dual-motor all-wheel drive. Effectively, there’s a single, feature-loaded Model S that buyers can then upgrade with more range and more special.
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Be informed that Tesla updates the Model S on an open-ended basis rather than by model year, so what follows might not necessarily reflect the most current offering.
The base Model S offers 310 miles of range and a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds (the Standard Range car offers 285 miles and a 0-60 mph time of 4 seconds). It comes standard with 19-inch wheels, all-season tires, an adaptive air suspension, LED headlights, access to Tesla’s Supercharger network, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 17-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, a rearview camera, keyless entry, parking sensors, power-folding and heated side mirrors, automatic wipers, blind-spot warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning.
Inside, you’ll find power-adjustable front benches with heating, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, a control tilt-and-telescoping steering support, Bluetooth connectivity, and a seven-speaker sound system with dual USB ports (media and charging) and HD radio. A cellular connection, internet radio, and Wi-Fi connectivity are also included, as is a universal mobile connector for charging (with 110-volt, 240-volt, and J1772 adapters).
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Additional standard equipment includes adaptive LED headlights, an enhanced cabin air filtration system, leather interior surfaces, LED ambient interior lighting, lighted door handles and LED cornering lights, a premium 12-speaker sound system with satellite radio, a full row of heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, wiper blade defrosters, and washer nozzle heaters.
The Enhanced Autopilot package comes with three extra cameras and upgraded sensors. It allows for short hands-free driving, including automatic lane changing by choosing the turn signal indicator, semi-automated steering, a parking-spot detection system, and hands-free parallel parking and summoning functions.
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The Extended Range adds 25 miles of country, for 335 miles total. You can upgrade the standard model with this extra range at any time by buying an over-the-air software update.
Midyear updates add the Extended Range boost to the standard car, now called Long Range. The range is increased to 370 distances, with a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds. The audio system is also upgraded to 11 speakers. The Enhanced Autopilot case is also renamed Autopilot. A new feature called Full Self-Driving Capability adds automated parallel and perpendicular parking, additional fine-tuning to the way Autopilot behaves on the highway, and a summon piece that calls the Model S to your location in a parking lot.
The Model S Review sees a reduction in range to 315 miles (later increased to 345 miles), but it can make the sprint to 60 mph in an impressive 3 seconds. Selecting the Performance model also adds ventilated front seats. At the top of the range, you’ll find the Performance with Ludicrous Mode, which knocks a few tenths off the 0-60 mph sprint, cutting the time down to just 2.4 seconds (although it can only deliver on that promise a few times per charge). Ludicrous Mode can be purchased at any time as an over-the-air upgrade to the Special model.
Each channel typically comes in many versions that are essentially similar. The numbers in this review are based on our full test of the Tesla Model S P85D (dual electric motors | direct-drive | AWD).
Ease of use >> 7.5
The giant 17-inch touchscreen is amazingly easy to use. Everything works great except the power exterior door handles. Annoyingly, they frequently fail to deploy right away.
Getting in/going out >> 9.5
The large door openings, good seat height, and a medium-low step-in height make this an easy car to get in and out of, in spite of its seemingly low-slung stance.
Roominess >> 7.0
The cabin feels huge, and all occupants have a ton of leg- and headroom. Overall, there’s an airy and spacious feeling.
Visibility >> 8.0
Excellent visibility all around is augmented by the largest backup camera display we’ve ever seen, with a high-definition camera and advanced parking sensors. It’s simply outstanding.
Quality >> 7.5
Our Model S has an impressively buttoned-up build quality. The panel gaps are tight, the materials are excellent and everything feels expensive.
Utility >> 9.0
The Model S offers significantly more space than most large luxury sedans. But some might find the open center console concept a little polarizing.
Small-item storage >> 9.0
There are cupholders, yes, but the open center-console concept — basically just an open channel running between the two front seats — isn’t so much storage space as a drop zone for wallets, bags, shoes, banana peels and packets of beef jerky.
Cargo space >> 8.0
The Model S has a usable front trunk and a massive rear trunk. That’s a lot more space than other large luxury sedans offer.
Child safety seat accommodation >> 6.5
The Model S features three regular LATCH anchor points in the second row, tucked tightly between the seat cushions.
Technology >> 8.5
From its powertrain to gadgetry, the Model S is a rolling monument to technology. Its massive central control display will feel familiar to anyone who uses a tablet. But some of its driver assistance features, such as Autopilot, aren’t as effective as you might think they are.
Audio & navigation >> 9.0
The main touchscreen is huge, and it responds very well to inputs, though the control menus are complex. The audio options are limited, but the premium audio system has an appealing sound quality. Internet radio, scrolling and playlist creation are all well-executed. Navigation is unreliable.
Smartphone combination >> 6.5
The Model S offers standard Bluetooth hands-free phone functionality with voice control, but there’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integration yet.
Driver aids >> 8.0
If the Model S simply accelerated with unbelievable speed yet did nothing else well, it would still get a top grade. But that’s not the case. All-wheel drive gives it a ton of grip, and it changes direction like a much lighter machine. It’s a total blast to drive.
Acceleration >> 9.0
Even the older P85D we tested managed a 0-60 mph sprint in just 3.5 seconds. And it’s incredibly easy: Just floor the accelerator pedal. Even in typical situations, acceleration is impressive.
Braking >> 8.5
Routine deceleration is aptly handled by the regenerative braking, while panic stops are smooth, short (just 102 feet from 60 mph) and stable with consistent distances. It gives a more predictable pedal feel than some other electric vehicles.
Steering >> 9.0
The steering effort is variable between three different modes, but all are quite quick. The steering feels lighter than it does on non-all-wheel-drive models, but it’s not too light.
Handling >> 8.0
Thanks to sharp steering and incredibly sticky summer performance tires, the grip available with this car are impressive. Corner-carving is also aided by the immediate pedal response. It’s far more fun than such a heavy vehicle should be.
Drivability >> 10.0
With immediately available electrical power, Tesla is a cinch to drive. The car’s adaptive cruise control is among the best in the business.
Comfort >> 9.0
There are no obvious failures in the Model S. The seats are very good, the ride is firm but not abusive, and the road noise is reasonably quiet. The seats could offer more adjustability as well as a cooling function.
Seat comfort >> 8.0
The seats are well-bolstered, grippy and adaptable, and they rival the seats from the class leaders. But no cooling feature is available.
Ride comfort >> 6.5
The ride stops on the firm side even in our Model S test car with 21-inch wheels and an air suspension. That’s not a real complaint because it’s never coarse, but it’s far from cushy.
Noise & vibration >> 9.0
The Model S suffers from an odd resonance at the back of the vehicle, and our test car had quite a bit of electric whine from the front powertrain. Still, compared to most other cars on the road, it’s quiet.
Climate control >> 8.5
Be prepared to like virtual touchscreen controls because that’s what you get. But the look of the digitally rendered icons artfully mimics tactile controls of old, so they will seem very familiar. We found the air conditioning has a hard time keeping up in hot weather.
Interior >> 8.0
Tesla’s interior is a very unique place in which to spend time, with a wide-open character and lovely materials. But thanks to the advanced features in this car, there is a bit of a learning curve. But Tesla centered on the user interface, and it shows.
The screen depicting the vicinity of objects near you during parking is industry-leading. The considerable backup camera display is very helpful, too. We also like adaptive cruise control, but full Autopilot is a various bag and should never be used outwardly full consideration.
NOTE: For this test was conducted in 2015, the current Model S has received some revisions, notably the discontinuation of the P85D trim. It’s similar to the current base Model S, however, and our findings remain broadly applicable to this year’s Model S.
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