The 2018 Tesla Model S nonetheless delivers unequaled battery-electric efficiency, although its fashion and safety are starting to point out their age.
In what’s now its seventh mannequin yr, the 2018 Tesla Model S can safely be referred to as a vehicle that historical past will keep in mind. The all-electric Model S stays the quickest plug-in car in quantity manufacturing, although these qualities come at a price. Tesla doesn’t have trim ranges, however this yr the Model S is available in primarily three variations, all now with all-wheel drive: the “75D” has a seventy five-kilowatt-hour battery pack, the “100D” has a one hundred-kwh pack, and the highest-of-the-line “P100D” additionally has a one hundred-kwh pack however extra highly effective motors. It’s the recent rod of the group.
We price this yr’s Tesla Model S at 7.eight factors out of 10, giving it excessive marks for design, efficiency, safety, and power effectivity, however fewer factors this yr for consolation and features than it acquired in years previous. (Learn extra about how we price automobiles.)
Consumers ought to know that Tesla’s mannequin years merely correspond to manufacturing dates on the calendar, and it rolls out updates each time they’re prepared. Meaning mannequin years imply comparatively little: a 2017 Model S inbuilt December is all however similar to a 2018 inbuilt January, whereas a 2018 constructed this coming November or December might have quite a few modifications versus the January car.
The opposite factor consumers ought to know is that 5 years after the primary Supercharger website opened, Tesla stays the only electric-car maker whose automobiles have entry to freeway quick-charging that largely blankets the decrease forty eight states and permits the car so as to add as much as 200 miles of range in 30 or forty minutes. All different 2018 electric automobiles that declare “quick charging” function solely at 50 kilowatts, towards the Tesla’s one hundred twenty five- to one hundred thirty five-kw most. That makes cross-nation journeys in Teslas uneventful, if nonetheless barely slower than powering straight via on gasoline.
The Tesla Model S was a exceptional achievement from a startup California firm few within the business took significantly till they drove its first all-electric automobiles in 2012. It scared the daylights out of German luxurious makers, all of whom have rivals coming for 2019 or 2020. With greater than one hundred fifty,000 copies on the world’s roads, the Model S stays at the moment an exemplar of what electric automobiles might be. It can nonetheless value you as a lot as a excessive-finish German sedan, however it does issues no German luxurious mannequin at this time can do—specifically, drive totally freed from tailpipe emissions.
- Elegant design
- Oh, that acceleration!
- Supercharging community nonetheless unequaled
- Big touchscreen interface dazzles
- Snug and quiet
- Cabin stays stark
- Prime fashions properly into six figures
- Continuous updates alter features
- Rear seat entry not the best
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