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2020 Tesla Model S electric Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Charan Narain Khandelwal Content Writer Updated on: December 8, 2019


Back when Elon Musk Said that electric cars are the way of the future, we all were skeptical at best. Way back when, electric cars as we knew it were slow, small and uninteresting cars or cumbersome and unreliable machines which took more money in repairs than they saved on fuel. Safe to say they were not to anyone’s liking. This all changed with the Model S. 

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Pros

Performance which puts Supercars to shame

Fantastic Range

Massive cargo space

Elegant Styling

Cons

Interiors feels under-equipped for the price.

What's New?

“Standard Range” variant dropped

New Electric motors increasing range and performance

Adaptive air suspensions

Capable of V3 supercharging


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$81190

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

transmission

1 Direct Speed

chassis

frame type

Unibody

dimensions

wheelbase

116 in.

length

196 in.

width

86.2 in.

performance

zero to 60 mph

2.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

10.6 sec.

fuel economy

highway range

370 mi.


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Exterior
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Interior
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Styles

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Deep Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.0

Interior

9.0

Safety

7.5

8.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


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$81,190


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Expert Review

8.6

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The 2020 Model S might not look that different from when it first came out, but it has definitely been upgraded where it matters. The new Model S has upgraded motors mounted on both front and rear axles, giving the Model S an amazing 762 horsepower and 723 lb-ft of torque. This makes the Model S capable of a 0-60 of 2.4 seconds!

The Model S was roaming the wind unchallenged. A real competitor never rose to claim its place in the market, until now. The Porsche Taycan full electric sedan has risen to challenge the Model S for the slot of King of the Electric Sedan.

2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Front View
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Front View
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Rear View
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Rear View

9.0/10
Features

 
 
 

9.0/10
Interior

 
 

7.5/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Tesla Model S electric Features

9.0/10

The Tesla Model S for the 2020 model year comes in 2 trims, the Long Range and the Performance. The EPA has rated the Long Range variant of the Model S for 370 miles. The Performance Variant does have lesser range but with the performance it has, the drop to a 345-mile range won't bother anyone. The Long Range variant starts from $70,115 while the Performance starts from $90,115.

Trim

Long Range

Performance

MSRP

$70,115

$90,115

Key Features

Higher Range

Carbon Fibre Spoiler

 

Heated Seats

Ludicrous Mode

 

Wiper Blade Defroster

 

 

Heated steering wheels

 

 

Washer nozzle heater

 
 

HEPA air filtration

 
 

1-year Satellite Radio

 
 

In-car internet browser, music, and media streaming

 
 

Bluetooth

 
 

Location-based automatic garage door opener

 
 

LED fog lamps

 
 

Tinted glass roof with UV & infrared protection

 
 

Custom Drive Profiles

 
 

Auto-Dimming, power holding, heated side mirrors

 

Which trim we recommend

We would recommend going for the Performance variant. The Performance variant, well, provides you better performance. It ups the top speed to 163 miles per hour, but the most exciting aspect of it is its acceleration. A mind-boggling 0 to 60 of 2.4 seconds, and also a carbon fiber spoiler. We also recommend to opt-in for the Autopilot Package. It's not a true Tesla without one. 

2020 Tesla Model S electric Engine

The 2020 Tesla Model S is equipped with 2 motors, one on each axle. The rear motor is the same old induction motor. However, the front motor is a new permanent magnet reluctance. These new motors make the Model S quicker and give it a better range. 

2020 Tesla Model S electric motor

The electric motors provide insane power delivery. The Model S comes equipped with a single-speed direct drive. 

Models

Tesla Model S

Porsche Taycan

MSRP

$70,115

$152,250

Engine

Electric Motor

Electric Motor

Transmission

1 Direct speed

2 speed automatic

Horsepower

762

670

Torque

723 lb-ft

626 lb-ft

The Porsche Taycan has lesser power than the Model S even when both the cars are powered by two motors on each end. The Porsche Taycan costs substantially more than the Model S. The front motor of the Taycan has a 1 speed Direct Drive Transmission while the rear motor has a 2-speed transmission.

Acceleration

The Tesla Model S is very quick. Acceleration to 60 mph from 0 in 3.7 seconds. Amazing performance for its price and weight and … Wait a minute. That's the slower one! The Long Range variant’s 3.7 seconds is slower than the Performance variant, which has a 0 to 60 of 2.4 seconds! 

2020 Tesla Model S Electric Rear View

To put this in context, the $518K costing Lamborghini Aventador SVJ has a 0-60 of 2.5 Seconds. Porsche’s pinnacle of performance, the 911 GT2 RS, costing $293k reaches 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. The car which is at par with the performance of the Model S is Ferrari’s hypercar, the FXX K costing $3Million!

Models

Tesla Model S

Porsche Taycan

0-60 MPH

2.4 seconds

2.6 seconds

Quarter mile

10.69

10.8

Engine

Electric Motor

Electric Motor

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

The Model S is the quickest car of the two. The exciting new addition from Porsche cant match the Model S in acceleration, with a 0-60 of 2.6 seconds.

Braking 

The Model S has amazing braking performance. It also has regenerative braking which carries the capability to return around 60kW of energy to the battery through braking. The energy is captured and stored in capacitors or the battery. 

Model

Tesla Model S

Porsche Taycan

Brake Front (in.)

14

16.3

Brake Rear (in.)

14.4

14.4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4941

4960

60-0 MPH (ft.)

113

114

Handling

Tesla has impeccable handling for its nature. Its sharp steering and excellent suspensions make the drive smooth as butter. The new automatically adaptive air suspension adjusts the car according to the real-time needs of the road, on the fly. It gives the Model S an extra 3 inches of ground clearance when needed. 

2020 Tesla Model S Electric Front View

The 2020 Model S has a really low center of gravity because of the way the batteries are mounted. This low center of gravity keeps the Model S firmly planted on the road with minimal body roll in turns. 

2020 Tesla Model S electric Fuel Economy

Electric vehicles’ fuel efficiency is measured in miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe). It measures the amount of distance an electric car can travel in the amount of energy equal to the energy produced in burning one gallon of fuel. Although the MPGe figures for the 2020 Tesla Model S are not yet disclosed, we do know the range. It has a range of 345 or 370 depending on the variant you choose. Also, the Model S now comes with V3 Supercharging which Tesla claims will charge the car 25% faster.

Model

Tesla Model S

Porsche Taycan

MPGE (city)

102 

92

MPGE (highway)

107

105

MPGE (combined)

 104 

98

Range (miles)

370

260

The Porsche Taycan has a range of 260 miles. This makes the 2020 Tesla Model S have the most range among its competitors. Even when comparing the Model S Performance and the Taycan Turbo S, the Model S travels farther with a range of 345 miles compared to the 225 miles on the Taycan. 

2020 Tesla Model S electric Interior

9.0/10

The Model S has a refined and elegant look in its interior. Its dual-tone finish complete with polished metal and wood accents are pleasing, however, such a look in rather watered down for some. Standard, it comes with black interiors with an Ashwood decor. The black interior covers the seats and door panels while the wood accents are found on the front armrests, front storage compartment cover, and the dashboard. There are options for a white and cream interior which can be paired with ash or oak wood or carbon fiber. 

2020 Tesla Model S Electric Interior

The ride quality is excellent. Smooth and totally isolated from the outside world as in-cabin noise is to a minimum. There is no engine sounds that might seep in and the tire noise won't bother anyone anytime soon. 

The new automatically adaptive air suspension works hard to handle all the obstructions on the road. It eliminates vibrations effortlessly. 

Teslas never had any problems with visibility. Wide viewing angles along with its plethora of autonomous features make the Model S one of the easiest and tension-free cars to drive. 

It's multi-level heated and ventilated seats provide 8-way power adjustments along with power lumbar support. 

Model

Tesla Model S

Porsche Taycan

Passenger capacity

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.8/57.7/42.7

-

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.3/55/35.4

-

Comparing the internal seating of the 2020 Model S and the Taycan won't be possible as the dimensions of the Porsche Taycan has not been disclosed yet. 

Infotainment and App

The new Model S has the massive 17-inch capacitive touch screen in the middle in place of the dashboard controls and the tachometer. The touchscreen is how you interact with the car and its features. Whether it's the air conditioning controls, heated or ventilated seating control, music and media controls or any other aspect of the car, it is accessed by the touch screen. The screen is also how you open the back or front trunk and doors or view vehicle info like speed, tire pressure, etc. 

​2020 Tesla Model S Electric Infotainment System

Tesla also offers an App that can be linked with your car to control its features. Opening the doors or the trunks, starting the car or even summoning the car to find you in a parking lot!

Cargo Space

Tesla has both a front and a back trunk. The front trunk may seem small as far as trunks go but is quite spacious. The rear trunk offers decent space and the seats fold down to make room for more. 

Model

Tesla Model S

Porsche Taycan

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

N/A

12.9

Cargo Volume with rear seats down (ft.3)

N/A

12.9

2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Seats
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Seats
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Dashboard
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Dashboard
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Rear Seats
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Rear Seats
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Steering Wheel
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Steering Wheel
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Steering
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Steering

2020 Tesla Model S electric Exterior

Dimensions and Weight

On the outside, the Model still comes in a familiar-looking package. The absence of a front grille, the sleek, futuristic design, and an attractive back makes the Model S look apart. Tesla doesn't believe in model years. However, the VIN number says otherwise. So we might not see much difference in the body styles over the years but we know which is which. 

The addition of a Carbon fiber spoiler on the Performance variant is subtle enough to blend into the design but will catch everyone’s eye. 

​​2020 Tesla Model S Electric 3rd quarter View

The Model S comes with a White multi-coat paint job and 19-inch silver wheels. The other paint jobs and wheels are available as options. The attractive 21-inch “Sonic Carbon Twin Turbine” wheels are a $4500 option, while the paint option range from $1500-$2500. 

Model

Tesla Model S

Porsche Taycan

Curb weight (lbs.)

4941

4960

Length(in)

196

195.4

Width(in)

86.2

77.4

Height(in)

56.5

54.3

Ground clearance (in)

4.6

-

Wheelbase (in)

116

114.2

Track width (in) F/R

65.4/66.9

67/65.6

The Model S has more attractive dimensions than the Taycan. Its lighter, while having more length and a longer wheelbase. The Taycan is however substantially narrower than the Model S.

2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Badge
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Badge
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Front Headlight
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Front Headlight
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Rear Light
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Rear Light
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan 3rd Quarter view
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan 3rd Quarter view
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Side View
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Side View

2020 Tesla Model S electric Safety

7.5/10

Tesla are industry leaders with their safety features and autonomous technology. The amazing array of sensors and masterful autonomous features lets you feel like a passenger at times even when you are in the driver’s seat. The 2020 Model S has not been crash-tested yet but Tesla is well-acknowledged for including a variety of safety mechanisms in their cars. 

The Autonomous Autopilot enables your car to accelerate, brake and steer on its own. It will monitor traffic and road conditions constantly and will the people in the car out of harm's way. It is also capable of seamlessly following navigation taking into account the various interchanges and lane changes along the way. 

Last but not least, it will Auto Park itself, both perpendicular and parallel.Tesla has something called the “Sentry Mode” which monitors the car’s surroundings in case of any suspicion, such as loud noise, people lurking near the car and record everything from outside and even inside the cabin if needed in an attempt of a break-in. 

Other Safety Features are: 

  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Stability Control
  • Remote Anti Theft alarm system
  • Traction Control
  • Pre-Collision Safety System
  • 4 Wheel ABS
  • Emergency Braking Preparation
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Front and Rear Ventilated Disk Brakes
  • Blind Spot and Lane Departure Monitoring System

2020 Tesla Model S electric Competition

2020 Porsche Taycan

The Taycan is the new offering from Porsche launching in 2020. It's an all-electric sedan, and with its release, the Tesla Model S finally has some real competition. However, it doesn't, at least as far as performance is concerned. The Model S is lighter, faster, quicker, and has more range. The Porsche However will nudge Tesla to step up their interior game. Taycan’s majestic interiors look spectacular compared to the Model S’s, which some people have chosen to call uninspired. 

2020 Porsche Taycan
2020 Porsche Taycan

 

2020 Tesla Model S electric Final Verdict

The 2020 Tesla Model S taken the best that Tesla has to offer and turns it up to eleven. With its improved performance and handling, the Model S is a force to reckon with. Performance which throws you back in four-seat in a form factor which is practical and reliable is a deadly combo. With the rise of electric vehicles on the road, Tesla is becoming a household name and the Model S is leading the march to new tomorrows.