2020 Tesla Model S Electric

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Updated on: June 5, 2021

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Back when Elon Musk Said that electric cars are the way of the future, we all were skeptical at best. Now changing the way people perceive that notion, the 2020 Tesla Model S makes its way back with a couple of major changes being brought about. Priced at an MSRP of $70,115 for the Long Range Plus trim, the 2020 Model S gets powered by 2 motors, which enables it to do the 0-60 MPH run in just about 2.4 seconds.

Major changes come in the form of an adaptive suspension setup in the Model S Performance trim, and the new Model S software, that allows the owners to use the V3 Supercharging network. Moreover, on a full charge, the Long Range delivers an astonishing 402 miles of range, whereas the Performance trim settles for 348 miles.


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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


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$79990

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

horsepower

762 hp

torque

723 lb.-ft.

transmission

1 speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

14/14.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

116.5 in.

length

196 in.

width

77.3 in.

height

56.9 in.

curb weight

4883 lbs.

ground clearance

6.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94 cu ft.

cargo volume

60.2 cu ft.

payload capacity

1056 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

12.7 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

8 yr./ unlimited mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos

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Trims

Long Range $79,990 onwards

762 hp | Electric | Electric

  • All door remote Keyless Entry
  • AM/FM/HD/Satellite-prep, Seek-Scan Radio
  • BMW Assist emergency communications
  • Body Color Front Bumper & Rear Side Panels
  • Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights

Performance $99,990 onwards

Electric | Electric

  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • Curb View Front Camera
  • Micron Air Filtration
  • Navigation System
  • Rear Center Armrest w/ Cupholders
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Colors and Styles

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

8.9

Fuel Economy

9.4

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.9

Safety

7.5

Competition

9.0

8.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.8

Overall Rating


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 0-60MPH sprint in 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 2020 Porsche Taycan full electric sedan has risen to challenge the Model S for the slot of King of the Electric Sedan.


9.0/10
Pricing and Features

8.9/10
Engine and Performance

9.4/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.9/10
Exterior

7.5/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2020 Tesla Model S electric Pricing and Features

9.0/10

The Tesla Model S for the 2020 model year comes in 2 trims, the Long Range Plus and the Performance. The Standard Range, as thus, has been discontinued form 2019. The Long Range Plus variant starts from $70,115 while the Performance starts from $90,115. Apart from the Carbon Spoiler and the standard Ludicrous Mode on offer, the feature-list does not differ by that much.

Trim

Long Range Plus

Performance

MSRP (AWD)

$70,115

$90,115

Key Features

Longer Range

Adds/Upgrades to Long Range Plus

 

Heated Seats

Ludicrous Mode

 

Wiper Blade Defroster

Carbon Fibre Spoiler

 

Washer nozzle heater

 
 

HEPA air filtration

 
 

Tinted glass roof with UV & infrared protection

 
 

Custom Driver Profiles

 

Its only when the performance quotients of both these variants are put on display, that we know why the Performance variant asks for a $20,000 premium. The EPA has rated the Long Range Plus 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.

2020 Tesla Model S electric Buying Advice

Which 2020 Tesla Model S trim do we recommend? 

We would recommend going for the 2021 Model S Performance trim. The Performance variant, priced at an MSRP of $90,115, provides you better performance stats, to keep it straight. 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 MPH sprint in 2.4 seconds, and also a carbon fiber spoiler. The Performance variant is well worth spending if you have this much money to spare on a car. 

2020 Tesla Model S electric Engine and Performance

8.9/10

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

Moreover, for 2020, the Tesla Model S Performance trim has an updated front-drive unit and motor. Acceleration to 60 mph from a standstill takes 3.7 seconds. Amazing performance for its price and weight and … Wait a minute. That's the slower one! The Performance variant, on the other hand, does the 0-60MPH sprint in 2.4 seconds! 

Models

2020 Tesla Model S

2020 Porsche Taycan

MSRP

$70,115

$152,250

Engine

Electric Motor

Electric Motor

Drivetrain AWD AWD

Transmission

1-Direct speed

2-speed automatic

Power 

762hp@0rpm

670hp@0rpm

Torque 

723lb-ft@0rpm

626lb-ft@0rpm

0-60 MPH

2.4 sec

2.6 sec 

Quarter Mile

10.69 sec

10.8 sec

Top Speed 155 MPH 162 MPH

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. 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

9.4/10

Electric vehicles’ fuel efficiency is measured in miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe). Although the MPGe figures for the 2020 Tesla Model S are not yet disclosed, we do know the range. It has a range of 348 or 402 miles 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

2020 Tesla Model S

2020 Porsche Taycan

MPGE (City)

102 

92

MPGE (Highway)

107

105

MPGE (Combined)

 104 

98

Range

402 miles

260 miles

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

N/A

N/A

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 348 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 interior look. Its dual-tone finish complete with polished metal and wood accents is pleasing. 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. 

Smooth and totally isolated from the outside world as in-cabin noise is to a minimum. 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. 

Model

2020 Tesla Model S

2020 Porsche Taycan

Seating Capacity

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.8/57.7/42.7

N/A

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

35.3/55/35.4

N/A

Cargo Capacity

N/A

12.9 cu. ft.

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 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

8.9/10

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 three 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

2020 Tesla Model S

2020 Porsche Taycan

Curb Weight 

4941 lbs

4960 lbs

Length

196"

195.4"

Width

86.2"

77.4"

Height

56.5"

54.3"

Ground Clearance

4.6"

N/A

Wheelbase 

116"

114.2"

The Model S has more attractive dimensions than the Taycan. It's 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 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 Sedan Exterior
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Exterior
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Exterior
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Exterior
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Exterior
2020 Tesla Model S electric Sedan Exterior

2020 Tesla Model S electric Safety

7.5/10

Tesla is an industry leader with its safety and autonomous technology. 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 at a break-in. 

Some additional safety features include: 

  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Stability Control
  • Remote Anti Theft alarm system
  • Traction Control
  • Pre-Collision Safety System
  • Emergency Braking Preparation with Assist
  • Blind Spot and Lane Departure Monitoring System

2020 Tesla Model S electric Competition

9.0/10

2020 Tesla Model S vs 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.

2020 Porsche Taycan

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 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 that throws you back in four-seat in a form factor that 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.

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7.8

based on 37 ratings


8.3/10 Features
8.2/10 Interiors
8.2/10 Design
8.2/10 Safety
8.0/10 Reliability
7.5/10 Deal Value

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Dawn

2020 Tesla Model S electric

Long Range Plus 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 5, 2021

Love my Tesla

Pros - Practical, functional, long-range, infotainment

Cons - Nothing

WOW The 17" iPad like control panel is a huge wow factor, very easy to use and fun too!! This has to be the best infotainment in the whole industry! The 85kW hour battery system has a practical range of 250-265 with my driving style. Does better on the highway. This is the type of car that makes you want to take a long way home!

8/10
Features
7/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

RC

Robbie P. Curtis

2020 Tesla Model S electric

Long Range Plus 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 23, 2021

A character like no other

Pros - Speed, handling, electric

Cons - Price, interior material

A balanced ride Tesla Model S is the perfect combination of power, tech, and comfort. What more do one what other than these three? The acceleration is good, the seats are comfortable, the cabin is spacious, and is loaded with tech. I don’t think I can ask anything more. This was not my first car shopping experience, but by far the best one yet!!! I highly recommend Tesla of Mission Viejo.

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
10/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

LW

Linda L. Wortham

2020 Tesla Model S electric

Performance 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 23, 2021

The Luxury Electric Sedan!

Pros - Great range. Breathtakingly quick. Coveted design.

Cons - Limited service network. Quite expensive.

Insane acceleration! I have only had the car for over a year now. And I absolutely love driving it. Tesla are a revolution in the industry right now and I very well wanted to be a part in it. The AWD electric drive sure is quick as hell breaks loose. It's just weird it happens with only a cynical, low hissing from the motor instead of a V8 growl. But you really can't push it to the limits every now and then as it affects the range. But, for a day-to-day basis of work commutes, grocery runs etc. the Model S does its duties quite effortlessly. The range on the car is pretty decent for about 340 miles on a full charge. The only thing that quite worried me is the limited dealer network. I had to drive over 200 miles to get a power window switch replaced under warranty which is ridiculous. I hope there are more Tesla service centers coming up in the future!

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

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