The Model S and Its Competitors
During the year of 2014, I drove the Tesla Model S for the first time. For the last few weeks we have been testing out the Tesla Model S 85D. When the Model S was first introduced to the public, it instantly shifted automobile standards all over the world. Due to this standard shift, European companies have jumped onto the wave of the new technology advancements in the car industry. Though world-wide car industries are taking strides to close the gap, Tesla is still the leading car company in the industry.
Last week we embraced the opportunity to drive the new Jaguar i-Pace at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Phil McNamara, the editor-in-chief, concluded that the Jaguar i-Pace has great handling agility and a very sharp throttle response. With the added quality of being exceptionally roomy, these same features can be found in the Tesla Model S.
Can the Tesla Model S Hold Up in the Winter Snow?
The Model S performs marvelously well in cold harsh conditions. As new drivers are introduced to our 85D they stare in awe of the new attributes of the Tesla. The car boasts a keyless entry in which the door handles pop out as you approach the car. Upon being seated in the car’s leather seats, the only thing that is required of you is for you to select D for drive on the gearlever. At this time, you haven’t used a handbrake, a key or pressed any buttons. Just like that you are all set to be off on your drive.
It’s nice to experiment between the different steering wheel weight options. I enjoy using its lightest settings for easy fingertip control. The options are Comfort, Normal and Sport. The ride is both surprising and pleasantly smooth. I first thought that the 21-inch tires would produce a less smooth ride. My firsthand assessments proved that to be untrue. At a faster speed it isn’t the best at handling tight curves, but you can successfully get to your desired destination in a hurry. The extra traction of the dual-motor all-wheel drive is a great value to have while living here in the rural Midlands. The control is impeccable and holds up wonderfully against the torque and power outputs. In slippery conditions the traction control light has flashed only once this winter.
I test drove another car for a few days and was faced with my vision being obscured by the copious windscreen A-pillars. As I continue, I will discuss the interior and the many control functions of the 17-inch touchscreen.
In the past, electric cars have been the worst to drive in the winter. Most times their range is compromised. The new Tesla has survived as a daily driver throughout one of the coldest winters in years. The fully white exterior of our 85D is easy on the eyes, and we are ecstatic about the dual motor’s all-wheel drive performance. We have felt very secure when travelling on slippery roads, and the EPS lights have yet to flash. We have experienced slippery moments in the past, last winter to be exact, but the thick 21-inch Tesla wheels have been nothing short of reassuring.
We all know that leather seats can be the worst in the winter. All five seats in the Model S are heated and they all have three levels of warmth to adjust to our liking. Our Tesla Model S is well adapted for winter transport. Along with all five seats being heated, the steering wheel offers a warm touch as well. The main touchscreen controls these features under its very own Cold Weather menu. With one exception, the driver and front passenger seat have personal short cut controls on the home menu.
The range we have been able to manage on cold days is above, yet close to 250 miles. On the warmer days of this winter the mileage increased slightly to around 265 miles. The expectations of the Model S, by Tesla, are for its range to extend to 270 miles when new. I would say that our battery is holding up nicely after two years of use.
The photo above captures the car charging using the Podpoint charging socket. The Podpoint is excellent at charging the car to its full capacity within just six hours. On the other hand, the other unappealing alternative is the three-point plugs in the car park. This charging source takes over 24 hours to reach the battery’s full capacity.
As we continue to investigate the range limits for mostly longer distances, we are faced with having to recharge the battery after barely accomplishing a 180-mile range. We are excited to see just how far we can push the Tesla Model S this spring in much better conditions.
The Day Has Arrived for Us to Collect Our Tesla Model S
The day has arrived, and CAR magazine is now a full member of the Tesla family. Our approved used Model S was picked up by CAR magazine from the Tesla headquarters in the UK. We sat waiting in the London Heathrow dealership with other excited owners of the new Model S. The atmosphere here has a calm air to it, housing minimal furniture and displays to present the multiple charging options available to private customers. Though Tesla cars appeal on a wide scale, there seems to be a heightened interest from older, intelligent wealthy car enthusiasts.
The exchange of my used Model S for the new one went rather smoothly. While we waited for our car to be charged by a Supercharger, we were given a tour of the Model S 85D. Our wait summed up to about 20 minutes total. I’m no stranger to Model S and Model X cars. The tour more so was a review of the overall functions and features of the Model S. Tesla cars are in a class of their own. Our thoughts on the driving performance of the new Model S will be coming up in future updates.