2019 Tesla Model S Electric

2019 MODEL
$75,000 - $133,000

8.4

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2019 Tesla Model S electric Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: October 17, 2019


Elon Musk is known to speak about some crazy stuff, he's right about at least one thing: his electric vehicles have changed the world. The 2019 Tesla Model S opens a new window and continues to dominate the electric luxury car field, offering sleek styling, impressive performance and an incredibly long range. The Model S comes in Long Range and Performance models. Long Range versions have a 100-kWh pack and a range of 335 miles. Performance models also have the 100-kWh pack but are rated at 315 miles. All versions of the Model S now come with all-wheel drive. Add the $15,000 Ludicrous Mode option to the Performance model and you have the top-performing Model S, good for an official 0-60-mph time of 2.4 seconds.

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Pros

Mind Numbing Acceleration

Best In Class Cargo Capacity

Best In Class Range

Agile Handling

Fast Charging Capabilities

Wide range of Supercharger Network

Cons

In-Cabin feel not plush like rivals

Small Dealer Network

Limited service network

What's New?

Lower MSRP for all trims

75D discontinued

Standard 100KWh across the range


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$75000

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

transmission

1-speed direct drive

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

65.4/66.9

dimensions

wheelbase

116.5 in.

length

196 in.

width

77.3 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

4769 lbs.

ground clearance

4.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94 cu ft.

cargo volume

58.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

10.6 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

96 months. / unlimited

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


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Styles

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Deep Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Interior

9.0

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Tesla Model S electric Standard Range

Standard Range

power
TBD
fuel
Electric
mpg
TBD

$75,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Standard Range 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) Starting at $75,000 MSRP TBD electric, electric
1-speed direct drive all wheel drive 5

 2019 Tesla Model S electric 75D

75D

power
518 hp
fuel
Electric
mpg
103 combined

$76,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
75D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) w/Prod. End 1/19 Starting at $76,000 MSRP (102/103/105) 518 hp, electric, electric
1-speed direct drive all wheel drive 5

 2019 Tesla Model S electric Long Range

Long Range

power
TBD
fuel
Electric
mpg
111 combined

$85,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Long Range 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) Starting at $85,000 MSRP (115/111/107) electric, electric
1-speed direct drive all wheel drive 5

 2019 Tesla Model S electric Base

Base

power
TBD
fuel
Electric
mpg
102 combined

$85,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) w/Prod. End 3/19 Starting at $85,000 MSRP (101/102/102) electric, electric
1-speed direct drive all wheel drive 5

 2019 Tesla Model S electric 100D

100D

power
TBD
fuel
Electric
mpg
102 combined

$94,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
100D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) w/Prod. End 1/19 Starting at $94,000 MSRP (101/102/102) electric, electric
1-speed direct drive all wheel drive 5

 2019 Tesla Model S electric Performance

Performance

power
TBD
fuel
Electric
mpg
104 combined

$96,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Performance 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) Starting at $96,000 MSRP (104/104/104) electric, electric
1-speed direct drive all wheel drive 5

 2019 Tesla Model S electric P100D

P100D

power
TBD
fuel
Electric
mpg
98 combined

$133,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
P100D 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD) w/Prod. End 1/19 Starting at $133,000 MSRP (92/98/105) electric, electric
1-speed direct drive all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.4

Overall Rating


The 2019 Tesla Model S comes in just 3 trims- Standard, Long Range and Performance. The trims have been segregated as per their names and have been priced from $69,750 to $89,750 after adding all the incentives. The 2019 Model S comes standard with a 100KWh battery and an AWD system across all the trims. Customers have the option of going for the Ludicrous Trim by paying $14,000 more over the standard Performance Trim. This makes the Model S do the dash to 60MPH in just 2.4 seconds, while still delivering 300+ miles of range.

While there are no direct rivals to the Model S, manufacturers like Lexus, BMW and Porsche have hybrids in the form of the LS 500h, 740e X Drive and the Panamera e-Hybrid respectively.

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7.5/10
Features

 
 
 

9.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Tesla Model S electric Features

7.5/10

Tesla has reduced the number of trims, available in the Model S for 2019. All trims come with the same set of standard features and are only differentiated in their range and performance. Also, AWD comes in as standard for all trims and Enhanced Autopilot comes to work in the 2019 model. Talking about the differences, the Standard Range Model S offers 310 miles of range and a 0-60 time of 4.2 seconds. The Long Range trim adds 25 miles of range to the previous trim and can be upgraded in the standard trim through an OTA software update. The Performance Trim does the 0-60 dash in just 2.4 seconds (Ludicrous Mode by paying $15,000 extra) and see a reduction in range to just 315 miles.

Trim

Standard Range

Long Range

Performance

MSRP

$69,750

$73,750

$89,750

Features

Dual Zone Auto Climate Control

Dual Zone Auto Climate Control

Dual Zone Auto Climate Control

 

17" Touchscreen Infotainment System with navigation

17" Touchscreen Infotainment System with navigation

17" Touchscreen Infotainment System with navigation

 

Adaptive LED Headlights

Adaptive LED Headlights

Adaptive LED Headlights

 

Leather Interiors

Leather Interiors

Leather Interiors

 

12 Speaker Audio system with Satellite Radio, 2 USB Ports

12 Speaker Audio system with Satellite Radio, 4 USB Ports

12 Speaker Audio system with Satellite Radio, 4 USB Ports

 

Heated Rear Seats and Steering wheel

Heated Rear Seats and Steering wheel

Heated Rear Seats and Steering wheel

 

LED Interior Lighting

LED Interior Lighting

LED Interior Lighting

 

LED Cornering Lamps

LED Cornering Lamps

LED Cornering Lamps

 

4G, Wi-Fi connectivity

4G, Wi-Fi connectivity

4G, Wi-Fi connectivity

 

Power Front adjust seats

Power Front adjust seats

Power Front adjust seats

We Recommend

We recommend the Long Range trim of the 2019 Tesla model S as it bundles a lot of performance and a superb range with it. Whichever trim you get, we do highly recommend the Enhanced Autopilot option .

2019 Tesla Model S electric Engine and Performance

Good" really undersells it; the Tesla Model S is an outstanding car-Cars.USNews.com

Unlike gas-powered cars, the 2019 Tesla Model S comes powered by 2 Induction Electric motors whose power and torque ratings haven't been listed by Tesla (As Tesla believes in 0-60 figures rather than HP and Torque figures). The Model S is available only with a 100KWh battery pack and gets AWD as standard in all trims. This has been made possible by the use of dual motors, one for the front wheels and one for the rear. These dual motors let the Model S reach alarming speeds in seconds, leaving the competition in the dust. The ModelS digitally and independently controls torque to the front and rear wheels. This result is a better traction control in every condition.

Models

Tesla Model S Performance

Lexus LS 500h

BMW 740e Xdrive iPerformance

Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid

MSRP

$89,750

$79,510

$91,250

$102,900

Engine

Dual Induction Electric Motors

3.5L Twin Turbo V6 with 2 Electric Motors

2.0L Twin Turbo Inline 4 Motor with Electric Motor

2.9L Twin Turbo V6 with Electric Motor

Transmission

1 Speed DD

CVT

8 Speed Auto

8 Speed Auto

Horsepower

N/A

354hp

322hp

462hp

Torque

N/A

257lb-ft

369lbs.-ft.

516 lbs.-ft.

There isn't a Multi-Speed Transmission and instead, transmission duties are performed by a single-speed direct-drive unit that powers all the 4 wheels. For charging purposes, Tesla bundles the 2019 Model S with a 20 ft. mobile connector with storage bag, a 240V NEMA 14-50 adapter, a 120V NEMA 5-15 adapter and a J1772 public charging adapter. The Charging port is concealed in the rear driver side tail lamp.

Acceleration

The 2019 Tesla Model S does quite well in the acceleration department. For a vehicle this size, the MODEL S has brisk acceleration and remarkable handling. Whether it's the open roads or a stop sign, Tesla's performance-based sedan will always satisfy your speed needs

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Models

Tesla Model S Standard

Lexus LS 500h

BMW 740e Xdrive iPerformance

Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid

 

0-60 MPH(Seconds)

4.2(2.4 for Perf.)

5.1

5.1

4.4

 

Quarter mile(Seconds)

10.7

13.5

13.7

13.3

 

Engine

Dual Induction Electric Motors

3.5L Twin Turbo V6 with 2 Electric Motors

2.0L Twin Turbo Inline 4 Motor with Electric Motor

2.9L Twin Turbo V6 with Electric Motor

 

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

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

The 2019 Tesla Model S' acceleration figures are better than most of the rivals. The Porsche Panamera comes closest to the Teslas while the Lexus and the BMW take identical time, to reach the 60mph mark. The Performance version of the Model S takes just 2.4 seconds to reach the 60M{H, making it one of the quickest sedans in the world to achieve this feat.

Ride and Handling

The 2019 Tesla Model 3 Sedan showcases impressive balance while entering corners, transitioning through the bend and exiting it powerfully. The heavy battery is the reason behind its low-centre of gravity and the weight distribution from front to rear is quite uniform. The 18-inch wheels can be a little bothering in matters of handling but the optional 19-inch wheels perform better. As for the steering wheel, it is very quick off the centre and is nicely weighted with minimal feedback. It offers you three different settings to choose from Standard, Comfort, and Sport. The AWD system works well to maintain a perfect balance between ride and handling and allow for a smooth transition of power throughout the 4 wheels.

Braking

The 2019 Tesla Model S uses regenerative braking while routine deceleration to get the best output. Panic stops are stable and consistent, and quite short for a vehicle this heavy. Just like the acceleration pedal (can't call it gas' pedal now, can we?), the brake pedal gives a more predictable feel as compared to some other electric vehicles

2019 Tesla Model S brake

Model

Tesla Model S sedan

Lexus LS 500h

BMW 740e Xdrive iPerformance

Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid

Brake Front (in.)

14

14.0

14.7

16.5

Brake Rear (in.)

14.4

13.1

14.5

16.1

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4941

4850

4740

5315

70-0 MPH (ft.)

102(60-0mph)

164

178

152

The Model S takes just 102 feet to come to a halt from 60 mph. That's impressive for a vehicle this heavy. This is possible thanks to Tesla's sticky summer tires and its able regenerative brakes. The Porsche, on the other hand, stays true to its racing pedigree and stop the best among the rest. The Heavy Bimmer is the last of the lot with its 178ft distance to stop from 70MPH.

2019 Tesla Model S electric Fuel Economy

While the Tesla Model S runs on Electric Power, it has certainly raised the bar for the distances that can be traversed by an Electric Car when charged fully. The least range that one can get from a fully charged 2019 Tesla Model S is 310miles in the standard trim, 315 on the performance and 335 in the long-range trim. What sweetens the case for the Tesla is the wide range of Supercharger stations around the US and the upgraded Superchargers that can charge 50% of the Model S' battery in just 5 minutes. Tesla also bundles a 20 feet long charging cable and multiple adapters of different ratings, to make it easier for consumers to charge their Tesla from various charging stations.

2019 Tesla Model S charging

Model

Tesla Model S sedan

Lexus LS 500h

BMW 740e Xdrive iPerformance

Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid

MPG (city)

92

25

25

N/A

MPG (highway)

105

33

29

N/A

MPG (combined)

98

28

27

22

The Porsche has not released the official EPA ratings for the Porsche, but it is safe to say that they won't surpass Tesla's benchmark. What we do know is that the Panamera can travel 22 miles on electric charge alone. On the other hand, the BMW and the Lexus have similar overall MPG figures while the Lexus, having a slight advantage on the highway.

 

2019 Tesla Model S electric Interior

9.0/10

The Tesla's interior is a very special place to spend time, with a wide-open feel and lovely materials-Edmunds.com

Seating and Comfort

The 2019 Tesla Model S comes standard with leather seats that are heated and 12-way power-adjustable in the front. The seats are comfortable and provide with excellent visibility. But the material quality could use a little help. For a car that costs as much as a Tesla, other manufacturers are able to provide a much more refined interior for the same price

2019 Tesla Model S seating

Passenger comfort is excellent in the front. In the second row, the sloping roofline hinders the headroom for taller passengers. Another issue is the seating angle in the second row. Since the floor is raised due to the arrangement of the batteries, the knees are raised, which isn't ideal for long journeys. The optional rear-facing seats are only suited for small children

Model

Tesla Model S sedan

Lexus LS 500h

BMW 740e Xdrive iPerformance

Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

4

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

38.8/57.7/42.7

37.3/58.8/41.0

39.9/59.2/41.4

N/A

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

35.3/55.0/35.4

37.3/56.4/38.9

38.9/57.7/44.4

N/A

Infotainment System

Tesla has not skipped on adding a plethora of features for the infotainment system of the 2019 Model S and all the trims, come with the same system. Following are some of the features inside the 2019 Tesla Model S

  • 17" Touchscreen Display
  • Mobile App Remote Control
  • 11 Speaker Audio System
  • XM Satellite/FM/HD Radio with on-demand and internet radio capability
  • 2 USB ports for Media and power
  • Bluetooth Hands-Free Calling and Media Streaming
  • Voice Activated Control
  • Wi-Fi and Cellular Internet Capability
  • Backup Camera
  • 12V Power Outlet

2019 Tesla Model S infotainment

Interior Features

The interiors of the 2019 Tesla Model S are also loaded with a lot of convenience features that are meant to pamper the people inside the cabin. These are some of the features that can be found in all trims of the 2019 Model S

  • Keyless Entry
  • 60/40 Split-folding heated rear seats
  • Auto-Dimming mirrors
  • One-Touch power windows
  • Retracting, Lighted Door handles
  • Power adjustable, heated side mirrors
  • Heated Steering wheel
  • LED interior ambient lighting
  • Center armrest with 2 cup holders
  • 12 Way power adjustable heated front seats with Memory and Driver profile

Cargo Capacity

The Liftback design of the Model S, yields it gains in terms of the cargo space it offers. The 2019 Tesla model S offers an impressive and class-leading 30 cubic feet of space, which can be further improved by folding the rear seats flat down in 60/40 configuration.

2019 Tesla Model S cargo area

Model

Tesla Model S sedan

Lexus LS 500h

BMW 740e Xdrive iPerformance

Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid

Trunk Volume (ft.3)

30

15.1

15

14.3

In terms of competition, the Panamera offers the least space in our comparison while the Lexus and BMW end at a dead heat.

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2019 Tesla Model S electric Exterior

The Tesla's clean, uncluttered lines debuted back in 2012, and it immediately became one of the most striking cars on the road. It still is-KBB.com

Design and Dimensions

The Tesla cars brought forth a revolution in the way people thought about electric cars, and their simple and uncluttered design set them apart just as much as their capabilities with an electric motor. Till 2016, the Model S wore a faux grille which is now ditched for a more daring grille-less design along with revised headlights. The New Tesla gets swanky LED Headlights with Led cornering Lamps and Led Fog lights.

2019 Tesla Model S

From the side, the sloping roofline makes the Model S look more like a practical hatchback than a sedan. You won't find any door-handles anywhere, but when you approach the car with the key fob, the retractable handles emerge out for you. In the rear, the simple yet daring and classy look continues. The taillights hold another secret, the recharging port is actually hidden behind the taillight, so as to not be a constant freckle on an otherwise clean design.

Model

Tesla Model S Performance

Lexus LS 500h

BMW 740e Xdrive iPerformance

Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid

Curb weight (lbs.)

4941

4850

4740

5315

Length(in)

196.0

206.1

206.6

198.8

Width(in)

77.3

74.8

74.9

76.3

Height(in)

56.9

57.5

58.2

56.2

Ground clearance (in)

4.6

6.5

5.8

6.4

Wheelbase (in)

116.5

123.0

126.4

116.1

The Tesla in terms of dimensions, stacks in between the Lexus and the Porsche and this gives it an edge while parking in tight spaces or moving through heavy traffic. The Tesla however suffers in terms of ground clearance as it offers the least among its rivals, hence making it difficult for drivers to pass over speed bumps at high speeds.

Exterior Features

Like the striking design of the 2019 Model S, Tesla has added plenty of features on the outside to complement the futuristic design. These are few of the features on the outside of the 2019 Tesla Model S

  • 3 Position Dynamic LED turning lights
  • LED Fog lights
  • Hands-Free parallel parking and summoning features
  • Adaptive LED Headlights
  • Lighted Door Handles
  • LED cornering lights
  • Wiper Blade De Frosters

 

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2019 Tesla Model S electric Safety

Safety Features

Tesla boasts of safety in its cars and the Tesla Model S is no different. The Model S comes loaded with a bag full of safety features and for 2019, Tesla has made the optional safety features found in the 2018 car as standard for 2019. The following are the list of a few safety features in the 2019 Model S

  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front, Knee, Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Blind Spot Sensor
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Power Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts with Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pre-tensioners
  • Front Camera
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors

 

2019 Tesla Model S electric Competition

Tesla Model S vs. Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid

The Porsche Panamera was the 1st 4 door Porsche that touted Porsche's signature handling dynamics but in a more practical avatar. Looks aside, the Panamera offered everything that one would expect from a 911 but with space for rear passengers as well. The Tesla, on the other hand, offers better performance and an incredibly higher range than the Panamera while retailing for a far lesser price than the same. True that Tesla hasn't been built like the Porsche in both the outside and on the inside but for the value that the Tesla offers, it's certainly a no brainer.

2019 Porsche panamera e-hybrid

Tesla Model S vs. Lexus LS 500h

The Lexus LS 500h stands apart from the rest of the competition, with its ultra-luxurious interiors, striking exteriors and a great handling body. With superb attention to detail on both the outside and the inside, the Lexus sure grabs eyeballs wherever it goes. The Lexus also retails for a lot less when compared to Tesla. Tesla, on the other hand, offers a great driving range with a tech-laden interior that houses a lot of features and connectivity options. In terms of sportiness as well, Tesla leaves the Lexus way behind in every possible test. If you are ok with an "Okayish" build quality and focus more on performance and fancy stuff, the Tesla will suit you well then.

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Tesla Model S vs. BMW 740e XDrive

The BMW 7 Series has been the preferred choice of Head of States and other Top Honchos because of its imposing stance and humongous levels of luxury on offer. The 7 series Hybrid has brought all that luxury in an eco-friendly avatar and made driving, furthermore pleasant and guilt-free. The Tesla Model S, on the other hand, is beast on the road when it comes to performance and driving range on offer. It also trumps the BMW in terms of the Tech offered in the cabin and the Autonomous features on offer. So if Luxury and a well-built cabin is your top priority, the BMW will be your best bet but for everything else, it's the Tesla that you should bet on.

2019 BMW 740e

2019 Tesla Model S electric Final Verdict

In case you're searching for a luxurious vehicle that pushes the limits of what an electric vehicle can do, look no further. The 2019 Tesla Model S is something that seems to have evolved out of a science fiction motion picture with its brilliant performance and amazing tech. In terms of pricing as well, Tesla has gone all guns blazing and has priced the Model S, even more aggressively than before. Leave aside the minor niggles in the build quality and the interior space and you will be surprised by what Tesla offers in the Model S. It is quick, smooth, loaded with tech, eco-friendly and a general spine chiller to own and drive.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

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What are superchargers?

Tesla's proprietary Supercharger network is one of its greatest commercial assets. You can charge your Tesla at any of some 10,000 locations worldwide.