2014 Tesla Model S electric

MSRP $69,900 - $104,500

Ranked #10 in Sedan

7.4

Overall Rating

2014 Tesla Model S electric Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The only American car that has managed to give a run for the money to the European cars in almost every aspect, the Tesla Model S is something that showcases the American automotive supremacy in terms of EVs to the entire world. It has an appealing exterior styling, premium cabin with latest technology, impressive electric driving range, and super-fast charging speeds, basically everything that one could ask for from their premium family sedan. The 2014 model year sees the inclusion of a new high-performance P85D trim with a couple of additional features. 

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Pros

Stylish and aerodynamic exterior design

Impressive performance throughout the range

Plenty of cargo space

Impressive battery range on higher trims

Tesla's ever-expanding supercharger infrastructure

Cons

Doesn’t feel as premium and refined as similarly priced sedans

Isn’t as convenient as a gasoline-powered vehicle

What's New?

New high-performance P85D trim with 360-degree sonar system and collision avoidance braking


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$69900

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

horsepower

302 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

317 lb.-ft.

transmission

1 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

double wishbone front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

116.5 in.

length

195.9 in.

width

77.3 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

4647 lbs.

ground clearance

6.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94 cu ft.

cargo volume

63.4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.2 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

8 yr./ unlimited mi.

powertrain warranty

8 yr./ unlimited mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes

ev battery warranty

8 yr./ 125000 mi.


Pictures & Videos


Trims

60$69,900 onwards

85$79,900 onwards

P85$93,400 onwards

P85D$104,500 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Tesla Model S electric in Agate Black color
Agate Black

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

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

8.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


The Tesla Model S is one of the most desirable electric vehicles in the world today and yet it doesn’t mean that it is reserved only for the rich. With the prices starting at $70,890 the base 2014 Model S offers a very usable over 200 miles of range on a single charge. It has no practical rival in the EV world, but considering the premium appeal and high price tag, it competes against the premium large sedans of the world, which includes the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, and the Porsche Panamera


8.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2014 Tesla Model S electric Features

8.0/10

The trim name symbolizes the battery pack size offered with the car, which means the 2014 Tesla Model S is offered with either a 60- or 85 kWh battery pack with either a single rear-mounted electric motor or a dual motor setup with the AWD variant. Most of the features offered by Tesla are available right from the base trim while the higher trims offer a more powerful powertrain with a handful of creature comforts. 

Trims

60

85

P85

MSRP (RWD)

$70,890

$81,890

$94,390

MSRP (AWD)

-

-

$119,990

Key Features

315 hp 325 lb-ft electric motor w/60 kWh battery

380 hp 325 lb-ft electric motor w/85 kWh battery

691 hp and 687 lb-ft electric dual motors w/85 kWh battery

 

Dusk Sensing Xenon HID Headlamps

Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings

360-degree Sonar System

 

7-speaker 200W audio system

Emergency Braking Preparation

Collision Avoidance Braking

 

Front And Rear Parking Sensors

Power Adjustable Lumbar Support

 
 

Front And Rear View Camera

   
 

Dual Zone Climate Control

   
 

8-Way Power Heated Front Seats

   
 

Leatherette/Cloth Upholstery

   

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Although the 85 trim costs a solid $11,000 premium over the base trim, the substantial increase in the driving range and a minor performance boost with additional creature comforts make it feel absolutely worth it in the long run.

2014 Tesla Model S electric Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2014 Model S features either a single or dual water-cooled electric motor that is powered by either a 60 kWh or an 85 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The single motor variants are rear-wheel driven while the dual-motor setup offers all-wheel drive. The base 60 trim employs a single motor with a 60 kWh battery and the output is rated for 315 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque which is enough to offer a 0-60 mph sprint in just 5.5 seconds. 

The 85 trim on the other hand also employs a single motor setup but with a larger 85 kWh battery pack which is rated to produce a healthy 385 hp with the torque output remaining the same. The top of the line all-new high-performance P85D trim employs a dual motor setup on each axle which together with the 85 kWh battery pack produces a whopping 691 hp and 687 lb-ft of torque that delivers a phenomenal 3.1 second 0-60 mph run. 

Model

2014 Tesla Model S 60

2014 Audi A8 3.0T

2014 BMW 7-Series 740i

2014 Porsche Panamera

MSRP

$70,890

$75,995

$74,950

$79,095

Engine

Single Electric Motor

3.0L, Supercharged V6

3.0L, Turbocharged Inline-6

3.6L, Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

1-speed automatic 

8-speed automatic 

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic 

Power

315 hp

333 hp @ 5,500 rpm

315 hp @ 5,800 rpm

310 hp @ 6,200 rpm

Torque

325 lb-ft

325 lb-ft @ 2,900 rpm

330 lb-ft @ 1,300 rpm

295 lb-ft @ 3,750 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

5.5

5.8

5.6

5.7

Quarter Mile (sec)

14.2

14.2

14.0

14.3

Top Speed (mph)

140

130

142

140

The 2014 Tesla Model S is the most affordable sedan here and yet is also the quickest off the line. The BMW 7-series is a bit pricier and has a similar engine output as that of the Tesla and hence has very similar performance figures as well. The Audi A8 on the other hand is marginally more expensive than the Bimmer and in spite of the higher power output, is a bit slower off the mark. The Porsche Panamera is the most expensive and the slowest as well as it has the lowest engine output in this comparison. 

2014 Tesla Model S electric Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The MPG figure is not something that one looks at while buying an electric car, it is all about the range. The base 60 trim is rated to offer a very practical 208 miles on a single charge while the 85 trim offers an even better 265 miles of range with the larger battery pack. The high-performance P85D has a shorter 242 miles to offer, but one needs to be very careful as the battery range depends a lot on the driving style and terrain. 

Charging the Tesla Model S also depends on the type of charging socket that one utilizes with the car. The standard 110-volt household socket will replenish only 3 miles per hour of charge and is basically useless by all means. The 240-volt 50-amp outlet provides 30 miles of range in an hour and takes about 7 hours to charge completely for the 60 kWh battery and 9 hours for the larger 85 kWh battery. 

The dual charger setup is the best one to have which needs a 100-amp circuit and recharges at the rate of 60 miles per hour of charge and cuts down the full charging times to exactly half as that of the 50-amp setup. Add to that the nationwide and growing setup of Tesla’s industrial grade high speed “Supercharger network” which replenishes 200 miles of range in an hour, makes long-distance touring a less anxious experience. 

Model

Tesla Model S 60

Audi A8 3.0T

BMW 7-Series 740i

Porsche Panamera

MPG (City)

94

19

19

18

MPG (Highway)

97

29

29

28

MPG (Combined)

95

22

23

22

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

60 kWh (battery)

21.7

21.1

21.1

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

208

412 / 629 / 477

401 / 611 / 485

380 / 591 / 464

In comparison, the dinosaur juice-burning European sedans care very little for the environment but offer more practicality with the refueling taking hardly any time. The BMW 7-series offers the best fuel efficiency amongst the three Germans and hence also has the best driving range. Both the A8 and the Porsche Panamera have similar fuel-efficiency ratings and have only marginally lower driving range, all of which are far superior to what the Tesla Model S has to offer. 

2014 Tesla Model S electric Interior

7.0/10

The cabin of the 2014 Model S feels modern and futuristic with the large 17-inch touchscreen vertically aligned panel taking the center stage on the dashboard. This means that Tesla has done away with almost all the buttons and knobs inside the cabin which in turn offers a clean design inside the cabin. That being said, the materials and build quality are just average, and with the prices hiking considerably so much for higher trims, one is left expecting more than what Tesla has to offer.

In terms of cabin space, there is plenty of room for occupants at both the front and back seats, although taller passengers might find it difficult at the back with the sloping roofline limiting the headroom. The optional third row of seats isn’t the most spacious but folds flat into the floor to open up 26.3 cu-ft of the trunk which can be extended to about 58 cu-ft by folding down the second row. The secondary front trunk can also be used to carry groceries but if opting for the AWD version, the cargo space at the front gets reduced to almost half. 

Model

Tesla Model S 60

Audi A8 3.0T

BMW 7-Series 740i

Porsche Panamera

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

4

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

38.8 / 57.7 / 42.7

37.2 / 59.1 / 41.4

40.6 / 59.2 / 41.2

38.0 / 51.9 / 41.9

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

35.3 / 55.0 / 35.4

38.1 / 57.8 / 38.7

38.5 / 57.4 / 38.4

38.2 / 51.7 / 33.3

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

26.3

14.2

17.7

15.7

Although the Model S has plenty of space for all its passengers, the larger German sedans like the Audi A8 and the BMW 7-series offer a more spacious back seat. They have a better headroom and legroom to offer and their cabins also feel much more premium with plenty of first-class features on offer. The Porsche Panamera offers more headroom but the legroom is pretty limited. In terms of cargo space, the 2014 Model S is the king while the Audi has the smallest trunk which is almost half of what Tesla has to offer.

  • 12-way power-adjustable Heated Front Seats w/Memory
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Fold Forward Rear Seat
  • Hand-Wrapped Microfiber Cloth/Synthetic Leather Upholstery
  • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column w/Leather Steering Wheel
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Air Conditioning w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Homelink Garage Door Transmitter
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage and Cargo Net
  • Tracker System

How intuitive is the 2014 Tesla Model S Electric’s infotainment unit?

The large 17-inch touchscreen display placed vertically at the center of the dashboard controls almost every aspect of the car which includes, infotainment, navigation, cabin functions, and climate control. It is so futuristic and modern that even the flow from the AC vents is controlled via the screen. But the fact that the standard navigation system offers only maps and one has to opt for the optional Tech package's enhanced navigation system for turn-by-turn directions, definitely raises more than a few eyebrows. 

  • The 17-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 7-speaker stereo system
  • Online radio and On-demand internet radio
  • Mobile Hotspot Internet Access
  • Smart Device Integration
  • Integrated Navigation System w/Voice Activation
  • Real-Time Traffic Display

2014 Tesla Model S electric Exterior

6.0/10

The super sleek and minimalistic design from the cabin is also enunciated on the outside with a smooth, aerodynamic, and clean design language. The grille only houses sensors and radars for the autopilot functionality and does not have any air vents as there is no engine to feed in the air. The flush door handles, large wheels, and low slung stance, all add to the wow factor of the car. What excites me more is the optional Smart Air Suspension that adjusts the ride height on its own based on the road ahead. 

Model

Tesla Model S 60

Audi A8 3.0T

BMW 7-Series 740i

Porsche Panamera

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,824

4,365

4,344

3,902

Length (in)

196.0

202.2

199.8

197.4

Width (in)

77.3

76.7

74.9

76.0

Height (in)

56.5

57.5

58.3

55.8

Ground Clearance (in)

4.6

5.6

6.0

5.6

Wheelbase (in)

116.5

117.8

120.9

115.0

The 2014 Tesla Model S is the shortest sedan in this comparison but weighs the most due to the heft of the large battery-packed underneath the floorboard. The Audi A8 is the longest and hence is also on the heavier side while the 7-series is a bit shorter but offers the best ground clearance in this comparison. The Porsche Panamera is similar in terms of dimension as that of the Model S but is a lot lighter even when compared to its gasoline-powered peers. 

  • Automatic Projector Beam High-Intensity Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Headlamps
  • LED Brakelights
  • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Power Heated Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Tilt Down and Power Folding
  • Chrome Door Handles, Side Windows Trim, and Bodyside Insert
  • Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
  • Lip Spoiler
  • 19-inch Aluminum Alloy Wheels

2014 Tesla Model S electric Safety

7.0/10

The IIHS is yet to crash-test the 2014 Tesla Model S for testing its safety standards but the government-run NHTSA has rated the Model S with a perfect 5-star overall rating for the 2014 model year. There are abundant safety functions and driver aids that make maneuvering this large and high-performance sedan a breeze to control, no matter the circumstances. A highlight of the most prominent safety features has been listed below. 

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Driveline Traction Control
  • Forward Collision Mitigation and Rear Collision Warning
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • Front and Back-Up Camera
  • Restricted Driving Mode
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning

2014 Tesla Model S electric Final Verdict

The Tesla Model S is considered as the pinnacle of the automotive industry as long as electric vehicles are concerned. It offers immense performance and finally gives us respite from the range anxiety that surrounded EVs of the past. That being said, the average materials and build quality and the long list of features that need to be bought separately with various optional packages hike the already premium price even further. If that doesn’t bother you and if you live and travel within the area that has plenty of Tesla’s Supercharging stations, the Model S could be a dream buy for you.