2019 Tesla Model S electric

MSRP $76,000

Ranked #1 in Sedan

9.1

Overall Rating

2019 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 2019 Tesla Model S redefines premium car ownership. From innovative technology to tailor your ride to personal preferences such as drive, powertrain, or enhanced Autopilot features, every Model S is the ultimate expression of engineering excellence and clean technology. The 2019 Tesla Model S offers a longer-range battery, and all-wheel drive capability—but those aren't the only upgrades the automaker has made to its luxury EV sedan. 

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Pros

Impressive range

Elegant design

Snappy acceleration

Exceptional ride quality 

Cons

Pricey higher trims

Quite plain interior

Upgrades to software change options constantly

What's New?

Revised trim line

The model S 75D trim is no longer available


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$76000

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

horsepower

518 hp

torque

387 lb.-ft.

transmission

1 speed direct drive

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

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

dimensions

wheelbase

116.5 in.

length

196 in.

width

77.3 in.

height

56.9 in.

curb weight

4769 lbs.

ground clearance

4.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94 cu ft.

cargo volume

60.2 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.5 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

8 yr./ unlimited mi.

powertrain warranty

8 yr./ unlimited mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

75D$76,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2019 Tesla Model S electric in Pearl White color
Pearl White

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 Features

8.1

Engine and Performance

9.9

Fuel Economy

9.9

Interior

8.5

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

9.9

9.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

9.1

Overall Rating


The new 2019 Tesla Model S is a clean slate, designed and engineered from the ground up as an electric vehicle. It has more range, more power, more acceleration and more passenger and cargo space than its predecessor. Thanks to a new platform and body architecture, the Tesla Model S offers a smooth ride with agility, precision and control. It rivals the likes of Lexus LS 500h, Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid and BMW 740e Xdrive iPerformance


9.9/10
Engine and Performance

9.9/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

9.9/10
Competition


2019 Tesla Model S electric Features

Tesla offers three model S trims for the 2019 model year. They differ primarily in their operating range and acceleration times. A 100-kWh battery is standard for all models, as well as all-wheel drive. With the entry-level, standard range trim, you can drive 285 miles on a single charge, but upgrading it to the Long Range trim will allow you to drive 370 miles on a single charge. Model S Performance offers a range between 325 and 345 miles. 

The 2019 Tesla Model S comes standard with front and rear heated seats, a heated steering wheel, 12-way power adjustable front seats, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, voice recognition, an 11-speaker stereo, satellite radio, and automatic climate control. Additionally, every Model S comes with features such as Tesla Autopilot and advanced driver assistance systems, such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and a rearview camera. 

Trims

Standard Range

Long Range

Performance

MSRP

$76,200

$81,190

$100,200

Key Features

Keyless entry

Retains the same features as the Standard variant

Retains the same features as the Standard variant

 

70 kWh battery

85 kWh battery

Offers high performance while featuring the same 85 kWh battery pack

 

Power-folding and heated side mirrors

   
 

Power liftgate

   
 

Dual-zone climate control

   
 

19-inch wheels

   
 

Adaptive LED headlights

   
 

Adaptive sir suspension

   
 

Navigation system

   
 

Rearview camera

   
 

Automatic wipers

   
 

11-speaker stereo

   
 

12-way power-adjustable front seats

   
 

17-inch touch screen

   

We recommend 

Our recommendation would be the base Standard Range because you will get all the same equipment as other pricier versions and a great range of 285 miles. While the Model S Performance is without doubt insane, you'll have to decide if it's worth it based on how much acceleration you really need. You definitely should opt for the Enhanced Autopilot option regardless of which trim you get. 

2019 Tesla Model S electric Engine and Performance

9.9/10

The 100-kWh battery pack and dual-motor all-wheel drive feature in all 2019 models of the Tesla Model S sedan. There is, essentially, one Model S, which buyers can then upgrade to get more performance or range. Regardless of model, all models provide phenomenal performance that will have you thrown back into your seat every time you press the throttle.

It's possible to increase acceleration slightly while accelerating wear on the battery and electric motors by using Ludicrous Plus on the Performance Model S with Ludicrous Mode. Its Dual Induction Electric Motors give the Tesla Model S its speed and power advantage over most of its rivals. The Tesla Model S reaches 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds and quarter mile in 10.7 seconds.

Models

2019 Tesla Model S

2019 Lexus LS 500h

2019 BMW 740e Xdrive iPerformance

2019 Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid

MSRP

$76,200

$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 direct drive

CVT

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power 

534 hp

354 hp

322 hp

462 hp

Torque 

557 lb-ft

257 lb-ft

369 lb-ft

516 lb-ft

0-60 mph (sec)

4.2 

5.1

5.1

4.4

Quarter Mile (sec)

10.7

13.5

13.7

13.3

Top Speed (mph)

NA

136 mph

149 mph

181 mph

The 2019 Tesla Model S Electric results with the best sprint times in this segment, clocking 4.2 seconds for 0-60 mph and 10.7 seconds for quarter miles. On its heels are the 2019 Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid, the Lexus LS 500h, and the BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance. The electric motors deliver power instantly, so acceleration feels instantaneous.

How well does the 2019 Tesla Model S handle?

A unique chassis design, suspension and steering systems work in unison to provide a luxurious ride on the 2019 Tesla Model S. The car boasts excellent handling and incredibly sticky summer performance tires for exceptional grip. The immediate pedal response also aids corner-carving. A vehicle of this weight should be boring, but it's not. The instantaneous electric power makes driving the Tesla Model S a breeze. This car has one of the best adaptive cruise controls on the market.

2019 Tesla Model S Braking Performance

The Tesla Model S Sedan has exceptional braking performance as well. Using a regenerative braking system, the vehicle decelerates smoothly under routine conditions, and panic braking is fast, short, and consistent. The pedal feel of this electric vehicle is more predictable than that of some other electric vehicles.

Models

2019 Tesla Model S

2019 Lexus LS 500h

2019 BMW 740e Xdrive iPerformance

2019 Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

14

14

14.7

16.5

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

14.4

13.1

14.5

16.1

Curb Weight (lbs)

4941

4850

4740

5315

60-0 (feet)

102 (60-0 mph)

164

178

152

This vehicle's brakes work more efficiently than most of its counterparts, despite its curb weight of up to 4941.1 pounds. Model S comes to a halt from 60 mph in 102 feet, equipped with front and rear rotors that are 14.0- and 14.4-inches in diameter, respectively. 

2019 Tesla Model S electric Fuel Economy

9.9/10

In light of the fact that the 2019 Tesla Model S is electric-driven, its fuel consumption figures are always the class-leading factor. A 100 kWh battery pack coupled with Dual Induction Electric Motors supports 92 miles in the city, 105 miles on the highway, and 98 miles in combined driving. 

Models

2019 Tesla Model S

2019 Lexus LS 500h

2019 BMW 740e Xdrive iPerformance

2019 Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid

MPGE (City)

92

25

25

N/A

MPGE (Highway)

105

33

29

N/A

MPGE (Combined)

98

28

27

22

Range (miles)

285

NA

NA

NA

In comparison, both Lexus LS 500h and BMW 740e Xdrive iPerformance offer similar fuel efficiency in the city, on the highway, and in combined driving situations whereas their combined range is not known. The Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid has a combined fuel efficiency of 22 mpg, which is far below its rivals. With its excellent range, the Model S continues to be the best. 

2019 Tesla Model S electric Interior

8.5/10

The interior of the 2019 Tesla Model S is modern with a high-tech feel, yet keeping minimalism to the core. The car has ample legroom for tall passengers, and spacious headroom, even in the second row. It’s extremely quiet inside even on longer trips. In addition to spacious seating front and rear, our expansive glass roof provides a beautiful view of the sky overhead—perfect for admiring the stars above at night.

Featuring a large windshield that drops all the way to the base of the car, the interior is spacious with plenty of legroom for tall passengers. It has twice as much cargo capacity as most sports cars, yet can comfortably fit five adults or six children. A new steering wheel, ambient lighting and updated media interface communicate effortless elegance while providing new ways to customize your Tesla experience.

Models

2019 Tesla Model S

2019 Lexus LS 500h

2019 BMW 740e Xdrive iPerformance

2019 Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

4

Front (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.8/57.7/42.7

37.3/58.8/41.0

39.9/59.2/41.4

N/A

Rear (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

35.3/55.0/35.4

37.3/56.4/38.9

38.9/57.7/44.4

N/A

Cargo Volume (cubic feet)

26.0

15.1

15.0

14.3

Comparatively, all three sedans can seat five passengers, while the Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid is limited to four passengers with a tight rear space. Also, the Model S provides excellent seating comfort with its standard leatherette. In addition, both the front and rear seats are ventilated, which is not the case with either the BMW or the Lexus, which are only equipped with this technology for the front seats. Porsche will come up with a functional and comfortable cabin experience even though we do not yet know its exact dimensions/statistics. However, the BMW offers a spacious interior and the best leg room in its class. Some of the noteworthy interior features of the 2019 Tesla Model S include:

  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 12-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Ventilated seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • Sunroof

How intuitive is the 2019 Tesla Model S’s Infotainment System?

Its elegant interior design has propelled Tesla into a new era of entertainment. On a vertically mounted 17-inch touch screen are all sorts of infotainment controls and other car controls. You can control the climate settings, charge, and receive other vehicle notifications using this screen. The screen is easy to use, and drivers who are tech-savvy or familiar with tablets should be at ease using it. Various features such as voice control, Bluetooth hands-free calling, streaming media, on-demand, internet radio, and two USB ports are included, too. In addition, the center front console has a 12-volt power socket.

Highlights of the 2019 Tesla Model S infotainment include:

  • 17-inch touch screen
  • Navigation
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Voice recognition
  • An 11-speaker stereo
  • Satellite Radio and HD Radio

2019 Tesla Model S electric Exterior

9.0/10

The sleek, sculpted lines of the 2019 Tesla Model S set the tone for its performance. The Model S exterior design elements, including flush door handles, signature front and rear trunks, full underbody panelling, and precisely contoured panels are all evidence of the passion and dedication we bring to creating the world's most innovative electric vehicles. 

The 2019 Tesla Model S has sleek LED headlights and a smooth, aerodynamic design that delivers an exhilarating driving experience while also lowering wind resistance. In every sense, Tesla’s most iconic car is designed to inspire. The 19-inch wheels further emphasize the Model S' athletic silhouette, which has all-LED lights with chrome accents. You'll also get an infrared and ultraviolet-protected tinted glass roof as standard.

Models

2019 Tesla Model S

2019 Lexus LS 500h

2019 BMW 740e Xdrive iPerformance

2019 Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid

Curb Weight (lbs)

4941

4850

4740

5315

Length (inches)

196

206.1

206.6

198.8

Width (inches)

77.3

74.8

74.9

76.3

Height (inches)

56.5

57.5

58.2

56.2

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.6

6.5

5.8

6.4

Wheelbase (inches)

116.5

123.0

126.4

116.1

All of the aforementioned cars are dynamic and appealing in terms of design. Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid, however, has a more compact and lighter design with a classic Porsche vibe. The BMW 740e Xdrive iPerformance and Lexus LS 500h look futuristic and aggressive, on the other hand. Overall, the Model S seems more practical and stylish than the many alternatives, with its design that is functional and timeless. Highlights of 2019 Tesla Model S exterior include:

  • 19” Wheels
  • Fixed Glass 1st And 2nd Row Sunroof
  • Heated Body-Colored Power Auto Dimming Side Mirrors 
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster 
  • Rain sensing windshield wipers
  • Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
  • Power Liftgate 
  • Auto On/Off Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Directionally Adaptive Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Front Fog Lamps

2019 Tesla Model S electric Safety

9.0/10

Only a few safety evaluations were conducted on the 2019 Tesla Model S. The NHTSA awarded the Model S five stars in the rollover test. There was no overall safety rating for the Model S. Tesla's Model S places new standards in performance, convenience and safety while its groundbreaking safety features and available self-driving abilities make it the safest, most comfortable sedan available. Among the notable features are:

  • Pre-Collision Safety System
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Adaptive LED Headlamps
  • Pedestrian Alert
  • Lane-Keep Assist
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Blind-Spot Monitoring System
  • Anti Theft alarm
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front and Rear Ventilated Disk Brakes
  • Rear Door Child Safety Locks
  • Auto Lane Change

2019 Tesla Model S electric Competition

9.9/10

2019 Tesla Model S vs 2019 Lexus LS 500h

Both the 2019 Tesla Model S and 2019 Lexus LS 500h are electric vehicles with a range of more than 250 miles on a single charge. LS is priced at $79,510, while the Tesla is listed at $76,200. As a comparison of the two cars, the Tesla Model is remarkably fun to drive, while the Lexus LS500h is comfortable and quiet. The LS 500h is built on a legacy of luxury. Its compelling performance of nearly 350 horsepower and its beautiful exterior make it an impressive car to drive. The sleek electric powertrain of the Tesla Model S brings you a remarkable driving experience.

2019 Tesla Model S vs 2019 BMW 740e Xdrive iPerformance

Tesla Model S is undoubtedly the coolest car on the US market that can compete with its German competitors in almost every aspect. Yet it faces stiff competition from a newcomer: the 2019 BMW 740e Xdrive iPerformance. The 2019 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance is a plug-in hybrid luxury sedan that offers strong acceleration and the performance of an electric motor, paired with excellent fuel economy. Power and range are both class-leading features of the Tesla Model S. Similarly impressive is the 740 e iPerformance hybrid version, which features 322 horsepower and impressive fuel efficiency. The Model S, however, boasts a lower price tag than the BMW, making it the more value-for-money option.

2019 Tesla Model S vs 2019 Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid

Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid and Tesla Model S are two of the fastest full-size luxury sedans in the world today, but if you compare the specs of these vehicles, it becomes clear that they have very different approaches to electric vehicles. Panamera e-Hybrid is Porsche's hybrid sports sedan that can reach 60 mph mark in just 4.4 seconds. Porsche's e-Hybrid Panamera provides excellent performance and has more elegance than a traditional luxury sedan. Neither the Tesla Model S nor Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid is easy to ignore. However, the Porsche costs you $102,900, which may seem steep, but it provides excellent handling and a great driving experience. 

2019 Tesla Model S electric Final Verdict

The 2019 Tesla Model S is a car capable of making anyone a true EV enthusiast. Power at the push of a pedal, now and in the future. The Model S is engineered to be the safest, most exhilarating sedan on the planet. This all-electric performance vehicle pushes the boundaries of automotive design, sustainability, and technology. From a dynamically streamlined exterior to an enhanced interior with added cabin storage and upgraded materials, discover Tesla's most technologically advanced vehicle ever. 

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