2020 Tesla Model S electric

MSRP $74,490

Ranked #3 in Electric Sedan

7.9

Overall Rating

2020 Tesla Model S electric Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Tesla Model S that came nearly eight years ago still doesn't seize to wow us. For 2020, the Model S has simplified its trim lineup and comes only with a base trim that promises more range than the base trim of last year and as usual the Performance trim with sub 3 seconds 0-60 mph timings. With this the Model S continues its dominance in the electric luxury car field, offering sleek styling, impressive performance, and an incredibly long range. Build quality issues aside the Model S still doesn't have any worthy rival from mainstream brands that can match its level of performance and range. Instead, the Model S is challenged more by its sibling Model 3 in terms of an overall package. In this review of the 2020 Tesla Model S, we will see how this sibling rivalry is a win-win for end-users and a nightmare for the established marque.

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Pros

Mind numbing acceleration

Best-in class cargo capacity

Best-in class range

Agile handling

Cons

In-Cabin feel not plush like rivals

Limited service network

What's New?

Free charging for Tesla users at Tesla Supercharger.

Long Range Plus model (402 miles) replaces Long Range model (373 miles).


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$74490

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


Trims

Long Range$74,490 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Tesla Model S electric in Deep Blue Metallic color
Deep Blue Metallic

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

7.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.5

Competition

7.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


The 2020 Tesla Model S comes with a sleek exterior design and a minimalistic cabin. This year trims choices have been trimmed down to just two trims, one which offers a better range while the other that focuses on more performance with a slight compromise on the range. The 2020 Model S comes standard with a 100-kWh battery and an AWD system across all the trims.

2020 Tesla Model S Driving

The 2020 Model S comes with Ludicrous Mode as standard on the Performance trim this year which makes the Model S do the dash from 0-60 MPH in sub 3.0 seconds, while still delivering 300 plus miles of range. That being said, for this review, we have compared the Model S with the likes Audi E-Tron Sportback, Porsche Taycan, and Tesla Model 3.

2020 Tesla Model S
2020 Tesla Model S

9.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.5/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2020 Tesla Model S electric Features

9.0/10

The 2020 Tesla Model S comes in only two trims namely  Long Range Plus and Performance. With this Tesla has reduced the number of trims, available in the Model S for 2020. All trims come with the same set of standard features and are mostly differentiated in terms of range and performance. Also, AWD comes in as standard on both trims and Full Self-Driving Capability is optional on both trims. Talking about the differences, the Long Range Plus trim offers 402 miles of range and a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds. The Performance trim does the 0-60 MPH dash in just 2.4 seconds and sees a reduction in range to just 315 miles.

Trim

Long Range Plus

Performance

MSRP (AWD)

$79,990

$91,990

Features

Dual Zone Auto Climate Control

Adds or upgrades to 'Long Range Plus'
 

17" touchscreen infotainment system w/ navigation

Updated interior styling
 

Adaptive LED headlights

Ludicrous mode
 

Leather interiors

Carbon fiber rear spoiler
 

12-speaker audio system w/ satellite radio and 2 USB ports

 
 

Heated front and rear seats along with steering wheel

 
 

LED Interior lighting

 
 

LED Cornering Lamps

 
 

Adaptive suspension

 
 

Power-adjustable front seats

 

We Recommend

We recommend the Long Range Plus trim of the 2020 Tesla model S as it bundles sufficient performance and a superb range with it. Apart from that we also suggest picking the available Full Self-Driving Capability to further enhance the capabilities of your Tesla.

2020 Tesla Model S electric Engine and Performance

6.0/10

"With an electric motor dedicated to each of the front and rear axles, the Model S offers full-time all-wheel drive no matter which version you choose." -cars.usnews.com

The 2020 Tesla Model S comes powered by two electric motors whose power and torque ratings haven't been listed by Tesla (As Tesla believes more in 0-60 figures). The 2020 Model S is available only with a 100-kWh 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. This result is a better traction control in every condition. These dual motors let the Model S reach alarming speeds in seconds, leaving the competition in the dust. The 2020 Tesla Model S does quite well in the acceleration department. With base Model S doing 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and the Model S Performance doing the same in just 2.4 seconds.

2020 Tesla Model S Driving

For a vehicle this size, the Model S has brisk acceleration and remarkable handling. Whether it's the open roads or a stop sign, this Tesla sedan will always satisfy your speed needs. The 2020 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 center 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 center and is nicely weighted. It offers you two different settings light and stiff to suit your driving style and needs.

2020 Tesla Model S Wheel Design & Brake

The 2020 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. And with the regenerative braking set to the highest level, you can further enjoy one-pedal driving and at the same time gain some energy every time you deaccelerate.

Models

2020 Tesla Model S

2020 Porsche Taycan 2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback 2020 Tesla Model 3

MSRP

$69,420 $103,800 $77,400 $54,990

Engine

Electric Motor

Electric Motor Electric Motor Electric Motor

Transmission

1-speed direct drive

2-speed automatic 1-speed direct drive 1-speed direct drive

Power

N/A

429 hp

355 hp

N/A

Torque

N/A

N/A 414 lb-ft N/A

0-60 MPH (sec)

3.9 sec 3.8 sec 5.1 sec 3.2 sec

Quarter-mile (sec)

12.4 sec N/A 13.8 sec 11.7 sec
Top Speed (MPH) 155 MPH 162 MPH 124 MPH 140 MPH

Since Tesla doesn't disclose the torque and power figures we can't compare the Model S with rival cars based on that. Instead, the acceleration timings are what we need to account for to make this comparison. Among the rivals, the Model 3 Performance remains the cheapest and quickest electric car here while the Audi E-Tron was the slowest taking more than 1.9 seconds than the Model 3 Performance and 1.2 seconds than the Model S. The Taycan being a Porsche is no doubt the most expensive sports EV here and was one-tenth of a second quicker than the Model S in the 0-60 MPH run.

2020 Tesla Model S electric Fuel Economy

7.0/10

While the Tesla Model S runs on electric power, it has certainly raised the bar for the distances that can be traversed by an EV when charged fully. The least range that one can get from a fully charged 2020 Tesla Model S is 348 miles in the Performance trim while the Long Range Plus offers 402 miles range. What further sweetens the deal for the Tesla owners is the free nationwide range of Tesla Supercharger stations 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.

Model

2020 Tesla Model S

2020 Porsche Taycan 2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback 2020 Tesla Model 3

MPGe (city)

115 68 76 118

MPGe (highway)

107 71 78 107

MPGe (combined)

111 69 77 113
Range (mi.) 402 203 218 299

As for the range, it is, without doubt, the Model S that offers the best range and compared to it the rivals like the Taycan and the E-Tron offer just half the range. The closest to the Model S in terms of the range is its sibling the Model 3 Performance. While to make it an easy comparison between gasoline and electric cars EPA gives MPGe ratings to these vehicles. Based on MPGe ratings here also Teslas rule the comparison with the Model 3 Performance offering the highest MPGe figures in the city and under mixed driving conditions. As for the highway both the Model 3 Performance and the Model S offer similar MPGe ratings.

2020 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

Inside the 2020 Tesla Model S, it comes standard with leather-trimmed seats that offer heating for both front and rear seats while the front seats also are power-adjustable. The seats are comfortable and provide excellent support but the material quality could use a little help. For a car that costs as much as a Tesla, other manufacturers can provide a much more refined interior for the same price. 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. While the optional rear-facing seats are only suited for small children.

2020 Tesla Model S Dashboard

The liftback design of the Model S yields its gains in terms of the cargo space it offers. The 2020 Tesla model S offers an impressive and class-leading 28.4 cubic feet of space, which can be further improved by folding the rear seats flat down in a 60/40 configuration. Which when folded down liberates 60 cubic feet of cargo space. And that's not all there is another trunk in the front of the Model S where gas-powered vehicles usually have their engines. This front trunk a.k.a frunk offers another 2.1 cubic feet of storage space which is sufficient to store some knick-knacks or your charging cable.

2020 Tesla Model S Infotainment

As for the infotainment system, you get the usual 17-inch vertically stacked touchscreen that is among the best in the segment in terms of user interface and screen display. Although being the only command center for most functions makes using this screen while on the go a bit overwhelming for most users. That being said, along with the big touchscreen you also get an 11-speaker premium audio system, navigation, satellite radio, etc.

Model

2020 Tesla Model S

2020 Porsche Taycan 2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback 2020 Tesla Model 3

Passenger capacity

5

4

5

4

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

38.8/ 57.7/ 42.7

N/A

38.1/ 58.6/ 40.8

40.3/ 56.3/ 42.7

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

35.3/ 55.0/ 35.4

N/A 37.9/ 57.2/ 39.1 37.7/ 54.0/ 35.2

Trunk Volume (ft.3)

28.4 17.1 27.2 15.0

In terms of cabin space, the Model S and Model 3 are almost similar except for the headroom on offer which the latter offers better than the former. Compared to the rivals the Model 3 offers the most spacious front row seats while in the rear seats the Audi E-Tron is the one which is more spacious than both the Model S and Model 3. Moving to the utility part, the Model S has the biggest cargo space on offer followed by the Audi E-Tron. While the Model 3 offers the least amount of space even lower than the Porsche Taycan, 2.1 cubic feet less to be exact.

2020 Tesla Model S Rear Seats

Interior Features:

  • Keyless entry
  • 60/40 Split-folding heated rear seats
  • Auto-dimming mirrors
  • One-touch power windows
  • 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 w/ memory function and driver profile

2020 Tesla Model S electric Exterior

9.0/10

"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

When we talk about exterior design, Tesla cars brought forth a revolution in terms of design and changed the perspective of people about EVs not being boring to look at. This feat was achieved by Tesla by having the Model S with a simple and uncluttered design that sets it apart just as much as its capabilities in terms of performance and range. Till 2016, the Model S wore a faux grille which the 2020 Model S has now ditched for a more daring grille-less design along with revised headlights. The 2020 Model S gets swanky LED headlights with LED cornering lamps and LED foglights.

2020 Tesla Model S Front Three-Quarter View

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. Move to the rear, the simple yet daring and classy look continues. The taillights hold another secret, the recharging port is hidden behind the taillight, to not be a constant freckle on an otherwise clean design. Dimensionally the 2020 Model S is a big car and measures 196-inches bumper-to-bumper, 77.3-inches wide, and sits 56.9-inches high from the ground.

Model

2020 Tesla Model S

2020 Porsche Taycan 2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback 2020 Tesla Model 3

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4883 4953 5754 4036

Length (in)

196.0

195.4 193.0 184.8

Width (in)

77.3

77.5 76.2 72.8

Height (in)

56.9

54.3 65.5 56.8

Ground clearance (in)

4.6

N/A N/A 5.5

Wheelbase (in)

116.5

114.2 115.0 113.2

The Model S in terms of dimensions is bigger in comparison to either the Taycan or the E-Tron and this gives it an edge in the form of better cabin and cargo space. Although Model S suffers in terms of ground clearance and thus those looking for better ground clearance in a Tesla should go with the Model 3 and otherwise with the Audi E-Tron Sportback. 

2020 Tesla Model S Rear View

Exterior Features:

  • 3 Position Dynamic LED turning lights
  • LED Fog lights
  • Hands-Free parallel parking and summoning features
  • Adaptive LED Headlights
  • Wiper Blade Defrosters
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

2020 Tesla Model S electric Safety

7.5/10

Tesla boasts of all its car being loaded with safety and the 2020 Model S is no different. The Model S comes loaded with a bevy of safety features and for 2020, Tesla has made the optional safety features found in the 2019 car as standard for 2020. As for the safety ratings both the IIHS and NHTSA have partially crash-tested the Model S as of this writing. NHTSA gave it a perfect score of 5 out 5 stars for rollover mitigation which is a rare feat for any vehicle. While the IIHS gave the headlights of the Model S the lowest rating of 'Poor' although for the vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention test was rated as 'Superior' for Model S.

Safety Features:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Back-Up camera
  • Front camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Forward collision warning
  • Available Tesla AutoPilot

2020 Tesla Model S electric Competition

7.0/10

2020 Tesla Model S vs 2020 Porsche Taycan

The Porsche Taycan and the Model S are in a true sense the perfect fun-to-drive electric vehicles. Both of them can be had as daily drivers while also be used for having fun on track at weekends. When it comes to tech on offer here also both the Taycan and the Model S are neck-to-neck in terms of features they get. But the difference starts becoming apparent between the two when you look at the build quality, price, and range.

2020 Porsche Taycan

The Porsche is hands down the best when it comes to build quality but at the same time is atrociously priced against the Model S. Tesla, on the other hand, offers better performance and an incredibly higher range than the Taycan while retailing for a far lesser price. Thus if you can splurge choose the Taycan otherwise the Model S offers the best value and it's certainly a no-brainer.

2020 Tesla Model S vs 2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback

There is not much to talk about the Audi E-Tron Sportback. As whatever it does or offers the Model S does better and that too at aggressive pricing. The Model S simply leaves the E-Tron Sportback behind in almost every comparison except for the rear seat space where the E-Tron Sportback came out to be the best. 

2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback

Simply put the E-Tron Sportback is suited for those who love the Audi experience and are least concerned about performance, price, and range. While those you are looking for a value for money offering will surely incline towards Tesla even though it is not even close to matching the German quality.

2020 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 2020 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.


FAQs on the 2020 Tesla Model S: 

Can you pick up your Tesla at the factory?

No, your Tesla will be custom-built at the Tesla factory in California and delivered to your nearest service center for pickup. If you live more than 220 miles from the closest service center, your vehicle can be shipped directly to your home or business for a small fee.

What is a Tesla Account?

Your Tesla Account is your online account for all Tesla cars and energy products you may own or order. You will need to access your Tesla Account to input your registration information, view warranty and charging installation guides, access owner’s manuals, submit final payment, and receive important updates from Tesla.

What is Tesla Supercharger?

Tesla Supercharger is Tesla's proprietary charging network and is one of the biggest in the US as of now. Come 2020 you can charge your Tesla for no cost at its Supercharged network.

How much range does the 2020 Tesla Model S offer?

The least range that one can get from a fully charged 2020 Tesla Model S is 348 miles in the Performance trim while the Long Range Plus offers 402 miles range. 

How much to pay for the 2020 Tesla Model S?

The 2020 Model S starts at an MSRP of $79,990 for the Long Range Plus and goes up to $91,990 for the Performance model.

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