Home / Auto / New Tesla Model S Long Range REVIEW – More range, better handling but the same design

New Tesla Model S Long Range REVIEW – More range, better handling but the same design

Advertisements


New Tesla Model S Long Range

New Tesla Model S Long Range (Image: TESLA)

The newly updated Tesla Model S Long Range comes with up to 375-miles of WLTP range. This makes it the highest range electric car on sale today. Combine this with its comfortable new suspension, rapid acceleration, Autopilot technology, generous cabin space, and class-leading interior display and you get the class-leading EV. Express.co.uk managed to get a test drive of the vehicle and really put it to the test on a long-distance road trip to really see how capable it is and how much range you can really expect from a car like this. Starting the 309-miles trip the car has 356-miles of range and it estimated we’d need a 20-minute charge in Keele at a Supercharger and say we’d arrive with around a third of our battery remaining- one of the great baked-in features if the navigation system.

This was roughly around 170-miles away from the start location and the car arrived roughly with around 130-miles of range when we arrived at the Supercharger. Plugging in for 35-minutes we managed to get the range back up to way over 300-miles on a single charge. 

The whole process was seamless as you can just walk up and plug in the car without faffing about with different apps and cards which is require day some other charging networks. 

Realistically we were parked for no longer than you’d usually stop on a long trip after visiting the bathroom and grabbing a coffee or bite to eat. 

When we arrived at our final destination there was around 160-miles of range left but we couldn’t plug in the car over the weekend meaning we’d have to supercharge on the way home. 

This perhaps was the only thing that set us back on the way home which was the longer charge in the morning on the way back but when readjusting things we used it as a time to have lunch, gave the car an hour and we were back on the way again without feeling disrupted.

New Tesla Model S Long Range

New Tesla Model S Long Range (Image: TESLA)

There was no time on the trip when range anxiety was a thing or where we felt impeded by the fact the car was electric.

Driving a Nissan Leaf (not the new long-range one) you constantly feel on an economy run on a long journey as you watch the miles drop below 100, 80, 60 and down under 50. What’s more, the charging is much slower at 50kWh while the Superchargers can achieve around 125kWh. 

Even when on the display the car read that we’d arrive at the Supercharger with around 10 per cent of range that was not a concern because that’s still over 30-miles of range.

Having that much headroom in terms of range in an electric car is a real comfort and a really desirable thing. 

What’s it like to drive?

The car drives really nice, the steering is fairly precise and of course, the vehicle is ludicrously quick. It can reach 0-60mph in as little as 2.4-seconds with the Performance variant while the Long Range model we had could do it in 3.7-seconds – which is more than enough

New Tesla Model S Long Range

New Tesla Model S Long Range (Image: TESLA)

You can see why the internet is littered with videos of people flooring the Model S because the feeling of the acceleration is extremely addictive and so much fun. It puts a smile on your face and of everyone else in the car. However, at junctions, coming onto motorways or for overtaking the instant boost in power it can be extremely helpful.

Tesla has also updated the car’s suspension and it is really smooth and comfortable and takes smaller bumps in the road well but over larger bumpers or potholes you’re going to feel it in the cabin. The car does feel a lot nicer than the older variant due to the suspension and feels more confident on the road. 

Overall the car is nice to drive and comfortable but you can sometimes feel the sheer weight of the vehicle if you’re going around a tight corner at speed. The comfort of the car is aided massively by the Autopilot system which accelerates, decelerates and can assist with steering which was useful when chunking away the hours on the six-hour journey. 

While this system is incredibly capable there are a few issues with it which means you still need to be aware and present and can’t switch off your brain.

Advertisements

New Tesla Model S Long Range

New Tesla Model S Long Range (Image: TESLA)

For example, if the road markings change or disappear the car will struggle to know where it is or sometimes if a car was exiting on a junction it would prematurely speed up or if you were cornering incredibly sharp corners the auto steer may drop out. 

Ultimately, the entire journey would’ve been a to worse if we were in another car which didn’t have these features.

Inside the car

Personally, the Model 3 interior is a little nicer than the Model S. The cleaner and more refined look of the newer car is extremely pleasing. The driver display of the Model S is great but the portrait centre screen is perhaps a little too large and distracting and harder to use as you have to reach down further instead of the Model 3 where it is just off to the right. 

There are also a few areas of the inside which feel a little cheap and perhaps it doesn’t feel representative of a car that price but the space inside and the technology sort of makes up for that.

Things such as Dog Mode and Sentry mode are really nice additions as is the handy app integration which allows you to check charge, summon the vehicle and also preheat or cool the cabin. 

New Tesla Model S Long Range

New Tesla Model S Long Range (Image: TESLA)

In addition to this there front and rear boot space is great and offers plenty fo room for stuff for a long trip. Ultimately the car would benefit from an interior design overhaul as it has been left largely unchanged since 2012 and this is also true for the exterior. While it’s still a pretty car a little refresh would be nice to see. However, Elon Musk confirmed that the interior and exterior would not be being overhauled in recent tweets. 

In addition to this, it would nice to see a 360-degree birds-eye camera view of the car be introduced as this thing is so wide and long that going through tiny width restrictions feels like an impossible task.

Also, the integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto would also be nice to see although the system in place in Tesla is okay apart from a few issues with the music system which cut out numerous times. 

Due to its design and the fact the battery pack is mounted into the floor the vehicle is also really safe offering a low centre of gravity and low chance of roll. 

New Tesla Model S Long Range

New Tesla Model S Long Range (Image: TESLA)

VERDICT

Ultimately this is the best electric car for range and is also the fastest.

The Model 3 is a more attractive buy right now and does most of the things the Model S can do and does some things better and is cheaper, however, the Model S is still at the top of the EV game – but it comes at a cost.

If you want a comfortable range monster which could beat 99 per cent of cars on the road off-the-line then the Model S Long Range is still the first pick.

However, much like all Tesla cars, it won’t fail to put a smile on your face every time you get inside it. 

8/10

New Tesla Model S Long Range

New Tesla Model S Long Range (Image: TESLA)

Specs 

Tesla Model S Long Range

Price: Long Range – from £77,200, Performance – from £91,800

0-60mph – 3.7 seconds (Long Range), 2.4-seconds (Performance)

Range: 375-miles WLTP (Long Range),  360-miles WLTP (Performance)

Top speed: 155mph 

Battery size 100kWh

All Wheel Drive



Source link

About admin

I'm a 50 year old PLC programmer from Burnley, UK. I severed my time as an electrician in the baking industry and soon got involved with the up and coming technology of PLC's. Initially this was all based in the Uk but as the years went by I have gradually worked my way around the globe. At first it was mainly Mitsubishi with a bit of Modicon thrown in but these days the industry leaders seem to be the Allen Bradley range of PLC and HMI’s.

Check Also

New Lotus Evija electric hypercar – Price revealed for most powerful production road car

Advertisements Lotus Evija (Image: LOTUS) Lotus has unveiled the all-new Evija, which is the world’s ...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisements