2022  Tesla Model S Review

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The 2022 Tesla Model S is still one of the most attractive and desirable alternatives in that expanding market category, even if we wouldn’t have the expanding array of electric vehicles we do now without it. Depending on the model, the S’s anticipated driving range may reach up to 412 miles, and its 1020 horsepower Plaid variant can provide supercar performance while accommodating four persons.

With a sizable back baggage room and an additional front trunk for additional capacity, the Model S is extremely useful. The Porsche Taycan and the Audi e-tron GT are two recent additions to the premium EV sedan segment that compete with the Model S in terms of comfort and performance. However, the Model S’s greater range and optional semi-autonomous driving technologies continue to drive customers to this Tesla.

What has changed for the 2022 model?

Last year, the Model S had an external and interior aesthetic update that added a distinctive yoke-style steering wheel and a powerful 1020-hp Plaid performance model. We don’t anticipate many changes in 2022, although Tesla has already announced a significant price rise for the basic trim.

Which one to buy Model S or Model S Plaid?

The standard model, with an estimated range of 412 miles per charge, is what we’d recommend. Even if the 1020-hp Plaid variant seems appealing, its six-figure asking price devalues it unless you absolutely need a vehicle that can compete with a Top Fuel dragster in performance.

EV Performance, Power, and Motor

No matter whatever version you pick, the Model S boasts full-time all-wheel drive thanks to separate electric motors for the front and rear axles. The different types’ acceleration varies greatly, from fantastic to fierce. Our 2020 Model S test vehicle had a blazing 2.4-second zero to 60 mph pace and proved to be extremely entertaining because of its rapid power delivery, however, we haven’t tried the Model S Long Range or Plaid yet.

The Plaid variant has a third electric motor, which increases combined output to 1020 horsepower and allows it to go from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.1 seconds. The base Model S has established itself as a nimble sports sedan with precise driving and well-controlled body movements.

Drivers may select between two settings that either require heavy or light steering effort, but neither one enables additional road feedback. It handles well, provides a comfortable ride, and is confident and almost peaceful on the highway.

Battery Life, Charging, and Range

A battery pack hidden beneath the Tesla’s floor gives the vehicle a low center of gravity and evenly distributed weight from front to back. The battery in the standard version may provide a range of up to 412 miles, while the Plaid model can provide a range of up to 390 miles, depending on the model. Newcomer Lucid Motors claims that the Air luxury vehicle has a range of up to 517 miles on a single charge.

Fuel efficiency and actual MPGe

When it comes to long-distance usage, the Model S continues to be an attractive option to gasoline-powered vehicles, even when EVs like the Chevy Bolt and Polestar 2 have an adequate driving range. The basic model obtains the greatest MPGe ratings at 121 city and 112 highway.

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The Plaid managed 280 miles of its advertised 390 miles of range, while the 2020 Model S we drove got a 222-mile highway range statistic in our real-world, 75 mph highway fuel efficiency test, compared to its 326-mile EPA estimated driving range.

Cargo, Comfort, and the Interior

Given that the Model S starts at nearly $90,000, consumers might reasonably anticipate some level of luxury inside the vehicle. The inside is pleasant enough, but it doesn’t compare to some of our favorite vehicles, like the Mercedes-Benz E-class and the Volvo S90, in terms of comfort.

The slanted roofline of the Model S deftly conceals a rear liftgate that opens to expose a massive 26-cubic-foot trunk. Without folding the back seats, we were able to store eight of our carry-on-size cases. The interior’s meager small-item cubby storage, particularly in the back seat, is made up for by a sizable underfloor bin in the rear cargo area.

Connectivity and Information

The Model S’s interior, which features a massive touchscreen screen that comes standard and manages practically all of the vehicle’s functions, will appeal to fans of contemporary minimalism.

While technophiles will be in ecstasy, we’re not entirely convinced. Some drivers may have to slant forward in their seats to access some symbols due to the location of the screen on the dashboard, particularly those that are located at the top right of the display.

In contrast to the less expensive Model 3, the Model S offers a tiny touchscreen in the back seat as well as a supplementary display for the instrument cluster.

Features for Driver Assistance and Safety

Although the Model S has sparked a national debate about the safety of partially autonomous vehicles and has been reported to catch fire after certain types of high-speed impacts, its safety credibility is bolstered by respectable crash test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the understanding that car fires are common, whether in electric or gasoline-powered vehicles.

Coverage for Warranties and Maintenance

For the powertrain and hybrid components of the Model S, Tesla provides a thorough warranty package, but it lacks the Jaguar I-extensive Pace’s bumper-to-bumper coverage and free periodic maintenance programs.

  • Four years or 50,000 miles are covered under the limited warranty.
  • the powertrain is covered by an eight-year, unlimited mileage warranty.
  • There is no free scheduled maintenance

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