SedanTesla74% by Neofiliac Team86% by External Reviewers

Tesla Model S facelift

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Product Overview

Tesla Model S (facelift 2016) is full-size sedan in production from 2015 to 2021. It is powered by electric motors from 286hp to 598hp aided by batteries from 60kWh to 100kWh.
Engineers at Tesla clearly made a great effort in aerodynamics, with a class-leading 0.24 coefficient of drag to show for it.
Drivers who appreciate handling will be pleased to know that the Tesla Model S (facelift 2016) comes with multi-link suspensions at all four corners. This provides the best cornering performance and tunability, at the expense of cost and a little bit of durability.
After years of upgrades, it now has the world's most advanced autopilot system in a passenger vehicle. Old and new models continue to receive over-the-air software updates.


What we found

Neofiliac score 74%
  • Down to exceptional 2.5s 0-100kph time
  • Up to 598hp of power
  • Excellent 0.24 drag coefficient
  • Lots of reliability issues

What external reviewers found

External score 86%
  • Superb performance
  • Superb ride and handling
  • Superb range
  • Superb infotainment system
  • Expensive compared to rivals
  • Not the best handling
  • Not the most fun to drive
  • Slightly fiddly to use

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External Reviews


Reviewer score 75% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from autocar have found:
Tesla is unaccountably coy about specifying the total output of the two electric drive motors. But the 75D seems to pack a total of 415bhp, giving it the impressive performance credentials of a 140mph top speed and 4.2sec 0-60mph acceleration time. The car is simple to drive, of course, like the simples of automatics. The handling is good, mostly because the car’s weight is centred in the battery, which is extremely low in the car.
  • Impressive performance
  • Excellent range
  • Supercharger network
  • Expensive compared to rivals


Reviewer score 84% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from autoexpress have found:
The Tesla Model S is a car that people have wanted to own ever since it was launched in 2014. At the top of the range, the Model S Performance enables maximum acceleration, with a claimed 0-60mph time of 2.3 seconds. The Long Range variant is no slouch either, with the added ability to cover slightly more ground on a single charge. The Model S also benefits from a hi-tech interior, dominated by a vast 17-inch TFT portrait screen that controls all interior functions. Other features include WiFi connectivity - which allows over-the-air software updates of the assorted tech on board.
  • Powerful all-electric powertrain
  • Impressive range
  • Excellent range
  • Expensive compared to rivals


Reviewer score 89% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from carmagazine have found:
V3 Supercharging reduces charging times by an average of 50%. Tesla claims the new high-speed ultra-rapid chargers could add as much range as 1000 miles per hour. Both Model S models get air suspension which results in relatively supple, forgiving ride quality. Autopilot works well once you've been through a lengthy period of acclimatisation.
  • Fantastic performance
  • Supercharged Supercharging
  • Superb infotainment system
  • Slightly fiddly to use


Reviewer score 88% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from carwow have found:
The Tesla Model S is an all-electric executive saloon that combines amazing performance with zero tailpipe emissions. Compared with the likes of the petrol- and diesel-powered Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5 Series and Audi A6, it is like a Fender Stratocaster with a massive amplifier in the company of acoustic guitars. The Model S has a huge 17-inch touch-screen display that controls pretty much all of the Model S's functions.
  • Superb performance
  • Superb infotainment system
  • Impressive range
  • No automatic gearbox
  • No starter button or hand brake


Reviewer score 90% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from cnet have found:
The Model S was always a comfortable car, but it never really felt comfortable being pushed. The new suspension and tires offer both substantially improved ride quality and more rewarding handling. The Model S's stiffest competition comes from in-house, in the form of its sibling the Model 3 Long Range.
  • Impressive range
  • New suspension and tires
  • Comfortable ride
  • Not the best handling
  • Not the most fun to drive


  1. ^ Tesla Model S 75D 2018 UK review. [autocar].
  2. ^ Tesla Model S review. [autoexpress].
  3. ^ Tesla Model S review: Still the king of the hill?. [carmagazine].
  4. ^ Tesla Model S Review. [carwow].
  5. ^ 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range review: Familiar, yet oh so much better. [cnet].