Tesla Model S – Owner Review Guide

Why did you choose this car?

The absolute pleasure of driving a masterpiece of electrical, electronic, computer and vehicle engineering. Classic style, blissfully relaxing comfort, effortless performance and ridiculously low running and maintenance costs.

Tesla Model S 75D 2018, David

 

Best car I have ever driven.

Tesla Model S 90D 2015, William

 

Value for money considering the range and the Tesla charging network.

Tesla Model S 2015, Simon

 

 

Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this car?

  • Design
  • Driveability
  • Athleticism
  • Tech updates
  • Never-ending torque
  • Gracefulness
  • It is NOT ‘just another car’, it is something completely different.

Tesla Model S 2020, Cookie

 

  • Road holding
  • Looks
  • Charges anywhere.

Tesla Model S 2015, Simon

 

  • Great performance
  • Smooth and quiet
  • Good range.

Tesla Model S 85 2015, Kevin

 

 

Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this car?

  • No coat hooks
  • No load securing points
  • No door pockets.

Tesla Model S 75D 2018, David

 

  • Jarring ride
  • Tesla head office policies re: recurring faults.

Tesla Model S 85 2015, A

 

  • Need more storage in the front area
  • Could do with a space saver wheel
  • Need another inch of ground clearance.

Tesla Model S 90D 2015, William

 

 

Surprise us! Tell us something surprising about this car?

65 miles for £1.00.

Tesla Model S 2020, Cookie

 

So many different charging standards (mine is Type 2).

Tesla Model S 85 2015, Kevin

 

Practical for sleeping in.

Tesla Model S 85 2015, A

 

 

What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?

myenergi zappi 2 – love it! Eco modes allow me to charge from my solar panels, boost charge using cheap rate electricity at night and it can limit overall max power from the house, all controllable via a smart phone App.

Tesla Model S 85 2015, Kevin

 

Tesla – it is technically integrated and evolves with the car through over the air (OTA) updates. Looks smart.

Tesla Model S 2020, Cookie

 

zappi integrates with solar.

Tesla Model S 85 2015, A

 

 

What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?

EDF Go Electric Tariff 2022 – this gives me 10 hours continuous charge from 9pm till 7am Monday to Friday then 9pm Friday all weekend till Monday 7am which is 98 hours cheap rate @ 9p and allows me to run the home on a cheap rate for longer than economy 7.

Tesla Model S 90D 2015, William

 

OVO night-time rates 0.07p from 00:00 to 07:00.

Tesla Model S 2020, Cookie

 

 

What public charging networks do you use? Would you recommend them to others and why?

I can’t recommend any to-date, overpriced and unreliable. I love the closed Tesla superchargers, they just work.

Tesla Model S 85 2015, A

 

Tesla Superchargers Plug, Play & Pay automated integration. Most others are neither easy, quick, reliable, or cost-effective.

Tesla Model S 2020, Cookie

 

As I get free charging from Tesla at all Superchargers across the UK and Europe and also at the Tesla destination chargers in hotels and other locations, I try to avoid most public chargers. Tesco has now provided charging stations across their locations and Pod Point is a good supplier.

 

There are a lot of providers and a total mismatch of services and prices. You should not have to be a member of each club to access a charger. It should be as easy as touch and go, the same as petrol stations. I have over 40 cards and apps as I have travelled 88k miles across the UK and Europe and keep them just as a backup if needed.

 

To date, Tesla chargers account for 76% of my charging, home is 22% and public is 2%.

Tesla Model S 90D 2015, William

 

 

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