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Tesla Model S - Best electric cars

Who says electric cars can't be fast or luxurious? Tesla's Model S does both while incorporating groundbreaking design

After establishing itself with the Lotus Elise-based Roadster, Tesla's Model S proved to be the breakthrough car for the US firm.

And rightly so; you simply won’t have come across a car like the Tesla Model S before. This all-electric saloon is as quick as a Porsche, as luxurious as a Mercedes and as eco-friendly as a Nissan Leaf

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It’s roughly the same size as a BMW 7 Series and comes packed full of technology that you’ve probably never seen before in a production car. Take the all-electric powertrain for a start, which – depending on model – has a range of 311 miles. Most electric cars struggle to hit 100.

The futuristic cabin doesn’t have a handbrake or a start button – you just get in and go. There’s a huge 17-inch touchscreen in the centre console rather than traditional buttons, and you can even get a pair of seats in the boot to make the Model S a seven-seater.

Buyers can choose between a 60kWh battery with a 208-mile range or the larger 80kWh battery with the full 311 miles. There’s also an 80kWh Performance, which drops the 0-60mph time from 5.4 to 4.2 seconds. 

Most pure electric cars on sale in the UK right now are supermini-sized or smaller, but the Model S targets larger models, sitting somewhere between the BMW 5 Series or Mercedes E-Class and the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class. 

Best electric cars to buy 2019

  1. 1. Tesla Model 3
  2. 2. Kia e-Niro
  3. 3. Jaguar I-Pace
  4. 4. Hyundai Kona Electric
  5. 5. Tesla Model S
  6. 6. Nissan Leaf
  7. 7. Mercedes EQC
  8. 8. Audi e-tron
  9. 9. BMW i3
  10. 10. Renault ZOE
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