Used Tesla Model S for sale
Founded in 2003, the story of Tesla is something to behold. Despite many other car manufacturers being around for a lot longer, Tesla have managed to establish themselves as the world's leading electric car manufacturer.
Here we are taking a look at the Model S, which came to the UK in 2014, after being introduced in America in 2012. Unbelievably, it's only the second car ever to be released by Tesla.
But what makes the Model S a great used car?
- Incredible performance
- 400+ mile range
- Large UK Tesla rapid supercharger network
- Tesla badge kudos
Engines and Driving Experience
The Model S' proportions pitch it in the premium saloon class, where it faces stiff competition from the likes of the newer Porsche Taycan.
After launching in 2014 there are too many versions to list, but no matter what Model S you're looking at, you won't be lacking in performance or range. All-wheel drive comes as standard, enhancing grip and enabling some seriously quick 0 to 62mph times, with some variants able to complete the dash in circa 2 seconds.
Earlier models from around 2017 take in the region of 4 seconds to do the 0 to 62mph sprint, whilst even earlier 2014 versions take under 6 seconds to do the same.
To drive, you'll experience little body roll in a Model S, but overall it does lack driver-focused feel and although it is very comfortable and quick, it won't rival a sports car on a swooping country road for enjoyment.
Practicality and Running Costs
With a 744-litre boot and further 150-litre front boot the Tesla Model S offers capacious practicality that beats the likes of a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (640 litres) and Porsche Taycan (447 litres).
There is plenty of cabin space in a Model S too, with most passengers having plenty of head and legroom, along with ample space for belongings as well.
With a large network of Tesla Superchargers dotted all over the country, fully-charging a Model S can take as little as 30 minutes. Some examples even came with free supercharging for life as part of a discontinued promotion, which can still be transferred to new owners when selling used.
Even if you have to pay for charging, it's still much more affordable than petrol or diesel alternatives, with a full-charge costing around £15, in which you will be able to cover between 300 and 400 miles on average. Charging times via a home set-up take around 8 hours.
Servicing costs should be less than a comparable premium saloon because there's no engine needing to be serviced, but brakes, tyres and other consumables will still require attention and cost.
Interior, Technology and Safety
Step inside any Tesla Model S and the massive 17-inch portrait colour touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard will grab your instant attention. This is where you can adjust and tailor the car's settings to your personal preferences.
The rest of the dashboard is a clutter-free affair with the only real physical buttons being the hazard warning lights, a button for the glovebox and also a couple on the steering wheel. The instrument cluster is fully-digital too, meaning even early cars seem incredibly up-to-date.
Having an internet connection means the Model S can stay current with its tech, with features continuously updated via downloads and software updates. There is also the usual satellite navigation via Google Maps, heated leather seats, cameras, and in some versions a 'Bio Weapon Defence Mode' which filters out 99.7 percent or allergens and bacteria inside the car.
As for such a tech-fest of a car, it's no surprise the Model S gets a full five-star score when it comes to Euro NCAP safety, thanks to:
- Autopilot technology
- 360 degree cameras
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Forward Collision Warning
- Blind Spot Collision Warning
Is the Tesla Model S right for me?
If you are after a fully-electric premium saloon, then the Tesla Model S is a fantastic choice with solid foundations.
It's laugh-out-loud fast, comfortable and brilliantly practical. It's also fairly inexpensive to run, and if you can save a bit more by buying used, it makes even more sense.
A Porsche Taycan offers a better driving experience for the those looking for driver-focused feel, but will more than likely be considerably more expensive when buying used.
However, the Model S is still an epic car and with Tesla updates being readily available frequently, it's a car that never feels outdated. If you're thinking about your first electric car, then a Tesla Model S isn't a bad place to start your electric journey.
Why purchase a used Tesla Model S through Evans Halshaw?
At Evans Halshaw, we have a wide variety of quality used vehicles for you to choose from. Each car is carefully selected by our expert teams before making its way through the rigorous preparation process, where it is inspected by a qualified technician and then fully valeted throughout.
All of our vehicles are fully HPI checked, giving you peace of mind when making a decision. In addition, we're able to offer same-day delivery on a selection of used cars, meaning you never have to wait for the car you want.
If you'd like some advice on picking the right car for you, or you've spotted a vehicle and want more information, please contact your nearest Evans Halshaw dealership, where one of our friendly associates will be more than happy to help.