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Tesla model guide

What Tesla models are there?

The Tesla Model 3 kicks off the US brand’s lineup. You’ll have probably seen a fair few on the road – the Model 3 is Tesla’s least expensive car and it’s really kick-started the carmaker’s sales here. It’s a saloon to rival the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, but packs a fully electric powertrain that’s good for over 300 miles of range. Acceleration is mind-bendingly quick on the top versions, but it’ll be the minimalist interior and huge central touchscreen that’s the main point of interest for your passengers.

Above that is the Model S. The S is bigger than the 3 and also comes with a hatchback tailgate, so the boot opening includes the back window too. This Tesla can manage up to 400 miles of range, making it one of the longest-range electric cars available. Even the ‘standard’ Model S can outsprint a sports car while providing comfortable executive transport for five people.


Which Tesla models are SUVs?

The Tesla Model Y is the company’s newest model. It’s based on the Model 3 but has a high roofline that makes it more practical with extra knee room in the back and a bigger boot. That said, the Model Y keeps Tesla mainstays such as impressive performance and a range of more than 300 miles.

Tesla’s bigger SUV is called the Model X, and could be a better all-rounder than the Model S. Okay, so the X looks more heavy than heavenly, but then it is a huge SUV that’s custom-built to swallow the family and your stuff. Inside, there’s room for seven passengers thanks to the Tesla’s sheer size, while the flat floor and floating centre console make it feel airy. ‘Wow’ factor comes in the form of back doors that arch open towards the sky like a falcon's wings. It’s oh-so Back to the Future.


Tesla doesn’t do engines – all of its cars are fully electric. They all boast the ability to charge at rapid speeds, with Tesla’s Supercharger charging network being a highlight of ownership. While you’re waiting for your car to charge, you can play games and even do karaoke through the touchscreen! 

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Plaid is a version of the Tesla Model S and Model X which is focused on performance – a bit like Audi’s RS cars. The Model S and Model X Plaid have a three-motor electric powertrain with 1,020hp which, in the Model S, is good for a claimed 0-60mph time of 1.99 seconds. The Model 3 and Model Y, meanwhile, come with a hot version that’s called Performance rather than Plaid.

The Tesla Supercharger network is a big perk of driving a Tesla. It’s a charging network most often found at motorway service stations; there are usually loads of chargers, they’re all rapid chargers and, importantly, you’re pretty much guaranteed that they’re going to work. You can add up to 172 miles of range in just 15 minutes. Access and payment is through the Tesla app and, although the brand is starting to open its network up to non-Teslas, it’s still a reason to go for a Tesla over another premium EV. And you’re not limited to the Supercharger network – Teslas can charge at other fast-chargers too.

All Teslas come stuffed with technology as standard, including driver assistance tech that keeps you in your lane and at a set distance from the car in front, but you can add the Tesla Enhanced Autopilot option for additional cost. When enabled, this system can navigate and change lanes on motorways without any human input, plus park itself and be summoned out of a parking space. Just remember that you’ve got to be alert at all times and ready to step in at any time.

Don’t be drawn in by the name. A Tesla with the Full Self Driving pack isn’t completely autonomous – it adds a few extra driver aids like stop sign recognition but still can’t be relied on to arrive at a destination without a driver. This system is probably most useful in the US where it allows Autopilot semi-autonomous driving on regular streets – although there’s no clear timeline for how long it’ll take for it to work in the UK. There are plenty of Tesla FSD videos online that show the limitations of the system.

Dogs can die in hot cars, and cracking the window open an inch isn’t enough on a hot day. So Teslas come with a Dog Mode, which keeps the air con on so your pooch remains nice and cool. There’s a display on the dashboard with the inside temperature that’ll (hopefully) stop anyone breaking your windows intending to rescue your dog. It’s intended for short periods like nipping into shops – it’s not advised to use your Tesla as a full-time dog kennel.

Tesla cars come with a Sentry Mode function that keeps an eye on your car while you’re away. Using the various cameras dotted around the car, Sentry Mode aims to prevent break-ins, or at least record what happens if someone does take a fancy to your belongings.

A dual-motor powertrain is one with an electric motor on each axle. This means the vehicle is all-wheel drive, and boasts better performance than a single-motor EV. If you see a Tesla with a Dual Motor badge, it’s either the Long Range or Performance model (the latter stands out with bigger wheels and a body kit).

Tesla’s warranty guarantees your battery will maintain 70 per cent capacity after eight years or 120,000 miles, whichever comes first. However, you can expect it to remain effective long after that – especially if you avoid regularly charging your battery beyond 80%. Elon Musk reckons you can get up to 500,000 miles of use from a battery, although you can expect its capacity to be greatly reduced by that point.

Tesla owners are often so wowed by the technology on board that traditional car-buying concerns take a backseat. Build quality issues such as inconsistent panel gaps are all too common, and the brand doesn’t do too well in reliability surveys. But the long battery warranty should alleviate any concerns about the durability of the powertrain, and Tesla offers mobile servicing if you can’t get to one of its centres. For added peace of mind, a Motorpoint Extended Warranty can be added to your finance agreement for just a few pounds a month.