Tesla Model S P100D 2017 review | road test video

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Description: Peter Anderson road tests and reviews the Tesla Model S P100D with specs, energy consumption and verdict. Read Peter's full review here: http://carsgui.de/2oP3zKm See more at the CarsGuide Model S hub: http://carsgui.de/2nMYYc5 Check out other electric cars here: http://carsgui.de/2lPItuM - - - - - - - - - - Last time out, for the Model X, I was a little bit thoughtful, tackling the idea of it as much as the car itself. This time, it’s the Model S, a car I already know well and for most of you will be a familiar sight. This one though, is the ultimate sleeper. Wrapped in the clothes of an electric car we already know is quick is the Tesla Model S P100D. This is the car the internet thinks has Ferrari worried. I’ll tell you right now, it doesn’t. But it’s got a lot of people talking because of its time bending zero to 100km/h figure. There’s rather more to it than that though. This is the third Model S I’ve driven and I have much good news to bring you. Over the years, the car has been refined in such a way that it is very, very well-put together. The panels fit much better than before, there were very few squeaks or rattles in the interior and nothing felt ropey. I remember when I first saw this single piece of the first S I drove, I thought, yuk. It doesn’t match and looks like it’s going to fall off. Now, it looks like it belongs. It’s little things like this that build confidence in a manufacturer. As ever it’s a roomy machine with a flat floor to make rear seat passengers happy and heaps of cargo room. The boot starts at an impressive 744 litres and then with the seats down ends up at 1795 litres. The boot space is shallow and there’s a lip, but you can store the charge cable down the side in its little bag, which is nifty. In the front boot you’ve got a further 150 litres. It’s a lot less comfortable, even for a sub six-footer. Here in the front seat, things haven’t changed much. Or have they? You still feel like you’re sitting on the car because of the thick floor and your proximity to the roof. The sunroof robs room front and rear and doesn’t have a cover, so like the Model X it’s slip slop slap for me just to go to the shops. These new seats are really comfortable, far better than the earlier ones. The driving position is good, though, and you’ve got this huge 17-inch screen nice and close so you don’t have to lean forward to use it. Which is great, because it’s got everything in it – headlights, suspension height, sat nav, mildly annoying stereo interface, how fast it can go. Yes, we’ll get to that. The music interface is kind of annoying because it insists you use voice controls and try as I might, I couldn’t get it to take any notice of my phone plugged into USB. That’s a pain because you can’t easily navigate it because there’s no CarPlay or Android Auto. Aside from the sunroof, this car has two electric motors, air suspension, a nearly 500km range in the real world on one charge and a cameras and sensors everywhere. Options include the real leather interior, the gorgeous 21-inch rims, the up spec stereo and an options pack that adds more real leather and the wacky bioweapons defense mode which is just a dramatic way of saying, “Cleaning up the air for owners who live in Beijing.” It’s a much better car to drive these days. It was never bad, but the steering was a bit weird and not everything was where it should be or easy to use. By making lots of things automatic, those problems have gone away, but the software that runs the motors is getting steadily more refined and it feels better sorted. And boy is this thing fast. Under the legal limits in Australia, few things will stay with it in the gears and off the line, you can forget it. This is the fastest straight-line road car you can buy. Today it’s 2.7 seconds to 100km/h, with an upcoming software update, it will be even quicker. It’s a big car with a colossal amount of power, incredible software and hardware engineering and a James Bond evil genius as CEO. One of the things I always say about Tesla is that you have to remember that they weren’t even making cars ten years ago. They’re doing this electric thing better than companies that have been making cars for over a century. They’re actually making cars a lot better than many car companies who should know better. They’re not cheap and they’re not perfect. But when you’ve made a car that goes from a standing start to 100 in 2.7 seconds without tearing itself apart or any histrionics at all, you are absolutely going in the right direction. CarsGuide - Go beyond the test drive Check us out: www.carsguide.com.au Subscribe to our channel: http://carsgui.de/2aMzFTT Follow us on Twitter: http://carsgui.de/2ah6eta Like us on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/17kv9Ui See our Instagram: http://carsgui.de/2aQ0M1H We're on Google+: http://carsgui.de/2atBwbF
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