Tesla Model S fails to impress Consumer Reports in the long-term test

Article by Christian A., on August 12, 2014

Although it received a near-perfect score from Consumer Reports (99 out of 100), it appears that the Tesla Model S failed to impress the well-known magazine in the long-term test. The electric car impressed the magazine with its smoothness, effortless glide and clever yet elegant simplicity, the vehicle bought by Consumer Magazine had several problems.

Driven for almost 16,000 miles and purchased for $98,650, the Tesla Model S saw the first problems with the center screen when it was driven for over 12,000 miles. This means that the driver didn’t have access to many functions of the vehicle but Tesla fixed the problem as the vehicle was under warranty.

After a hard reset, the functions were restored to the car. The retracting door handles also showed problems and were occasionally reluctant to emerge. Consumer Reports were not the only one having problems with the Tesla Model S as the guys from Edmunds also reported problems which included replacing the main battery pack after the car stalled.

Moreover, Edmunds saw problems that included a frozen touchscreen, a creaky steering wheel and difficulties when opening the sunroof. Elon Musk admitted that the company had some quality issues for the early serial number cars but he added that the current production cars are fine.

The company also added that they are constantly upgrading the functionality, features and quality of every Model S through the free over the air updates provided to the owners.

As a truly unique development in automotive engineering, the Tesla Model S fully electric sedan combines high levels of performance, safety and efficiency. With its highest possible safety ratings, the Model S set anew the world's expectations for the modern car. It also has the longest range among electric vehicles on the road, and it keeps on improving thanks to over-the-air software updates.

Tesla’s Architecture allowed the new Tesla Model S to have very minimal risk of rollover as well as greater levels of performance of handling. This is particularly because this platform allowed the battery to be located on floor and the electric powertrain to be placed beneath, giving the Model S a very low center of gravity.

This safety attribute is complemented by the fact that the Model S has a crumple zone larger than other performance sedans, as made possible by the absence of a conventional engine. This means that the new Model S could better absorb the energy during a front end collision.

To prove the status of the Tesla Model S as one of the safest cars on the road, it boasts of earning the highest safety possible ratings from agencies like NHTSA and Euro NCAP. It also holds the record of having the lowest likelihood of injury to occupants, following tests in the United States.

Further complementing the already high safety level of the Model S are standard active safety features like collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection and lane departure warning. Optional convenience features are also available, such traffic-aware cruise control, autosteer and autopark, as well as summon.

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