Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy a Tesla Model S?

It's getting on a bit, but it's still easy to recommend a Tesla Model S. Beyond its good looks, fabulous performance, and silky-smooth drivetrain, the lure of free Supercharging and being able to say you'll never visit another petrol station again are almost irresistible. Beyond that, the executive saloon market is a perfect fit for an EV such as this – you get more space, incredible comfort and a virtually silent ride.

It's interesting that even with new rivals appearing all the time, the Model S's appeal remains pretty much undented. Yes, the Jaguar I-Pace is a better car to drive and both the Mercedes-Benz EQC and Audi E-Tron are better built, the Tesla's combination of easy-to-use technology, Supercharger network and impressive range still place it ahead. Yes, you pay for the Model S, but its entry-level isn't that far beyond the price of the aforementioned cars – and on a par when they're optioned.

This is a real contender, and something of a gamechanger. The Model S has been largely responsible for consumers warming to the idea of an electric vehicle with so few compromises. Although many might consider it a bit of a warm-up act for the Model 3, and one that's been around since 2012, it's still a highly recommended choice.

It won't be long before the EV will be viable for most people – and you can thank the pioneering Model S for accelerating that process.

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