2015 Tesla Model S vs. Its Competition

2015 Tesla Model S 70D in new Ocean Blue color

The Tesla Model S remains the world's best electric car, the only one that's a practical—if somewhat futuristic—competitor to German luxury sedans.

With the new P85S hot-rod model, it competes in price with the larger German sedans: the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and Porsche Panamera.

And now the last two have plug-in hybrid versions.

In interior space, though, it's closer to the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, and Mercedes E-Class.

Still, potential Tesla buyers may spend more time assessing the BMW i3 electric car (with optional range extender) or the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt, with its 50-mile electric range.

Still, none of the electric alternatives offer anything like the Tesla's range—and the rest that do have gasoline engines.

Three years after it launched, the Tesla still offers a unique mix of characteristics, which is why it's sold roughly 70,000 Model Ses so far—and remains both a glimpse of the future today and a striking status symbol.

2015 Tesla Model S 70D in new Ocean Blue color2015 Tesla Model S
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2016 Mercedes-Benz S550e Plug-In Hybrid2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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Quick Specs
8.8
The 2015 Tesla Model S has no direct competition; the electric luxury hatchback is the benchmark among its kind in a market with more than 20 plug-in models. It's likely the most advanced car on the planet.
8.8
The 2016 Audi S8 pairs thrilling acceleration with excellent big-car handling and discreet luxury.
9.2
Don’t let the conservative wrapper fool you, the 2016 BMW 7-Series charges boldly into a new generation as a sporty big sedan, with new ride-and-handling tech, space-age construction, and a plug-in hybrid version.
8.0
The new 2016 Chevy Volt improves on its predecessor in every way that counts, and its 53-mile range is unsurpassed among plug-in hybrids—meaning its biggest weak spot is GM’s ability to explain and market it.
9.2
Coupe, Cabriolet, and Maybach versions—and even a Plug-In Hybrid—make the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class far more diverse and adventurous than it used to be; it's now not just a flagship sedan, but a family of flagships.
8.2
The 2016 Porsche Panamera looks like a sports car and drives like one, yet it delivers executive-level ride comfort and cabin appointments.
MSRP From     
$69,900$81,500$81,300$33,170$95,650$78,100
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy43 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine     
ElectricIntercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Gas/Electric I4Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Large CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsCompact CarsLarge CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan RWD 60 kWh Battery *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan 3.0T4-Door Sedan 740i RWD5-Door HB LT4-Door Sedan S 550 RWD4-Door HB
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront wheel driveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555554
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/A4N/AN/A
Body Style     
Hatchbackquattro LWB SedanSedanHatchbackSedanHatchback
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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