2016 Tesla Model S vs. Its Competition

2016 Tesla Model S

No other carmaker has managed to blend good looks, good to absurd performance, safety, reliability, and a nationwide DC fast-charging network into a single electric car.

That's why the Tesla Model S continues to stand apart from the large luxury sedan segment.

It competes on price with larger German sedans: the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and Porsche Panamera--though its interior space is closer to the mid-size Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, and Mercedes E-Class.

Potential Tesla buyers seem more likely to spend time assessing the BMW i3 electric car (with its optional range extender) or the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt, with 53 miles of electric range, than the plug-in hybrid versions of the S-Class or Panamera.

But no other electric car offers anything close to the Tesla's battery range—and the rest that do have gasoline engines.

There's simply no direct competition for the Model S.

2016 Tesla Model S2016 Tesla Model S
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2016 Audi S8 Plus2016 Audi A8
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2016 BMW 7-Series with M Sport Package2016 BMW 7-Series
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2016 Chevrolet Volt2016 Chevrolet Volt
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2016 Mercedes-Benz S550e Plug-In Hybrid2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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2015 Porsche Panamera2016 Porsche Panamera
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Quick Specs
8.8
There's still no direct competition for the 2016 Tesla Model S, which offers elegant design, 240 miles or more of all-electric range, and jaw-dropping acceleration in the higher-end models. It's one of a kind.
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     
$68,000$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     
2016.5 4-Door Sedan RWD 604-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     
Hatchback 2016.5quattro LWB SedanSedanHatchbackSedanHatchback
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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