2017 Tesla Model S vs. Its Competition

2017 Tesla Model S
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

There's no direct rival to the Tesla Model S—at least not yet.

All of the mainstream automakers have announced their intentions to bring to market an all-electric sedan that may impress like the Model S, but none are yet here.

The Audi A7 may be the most direct rival in terms of looks, luxury, and in top-performance spec, outright speed.

The BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S Class both have hybrid systems that have a limited electric-only range, but nothing to rival the Tesla.

The Porsche Panamera is a similarly styled speed machine, but in top models, it's nowhere near as efficient.

If you're looking for efficiency and the same "look at me" exterior, the BMW i8 is available, but its price is extremely prohibitive.

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Quick Specs
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The 2017 Tesla Model S is unlike any other car on the road for several reasons—good and bad.
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The 2017 Audi A7’s combination of sexy exterior style and healthy interior practicality make for a grand touring luxury sedan par excellence.
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The 2017 BMW 7-Series has a deceivingly conservative wrapper for its radically reengineered underpinnings and tech-centric cabin.
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The 2017 BMW i8 is a stunning coupe with gull-wing doors that hides a slew of advanced technology, though the design may render its energy-efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain all but irrelevant.
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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class lineup is more diverse than it's ever been and is still the benchmark by which all full-size luxury cars should be measured.
With better looks, more efficient and powerful engines, and a less cluttered interior, the 2017 Porsche Panamera promises to be a better carn than the fun sport sedan it's always been.
MSRP From     
$68,000$68,800$81,500$143,400$96,600$85,000
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
ElectricIntercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-3Twin Turbo Gas/Electric V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Large CarsMid-Size CarsLarge CarsSubcompact CarsLarge CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
60 RWD *Ltd Avail*3.0 TFSI Premium Plus740i SedanCoupeS 550e Plug-In Hybrid SedanRWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555454
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Hatchbackquattro SportbackSedanCoupeSedanHatchback
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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