Updated electric five-door gets a new entry-level battery pack and the option to upgrade to a 75kWh battery pack

Tesla has introduced the '60' and '60D' trim levels on the Model S, featuring a 60kWh battery pack. 

Tesla has now discontinued the Model S 60 and 60D due to low demand

The new entry-level Tesla Model S starts at £53,400 for the rear-drive set-up, rising to £57,800 for the all-wheel-drive 60D. 

Read our review of the Tesla Model S 60D here

In 60 guise, the range of the car is 248miles, rising to 253 miles for the all-wheel-drive version. There's also the option to upgrade to a 75kWh battery pack, which boosts range for the 60 and 60D by 50 and 51 miles respectively. 

Acceleration from 0-60mph - a strong point for Tesla models, given their instantly available maximum torque - for the 60 and 60D is a claimed 5.5sec and 5.2sec respectively, while top speed for the 60 and 60D is 130mph, or 140mph with the 75kWh battery pack. 

As with all other Tesla cars, the entry-level Model S will be offered with Autopilot software. 

Tesla recently facelifted the Model S for 2016, giving its all-electric fastback an updated front grille and two new interior decor choices.

The facelifted car’s nose now features a slimmer black section and restyled headlights in order to create a face that’s more closely aligned with that of the Model X. The changes are illustrated in the comparison picture above.

Buyers can now choose from Figured Ash Wood or Dark Ash Wood interior trim.

Tesla recalls 2600 Model X vehicles

The Model S has also inherited the air filtration system of the Model X, which Tesla says is 100 times more effective than other premium systems. The brand claims the HEPA filter can remove 99.97% of particulate exhaust pollution and almost all allergens, bacteria and contaminants.

Tesla Model 3 spotted in the wild

The Model S’s electric drivetrain options remain unchanged, but the car’s standard charger has been upgraded from 40A to 48A, enabling faster charging when connected to higher-amperage chargers.

Sources have suggested a more potent P100D model will join the range at a later date, sitting above the P85D and P90D, but Tesla is yet to officially confirm this.

The starting price for the new Model S in entry 70D spec is £58,300, but buyers can knock £4500 off that figure once the UK government's green car grant is added. Tesla says sales and production for the facelifted Model S have started today.

Tesla Model S smashes production electric vehicle record at Pikes Peak

Our Verdict

Tesla Model S 95D

In theory, this all-electric luxury car looks a hit. So is it in practice?

Join the debate



12 April 2016
I never saw the point in having a grille that suggested the presence of a radiator where none was required. Cleaner and more distinctive.

12 April 2016
.....though the front is getting more like Lightning McQueen (Lightning = Ludicrous?)

12 April 2016
.....though the front is getting more like Lightning McQueen (Lightning = Ludicrous?)

12 April 2016
Can admin delete the extras?

12 April 2016
.....though the front is getting more like Lightning McQueen (Lightning = Ludicrous?)

12 April 2016
not a fan..looks like it's had its mouth taped-up.

12 April 2016
Much better, much less bland . . . now they just need to make the rear less Jag like.

I think your ll find the P85D was dropped months ago, Sam, maybe you should check your facts before you write articles ?

12 April 2016
The 70D is not the entry level - that is the RWD 70 for nearly £4500 less

12 April 2016
Shame adults still can't sit comfortably in the back.

13 April 2016
winniethewoo wrote:

Shame adults still can't sit comfortably in the back.

I was going to buy one, then I read your comment and changed my mind…. said no one ever.



Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    The Citroen C3 Aircross has got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out
  • BMW X3
    First Drive
    15 October 2017
    A satisfying rework of the X3 that usefully improves its handling, cabin finish, space and connectivity to make this BMW a class front-runner again