“We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn’t hate it”

Tesla S test drive

The article also has the best subhead ever as well:

“Now that we’ve got that out of the way, Dear Santa…”

The head and subhead came from a review/test drive that appeared at TheRegister.co.uk.  To me, it resonates with the expectations set in the media by the pundits that need to see Elon Musk go home in shame.  It’s really well-written and thoughtful.  It’s not a puff piece either.

Whether you want to admit it or not, there’s quite a cottage industry that wants–no, needs to see Tesla fail.  But it’s not the usual suspects.  The automakers are churning out more electric cars.  The petroleum industry has moved on as well.

But the pundit class, the talking heads with no accountability, really need the Tesla to fail.  So they will be right.  No other reason.  The car is too expensive, it’s not well made, the stock is too high, it’s a horrible business model, it’s prone to catch fire, it’s not good on the environment, it’s a covert attempt to usurp capitalism, whatever.

Meanwhile, Tesla keeps chugging along.

Now, back to the review.  This tells me that the reviewer (Simon Rockman) had his feet firmly planted in reality:

Twenty minutes is enough to get an impression but gives no sense of what it’s like to live with.

Rockman goes on with his excellent impressions:

When I say that the Tesla S is more like a BMW to drive than a Mercedes, how it’s sharper and sportier but not magic carpet like a Jaguar, it’s a bit of a limitation on the language to describe it. The Tesla S is sporty, Elon Musk is right when he says it’s more European than American in nature, but it’s also limo like.

A Tesla S will set you back between £50,000 and £100,000 depending on options and versions. While it’s not quite the £100k luxury you’d get with an Jaguar XJ it’s way better than the impression you get from reading reviews which deride the fit and finish. Perhaps the right-hand drive models are better than their sinister siblings.

I italicized the sentence above.  Another example of the stain of the pundit class.

Rockman includes some content not usually seen in other reviews.  Commentary from real Tesla drivers.  Check it out:

…One man who has lived with the Tesla S is Rob Meades, a Reg-reader who works for the chip vendor U-Blox. He bought his Tesla S to replace an Audi A3 and isn’t a particularly pro-car person, or especially green. He just sees electric power as the right solution for its feeling of effortless and silence…

…Rob likes the touchscreen, which he didn’t expect he would before he got the car. He describes it as “fully slidey user interface” and counters the view that you have to look at it too much by saying there are anchor points – buttons which don’t move – to call up the essential screens for things like the lights and windscreen wipers.

Here’s a interesting test drive/review video that appeared in the Guardian.


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