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Tesla Model S Australia

The Tesla Model S can turn heads at 200 metres, even though it can't be heard from 10 metres away.

The four door coupe EV has put Tesla on the map with prodigious performance from its twin electric motors and a high-tech interior, as well as an electric range that can top 550km on a single charge. Is Australia ready for an electric vehicle revolution? Tesla is forging ahead with an array of fast-charger stations around the country, and you can now drive a Tesla from Melbourne to Sydney with ease, thanks to stations located up and down the east coast.

Current prices range from $124,900 for the Model S Long Range to $159,329 for the Model S Performance.​

This vehicle is also known as Code name: WhiteStar.

Tesla Model S Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Tesla Model S varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $124,900 and going to $159,329 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2020 Sedan —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $124,900 $159,329
2019 Sedan —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $85,300 $158,950
2019 Hatchback —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $93,000 $192,390
2018 Hatchback —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $78,000 $210,870
2017 Hatchback —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $71,700 $180,730
2016 Hatchback —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $62,600 $163,130
See All Tesla Model S Pricing and Specs

Tesla Model S Colours

  • Pearl White
  • Solid Black
  • Midnight Silver
  • Deep Blue
  • Red
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Tesla Model S Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Tesla Model S here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What electric car should I buy?

    We can understand your feelings about the centrally-mounted screen in the Tesla, though you do get used to it surprisingly quickly.

    As for the other models you’ve mentioned, we’ve had to get the crystal ball out to attempt to answer you!

    The Polestar 2 will be on sale by the end of 2020, if all goes to plan. The company will be pushing hard to make that happen. 

    The VW ID3 is likely not going to be here until 2021, likely the mid or latter part of that year. It certainly has a lot of potential, and with pricing set to start below $50,000, it could well be The People’s (Electric) Car. 

    There are other options coming, though it depends on your diary and your budget.

    You could consider the Tesla Model S, which may have been around for a while, but that also means it has a more traceable reliability history. It has a digital instrument cluster in the regular spot as well.

    Have you looked at the Jaguar i-Pace? It has a claimed range of 470 kilometres, though it is on the pricey side of the equation, starting from about $125,000.

    Indeed, a high price tag is a common theme among those EVs with big battery capacity and expansive driving range, because you’re basically covering the cost of the batteries with your money.

    For instance, there’s the Audi e-tron quattro, which is due here in early 2020. That model will have a range of “more than 400 kilometres”, and - we suspect - a price tag above $120,000. 

    The Mercedes EQC is about to go on sale, too. Range for that mid-size SUV is pegged at about 450 kilometres, but again, you can expect a high price tag.

    If 2021 isn’t too long to wait, there’s the Volvo XC40 Recharge coming then. Based on our previous experience with Volvo XC40s, it’ll be a great small SUV, with predicted range of 400km - though we think that’s understating it, because it has a 78kWh battery pack, and it has AWD too.

    At the more affordable end - though admittedly still not quite meeting your expectations for range - there’s the very impressive Hyundai Kona Electric, which has a WLTP range of 449km, and a price tag of around $65k. It isn’t all-wheel drive though.

    And MG is about to launch a real upstart in the segment, with the ZS EV hitting showrooms soon for $46,990 drive-away, albeit with a range of 262km. It’s also FWD only. 

    The Mini Cooper SE will also arrive in mid-2020, with pricing set to be less than $60k. But again, a range of 270km will likely rule it out for your needs, and its 2WD as well.

    Another new small EV due next year is the Mazda MX-30. Pricing is still to be confirmed, and range isn’t great at about 300km. It’s FWD too. 

    In short, at this point in time - and out towards the end of 2020 - it looks like you’ll either need to spend a big amount of money on a premium EV to get the best range possible, or you’ll have to get used to the Model 3’s screen. You could always get an aftermarket head-up display fitted…

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  • What is the cheapest Tesla?

    In March 2019 Tesla slashed their prices across both the Model S and Model X ranges. The cheapest Tesla is currently the Model S Standard Range with a list price of $115,600. Check out our news story for more info on Tesla's new prices. 

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Tesla Model S Dimensions

The dimensions of the Tesla Model S Sedan and Hatchback vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2020 Sedan 1445x2189x4978 mm 116 mm
2019 Sedan 1445x2189x4978 mm 116 mm
2019 Hatchback 1445x1964x4970 mm 139 mm
2018 Hatchback 1445x1964x4970 mm 139 mm
2017 Hatchback 1445x1964x4970 mm 139 mm
2016 Hatchback 1445x1964x4970 mm 139 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Tesla Model S Dimensions

Tesla Model S Towing Capacity

The Tesla Model S has no towing capacity for the last 5 years the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2020 Sedan 0kg 0kg
2019 Hatchback 0kg 0kg
2019 Sedan 0kg 0kg
2018 Hatchback 0kg 0kg
2017 Hatchback 0kg 0kg
2016 Hatchback 0kg 0kg
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Tesla Model S Fuel Consumption

The Tesla Model S is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Electric fuel type(s).

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2020 Sedan Electric 1 SP AUTO
2019 Hatchback Electric 1 SP AUTO
2019 Sedan Electric 1 SP AUTO
2018 Hatchback Electric 1 SP AUTO
2017 Hatchback Electric 1 SP AUTO
2016 Hatchback Electric 1 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Tesla Model S Pricing and Specs for 2020

Tesla Model S Wheel Size

The Tesla Model S has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 245x45 R20 for Sedan in 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 20x9 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2020 Sedan 245x45 R20 20x9 inches 245x45 R20 20x9 inches
2019 Hatchback 245x45 R19 19x8 inches 245x45 R19 19x8 inches
2019 Sedan 245x45 R20 20x9 inches 245x45 R20 20x9 inches
2018 Hatchback 245x45 R19 19x8 inches 245x45 R19 19x8 inches
2017 Hatchback 245x45 R19 19x8 inches 245x45 R19 19x8 inches
2016 Hatchback 245x45 R19 19x8 inches 245x45 R19 19x8 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Tesla Model S Wheel Sizes