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Our new daily drive: can a Tesla Model S be a viable everyday car in 2018?

Published: 01 January 2018

 CAR lives with a used Tesla
 Model S long-term test review
 Comment below if you own one! 

Well, this is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing long-term tests we've ever conducted. We're fortunate that our daily driver fleet has numbered McLaren supercars, Aston Martin coupes and a pukka Porsche 911 in its number, but never - until now - have we run a Tesla electric car.

That is being put right in 2018, as we've persuaded Tesla to lend us a Model S. The car you see here in our configurator spec will soon be appearing in the pages of CAR magazine with regular monthly updates and we'll be reporting fully on the approved-used Tesla Model S 85D online too. Stay tuned for regular coverage as we reveal what it's like to live with every day. 

Why are we testing a Certified Pre-Owned Model S? Because Tesla was keen for us to try a secondhand model and as a fledgling player it doesn't have airfields of unsold stock lying around. And besides, this is a great chance for us to test the reliability and quality of a two-year-old Tesla and to see if fears over battery degradation are unfounded or a real problem to used EV ownership. 

Specifically, we'll be looking to answer these questions:

  • Is a secondhand Tesla a good idea?
  • Do batteries degrade over time?
  • Does a two-year-old Model S feel like new?
  • Is an electric car a viable everyday proposition in 2018?
  • How much does a Tesla Model S cost to run?
  • Should you buy a used Tesla or are you better leasing one?
  • Which Model S should you buy?

Ours is a 65-registered 85D in solid white paint, depicted in the stock list pictured here. You can read its spec in the photo below. We'll soon be updating this page with real pictures, once the car lands on our test fleet and starts to be tested by the whole CAR magazine team day-in, day-out.

Should you spend nearly £60,000 on a secondhand electric Tesla? Do you run a Model S, or have you invested in a rival electric car? Do let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Tesla Model S long-term test review by CAR magazine UK

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet