In spite of the fact that the Tesla Model S is not being marketed as a luxury vehicle, it has been finding appeal across the lines from the performance category, outselling makes like Jaguar, Audi, and Lexus. How do a couple of these $100,000 vehicles compare?
Recently, one of the guys over at The Truth About Cars, Dan Wallach, had a chance to do just that, putting a Jaguar XF alongside a Tesla Model S P85. Of course, he couldn’t pull full dyno tests and off-the-line acceleration tests, but just spending a few minutes inside these cars can tell you a lot. As a former Toyota Master Technician, I can tell you that, once you’re familiar with certain vehicles, you typically only need a few minutes to determine how well a vehicle is performing. Give me half-an-hour, and I can tell you everything about it.
So, the Jaguar XF starts at a modest $50,000, or thereabout, much like the Tesla Model S starts around $70,000, but start checking off boxes and you can easily get both vehicles up over the $100,000 mark. How does a Tesla Model S P85 compare to the Jaguar XF, fitted with a giant, dinosaur-suckling, V8? First, speaking of acceleration, well, Dan says it better than I can… “I didn’t have anything even vaguely resembling the opportunity to do an apples-to-apples comparison. Suffice to say that the P85 Tesla’s acceleration is instantaneous and violent. And silent. On paper it’s faster than the über Jaguar and my butt dyno and I totally believe it.”
Aside from that, because we already knew that electric motors are vastly superior to internal combustion engines, what else can we compare between the Tesla Model S P85 and the Jaguar XF?
The rear seats of the XF are not really seats, more akin to the 2+2 configuration available in the Lexus SC430, basically a shelf to put your groceries on, while the Both the Jaguar XF and Tesla Model S have plenty of space for four full-sized adults and perhaps a fifth skinny one. The XF trunk is somewhat limiting for placing wider objects, while the Model S’ hatchback design means you don’t have to do any wiggling to fit your weekend bags.
The electronics and entertainment systems of the Tesla Model S are top-notch, if you go for the upgraded audio, giving you the full-bodied audio experience you’d expect from a high-end home theater system, while the XF audio system, even the upgraded one, sounds more like a hopped up Honda Civic. The Model S 17” touchscreen is standard and easy to navigate, giving you intuitive control of practically all vehicle systems, much like we’ve seamlessly integrated with our iPhones, while the XF touchscreen has all the intuitiveness and grace of a 20th Century VCR.
Tesla Model S is the future, or at least represents it very well, and in spite of limited range, offers so much more than anything else on the market, even the luxury models.
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