Tested: 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S vs. Tesla Model S Long Range Plus


Tested: 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S vs. Tesla Model S Long Range Plus

Climb to the top of today’s mainstream EV ladder and you’ll come to the Porsche Taycan and the Tesla Model S, two high-profile sedans that make compelling cases for electric vehicles as grand, expensive things. Introduced in 2012, the Model S laid the groundwork for Tesla’s contemporary lineup, along the way proving that EVs can be both desirable and (almost) as practical as conventional, internal-combustion vehicles. In time, it also helped to show that cars can be designed to emit fart noises, but we digress. The newer Taycan, on the other hand, hails from the sprawling Volkswagen Group and is Porsche’s first push into the EV space. In many ways, it exists to steal some of the Model S’s action, yet with a greater focus on driver enjoyment. It’s impossible not to compare these two heavy-hitting four-doors, which we’ve already done with their priciest, most-powerful variants. While that matchup resulted in the Tesla coming out on top, it also left us curious as to how these two cars would stack up in more-affordable configurations.

Unfortunately, time limitations and vehicle availability prevented our two test cars from being as closely matched as we’d like, so we passed on our usual comparison-test procedure for a slightly less formal matchup. For one, our 2020 Model S Long Range Plus example no longer exists in Tesla’s lineup; it was introduced just last year and has since been replaced by an updated Long Range model that will launch shortly. That also means that it doesn’t feature the Model S’s latest interior treatment with its revised touchscreen interface and yoke-style steering wheel. For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.

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