Date
23 November 2017
While it continues to impress with its smoothness and simplicity, the Tesla Model S has some quirks that might dampen consumer experience, according to Consumer Reports magazine. Photo: Bloomberg
While it continues to impress with its smoothness and simplicity, the Tesla Model S has some quirks that might dampen consumer experience, according to Consumer Reports magazine. Photo: Bloomberg

Tesla Model S has more than its share of problems

After earning top marks last year, the Tesla Model S sedan is being savaged by an influential United States consumer magazine.

Consumer Reports, which anonymously buys the vehicles it tests from auto dealerships, said its Model S has had more than its share of problems after nearly 26,000 kilometers.

While the car impressed with its “smoothness, effortless glide and clever, elegant simplicity”, it has many quirks that might dampen consumer experience, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing a review by the magazine.

Among the problems was the center screen going blank, cutting off access to nearly every function of the car, after less than 20,000 kilometers.

Also, the automatic retracting door handles did not work as they should.

Tesla fixed the issues which required a hard reset to restore the car’s functions, the magazine said. 

The car in question is a 2013 Model S bought in January that year for US$89,650.

In November, Consumer Reports ranked the Model S best among all cars on the market in its annual survey of vehicles on US roads.

And in May last year, it awarded the Tesla sedan 99 out of a possible 100, one of the best ratings it has given an automobile.

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