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Tesla Model S hatchback - Practicality & boot space

Class-leading space inside, plus the Tesla Model S reduces range anxiety

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The most common hurdle for potential electric car buyers is range anxiety, but this has increased to 405 miles in the Long Range Plus model. That's three times more than a Nissan Leaf and further than any other EV on sale, along with some powerful petrol cars. When you consider that the Performance model can manage 0-60mph in 2.3 seconds – faster than almost any other car on sale – its 396-mile range is even more impressive.

Tesla Model S interior space & storage

Inside, the Model S has more luggage space than similarly sized premium rivals, as its small electric motor allows for a flat floor and more storage areas. Under the bonnet, there's a carpet-lined luggage compartment, although this is slightly smaller in the four-wheel-drive 'D' models, as they need room for the front-mounted electric motor. The boot area has additional storage below the floor, for valuables and to stop smaller items rolling around.

Rear-seat passengers get their own air-con vents and benefit from the full-length glass roof, which makes the interior feel more bright and open.

The Model S electric motor is positioned behind the rear seats, so the floor of the interior is completely flat, leaving more legroom for whoever's sitting in the middle rear seat.

Boot space

The boot is deep and long, but there’s a lip to lift luggage over. The seats fold flat, although there’s a ridge meaning the floor isn’t all at one level. There’s 894 litres of luggage space altogether – 150 litres of which are in the front where the engine would usually be. Drop the rear seats and space grows to 1,795 litres. That means with the seats up, there’s more space in a Model S than you’ll find in a Mercedes E-Class estate.

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