2020 Porsche Taycan vs. 2020 Tesla Model S

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Taycan have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Tesla Model S doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Taycan’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Model S doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Taycan are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Tesla Model S doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Taycan helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Model S doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The Taycan offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Model S only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Taycan has standard Porsche Connect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Model S doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Taycan and the Model S have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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The Taycan’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the Model S’ (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are over 37 percent more Porsche dealers than there are Tesla dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Taycan’s warranty.

Reliability

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From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Tesla vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche fourth in reliability. Tesla is ranked 23rd.

Engine

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As tested in Road and Track the Taycan Turbo S is faster than the Model S Performance:

Taycan

Model S

Zero to 30 MPH

.9 sec

1.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

2.4 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

3.9 sec

5.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter Mile

10.5 sec

11.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

130 MPH

114.5 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Taycan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Model S:

Taycan 4S

Taycan Turbo S

Model S

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

16.5 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

14.1 inches

16.1 inches

14.4 inches

The Taycan offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Model S doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Taycan stops much shorter than the Model S:

Taycan

Model S

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

160 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Taycan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Model S (F:265/35R21 & R:305/30R21 vs. F:245/35R21 & R:265/35R21).

The Taycan’s optional 305/30R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Model S’ optional 35 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Taycan offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Model S doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Taycan offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Tesla doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Model S.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Taycan is 1.6 inches wider in the front than the track on the Model S.

The Taycan Turbo S handles at 1.02 G’s, while the Model S pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Taycan’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Model S’ (36.7 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Model S, the Taycan offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Taycan keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Model S doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Taycan offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Model S.

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