2022 Porsche Taycan vs. Tesla Model S vs Mercedes-EQ EQS
When it comes to electric vehicles, the luxury sedan EV segment is without question the most hotly contested. There are some truly impressive EVs out there now, and with EV sales picking up a lot in recent years, the question of which one reigns supreme is more relevant than ever. Porsche has a long history of building incredible sports cars, and if you’re looking for a luxury EV, the Porsche Taycan will have definitely caught your eye. But how does it measure up to the other offerings in this segment? Fortunately, Porsche Ann Arbor has made this handy comparison as a guide.
Porsche Taycan VS Tesla Model S
|2022 Taycan||VS||2022 Model S|
|RWD with optional AWD, 2-speed rear transmission with 1-speed front transmission ✓||Drivetrain||Direct-drive AWD|
|3 ✓||Number of Body Style Configurations||1|
|270 kW ✓||Charging Rate||250 kW|
|Under 5 hours ✓||0 to 100% charging time on a home 240V charger||10 hours|
|17 / 7 / 13 ✓||Number of Options for Paint / Wheels / Interior||5 / 2 / 3|
|Above Average ✓||Consumer Reports Brand Reliability Ranking||Below Average|
|$900 option ✓||Ceramic Brakes||$20,000 option, unknown availability|
|7 minutes 33 seconds ✓||Nurburgring Lap Time||7 minutes 35 seconds|
|6 ✓||Number of Dealerships in Michigan||2|
|Optional ✓||Rear Axle Steering||Not available|
|Optional ✓||Heads-Up Display||Not available|
|Optional ✓||Night Vision Assist||Not available|
The Tesla Model S was the first serious entry in this segment, so any newer vehicles have to be compared to it. From the outset, you can see that the two cars were built with different approaches. The Taycan uses a more sophisticated setup, with a two-speed automatic transmission for the rear wheels and a second transmission for the front, should you select all-wheel drive. The Model S is only available with direct-drive all-wheel drive. This is fine for commuting, but many enthusiasts prefer an RWD setup for its handling characteristics, and Porsche gives you that option. Speaking of options, Porsche gives you a choice of a sedan body or two others. The Cross Turismo is slightly higher, and approaching a crossover, though not quite a full crossover. Then there is the Sport Turismo, a shooting brake style. These both make loading and unloading cargo a lot easier than from the high hatchback of the Model S. Porsche also offers far more options when it comes to appearance, including the option for bespoke shades of paint, leather, and even stitching.
With a charging rate of 270 kW, the Taycan and its platform-mate, the Audi e-Tron GT, are two of the fastest-charging EVs on the market. The difference this makes over the Model S at full charging capacity isn’t that big, but when you look at charging time with home chargers, which is where most charging will take place for most owners, you’ll see that the difference is huge. If you need your car serviced, Porsche has triple the number of dealerships in Michigan, including ours in Ann Arbor, which Tesla doesn’t have at all. Tesla also forces you to service your car through very specific channels, often having to wait for them to come to you, and to schedule service appointments through an app. This is important given Telsa’s famously abysmal record for reliability and build quality. Porsche has repeatedly been ranked as the number one most reliable brand by Consumer Reports.
Speaking of things that Tesla is famous for, a ceramic brake kit for the Model S was promised to be available already, and there is currently no word on when or even if that’s happening now. Then there is also the matter of the eye-watering price difference. This is part of Porsche approaching the Taycan as a genuine sports car. Sure, the Model S cracks off some impressive quarter-mile times, but if you look at the Nurburgring times, the Taycan comes out ahead. This might not seem like a big time difference, but keep in mind that the Model S lost despite a nearly 300-horsepower advantage. That really tells you all you need to know about this comparison, the Model S does a good job in a straight line, but if you want a real sports car EV, you get a Taycan.
Porsche Taycan VS Mercedes-EQ EQS
|2022 Taycan||VS||2022 EQS 450+|
|5.1 seconds ✓||0-60 Time||5.9 seconds|
|RWD with optional AWD, 2-speed rear transmission with 1-speed front transmission ✓||Drivetrain||RWD with optional AWD, direct drive|
|Standard ✓||Active Aerodynamics||Not available|
|3 ✓||Number of Body Style Configurations||1|
|Under 5 hours ✓||0 to 100% charging time on a home 240V charger||11 hours 15 minutes|
|Standard ✓||Heated Seats||Optional|
|Optional ✓||Bespoke Color Options||Not Available|
|Bose 1,455 watts, 21 speakers ✓||Stereo||Burmester 710 watts, 15 speakers|
The Mercedes-EQ EQS really makes more sense than the Tesla to compare to the Taycan. Both are built by more established carmakers which have conventional models that serve similar roles as the EVs. But there are certainly still differences, price being the first one you’re likely to notice. And that extra money certainly doesn’t buy you more power with the EQS, and that’s true of the top trims for each car too. The AMG version of the EQS comes with 649 horsepower, compared to 750 horsepower in the Taycan Turbo S. Mercedes does give you the option of rear-wheel drive, but it’s still direct drive, a less sophisticated setup than the Taycan. Add the Taycan’s active aerodynamics to the equation, and it’s clear that you’ll find much more rewarding driving dynamics in the Porsche.
When it comes to living with an EV, at-home charging times are very important, and in this area, the Taycan is clearly a much better option, with a charging time of less than half that of the EQS. The Taycan also has a few different body configuration options, so buyers who frequently load and unload a bike, for example, will have a much easier time with one of the bigger and lower hatch openings offered on the Taycan. You’ll also get a nicer stereo with the Porsche, and seemingly basic features like heated seats are options on the EQS, while being standard on the Taycan. Lastly, when it comes to customization, the Taycan has a clear advantage. More standard paint colors and wheel options are available on the Porsche, but it also has a huge advantage of offering bespoke color options for paint, leather, and stitching.
Winner – Porsche Taycan
It’s rare that the same car will be the most fun to drive, the most practical, and the one that you can best tailor to your specific tastes all at the same time. But the Taycan is a Porsche, and this is the kind of thing Porsche does. As an all-around sports sedan EV, there is nothing on the market that quite measures up to the Taycan. But you’re going to want to experience this for yourself, and Porsche Ann Arbor is here to help you with that!
*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes options; taxes; title; registration; delivery, processing and handling fee; dealer charges. Dealer sets actual selling price.