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Tesla Model S is surprisingly good at this, even though it has no right to be


Tesla Model S winter roads test in Alpbach, AustriaWOLFGANG GROEGER-MEIER

Tesla Model S winter roads test in Alpbach, Austria

Tesla Model S and Model X are often seen as the benchmark of what can be achieved within the electric vehicle market.

These are the cars everyone is looking to beat, and are bonafide replacements for combustion powered cars – provided you have the cash.

Model S and Model X are known for their long range, hilarious software gimmicks, and terrifyingly fast 0-60 acceleration.

However, one thing that is rarely associated with these cars is their off-roading skills or their ability to handle on the snow. 

Express.co.uk was lucky enough to travel to the ski town of Alpbach, Austria – a relatively short drive from Munich. 

Driving on snow and ice is something that is actively discouraged in the UK.

And that’s understandable, as it’s often dangerous.

But behind the wheel of the latest Tesla vehicles, it’s just plain fun. 

Due to the impressive all-wheel-drive system onboard, there’s almost no need to worry about going wrong because it works the entire time to help the vehicle keep its grip. 

Tesla’s 100 per cent all electric All-Wheel Drive system now comes as standard on both, and you could really feel it working on the ice. 

What’s more impressive is that – with both cars weighing over two tonnes – you’d expect them to just dig in and get stuck.

Tesla Model X winter roads test in Alpbach, AustriaWOLFGANG GROEGER-MEIER

Tesla Model X handled the snow and ice well

In some circumstances, with the fluffy, deep and powdery snow, the car’s did run into a bit of trouble, but for the most part the EVs took the terrain in their stride. 

Of the two cars, unsurprisingly, the Model X was the more capable in the snowdrifts.

Model S could hold its own for the most part until it got too deep and then got stuck a few times.

But for a luxury saloon car that weighs a couple of tonnes, it has absolutely no right to be decent driving on snow and ice at all.

The variable heights of the air suspension gives you that extra assurance that you have enough ground clearance to get over obstacles and not puncture the battery. 

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