Video: ADAC Posts Test Results on Tesla Model S


Calling all our German to English translators…we need your help on this one.

Pricing and Specs

Pricing and Specs

ADAC recently put the Tesla Model S through an exhaustive list of tests and the results have been made public.

Unfortunately, ADAC published those results in German and we’re losing our minds here trying to translate.

Our crude method of translation turns ADAC’s words into this:

“Instead of a conventional drive, up to a 422 hp electric motor is installed at Tesla’s Model S luxury sedan. The propulsion is breathtaking: the speed 600 Nm of top variant tested the car in 4.4 seconds to a hundred miles an hour.”

Which obviously doesn’t read all that well (and is full of errors thanks to Google translate) and that’s just one sentence out of the 16 pages published by ADAC.

If you’re not familiar with ADAC, then you’ll be of no help in translating for us then we’ll let you in on a well-known secret: ADAC tests the road-worthiness of vehicles and does so by putting them through of series of tests that tell us a lot (if it didn’t publish findings solely in German it would tell us a heck of a lot more) on how the vehicle performs in the real world.

So, in those 16 pages of ADAC test results lies all sorts of information we want to know.  Problem is, we can’t comprehend it.

But someone out there certainly can, so chime in with some translations of the most relevant parts ADAC’s finding.

PDF link to ADAC test results (in German, naturally).

There’s a graphic down below that make almost no sense to us either, though it seems important, so let’s start the translation there.

Test Results?

Test Results?


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9 responses to "Video: ADAC Posts Test Results on Tesla Model S"
  1. Robert says:

    Hi Eric, I would definitely translate it for you but:

    there is really nothing in there that we’ve not read a hundred times in English. Really.

    For example: the price takes a hit and get low points (in this report high points are bad), but the running costs get a glowing report and get low points – good.

    Tyre wear and costs get also high points and (relatively) bad rating. But the rest is quite glowing and like I said, a report that we’ve read in english hundreds of times, albeit with a bit of German organisation and style thrown into the report aswell.


    1. Eric Loveday says:

      Hey thanks Robert. I was mostly interest in what those numbers mean in the image at the bottom of the post and in the categories beside the numbers.

      1. Assaf says:


        What exactly don’t you understand about “Komfort”?


        1. Eric Loveday says:

          For starters, I think it’s spelt wrong…I’m sensing a typo somewhere in my response too.

  2. Christian says:


    I read your blog every day. It’s very good. Thanks.

    I would like to help to translate, but I have very little time, because I am in the middle of my thesis.

    If you have a sentence that makes no clue to you after all, send it to me. unfortunately I wont be able to translate more.

    from Darmstadt, Germany

  3. Thomas says:

    I’ll try my best although my english might not be the best 🙂
    The numbers are grades according to the german school system. 1 beeing the best grade possible and 6 beeing the worst. Since some cars seem to perform better than their expectations they also assign lower numbers (e.g. 0.6 for driving perfomance, while it’s the best possbile note even an Audi A7 3.0 TDI got a 0.7 for that).

    In order of apperance:
    Overall Grade 2,0

    Body / Trunk 2,9
    Workmanship 2,4
    Daily Usability 4,0
    Visibility 3,0
    Entrance / Exit 3,3
    Trunk Space 2,5*
    Trunk Accessibility 2,6
    Trunk Flexibility 2,5

    Interior 2,9
    Usability 3,3
    Interior Space front 2,3*
    Interior Space back 3,3*
    Interior Flexibility 3,8

    Comfort 2,4
    Suspension 2,1
    Seats 2,7
    Interior Noise 2,5
    Air Conditioning 2,4

    Engine / Drivetrain 1,1
    Driving Performance 0,6*
    Driving Smoothness 1,3
    Transmission 1,4
    Transmission Stepping 1,0

    Driving Characteristics 2,0
    Driving Stability 2,1
    Steering 2,9*
    Brakes 1,3

    Safety 2,4
    Active Safety – Assistance Systems 2,7
    Passive Safety – Passengers 2,5
    Child Safety 2,0
    Pedestrian Safety 2,5

    Environment / EcoTest 1,1 (EcoTest is their own fuel consumption testing method which is intended to be more realistic than NEDC)
    Fuel Consumption / CO2* 1,2
    Harmfull Substances 1,0

    Car Costs 4,1* (excluded from overall rating)
    Operatiing Costs* 0,6
    Service / Tire Costs* 5,5
    Value Stability* 2,4
    Cost of Purchase* 5,5
    Fixed Costs* 0,7
    Monthly Total Costs* 5,3

    Properties with ‘*’ are evaluated by class

    I let others translate the text for now 😉
    There is some weird stuff here and there though, e.g. they seem to have a hate on big tires and optional child seats are bad because you have no trunk space left.

    1. Eric Loveday says:

      Thanks Thomas…that helps out a bunch

  4. Cavaron says:

    I tried to translate some of the negative aspects, because the positive ones are the ones we can read in every report about the Model S. So keep in mind this is just the cons and that Germans have a long tradition in premium cras, so there is a lot of nitpicking:

    – With a real world range of a little more then 400 km, the Model S is no long range Limousine, but good for daily driving. This may change with more fast charging stations.

    – The Touch-Screen can be distracting and takes your eyes far away from the road. Some simple and safety related functions shouldn’t be in it – like the hand brake or fog lights.

    – The electric trunk opener does ugly clacking sounds, the door handles do it likewise. The glass-roof has problems – in closed position it allows strange wind sounds to enter the vehicle and when opened, there is soon a vibrating/flapping sound. Also it causes a certain resonance in the cabin when it opens and closes.

    – The interior is premium at the first look, but closely inspected there are sloppy flaws. Some parts are mounted shaky, the leather has ugly wrinkles and the stitching quality is unsteady.

    – There are no protective plastic parts, which prevent the cars paint from daily use scratches (parking, door opening…).

    – It’s not possible to trailer something or mount anything on the roof.

    – There are no tools for an emergency tire change, not to mention a spare tire, just a spray-set to fix little punctures for a short while.

    – Visibility through the windows is not that good. While the parking-camera helps, the large A- and C-pillers make side-visibility difficult if you take a turn on a crossing (think crossing bicycle lanes and pedestrians additional to other cars) or try to park between something.

    – There are no handles inside on the roof, which could help getting in or out. Also the seats are very low and slippery.

    – You can enlarge the trunk by folding the back-seats down, but the additional space has an angle, it’s not absolutely flat.

    – The engine can’t be turned off with a key or a button while you are waiting in the car. On the other hand it happened, that the car jumped to parking-mode, as the driver lifted his bottom to take a better look behind him.

    – There are not many racks or boxes (nothing in the door) to put anything in a safe place. A middle-console-box is an option. In Germany you need to have a first-aid-kit and a breakdown triangle in the car, with a hard to find a safe (fixed) place for in the Model S.

    – Back seats aren’t that comfortable. On hot days you quickly start to get a sweaty bottom. Also the headrests are very small and to flexible, which is regarded as unsafe in case of a rear collision. Tesla says it’s working on this one.

    – Model S has some difficulties in straight driving, it often needs little steering corrections and it really searches for lane grooves.

    – The direction indicator is not usable when the car is in hazard-flash-mode. In Germany it’s required to be in this mode if you get towed, so only the towing car can indicate that you are going to take a turn.

    – It’s hard to mount normal child seats in the back-seats (not the ones in the trunk).

    – While it’s nice that the inspections are optional and not having them won’t void you warranty, the fixed 600 Euro fee (tires not included) seems to be very high. Owners should time that with worn out brake disks and other problems, to not pay for nothing.

    1. Eric Loveday says:

      Hey thanks Cavaron…Helps out a lot. ADAC has always been extremely picky, so getting their perspective is definitely useful for the discerning buyer.