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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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.


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.


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


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


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

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… Read more »

Thanks Thomas…that helps out a bunch

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… Read more »

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