Turnng Radius

Turnng Radius

I asked a friend who recently got his Model S for his complaints. He mentioned the lack of proximity warning when parking--something we all know the Model S lacks. However, he complained that the turning radius was fairly wide. I looked on the website and the spec says 37 feet. That doesn't seem too much wider than my Lexus LS460l which is speced at 35.4 feet.

Owners, any other reactions to the turning circle on the Model S?

dashrb | December 11, 2012

I had a 2004 Volvo S60 R (which is AWD), and the turning radius was horrible. I compared the numbers, and the volvo was 42.7 ft. I know 37 ft isn't great but I'm satisfied knowing it's 5 feet smaller than the volvo was.

[P3043, est. delivery Jan-Feb.]

lph | December 11, 2012

Model S is middle of the pack as far as I can tell.

EDH AL | December 11, 2012

For comparisons of turning radii for new cars see:

Tesla isn't listed but it's 37' turning radius compares closely with Mercedes Benz E Class, M.B. CLs, BMW 3 series and many others. Turning radii range from 32' to 48.6 (Maybach of course).

joelam3 | March 24, 2013

I have driven BMW 3-series and Mecerdes E series RWD cars and both of them have smaller turning circle than my model S even though spec is similar. I simply can't make a U turn on a 4-lane road (2-lane each direction) without backing up. I am surprise there isn't more complain about this. Or is it just my car?

jjaeger | March 24, 2013

Have made many U-turns in my S. can Iph states, for me not significantly better or worse (for a car of that size) than my Seville or previous cars. And specifically, I do make U-turns at numerous 4-lane intersections with no issue.

cschock | March 24, 2013

I actually found the turning radius pretty good compared to my previous Audi A6. Keep in mind, the Model S is not a small car...

RedShift | March 24, 2013

My 325i is great at 34 ft, my TSX is horrendous at 40 ft,
My Model S nice at 37 ft. It's a big car and 37 ft is considered good.

Brian H | March 24, 2013

Try shoulder muscle-building exercises. And drive slower when U-turning. ;D

jat | March 24, 2013

It isn't bad for a big car -- just today, I made a u-turn on a 2-lane road, using a T intersection where a road joined in. I turned into the other road, made sure it was clear, and then continued going back in the direction I came from without ever backing up. So, while it certainly is a bigger turning radius than say the MR2 I used to drive, it is better than I expected.

JonathanL | March 25, 2013

It is better than my '12 BMW 550.

eelton | March 25, 2013

The turning circle feels bigger to me than the stated 37 feet. For instance, I find it easier to maneuver my Audi S8 (42 foot turning circle) in my garage than the Model S. I think it has to do with the lack of parking sensors and not being able to get as close to walls as a result.

christurbeville | March 25, 2013

I find it smaller than my E60 M5 or my wife's Infinity M35 (completely subjective though). I backup often just because I'm paranoid about the front splitter and rims.

rroonnbb | March 25, 2013

37 feet sounds wrong to me, quite honestly. I was driving an Audi S4 with a claimed radius of 37.4 and it felt wayyyy tighter than what I get with the Tesla. I'm really surprised to see that 37 number - is that from recent specs? Tesla is a much bigger car than the S4 and so I'm okay with the turning radius being a bit larger... which is what I was assuming was the case based purely on driving experience.

Alex K | March 25, 2013

@rroonnbb | MARCH 25, 2013: I'm really surprised to see that 37 number - is that from recent specs?

Yes, from the Specs

TS | January 8, 2015

The specifications still say "turn circle 37ft" after the launch of the D versjon.

On fossil cars, its common to have a larger turn circle on the versions with AWD.

Can anyone confirm that the turn circle still is 37ft on the P85D?

I just sold my S85 to buy a D, but the turn radius was just good enough i my daily use (work, kindergarden etc)

lee | August 21, 2015

I have the regular S85D and I can say on the tight narrow roads of Hong Kong the turning circle is pretty hairy sometimes. My own street is an extremely narrow street and now each time I turn into it I need to concentrate hard to stop myself having to reverse at least once to get down the road. Apart from this weak turning circle ability I do love the car!

Dwatson102 | August 21, 2015

Turning circle is reported to be 41 ft. Not unusual for similarly sized cars.

Dwatson102 | August 21, 2015

BMW 7 series and audi A 8 are both 42 feet. It is at the high end of overall spectrum I suspect being driven by long wheelbase which is of course allowing for bigger battery.

mathwhiz | August 21, 2015

Must have used one of these suckers to dig up a thread this old... ;-)

prp | August 22, 2015

That CAT has no turning circle problems at all.