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 | 2012年12月11日

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 | 2012年12月11日

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

EDH AL | 2012年12月11日

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 | 2013年3月24日

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 | 2013年3月24日

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 | 2013年3月24日

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 | 2013年3月24日

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 | 2013年3月24日

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

jat | 2013年3月24日

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 | 2013年3月25日

It is better than my '12 BMW 550.

eelton | 2013年3月25日

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 | 2013年3月25日

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 | 2013年3月25日

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 | 2013年3月25日

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

Yes, from the Specs

TS | 2015年1月8日

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 | 2015年8月21日

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 | 2015年8月21日

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

Dwatson102 | 2015年8月21日

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 | 2015年8月21日

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

prp | 2015年8月22日

That CAT has no turning circle problems at all.