When my eight year old drove a Tesla Model S

Would you let your eight year old child drive their own car? I did, and she thoroughly enjoyed it.

Tesla Model S, Tesla Model S ride on toy, Radio Flyer,

My daughter Helen, behind the wheel of a Tesla Model S (the ride on toy version, not the full sized car).

Yes, okay, it wasn’t actually a real, proper car. It was, nonetheless, a special ride on toy: the Tesla Model S.

This is a very special item. It’s only been available in the UK for a few weeks. Powered by rechargeable lithium batteries, it’s a great, high-end toy.

Helen took it for a test drive and we recorded a short video of her exploits. Please do click play below to see how we got on.

The car has been produced in partnership between the well known electric car producer Tesla and Radio Flyer, the iconic US toy brand. It features:

  • Forward and reverse gears
  • Working headlights
  • A horn
  • An auxiliary socket and speakers so you can listen to music
  • A storage compartment in the front (known as a ‘frunk’)
  • Retractable rear view mirrors.

The car has two speeds; three and six miles an hour. This is adjusted in the rear of the car, near the battery, effectively giving parents / carers control of the vehicle’s top speed. This is possibly no bad thing as little sister Izzy will be driving it at some point.

Tesla, Tesla Model S, Radio Flyer

The Tesla Model S, parked up but revving to go.

I would estimate the car weights about 15 kilos, with most of that weight distributed in the back where the batteries are. It is bulky, but it can be picked up and carried if necessary.

The bodywork is plastic with the steering mechanism, made of metal. I should also add that you charge the batteries by plugging it in to the mains via a socket in the rear and battery life seems to be very, very good.

Tesla, Tesla Model S, Radio Flyer, Tesla Model S ride on toy

The charging point at the rear of the Tesla Model S ride on toy.

What would an item like this cost? There’s no avoiding it, the Tesla Model S comes with sizeable price tag at £500 and has to be ordered online. That said, it is suitable for children from three years of age up until the age of eight so you should get years of use out of it.

Helen is a tall eight years old and just fits in it. Izzy, at four years of age, fits in it with ease.

It’s a fun, high end toy. It would make a superb Christmas present if you wish to spend those sums of money.

Oh, and no. Neither of my children is going near a real car for a long time yet!

Disclosure: A Tesla Model S ride on toy was provided for review purposes. Thoughts and opinions my own.

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4 Comments

  1. December 20, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Ah this is so cool, our boys used to have a jeep, it was a huge 2 seater one cost a blooming fortune but they both used it for years and had so many years of fun in it x

    • John Adams
      Author
      December 21, 2016 / 5:20 am

      That is good to hear. That’s what I was thinking: it is expensive but it should last a very. Frankly, I’m all for the kids having fewer but better quality toys.

  2. December 20, 2016 / 11:56 pm

    I would LOVE Evelyn to have one of these! Actually who am I kidding, I’d cut my legs off at the knees to be able to fit into one of these and have a ride around the block.

    Of all the features though, the headlights are my favourite!

    • John Adams
      Author
      December 21, 2016 / 5:20 am

      The headlights are pretty cool. LED headlights at that! I’m gonna break it to you though….you won’t fit in it.