Tesla Model 3 Review Rundown
The Tesla Model 3 is one of the best EVs around: practical, high-tech, and boasting great performance and range. It is the cheapest car in the Tesla range but doesn't feel too far off the larger Model S in terms of quality or practicality. The entry-level car is the Standard Range Plus which uses a single electric motor to power the rear wheels and returns a claimed 267-mile range.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.
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Reviewers from Autocar have found the following[***]:
Elon Musk's electric marque will start bringing affordable Tesla motoring to the UK masses later this year. The Model 3 line-up begins with the £38,900 Standard Range Plus, with its single motor and 258-mile range. The Long Range variant adds a second motor and starts at £47,900, but it's the £56,900 Model 3 Performance we're driving here, complete with sporty suspension rates.
Understated styling hides a sophisticated electric drivetrain and an ultra-modern interior dominated by a huge touchscreen. The Model 3 is the cheapest car in the Tesla range but doesn't feel too far off the larger Model S in terms of quality or practicality. It's built to take on the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, but Tesla also has one eye on the arrival of the BMW i4.
The Model 3 was named Auto Express Car of the Year two years ago. For 2021, it's out with shiny chrome on the outside, and in with cool satin black trim. Inside the minimalist look and spacious interior remain, but piano black surfaces have been replaced by matte black trim, the centre console now gets a big storage box with a sliding lid.
The Tesla Model 3 is one of America's greatest cars. With a realistic range around the 300-mile mark, it proves that living with an EV is perfectly do-able, too – you'll get a similar range to that of ICE rivals. The sleek headlights on the stubby bonnet look like stickers, while the short overhangs front and rear add a pertness to the design that we've not seen from a Tesla before.
The Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus is the entry point to both the Model 3 lineup and the Tesla family as a whole in the UK. Prices start from £40,490 - tantalisingly close to the BMW 330e plug-in hybrid. A new black pack replaces some of the chromed exterior details like the door handles, door mirror stalks and window trims. The steering wheel looks similar to before, but the two scroll wheels have been tweaked for a more expensive feel.
Reviewers from Carmagazine have found the following[***]:
The Tesla Model 3 flies in the face of the car industry's obsession to rush headlong into the arms of the lardy SUV. At 4694mm long and 2088mm wide, it's shorter than the established junior execs, such as the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. There are three versions sold in the UK in 2021: Standard Range Plus, Long Range and Performance.
Reviewers from Carwow have found the following[***]:
The Tesla Model 3 electric car does away with anything so vulgar as a grille on its bumper. Instead, there's little more than a slim intake, a pair of fog lights and a number plate at the front. Performance models lose out on a few miles of range, being able to cover 352 miles between chargers, but they're much faster. Accelerating from 0-60mph takes as little as 3.1 seconds compared with the 4.2 seconds of the Long Range version and the Standard Plus' 5.3 seconds.
- 1. ^ Tesla Model 3 Performance 2019 UK review. Autocar. 01 May 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 2. ^ Tesla Model 3 review. Autoexpress. 23 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 3. ^ New Tesla Model 3 Long Range 2021 review. Autoexpress. 04 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 4. ^ New Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Performance review. Autoexpress. 24 September 2018. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 5. ^ New Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus 2020 review. Autoexpress. 30 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 6. ^ Tesla Model 3: electric range review. Carmagazine. 25 January 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 7. ^ Tesla Model 3 Review. Carwow. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
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