2019 Tesla Model 3 - reader test team review
With a 338-mile range and a ton of technology, is this £50k electric saloon the future?...
There's no getting away from the fact that the Model 3 will be one of the most significant new cars of 2019, despite all of the highly publicised issues surrounding Tesla's efforts to get production of the electric saloon under way.
The American company is understandably bullish, because it knows that no other firm will launch a comparable model until at least 2020.
Production of right-hand-drive cars is yet to start, but Tesla says deliveries will begin this summer. The first will have a 75kWh battery and two motors and come in Long Range or Performance form; cheaper cars with a smaller battery and rear-wheel drive should come later.
Question is, are potential buyers willing to make the switch? We invited our readers to see one of only two Model 3s in Britain to find out.
André Galinha Age 39 Job Sales director Drives Audi S5 Sportback
“I will be considering going electric soon, and the Model 3 will be among the contenders. The majority of my usage is commuting 30 miles down the motorway, which takes one hour; do I need a 349bhp petrol engine to do that? Absolutely not.
“If I buy a Model 3, I can take advantage of the government grants available to install chargers in my office car park, and my local council is installing lamp post chargers, so that would give me the option of charging at home or at work.
“My first surprise was that the Model 3 looks much better in real life than in pictures. Secondly, as a tech geek, all of the standard technology, such as the infotainment and driver assistance systems, is very compelling. And I don’t need a car any more spacious than this.
“The only disappointment is that I’d expect the interior to be a little more special, because its rivals in the UK market will include premium-brand cars, such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. However, I think the Model 3’s uniqueness and the Tesla brand will be enough to overcome that.”
Rated 4 out of 5
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