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New Tesla Model 3 vs used Tesla Model S: verdict

The Tesla Model S was the car that proved electric cars could be fast and luxurious, but is an 18-month-old example a better buy than a brand new Model 3?...

Tesla Model 3 vs Tesla Model S

Our verdict

The Model S is still a fine electric car that offers a fairly long range between charges and a practical interior, as well as pleasant driving manners and a wicked turn of speed. But apart from being a bit bigger than the Model 3 and having a slightly more cushioned ride around town, it doesn’t do anything that its smaller sibling can’t.

In fact, the Model 3 Performance is even faster and more fun to drive, yet it will go farther on a full charge and cost you quite a bit less to own over three years. Add in the fact that it offers incredible crash protection and superior reliability, and that buying new will give you a longer warranty, and this is where our £55k would go if we were looking to buy a prestige electric car.

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1st – New Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 rear

For Truly exhilarating pace; more precise, agile handling; slower predicted depreciation; longer range
Against Firm ride at low speeds; infotainment has irritations
Recommended options None

What Car? rating 5 stars out of five

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2nd – Used Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S rear

For More comfortable around town; more space for passengers and luggage
Against Mixed interior quality; no CCS rapid charging capability
Options to look out for Enhanced Autopilot

What Car? rating 4 stars out of five

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Specifications: Tesla Model 3 Performance

Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor badge

Engine Electric motor x2
Peak power 444bhp
Peak torque 471lb ft
Gearbox Single-speed automatic
0-60mph 3.7sec
30-70mph 2.9sec
Top speed 162mph
30-0mph 9.4m
70-0mph 50.4m
Battery capacity na
Charging time, 10-80% 30 minutes (120kW Supercharger)
Official range 329 miles (WLTP)
Real Range 239 miles
CO2 emissions 0g/km

Test weather conditions Wet


Specifications: Tesla Model S 75D

Tesla Model S 75D badge

Engine Electric motor x2
Peak power 362bhp
Peak torque 487lb ft
Gearbox Single-speed automatic
0-60mph 4.3sec
30-70mph 4.0sec
Top speed 140mph
30-0mph 8.4m
70-0mph 45.8m
Battery capacity 75kWh
Charging time, 10-80% 30 minutes (120kW Supercharger)
Official range 298 miles (NEDC)
Real Range 204 miles
CO2 emissions 0g/km

Test weather conditions Dry


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