Tesla Model 3 review

Category: Electric car

Section: Passenger & boot space

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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Front space

Front-seat passengers are unlikely to have any complaints about space, no matter how tall they are. There’s also loads of rooms for odds and ends, with a couple of lidded cubbies between the front seats, as well as front door bins that can each take a big bottle of water.

The front seat area also feels remarkably light and airy, thanks to a combination of the tall side windows and standard panoramic glass roof.

Rear space

There’s similar leg and head room in the back of the Model 3 as there is the BMW 3 Series – comfortably enough for a six-footer to sit behind a driver of a similar height, in other words. 

In fact, as is the case with the front seats, the Tesla’s taller side windows and standard panoramic glass roof make it feel less claustrophobic in the back than many saloon rivals, and a middle rear passenger will find there’s more space for their knees and feet.

Compared with its closest electric car rivals, the Model 3 is roomier in the back than a Kia e-Niro, but less so than the Jaguar I-Pace.

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Seat folding and flexibility

As standard, the Model 3’s rear seatback splits in a 60/40 arrangement and can be folded down when you need to carry long loads. You have to pay extra for this feature on some executive cars, such as the Jaguar XE and Volvo S60, although the BMW 3 Series offers an a more flexible 40/20/20 split as standard.

There are no clever features such as sliding or reclining rear seats in the Model 3, but then there aren’t in its rivals, either.

Boot space

The Model 3 is a saloon, so its boot aperture isn’t huge. However, there’s actually more space for luggage than you’ll find in conventional executive rivals (i.e. 3 Series and Audi A4) or even a Jaguar I-Pace

That’s thanks partly to a huge well under the main boot floor, but also some extra stowage under the bonnet (called 'frunk' is Tesla speak). In total, we managed to squeeze in an impressive total of 10 carry-on sized suitcases in the Model 3's two boots. A buggy or a couple of sets of golf clubs won’t prove a problem.

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