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Tesla Model 3 review

Category: Large Electric

Section: Introduction

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  • Tesla Model 3 2022 front right tracking
  • Tesla Model 3 2022 rear right cornering
  • Tesla Model 3 2022 interior dashboard
  • Tesla Model 3 2022 interior rear seats
  • Tesla Model 3 2022 interior infotainment detail
  • Tesla Model 3 2022 right panning
  • Tesla Model 3 2022 right side static
  • Tesla Model 3 2022 rear left tracking
  • Tesla Model 3 2022 left static boot open
  • Tesla Model 3 2022 interior front seats
  • Tesla Model 3 2022 frunk detail
  • Tesla Model 3 2022 boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

From Elon Musk’s late night tweets to seemingly endless speculation about share prices, there’s so much noise around Tesla it’s sometimes easy to forget that the company makes cars. Some of you will doubtless know plenty about this one already, but for those who don't, what exactly is the Tesla Model 3?

Well, it's a fully electric car – Tesla doesn’t do petrols, diesels or even hybrids – and it’s the US brand’s smallest and cheapest model to date. The Model 3 sits below the Model S luxury saloon, and the Model Y and Model X SUVs.

Stay with us over the next few pages and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the Tesla Model 3, including what it’s like to drive, how practical it is and how many miles it can really do on a charge. We’ll also run you through some of the car’s impressive safety and self-driving tech, as well as some of the less serious aspects of ownership (Netflix, anyone?).

If you fancy taking the plunge, we can help you find your chosen model for the lowest price available if you search our free What Car? New Car Deals service. It has lots of the best new electric car deals

FAQs

  • The Tesla Model 3 finished around the middle of the pack in the electric car section of our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. As a brand, Tesla finished 15th out of 30 car makers featured in the survey. Every Model 3 comes with a four-year or 50,000-mile warranty, while the car’s battery and drive unit are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles, or up to 120,000-miles on Long Range and Performance versions. Read more here

  • Thanks to the way electric cars can put their power down instantly, rather than waiting for an engine to rev up, no version of the Tesla Model 3 feels slow. In fact, even entry-level versions are able to hit 60mph from a standing start in 5.8sec. In a Performance model, that time drops to just 3.1sec, which is faster than the Porsche 911 Carrera S sports car. Read more here

  • We think most buyers will be best served by going for the Tesla Model 3 Long Range. Not only does this version come with lots of kit – adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and heated front seats all come as standard – but, as its name suggests, it can also take you a long way between charges. In fact, in our real-world tests, it managed an impressive 284 miles. Read more here

  • The Tesla Model 3’s huge 15in infotainment screen is one of the first things you’ll notice when you get into the car. It offers plenty of functionality, and controls almost every aspect of the Model 3, from setting the temperature to browsing included apps such as Netflix and Spotify. The system itself is intuitive to use and quick to respond to your inputs, but some of the smaller icons can be hard to hit on the move. Read more here

  • The Tesla Model 3 is a very safe car. The experts at Euro NCAP have given the Model 3 a full five stars out of five for safety – in fact, it’s one of the safest cars to ever go through their tests. It scored exceptionally well for occupant protection, and comes with lots of technology designed to stop you having an accident in the first place, including automatic emergency braking (AEB) and blind-spot monitoring. Read more here

  • You can fit more luggage into the boot of the Model 3 than you can into most executive car rivals, including the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series. We managed to fit 10 carry-on suitcases into the Model 3’s two boots (there’s a small storage space under the bonnet) – and that’s plenty for a family holiday. Read more here

At a glance
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Target Price from £48,490
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From £632pm
RRP price range £48,490 - £61,490
Number of trims (see all)3
Number of engines (see all)3
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)electric
Available doors options 4
Warranty 4 years / 50000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £97 / £123
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £194 / £246
Available colours