Tesla Model 3 review
The Tesla Model 3 is the smallest, most affordable car in the American manufacturer’s range of EVs. 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 and upstart executive EVs from the likes of Polestar and Lynk & Co.
Following on from the success of the Model S saloon and Model X SUV, the Model 3 shares those cars’ combination of clever battery technology, powerful electric motors and high-tech onboard systems. Outside, the Model 3 also shares its siblings subdued styling, which easily flies under the radar – a stark contrast to the remarkably minimalist interior that’s all but bare save for a very large infotainment screen used to control virtually everything.
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The Model 3 range is very easy to get to grips with as there are just two versions to choose from. The entry-level car is the Standard Range Plus, which uses a single electric motor to power the rear wheels and returns a claimed 254-mile range. Performance is good – 0-60mph takes 5.3 seconds and its top speed is 140mph.
The second, more expensive option is the Performance model. It has a second electric motor to provide four-wheel drive and improved performance, along with an increased range of 329 miles. The Performance version will get from 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds and go on to a top speed of 162mph.
All cars come as standard with 12-way power-adjustable front seats, a tinted panoramic glass roof, 18-inch alloys and a slick 15-inch touchscreen infotainment system that’s used to control just about everything.
Performance trim adds an uprated stereo, one year’s premium connectivity, LED fog lights and heated front and rear seats, amongst other luxuries.
Performance models can also be specified with a Performance Upgrade pack that adds 20-inch alloys, uprated brakes, lower suspension, a carbon fibre lip spoiler and a Track Mode setting.