The Tesla Model 3 offers impressive performance, great range and a unique take on car design. It’s an expensive EV but one of the best
The Tesla Model 3 is one of the best EVs around: practical, high-tech and boasting great performance and an impressive range. The Model 3 feels futuristic when compared to its closest rivals, most of which are conventionally powered executive saloons; understated styling hides a sophisticated electric drivetrain with a choice of one or two motors, plus a minimalist, ultra-modern interior that’s dominated by a huge touchscreen that’s both infotainment system and party piece.
The Tesla Model 3 is the smallest and cheapest car in the range but doesn’t feel too far off the larger Model S in terms of quality or practicality. The pared-back interior feels airy and is big enough for four adults to travel in comfort with plenty of head and legroom; combined with the serene refinement afforded by its electric powertrain, the Model 3 is a very relaxed car in which to spend time.
It’s not all about comfort and refinement though – the Model 3 Performance model uses an extra electric motor to push 335kW to the wheels, resulting in an 3.2-second 0-62mph time. There’s no gearbox, so power is delivered in a linear, unrelenting and very addictive manner.
If you can afford it and aren’t intimidated by the amount of cutting-edge technology, the Tesla Model 3 is one of the very best electric cars on sale today. For a few thousand pounds more than a Kia e-Niro you get a product that feels more special and luxurious – though reliability is still unproven.
Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus