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Tesla Model 3

  • tickFabulous to drive
  • tickImpressively practical
  • tickAffordable, with a long range
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Tesla Model 3 Saloon (2019 - )

The Tesla Model 3 is one of the most eagerly anticipated cars of recent years, and it certainly lives up to the hype. It’s as stupendously quick as Tesla’s other cars, has similarly outstanding battery range and is great to drive. It's packed with useful tech, while its cabin is a model of simplicity and very practical. Perhaps best of all, it's affordable enough to open up Tesla ownership to a whole new range of buyers. A game-changer.
Our verdict

Is the Tesla Model 3 a good car?

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Tesla Model 3 running costs

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Tesla Model 3 safety

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Tesla Model 3 features

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Tesla Model 3 reliability

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Tesla Model 3 interior

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Tesla Model 3 performance

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Our expert review

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The Model 3 isn't cheap but it makes the prospect of owning a Tesla a realistic possibility for many more people. In fact, the Model 3 costs much the same as an Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series with equivalent performance, and it’s not a huge stretch from a top-spec Nissan Leaf to the basic Model 3. Excluding options, only the the top-spec Performance model tips over the £50,000 barrier, so isn’t eligible for the plug-in car grant that applies to the rest of the range.

Whichever version you go for, running costs will be low. Very low. Electricity costs will depend on where and when you top up but will be a fraction of what you’d pay to cover the same distance in a petrol or diesel car. As a pure EV the Model 3 is exempt from emissions-based congestion zones and Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax), while company car tax is zero for the 2020/21 tax year and rises to a negligible two per cent from 2022.

Range figures stand at 258 miles for the Standard Plus, 348 miles for the Long-Range and 329 miles for the Performance, figures that significantly better those of most other electric cars. Recharge times will vary according to a variety of factors, but a wallbox charger will allow you to easily recharge overnight, while the Model 3 can use standard or fast-charge public chargers, as well as its own extensive network of rapid-charge ‘superchargers’.

Tesla operates an ‘as-needed’ policy for servicing, and points out that its cars don’t need oil or air filter changes, while regenerative braking reduces brake wear.

Residual values for the Model 3 are expected to be nothing short of stellar, since it’s one of the most in-demand cars of recent times. That’s good news for finance and lease deals, which are largely based on the car’s retained value.

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