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Tesla Model 3

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The Tesla Model 3 is a mid-size premium saloon and the third model in the Tesla family. Like all Tesla models, it is only available with an electric motor supplied by a battery pack.

The Model 3 was first unveiled in 2016, but enormous American demand combined with numerous production problems meant that it only arrived in the UK in Spring 2019.

The Tesla Model 3 has received unanimously positive reviews from the UK motoring media, with most scores indicating very good or outstanding results. It doesn’t have any directly comparable rivals, as there are no other compact executive saloons available as fully-electric models. Some, like the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C Class, have plug-in hybrid options, while other similarly-priced electric cars include the Kia e-Niro.

The Model 3 has received particular praise for its performance, driving dynamics and minimalist style. Criticisms mainly relate to the questionable ergonomics of some of the functionality required by having everything controlled by a central screen, and the usual electric car concerns over range and charging time.

Key specifications

Body style: Mid-sized saloon
Powertrain: electric motor and batteries
Price: From £36,490* on-road

Launched: Spring 2019
Last updated: –
Replacement due: TBA

* price includes £3,500 government plug-in car grant

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MEDIA REVIEWS

Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: July 2019

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ADULT OCCUPANT

86%

CHILD OCCUPANT

74%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

94%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco ratings

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The Tesla Model 3 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.

Security Rating

Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Pass

Date: March 2020

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the Tesla Model 3 has received

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Large Electric Car
  • Electrifying.com Awards – Technology Award + Efficiency Award
  • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Car for Families
  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Electric Executive Car

2020

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Company Car
  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Large Electric Car
  • Auto Express Awards – Best Compact Executive Car + Best Premium Electric Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Large Electric Car + Best Executive Car over £40K
  • Auto Trader AwardsNew Car of the Year + Best Electric Car
  • What Car? Electric Car Awards – Best Electric Executive Car

2019

  • Auto Express Awards – Car of the Year + Best Premium Electric Car
  • News UK Motor Awards – Green Car of the Year
  • Parkers Awards – Car of the Year + Best Electric Car + Best Company Car + Safety Award
  • carwow Awards – Game-changer Award

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