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Tesla Model 3

(2019 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

76
%
A

Used car score:

69
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

85
%
A

Safety Rating:

78
%
B

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

55
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

76
%
A

Used car score:

69
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

85
%
A

Safety Rating:

78
%
B

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

55
%
D

Summary


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. Despite a rapidly increasing field of rivals entering the premium EV market, the Model 3 remains an excellent choice. It also has to compete with conventionally powered executive saloon rivals, like the Audi A4/BMW 3 Series/Mercedes C-Class trio, and has held its own surprisingly well.

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, with Car magazine describing it as “genius when you’re stationary but can be hugely distracting when you’re moving.”

The Model 3 received a major mid-life update in late 2023, with revised styling, improved battery range and a lower price.

As of January 2024, the Tesla Model 3 has a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 76%. It has received fantastic media reviews and produces zero tailpipe emissions, but running costs are high thanks to expensive insurance premiums. We also don’t have any reliability data as yet, so check back again soon.

Model 3 highlights

  • Comes with a heap of on-board tech
  • Long battery range
  • Practical and comfy interior
  • The brand’s charging infrastructure
  • Punchy performance

Model 3 lowlights

  • Some all-electric rivals are quieter
  • Rather rigid ride comfort
  • Controls are a bit fiddly
  • Expensive, entry-level and up
  • Questionable reliability and build quality

Key specifications


Body style: Mid-sized saloon
Powertrain: electric motor and batteries
Price: From £39,990 on-road

Launched: Spring 2019
Last updated: Winter 2023/24
Next update due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Daily Mirror

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Discover EV

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Driving Electric

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Electrifying.com

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Move Electric

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which EV?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: July 2019
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 96%
Child protection: 86%
Vulnerable road users: 74%
Safety assist: 94%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 208 kW Electric RWD Automatic

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2022
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 10 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 9.6 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 9.8 / 10

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Tesla Model 3 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Model 3, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models353 milesA267 – 394 milesA – B
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models5 m/KWhA4.4 – 5.5 m/KWhA – B
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models49E48 – 50D – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£284C
Year 2£686C
Year 3£1,079C
Year 4£1,401C
Year 5£1,815C
Overall£5,265C

The Tesla Model 3 is an efficient electric car to run but other costs are not as good, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

The Model 3’s electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car) is excellent, which helps it to achieve plenty of range from the battery. With electricity prices on the increase, that’s good news as you’re getting the most out of every kW you’re paying for.

However, insurance is pricey and servicing costs over the first five years are nothing special, either. So it’s a bit of a mixed bag overall.

Security rating

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Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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

Date: March 2020

Awards


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

2024

  • What Car? Awards – Best Executive Car

2023

  • Auto Trader Awards – Best Car for Long Distances
  • What Car? Awards – Best Executive Car + Efficiency Award
  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Electric Executive Car + Best Used Electric Executive Car

2022

  • What Car? Awards – Best Large Electric Car
  • What Car? Electric Awards – Best Executive Car + Best Used Executive Car

2021

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

2020

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

2019

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

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