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Tesla Model 3

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Tesla Model 3

(2019 - present)

    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. 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.

    As of July 2022, the Tesla Model 3 has an Expert Rating of 85% based on 36 reviews, which is equal with the BMW 3 Series and comfortably ahead of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and most other rivals.

    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
    • The brand’s questionable reliability

    Key specifications


    Body style: Mid-sized saloon
    Powertrain: electric motor and batteries
    Price: From £51,090 on-road

    Launched: Spring 2019
    Last updated: N/A
    Replacement due: TBA


    Media reviews


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

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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: July 2019
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    Adult protection: 96%
    Child protection: 86%
    Vulnerable road users: 74%
    Safety assist: 94%

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of July 2022, the Tesla Model 3 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    As of July 2022, 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 extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Model 3, we’ll publish the score here.

    Security rating

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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

    2022

    • What Car? Awards – Best Large Electric 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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    Tesla Model 3The Tesla Model 3 has been highly praised by the UK media for its performance, driving dynamics and minimalist style, with criticism for some ergonomic issues.