Review: Tesla Model 3 (2019)


Long Range model can cover 348 miles.

Report of poor state of Tesla Model 3 on delivery: scratches and paint blemishes. Strangely tiny rear indicator lights, not easy for other drivers to see.

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14 August 2019

Report from owner who just took delivery of a new Tesla Model 3: "I placed £1k deposit some 3 years ago. Finally got car last week. On collection was left unhappy as car had several scratches and... Read more

16 July 2019 Price drop for Tesla Model 3

The entry level Model 3, Rear-Wheel Drive Standard Range Plus, now starts at £37,340 (pricing includes VAT and the £3,500 UK Plug-In Car Grant) or £395 per month. Model S and Model... Read more

1 May 2019 UK orders open for Tesla Model 3

Priced from £38,900, the entry-level Tesla is available in three different variants, with a range of up to 348 miles. With its sub-£40,000 price tag, the Standard Range Plus can cover up... Read more

Tesla Model 3 (2019): At A Glance

The Tesla Model 3 is available in three different variants, with a range of up to 348 miles.

With its sub-£40,000 price tag, the Standard Range Plus can cover up to 258 miles under electric power. The rear-wheel-drive model reaches 60mph in 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 140mph.

With two electric motors, the all-wheel-drive Long Range version starts at £47,050 and can achieve the 348 mile headline figure, according to official WLTP tests. It'll sprint from 0 to 60mph in 4.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 145mph.

The range-topping Performance model is priced from £56,050 and accelerates to 60mph in 3.2 seconds. Top speed is 162mph.

Tesla's Autopilot feature is standard on all models, allowing the car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically under driver supervision. Like with other Teslas, the Model 3 will continue to receive updates with new features and added functionality over time.

The Standard Range Plus model comes with what Tesla describes as 'Partial Premium Interior', featuring 12-way power adjustable heated front seats, premium seat material and trim, a premium audio system, navigation, and LED fog lights.

The Premium Interior package - standard on Long Range and Performance models - adds satellite-view maps with live traffic visualisation, premium audio with 14 speakers, in-car internet streaming music & media, internet browser and a location-aware automatic garage door opener.

Buyers can choose from five colour choices, with solid black included as standard. Metallic Midnight Silver or Deep Blue are available for £950, while Multi Coat Red and Pearl While will cost £1900. Standard Range Plus and Long Range models come with 18-inch alloy wheels, while 19-inch wheels are available as a £1450 option. The Model 3 Performance comes with 20-inch wheels.

As with other Tesla models, drivers will have access to the firm's global Supercharger charging network.

What does a Tesla Model 3 (2019) cost?

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Is the Tesla 3 a realistic option for a regular commute from Cardiff to Heathrow?

I live in Cardiff and regularly travel to Heathrow and Guildford. I am tempted by a Tesla Model 3 Long Range but am concerned at its all year suitability for a 260 mile round trip. The 260 miles is at the edge of its real-world range and probably 60 miles short on a cold winters evening or getting stuck in the frequent jams on the M4. So is it better to look at PHEV or DHEV? I value comfort and overtaking performance on the motorway. What do you recommend?
The Model 3 Long Range has an official range of 348 miles (WLTP). While you're right that this will probably drop over winter and with a lot of high-speed motorway driving, I'd have thought your trip would be doable on a charge if you take it fairly easy. Tesla's Supercharger network is excellent, if you do need a quick top-up away from home. PHEVs aren't great for motorway driving - they only have a short electric range and can be thirsty once the battery's empty.
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