Tesla Tesla Model 3 Saloon Long Range AWD 4dr Auto

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  • P11D £48,435.00
  • 360 MPG
  • Electric
  • 0 - 62mph 4.20 seconds
  • 0 g/km
  • AUTOMATIC
Solid - Black £916.67 (ex. VAT)
Multi coat - Pearl white Standard (ex. VAT)
Pearlescent multi coat - Pearl white Standard (ex. VAT)
Metallic paint - Midnight silver £916.67 (ex. VAT)
Metallic paint - Deep Blue £916.67 (ex. VAT)
Additional Multi Coat paint - Pearl white £1208.33 (ex. VAT)
Multi Coat paint - Red £1583.33 (ex. VAT)
Additional multi coat - Red £1750.00 (ex. VAT)
Premium engineered material - Black seat Standard (ex. VAT)
Premium material - Black and white with dash trims £916.67 (ex. VAT)
18" alloy wheels with aero covers Standard (ex. VAT)
19" square sport wheels £1208.33 (ex. VAT)
19" Silver sports wheels £1250.00 (ex. VAT)
Premium engineered seat material upholstery Standard (ex. VAT)
Premium seat material upholstery with dash inserts £916.67 (ex. VAT)
Solid paint £916.67 (ex. VAT)
Multi coat paint Standard (ex. VAT)
Pearlescent multi coat paint Standard (ex. VAT)
Metallic paint £916.67 (ex. VAT)
Trailer towbar hitch £1083.33 (ex. VAT)
Additional multi coat paint £1750.00 (ex. VAT)
Base autopilot Standard (ex. VAT)
Enhanced autopilot £2833.33 (ex. VAT)
Full self-driving capability £5666.67 (ex. VAT)
Premium open pore wood decor
Heated front seats
Heated rear seats
Map and reading lights
Rear headrests
Heated steering wheel
Front head restraints
Front armrest
Steering wheel rake adjustment
Ambient interior lighting
Matt black interior trim
Power adjustable steering wheel
Premium heated seating and cabin materials throughout including open pore wood decor and two rear USBs
Tinted glass roof with ultraviolet and infrared protection
2 zone climate control
60/40 split folding rear seats
Steering wheel reach adjustment
Isofix child seat anchor points
12-way power adjustable heated front and rear seats
Centre console with storage, 4 USB ports and docking for 2 smartphones
Driver and front passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Interior carpeting
Front trunk with interior floor mat
Sunvisors with magnetic attachment
Seat controls in graphite finish
Metalised scroll wheels on steering wheel
Satin black sill plates
Centre console with inductive charging mats for 2 smartphones and microsuede wrap
Front compartment with sliding lid
2 high-powered USB ports and 1 USB port in glove compartment
Interior floor mats
4 USB - C ports
Glovebox, lockable with illumination
Type 2 cable
Center console with storage, 2 cup holders and armrest
Rear centre armrest, with 2 cup holders
12-way power adjustable front seats with lumbar support
Electric front windows
Automatic dimming rear view mirror
Body coloured bumpers
Rear electric windows
LED daytime running lights
LED Headlights
LED rear lights
LED front fog lamps
Auto dimming, power folding and heated side mirrors
Automated High beam assist
Satin black exterior trim
Automatic headlights and wipers
Steering wheel mounted controls
Audio remote control
DVD System
DAB Digital radio
Media storage
In car internet streaming music and media
Music, FM radio and media over bluetooth connection
Premium audio with 14 speakers, 1 subwoofer, 2 amps and immersive sound
15" Touchscreen
Tesla mobile app
Power assisted steering
Navigation system
Trip computer
Reverse parking aid
Mobile telephone preparation
Adaptive cruise control
Rear parking sensor
Lane departure warning system
Reversing camera
BLIS (Blind spot information system)
Service indicator
Front parking sensor
Traffic sign recognition
Adaptive steering
Speed limit recognition
Power boot lid
Steer-by-wire technology
Electric hinged side doors - rear
Electric hinged side doors - front
Front cross traffic camera
Voice activated controls
Park assist camera
Rear cross traffic camera
Internet browser - Wi-Fi and LTE internet connectivity
Mobile phone App interface
Location aware automatic garage door opener
Standard maps and navigation
Satellite view maps with live traffic visualisation and navigation
Custom driver profiles
Electric assisted front and rear doors
Software updates over WiFi
Power lift tailgate
Anti-lock brake system
Electronic Stability Programme
ESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control
Tyre pressure monitor
6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side airbags
3x3 point rear seat belts
Automatic emergency braking and collision avoidance warning
CCS charging connector (250Kw Max)
Type 2 connector (11Kw Max)
Tesla mobile connector + domestic adapter (British 3-pin)
Dual motor AWD wheel drive
Alarm
Immobiliser
Remote central locking
Keyless entry and remote climate control with app
Dashcam
Wireless phone charging
Keyless driving and keyless entry
CO2 0
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1
Compression Ratio 2088
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 418
Gears 1
Transmission Automatic
Combined 360.00
Urban 0.00
Extra Urban 0.00
Badge Engine CC 1
Badge Power 351.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 4.06
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 4.20
Engine BHP 351.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1847
Engine Torque 406.00
Top Speed 145
Front Tyres 235/45 R18
Rear Tyres 235/45 R18
Spare Tyre N
Height 1443
Length 4694
Wheel Base 2875
Width 1849
Fuel Tank Size
Weight 2265
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1847
Towing Weight Unbraked
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

The Model 3 is the car that could make Tesla - or it might merely save the brand. It'll be interesting to find out which. It's all-electric of course - and much more accessible than the company's previous models, wih prices starting from under £40,000. Your next executive saloon? Middle managers who are early adopters of new technology should form an orderly queue.

Background

The Model 3 is Tesla's more significant car to date, mainly because it's the company's most affordable product and therefore the highest volume thing it makes. This is the company's first saloon and it's positioned somewhere between BMW's 3 Series and 5 Series models if you're looking for recognisable rivals. It follows the brand's pricier Model S and Model X cars and precedes a Model Y crossover. So, within a few years, the company's product range will, in its own words, be completely about 'S3XY' models. I know, I know....

Driving Experience

Previously, we've reviewed Tesla's products as Evs; it's a measure of the importance of this one that we have to judge it by more conventional standards - as you would if considering it as an alternative to the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4 mid-sized executive saloons it wants to target. So what'll you feel here? Superbly accurate steering, lacking only the final really feelsome element that's integral to a good European rack. A very well modulated set of brakes. Quite a lot of tyre and wind roar. And firm-ish damping that contributes to excellent body control through the turns, but doesn't crash too much through pot holes or over speed humps. You could actually enjoy yourself driving this car, a new experience for us in an EV and for anyone else familiar with this evolving market. The smooth linearity of the throttle helps -though it's still prone to lurch the car forward like a startled rabbit if used without due care. If you were to mash it into the bulkhead of the top 'Performance'-spec variant, you'd reach sixty mph in just 3.2s; Forget M3s and C63s - that's Ferrari-fast. The 'Performance' derivative is one of two top Dual-Motor AWD Model 3 variants, the other being the 'Long Range' version, the name designating that car's industry-leading WLTP-rated 348 mile driving range. For the 'Performance' model, the figure is 329 miles. You'll manage a little less than that though, if you opt for the much more affordable 'Standard Range Plus' Model 3 that the majority of customers are expected to choose. Here, a single-motor rear-driven set-up gives you a 254-mile WLTP-rated driving capability between charges. If that mileage needs to be covered over long highway distances, you'll appreciate the extent of this car's autonomous driving capability, courtesy of its integrated 'Autopilot' system, which uses eight cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors and the forward-facing radar. The resulting set-up will position the car centrally within its lane, keep to a chosen speed, regulate the distance to the vehicle in front and even perform lane changes automatically.

Design and Build

The format here is similar to that Tesla has used before, so the batteries run along the floor and there's a body made of a mixture of steel and aluminium. The suspension design uses double wishbones up-front and a multi-link set-up at the rear, with coil springs all-round. Breaking from the hatchback, 7-seat body configuration of other current Tesla cars, the Model 3 is a five-seat saloon that measures in a 4.7m long - fractionally more than a BMW 3 Series. It's much more spacious inside than one of those; it would be of course. There aren't as many mechanical bits to fit in, freeing up space for the passenger compartment and the boot. It's certainly very airy inside thanks to an uncovered sunroof at the front and a rear window that stretches up into the roof. That gives excellent rearward visibility too. There's the usual huge Tesla centre-dash screen and a smart wooden panel sweeps across the fascia. Fit and finish seem to be better than with previous models from the brand. To get in and start the car, you don't need anything as old fashioned as a key - or even a key fob. When you take delivery, simply download the appropriate app, then put a special credit card in your wallet and have it with you; that's all you'll need. A little disappointingly, the door handles are conventional, rather than automatically popping out to greet you as they do with larger Teslas.

Market and Model

There are three Model 3 options. Things kick off with the 'Standard Range Plus' version, which has a 258 mile range and costs around £41,000. Next there's the 'Long Range AWD' version, which offers a 348 mile range and costs around £47,000. And finally, there's the 'Model 3 Performance' variant, which offers a 329 mile range and costs around £57,000. We won't bother going through the full kit list because it includes all the main things you'd expect a decently specified executive saloon to be able to offer, including leather upholstery, powered steering adjustment, rear view camera, etc, etc. As usual, the interior is based around a huge central touchscreen, in this case a 15-inch monitor that controls virtually everything in and out of the car; there are virtually no physical buttons. The screen takes software downloads from Tesla every few weeks (once you've approved the same via your ownership app) which means that, as with other Teslas, you'll get into your car one morning and find it can do something it couldn't do yesterday - which is rather cool. The navigation mapping is by Google maps, so traffic mapping is very interactive. All of this does mean though, that as soon as you want to change something, you have to delve around in menus and sub-menus to do it, which requires intimate familiarity with the way the monitor works. This isn't one of those cars you can just get in, drive and use to the full without a second thought.

Cost of Ownership

Owning a Model 3 is of course very different from owning a conventionally powered executive saloon. There's no fuel bill and service is minimal. The annual service fee covers an annual inspection, replacement parts like brake pads and windscreen wipers, 24 hour roadside assistance, system monitoring, remote diagnostics, software updates and new features sent through the touchscreen. It's possible to charge the battery half way in about 30 minutes using Tesla's 'supercharger' but as with most elements of this car, it requires a change in your way of thinking. The car responds best to nightly recharges, but will happily sit for a couple of weeks at an airport while you holiday without losing significant charge, though over longer stationary periods, the cells will slowly lose their charge. Tesla reckons that a 90kWh model can go well over 300 miles on the WLTP test, but a real-world range is more in the region of 250 miles. Throw in a bit of motorway use and that figure would probably fall to under 200 miles.

Summary

A lot of people have a lot to say about Tesla and its co-creator Elon Musk. Here though, my job is to talk about the cars it makes, specifically this one, which has caused the brand more headaches than any other in its history. But then perhaps you'd expect that. It's one thing to build relatively low volume cars that sell in the £75,000 to £125,000 bracket. But quite another to make one for the volume market where per-unit profits are lower and product scrutiny much greater. The Model 3 is that car - and on initial inspection, I think the signs here are good. Jaguar's I-PACE is an obvious key rival for the top Dual Motor versions, but that car's an SUV - and costs slightly more. If this Tesla's cool, pared-back image appeals, then by all means try one. It brings all-electric motoring another step closer to the point of full credibility.