To say that the Model 3 is really quite something is possibly to undersell it. It doesn’t follow, however, that the ‘something’ it is, is perfect. It is not, but it’s something.
In many ways, it is maybe the most exciting new car of the year. A midsize electrical premium saloon, something which effectively has no direct rival at this time, and it is much better executed than any prior Tesla. Its performance isn’t in doubt, even the middle-ranking Extended Range version (the best of the bunch so far) has straight-line functionality to annihilate an AMG, and you’ll be able to stretch a complete charge nearly to 500km in real-world problems.
Its interior is, in many ways, quite brilliant. What is on the touchscreen (a fact that’s equally near frustration and innovation ) and the minimalist character is both refreshing and a bit too cheap in places.
The handling and ride equilibrium is not brilliant, but superior to both the Model S and Model X. What Tesla needs to do now are fix the glitches; the underperforming heater/demister, the paint and panel openings. Small things like this matter every bit as much as the motors and battery.
Greatest version: Model 3 Extended Range for AU$89,012
Price range: AU$67,900 – AU$89,012 Finance from $2,367.55 a month.