The most anticipated vehicle of not just 2019, but possibly the last 10 years is in the EFTM Garage this week. The Tesla Model 3 Standard Range brings EV fans closer to the pioneers of this technology, at least price wise. Until now I’ve only driven this benchmark EV on a track. So over the next three days I’ll look at its real world performance.
The details are mysterious. But the pool of thought suggests an electric motor that produces 225kW of power sent to the rear-wheels. The battery is 55kWh in size.
0 – 100km/h
0L/100km, Range 402km (WLTP)
- Eight surround cameras allow for 360-degree vision
- 12 ultrasonic sensors
- Forward-facing radar
- 15-inch landscape tablet centre display
You can read and watch my first drive impressions here. But that was in the Performance variant, on a controlled road. This entry level model still has that Tesla feel. It’s sparse, futurist and quick, at all times. Having no instrument cluster you’d think was off-putting but it takes just minutes to get used to.
This is the best affordable EV on the market. There’s no doubt.
The ride is firm and as with all EV’s there’s a fair amount of road noise. I’ll be interested to see how the real world range aligns with my world. Sometimes I look at it and think, does it suffer from too much minimalism design wise?
I’ll have a full review next week!
Chris is EFTM’s Motoring Editor, driving everything from your entry level hatch to the latest Luxury cars through to the Rolls Royce.
He has been in the media for 20 years, produced three Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012.
Strangely he owns a Toyota Camry Hybrid, he defiantly rejects the knockers.
Chris is married to Gillian and resides in Sydney’s North West. They have Sam the English Springer Spaniel and Felix the Burmese cat to keep them company, and recently welcomed baby Henry to the family.