Tesla Model 3 Is By No Means Perfect, But It’s Highly Desirable

So far, every video review we’ve seen of the Model 3 paints the picture of a phenomenal car, but European press has still to get a go in the most hyped EV of the year. Actually, scratch that – Autocar just posted their first driving impressions of the entry-level Tesla.

Instead of waiting for the Palo Alto-based automaker to launch the Model 3 in Europe (and, for the UK, put the steering wheel on the other side of the dashboard), the British magazine flew over to the US in order to see if all the hype is real.

The biggest issue with the Model 3 right now is mostly production-related, as Tesla is struggling to raise the output in order to satisfy the hundreds of thousands of customers that placed an early order.

As Tesla’s first try in the mainstream car market, the Model 3 remains an impressive achievement and perhaps the most credible electric vehicle right now. It has a pretty long range (310 miles/500 km according to the EPA) and the sort of performance (0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds) that makes good headlines and puts a smile on the driver’s face.

Whether you like the simplicity of its interior or not, you must admit that the move to give such an uncluttered cabin was a bold one. Everything is operated via the big touchscreen display on the center of the dashboard, which raises a few questions concerning ergonomics, but the interface and the responses of the system are deemed near excellent.

The biggest question however remains: is the Tesla Model 3 as good to drive as the BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes C-Class? Let’s see what they have to say about it in the following video.

 

  • Dr Strangefingger

    I will pass on any and every Tesla product as long as Musk (arrogance defined) is still at the helm. Dont trust him, his company or his products.

    • LWOAP

      Well I did hear about a story about his shareholders possibly removing him as Tesla CEO citing conflict of interests but we’ll have to wait and see how that develops. Personally, I don’t think it’s going to happen. We’re more likely to see bankruptcy or a takeover before Elon is ousted.

    • Matthew Daraei

      Imagine if he wants to send us to Mars on SpaceX project with the same product quality, everybody would be dead meat before we reach into orbit.

    • NASA does, wonder why they don’t listen to you…

  • Rich Money

    Credible.

  • Craig

    I would rather have a Chevy Bolt. No kidding.

    • LWOAP

      I’d take a Leaf tbh.

  • Jay

    We aren’t supposed to text and drive. However texting is not the only thing people do on their phones. These touchscreen infotainment systems that are basically the same thing. Sure we do not text on them but we are distracted by a screen we have to interact with. Why does the government keep allowing this? With this car its even worse as it is the only thing to interact with.

    • Marty

      Yep. Putting all controls into a touch screen isn’t decluttering or minimalism. It’s actually making things more complicated to interact with.

      • Bash

        True that.

      • lagunas3ca

        Driver is blind. Besides, he is doing a review. He doesn’t own it. This is his first (and last) time driving a Model 3.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I’m seeing more of these by the day.

  • TheHake

    It’s a NO from me.

  • izzey04

    highly desirable?? i dpubt that

    • Silimarina

      well few hundred thousand orders makes it pretty desirable

  • claireb

    Yep. Putting all controls into a touch screen isn’t decluttering or minimalism. It’s actually making things more complicated to interact with.You can even see in the video how the driver has to rest his hand on the screen frame in order to have one stable finger to tap on the correct area of the screen

    • Matt

      Oh look a bot. Hi!

  • Harry Nimmergut

    Hogwash. Car&Driver totally trashed it in its latest (June) issue, saying that these production startup issues are totally unacceptable, as are the build quality issues.

  • Just looking at the steering wheel, it spells cheap…no thanks…

    • lagunas3ca

      Only cheap considering you’re stuck with the same steering wheel in a fully loaded Model 3 that costs $59,500.

  • lagunas3ca

    Needs HUD, or at least included in Premium Upgrade Package.

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