How About That? Tesla Model 3 Deemed More Fun To Drive Than BMW 330i

In a remarkably short period of time since its launch, the Tesla Model 3 has become America’s best-selling compact luxury sedan, dethroning long-established nameplates such as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

It must have been quite a shock for the bean counters in Munich and Stuttgart but the truth is the Model 3 has a lot going for it besides the all-electric powertrain that is its main advantage over ICE-powered rivals.

Edmunds’ Carlos Lago wanted to find out if driving fun is among the Tesla’s qualities — more specifically, can it compete with the 3 Series, arguably the best car to drive in the segment?

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He pitted a 2017 Tesla Model 3 long-term tester against the all-new 2019 BMW 330i on the track and reached some interesting conclusions. One is that the 3 Series has become too luxurious for its own good, in the sense that it insulates the driver too much from what’s going on with the car.

The Tesla, on the other hand, offers more direct feedback. Of course, it’s in the inherent nature of the electric powertrain to offer instantaneous response and exhilarating acceleration. But the Model 3 goes beyond that. Lago says is it genuinely more fun to drive fast in corners and that’s a really big statement.

Given the placement of the batteries (and mass) in the vehicle floor, the Tesla is deemed more stable in corners, more nimble and, therefore, more enjoyable. Obviously, not everything is perfect in the Tesla and the video will fill you in on its weak points. Still, it’s quite an achievement to be described as more fun to drive on a track than the 3 Series.


  • TrevP

    Tesla is coming out of nowhere and I kind of love it.

    • Da Only Skid

      …in the service department? Mo’ money, mo’ money. Until you need to charge off of a strangers electric. And pretty sure any low center of gravity, way low, is more enjoyable than those pesky ICE machines…a go-kart costs how much? All experiences/reviews are subjective and as such are not objective. GO TESLA…buyout is right around the non-existent corner.

      • TrevP

        Not sure what you are talking about. 8 year, 100k warranty is pretty damn good. True all experiences and reviews are subjective, but do your research. Charging off a strangers electric is not a common thing. You have to plan. It may not work for some people, but for home owners, and commuters traveling less than 300 miles per day, from a cost perspective it’s a no brain-er. And for those thinking it costs tons to charge, it doesn’t. It costs more to heat my hot tub every month.

  • Bash

    Where did S3XY go? I didn’t see that fellow for a long time.

    • Mr. EP9

      He got a job at Tesla’s newly created marketing and advertising department. I heard it’s only run by one person.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      All hail Tesla!

    • Richard Alexander

      He got long a ton of TSLA above 300 and lost his house in the margin call….

  • Stephen G

    This is not news.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I’d take a Model 3 over a four cylinder BMW too. Inline 6 or gtfo

  • Richard Alexander

    Drive it fast, have fun, but don’t hit anything…because KABOOM

    • stockinbug

      You talking about the BMW or the Tesla?

      There have been ZERO Model 3 battery fires to date (redesigned battery pack.)

  • SteersUright

    Should’ve used a 3-series with an M-sport package if looking for track handling.

    • Knotmyrealname

      Was the Model 3 fitted with a track handling package?

      • TrevP

        no but the Performance Model 3 has a track mode. The model they reviewed is not a Performance model.

        • Knotmyrealname

          So, that was where I was coming from. Seems a pretty fair comparison then.

  • Stealth333

    2 horrible cars that I will never want to own.

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