£430.74 /mo

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Initial rental of £3,876.68

TESLA MODEL 3 SALOON

Special Offer
£430.74
Inc VAT per month
£3,876.68 initial rental
£238.80 admin fee
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Maintenance, GAP insurance, and other products can be added to your order later. You can still make changes to your order once placed.


Paint, trim & optional extras
  • Colour:
  • Trim: RS
  • Optional extras: None
  • OTR Price
    OTR Price

    £47,500.00

  • Transmission
    Transmission

    Automatic

  • Fuel Type
    Fuel Type

    Electric

  • Range
    Range

    360 miles

  • Emissions
    Emissions

    0g/km

  • 0 - 62
    0 - 62

    4.2secs

    • Battery Capacity in kWh78
    • Battery Charge Type 1 kW11
    • Battery Charge Type 1 Percentage0-100
    • Battery Charge Type 1 Time (Minutes)454
    • Battery Charge Type 2 kW50
    • Battery Charge Type 2 Percentage0-100
    • Battery Charge Type 2 Time (Minutes)107
    • Battery Charge Type 3 kW120
    • Battery Charge Type 3 Percentage0-80
    • Battery Charge Type 3 Time (Minutes)36
    • Battery Charge Type 4 kW250
    • Battery Charge Type 4 Percentage0-80
    • Battery Charge Type 4 Time (Minutes)27
    • Battery LeasedFalse
    • Battery TypeLithium-ion
    • Coupler/Connector TypeType 2
    • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage50,000
    • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years4
    • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb14.8
    • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb4.2
    • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb580
    • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb360
    • CO2 (g/km)
    • Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6
    • CamshaftN
    • CC1
    • Compression RatioN
    • Cylinder LayoutN
    • Engine CodeN
    • Fuel DeliveryN
    • Gears1 SPEED
    • TransmissionAUTO
    • Alternative Fuel QualifyingTrue
    • Badge Engine CC
    • Badge Power351
    • Coin DescriptionN
    • Coin SeriesLong Range
    • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0750D
    • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %96
    • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %86
    • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
    • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %74
    • NCAP Safety Assist %94
    • Safety Concerns?False
    • Service Interval Frequency - Months24
    • Service Interval Mileage25,000
    • Special EditionFalse
    • Special OrderFalse
    • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage50,000
    • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years4
    • Vehicle Homologation ClassM1
    • 0 to 60 mph (secs)True
    • 0 to 62 mph (secs)4.2
    • Engine Power - BHP351
    • Engine Power - KW258
    • Engine Power - PSTrue
    • Engine Torque - LBS.FT299
    • Engine Torque - MKG41.4
    • Engine Torque - NM406
    • Engine Torque - RPM5000
    • Top Speed145
    • Emissions Test CycleWLTP
    • RDE Certification LevelN/A
    • Alloys?True
    • Space Saver?False
    • Tyre Size Front235/45 R18
    • Tyre Size Rear235/45 R18
    • Tyre Size SpareN
    • Wheel StyleAERO
    • Wheel Type18" ALLOY
    • Height1,443
    • Length4,694
    • Wheelbase2,875
    • Width1849
    • Width (including mirrors)2,088
    • Gross Vehicle Weight2,265
    • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)542
    • Max. Loading Weight418
    • Minimum Kerbweight1,847
    • No. of Seats5
    • Automatic headlights and wipers
    • Electric front windows
    • Rear electric windows
    • ABS
    • Automatic emergency braking and collision avoidance warning
    • ESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control
    • ESP
    • Interior floor mats
    • Mobile telephone preparation
    • Voice activated controls
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Adaptive steering
    • Custom driver profiles
    • Front parking sensor
    • Lane departure warning system
    • PAS
    • Rear parking sensor
    • Reversing camera
    • Speed limit recognition
    • Traffic sign recognition
    • Electric assisted front and rear doors
    • Location aware automatic garage door opener
    • Power lift tailgate
    • Steer-by-wire technology
    • BLIS (Blind spot information system)
    • Navigation system
    • Service indicator
    • Software updates over WiFi
    • Trip computer
    • Auto dimming rear view mirror
    • Auto dimming, power folding and heated side mirrors
    • Premium open pore wood decor
    • CCS charging connector (250Kw Max)
    • Tesla mobile connector + domestic adapter (British 3-pin)
    • Type 2 connector (11Kw Max)
    • 15" Touchscreen
    • Audio remote control
    • DAB Digital radio
    • DVD System
    • Media storage
    • Music, FM radio and media over bluetooth connection
    • Premium audio with 14 speakers, 1 subwoofer, 2 amps and immersive sound
    • Steering wheel mounted controls
    • Tesla mobile app
    • Body coloured bumpers
    • Satin black exterior trim
    • Automated High beam assist
    • LED daytime running lights
    • LED front fog lamps
    • LED Headlights
    • LED rear lights
    • 2 zone climate control
    • 4 USB - C ports
    • Center console with storage, 2 cup holders and armrest
    • Front compartment with sliding lid
    • Glovebox, lockable with illumination
    • Heated steering wheel
    • Metalised scroll wheels on steering wheel
    • Power adjustable steering wheel
    • Rear centre armrest, with 2 cup holders
    • Satin black sill plates
    • Seat controls in graphite finish
    • Tinted glass roof with ultraviolet and infrared protection
    • Type 2 cable
    • Ambient interior lighting
    • Map and reading lights
    • 3x3 point rear seat belts
    • 6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side airbags
    • Tyre pressure monitor
    • 12-way power adjustable front seats with lumbar support
    • 60/40 split folding rear seats
    • Front head restraints
    • Heated front seats
    • Heated rear seats
    • Isofix child seat anchor points
    • Rear headrests
    • Alarm
    • Dashcam
    • Immobiliser
    • Keyless driving and keyless entry
    • Keyless entry and remote climate control with app
    • Remote central locking
    • Wireless phone charging
    • Dual motor AWD wheel drive
    • Driver and front passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Tesla's all-electric Model 3 executive saloon takes the American brand into volume territory for the first time. Jonathan Crouch takes a look...

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, though you'll probably still need a £50K budget. 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
We're looking forward to putting this car to the test but we can't help feeling that it starts off with some inherent issues. It has a near perfect 50/50 weight distribution and comes with the Long Range Battery for 329 miles of WLTP range (in 'Model 3 Performance' guise) and Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive for enhanced performance and traction in any weather. The Model 3 Performance version has a top speed of 162mph along with an exclusive feature, Track Mode, for enhanced performance. The bulky battery pack means that this car can't be as agile as a European sports saloon. But the reduced size over other Tesla models means it can't fit in the really high range batteries of its Model S and Model X showroom stablemates. Still, the brand quotes a driving range varying between 248 miles (for the base 'Standard range Plus' version) to 348 miles (for the 'Long Range AWD' derivative) which should be enough for most buyers. The 'Performance' derivative will reach 60mph in 3.2s and reach 162mph flat out - though if you drive it like that, your range probably wouldn't even reach treble figures. Most buyers will want the 'Advanced Autopilot' system, which acts as an adaptive cruise control set-up with lane-keeping assist that maintains your position on the road on the highway. You also get a graphical display on the centre-dash monitor showing you where other traffic is, using eight cameras, 12 ultrasonic monitors and a forward-facing radar. With all this kit on board, you believe Tesla when it says that this car is ready to operate completely autonomously, as soon as legislation permits it to.

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 £39,000. Next there's the 'Long Range AWD' version, which offers a 348 mile range and costs around £48,000. 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 its obvious key rival, 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.

£430.74
Inc VAT per month
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£238.80 admin fee
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  • Optional extras: None

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