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Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus

The amount of controversy surrounding the new Tesla Model 3 would have you believe that Elon Musk is the devil and the Model 3 is his chariot into the underworld. But wade through the rhetoric and you find a car that could potentially revolutionise the way we view electric cars. The Model 3 is a BMW 3-Series competitor that takes everything that Tesla has learned and condenses it into their most mass-market offering yet.

This is the Standard Range Plus model which may be the base model here in the UK but still offers incredible specification. So we have a single-motor RWD setup which produces 235bhp and a load of torque - 375Nm of it. Being the base model it was never going to be the fastest, but this doesn't disappoint at 5.3 seconds to 62mph, that's BMW 340i performance.

You get a quoted WLTP range of 258 miles on a full charge which means a real-world range on around 220-240 miles, more than enough for most of the country’s journeys and Tesla's Supercharger network will give you 80% charge in 20 minutes.

As there’s no engine or drivetrain you also get a huge amount of room inside, with a massive boot in the rear and the front has one too.

Elon Musk says the Model 3 is the best car they've ever made – having drive one we have to agree!

Land Rover Defender 110 P400e X-Dynamic SE

Well, here it is – the reinvention of an icon. The all-new Defender!

Alongside the Aston Martin Vantage, this must have been one of the hardest design jobs in the business – replace one of the most iconic cars on the roads today, one that dates back decades and has in recent times had a resurgence thanks to the rugged cool looks. But you couldn’t go too retro or people would say it isn’t modern, so there are certainly nods to the old Defender, but it’s a fresh design that sits well in the Land Rover lineup.

Chunky wheelarches, the signature floating roof with ‘Alpine windows’ in the top, a dominating grille and big chunky tyres so you can drive over anything.

Inside it's far more modern, full of the latest tech, but it still has a reassuringly old school feel to the layout. Being the 110 model, this Defender has 5 doors and plenty of room inside, while X-Dynamic SE spec brings Premium LED headlights, 20-inch alloys, keyless entry, Meridien sound system and so many driver assist programs you’d get bored of the acronyms.

This is the Defender that we've all been waiting for though - the P400e plug-in hybrid. That means it has a 2.0 litre petrol engine producing 296bhp, supplemented by an electric motor with a 19.2kWh battery - giving a total of 400bhp and 640Nm of torque. That gives the dream combination of great performance - 0-62mph in 5.6 seconds, along with real-world economy of 82.4mpg. It can even travel 27 miles on electric power alone - so you can drive your chunky 4x4 into a big city with a clear conscience. 

This has to be the best all-round Defender we've offered in the competition yet.



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