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 200-220 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!