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Finally! The Tesla Model 3 has British prices and specs

Tesla's entry-level saloon starts at a whisker under £40,000

UK order books are open for the Tesla Model 3, and we finally have a price: £38,900 for the rear-wheel drive Standard Range Plus (SRP) model, inclusive of the government’s £3,500 plug-in car grant. Deliveries start in June.

Maybe not as cheap as we were initially led to believe (Tesla promised prices would start at $35,000, which in today’s money is £26,600), but not bad. For a bit of context, £38,900 is around £3,000 more than a top-spec Nissan Leaf, and about the same as a 2.0-litre petrol BMW 330i.

The SRP Model 3 manages 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds, will hit 140mph and claims 258 miles of range. Next up is the Long Range model, which gets dual motors for all-wheel drive. It takes 4.5 seconds to hit 60mph, has a top speed of 145mph and costs £47,900. Finally there’s the Performance. Also dual-motor, it does 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds and tops out at 162mph. It will cost from £56,900, and has a claimed range of 329 miles.

As far as kit goes, Autopilot is standard on all Model 3s, but ‘Full Self-Driving’ is a £4,900 option. You can see what the difference between the two options is, and what Long Range and Performance models get that the SRP doesn’t, by heading over to Tesla’s Model 3 configurator.

Every car also gets safety features such as automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning and side collision warning systems.

Wondering how the Model 3 feels on UK roads? The Top Gear review is right here.

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