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Tesla Model 3

8/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Tesla Model 3

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Verdict

Final thoughts and pick of the range

Everything Tesla has done up to this point has built towards the Model 3... and it's been worth it

Everything Tesla has done up to this point has been building towards the Model 3 – a genuinely affordable mass-market EV – but it’s all for nothing if the product itself doesn’t stand up. So does it have the desirability to drag not just early adopters and tree-hugging environmentalists out of their petrol and diesel cars, but the wider public too? The answer is a surprisingly emphatic ‘yes’, and that’s because beyond the hype, this is a truly well-engineered car.

The way it drives is genuinely satisfying, certainly more so than the Model S despite being several yards slower, which elevates it from being an appliance to something worth investigating for the likes of you and I. The way Tesla designs its cars, from the architecture to the user interface, the sales model to the marketing, is unique. There’s a refreshing simplicity to the proposition and a frisson of excitement inside and outside the car, wherever it goes.

Having said that, it’s not perfect. Tesla’s production woes are well documented, the waiting list is daunting, the Autopilot function is a work in progress and while it looks slick, the decision to put everything on one touch screen can be distracting when you’re on the move. We admit, coverage of Tesla can get a bit frenzied, and at times it’s more like a cult than a car company. But credit where it’s due, the Model 3 is a convincing product. Let’s hope Tesla can build enough of them to make it stick.

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