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The 2020 Model 3 delivers an impressive driving experience compared to other non-luxury electric vehicles. Its minimalistic interior design feels chic, modern and upscale. The rear-wheel-drive layout and powerful electric motor also provide a natural athleticism and quicker acceleration than anything in its price range. If you’re in the market for an eclectic vehicle, the Model 3 is virtually unbeatable for the price.
The Model 3 feels sporty and engaging thanks to strong off-the-line performance, intuitive and responsive steering, and coordinated and nimble handling. The straight-line thrust we admired in the early long-range models can still be found in the new entry-level Standard Plus trim. In Edmunds testing, a Standard Plus accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, which is much quicker than potential rivals such as the Chevrolet Bolt or Kia Niro EV. The high-end Dual Motor models are in another league of “quick.”
The innovative climate controls are adjusted via the touchscreen, and they allow both driver and front passenger to direct the vents on either side of the cabin. Other manufacturers have since replicated this system. The cabin is quiet and keeps wind, electric propulsion and most road noise at bay.
The Model 3’s controversial interior design looks modern and cutting-edge. The driving position is highly adjustable and feels great, and the cabin is surprisingly roomy thanks to its minimalistic approach and all-glass roof. Forward visibility is also fantastic thanks to the low hoodline (due to the lack of an engine). The large 15-inch touchscreen is the central control center for everything. While it doesn’t block your view.
he Model 3 navigation display is impressive because of its size, and it’s one of the few that pulls Google Maps data in real time. The Autopilot traffic-aware cruise and lane management system is one of the better systems out there, and cruise control will even slow for approaching curves. Stream content (usually only when parked) from places such as Hulu, Netflix, Spotify and YouTube directly to the infotainment system.
Range and Efficiency
The Model 3’s EPA-estimated efficiency is great, especially for its performance output. The Standard Range Plus’ EPA combined rating of 24 kWh used per 160kms bests the ratings of most other EVs, including the Chevrolet Bolt, BMW i3 and Kia Niro. The Model 3’s EPA range is also pretty good at 400 kms.
Never did we imagine a world in which we’d prefer driving an electric car to a BMW. But Tesla made that possible with the Model 3, at least in the case of comparing it against the latest BMW 3 Series. From its balanced chassis to the smooth, quiet and instantaneous electric propulsion, the Model 3 will alter your perceptions of what EV driving is all about.