Tesla Model 3 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Lots of room for passengers and two luggage areas make the Model 3 a practical proposition.
The Tesla Model 3 is intended to tempt buyers away from three-box saloons like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4, so it makes sense that it also takes a similar approach to housing its occupants and luggage. It’s a four-door saloon with an ample boot, plus a separate storage area under the ‘bonnet’ – one of the benefits of doing without a traditional internal combustion engine.
The Tesla Model 3 is pretty spacious inside and its minimal design helps add a sense of airiness. It’s easy to get comfortable in the driving seat thanks to 12-way power-adjustment options and visibility is excellent; big windows all round and an unobstructed view forward add to the car’s easy-to-drive nature.
Measuring in at 4,690mm long and 2,080mm wide including mirrors, the Model 3 is slightly shorter and wider than a BMW 3 Series. It feels far better suited to British roads than its Model S and Model X siblings as a result.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
The Model 3 is designed to carry four adults in comfort and it manages that task well: there’s loads of space in the front, while rear-seat passengers get enough head and legroom to enjoy a longer journey – though foot space is lacking slightly.
The Model 3 boasts a total of 425 litres of boot space when both front and rear storage areas are added together – shy of the BMW 3 Series’ storage space by around 55 litres. The rear boot seems large but a relatively small opening limits its flexibility when compared to hatchback EVs. The front boot is big enough for two small soft bags but can’t quite swallow suitcases like one on the Model S.
Flexibility is enhanced by split-folding rear seats and an extra storage compartment under the rear boot floor, while the power tailgate can be operated via a button at the rear of the car, on the touchscreen or by using the Tesla app.
Most electric cars aren’t rated for towing but Tesla sells the Model 3 with the option to add a two-hitch for around £970 pounds. Tesla states that this cannot be added to the car retrospectively, however. Tesla claims that the Model 3 can tow ‘up to 910kg’.
In this review
- 1Tesla Model 3 reviewSignificant new rivals are circling, but the technology-packed Tesla Model 3 is one of the best electric cars around.
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Model 3 is one of the best EVs around to drive – it’s fast, fun and refined.
- 3Range, charging & running costsImpressive range, fast charging times and zero emissions all bode well; residuals should be good for an EV.
- 4Interior, design and technologyAn inoffensive exterior is contrasted by a show-stopping interior, packed with tech.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingLots of room for passengers and two luggage areas make the Model 3 a practical proposition.
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Tesla Model 3 achieves full marks for safety, with initial quality issues hopefully now resolved