16 May 2018
Feature

The Model 3 is Tesla's most important car, because it could quite literally make or break the company.

It has plenty of potential, including impressive claims for a range of more than 300 miles and a 0-60mph time of 5.1sec. But it has also caused Tesla much stress, largely due to the unprecedented level of demand it has received and, as boss Elon Musk put it, a resulting "production hell".

But, business issues aside, today we're here to see how the Model 3 stacks up against more conventional rivals from the likes of BMW and Mercedes, and whether it can win us over with zippy performance. Our man Matt Prior gets behind the wheel to offer his verdict...

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16 May 2018

 Had to watch the Video on YouTube, so my comments are on there.....

Peter Cavellini.

16 May 2018

Facsinating..

You are as boring as the spammers post above you.

16 May 2018

Matt Prior should have told us about the build quality; what were the panel gaps like, did it appear well put together? According to other sources, this is a weak area compared to BMW, Mercedes and Audi. 

16 May 2018

Waaaay too much stuff on that touchscreen. Once you've set your preferences for every tiny little thing, or changed them mid journey, you've had an accident.

Matt also points out the problem with all touchscreens, having somewhere to brace your arm so you get your finger somewhere close to where it needs to be as you drive along. The insurance industry risk profiles for vehicles with touchscreens are quite an eye-opener.


16 May 2018

Surely once your mirrors are set they are set, the car remembers which driver is in the car and sets it accordingly. You can also press the button on the steering wheel and ask it to play something or ask the Satnav to take you somewhere. Once on the go you don't really need to touch the screen that much.

16 May 2018

Yes but why should you have to go into the touch screen to control everything from the mirrors to the heating when a one click button will do it? Even the rear screen defrost is a touchscreen click! And what happens if the touch screen malfunctions? You basically can't drive the car. If the heating malfunctions in a regular car everything else should work.

The only reason for the lack of buttons is because it makes the car harder to design and build for Tesla. For Jaguar it's not a problem as they've made cars for 80 years and that is a very good reason to go for tha Jag frankly.

16 May 2018

I think Matt's comment about battery life is misleading, he is assuming they will not last and will detiorate like a phone battery, in fact their are many model S vehicles out there with 200,000 miles with a very minimal deterioration in their range. I think the way it comes across in this is in 5-10 years they willl be useless!!!

17 May 2018

However age related detoriation isn't yet tested to 10 years. 

16 May 2018

Is it a presentation of a new PC ?

Perfect for an accident. 0 ergonomics.

 

 

17 May 2018

However I dislike how far they go in putting functions into that screen, well - to need to find a submenu to alter the angle of the door mirrors, feels to my silly. Much easier to have a button at the usual place. I would also like to keep separate controls for temperature and fan. In short the basic controls including lights and wipers - perhaps having cruice control launched by a button on a stalk. Even though you'd adjust it's settings in a sub menu. I mean, advanced settings for any function make perfect sence to house in that screen, radio is also fine and music, and naturally phone and navigation as well. 

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