Tesla Model 3 in the everyday test

Range, battery size, charging speed and network – much has been written about e-car topics – and rightly so. I have often assessed whether a battery-electric car fits into my everyday life: it does not. In addition to commuting, my usage profile often includes going fast and far, I like short pit stops and can’t charge up at home.

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Unlocking is possible with either a mobile phone app or a bank card. Hui, everything as smart as if Swedish furniture designers had collaborated with Apple. So clean, everything in touch. I appreciate the technical skill behind a button that clicks cleanly and provides unequivocal feedback.

Tesla Model 3

Symbolic photo at the gas pump: The Tesla drives great, but of course it fills up with electricity.

Most of the work is done on the central screen. Can only be controlled with several clicks in submenus: Rain sensor sensitivity, adjust the side mirrors, open the glove compartment, activate air recirculation.

Aside from the round steering wheel, indicator and gear selector (none of which are in the Model X facelift, by the way), everything here is different than you know it. Yes, the reduced design is great. But is it great art if there are hardly any functions behind it?

Why not head-up projection?

Tesla’s cockpit concept can inspire because of the difference. Or one resents the fact that Musk’s engineers spare themselves the brainpower needed to find ergonomic solutions. Instead of searching the entire interior for the best place for applications, everything is crammed on many floors into a small 15-inch space in the center of the cockpit.

There are no classic screens, the speed is small and embarrassing in the upper left corner of the touch screen. Why Tesla doesn’t at least remedy the drawbacks of the central screen with a head-up projection into the windshield remains a mystery.

Tesla Model 3

The interior is smart. But practical? Incidentally, Model 3 does not come from Grünheide, but from China.

What is important to active drivers has been partially neglected. It seems to me that the American car manufacturer is already gearing everything up so that at some point the passenger only decides the destination, while the car decides the route, speed and driving style.

Driving the Model 3 is a lot of fun. Even at high highway speeds, the frameless side windows with thermal insulation don’t let much through. And nothing comes in from the drive anyway – unless the battery needs to be heated up in very cold temperatures. Then it starts a bit from the beginning. Nevertheless, when it comes to smooth driving, even six-cylinder inline engines can’t keep up with the Tesla.

The transmission always does everything right because it can do nothing wrong – has only one forward gear. The sprint from a standing start is enormous, from 100 km/h the momentum ebbs noticeably, but it still feels like 250 hp. It tops out at 225 km/h – to be honest, that’s enough for anything that comes under “using the car as a commodity”.

This is how consistent design works!

Model 3 drives tight, neutral and light-footed despite the heavy weight. It no longer surprises me that even when driving “free” on racetracks, the Model 3 can increasingly be seen and that Tesla is battling for lap records with the competition.

Model 3 is streamlined, has a small frontal area and thus saves energy when you drive fast. I like the shape, the 3 fits the design of the Model S presented ten years ago, is free from short-term fashion trends, does not pull a face. This is how consistent design works!

Tesla Model 3

What is this graphic trying to tell me? When I look out the windows, I see the situation live and in color.

It’s a shame that the little Tesla didn’t also adopt the large tailgate in the S, and you have to load bulky items through a small opening in the short tailgate. A Tesla station wagon would be an obvious idea. Unfortunately, if you really want to stow something away, you can only do so at Tesla SUV buying.

With my driving profile and style (and charging on the Supercharger), 100 km currently costs me around 14 euros. This corresponds to the running costs of a powerful diesel. The strongest reason for Tesla is probably still idealism with the goal of reducing CO2. Or just the desire for a not quite normal car.

In a nutshell

What will the neighbors say if I drive up? Without a wall box at home, it doesn’t work!
Why would I recommend the car to a friend? As an April fool at most. My friends love internal combustion engines.
What do I remember? Electricity costs about the same as fuel.

Relationship status

Commuter: A full charge once a week is enough. Points 5/5
Shopping: Small hatch but fits everything. Points: 4/5
Transport: Too bad no station wagon. The rear seat can be folded. Points: 2/5
Vacation: Stop every two hours, wait 30 minutes, not min. Points: 2/5
Hobby: The MTB does not fit in without a large tailgate. Points: 2/5
family life: Two-seater with combi bag would be more suitable for me. Points: 2/5

Specifications and price: Tesla Model 3

• Battery capacity 60 kWh
• Power 239 kW (325 hp)
• trunk 561+88 l in front
• 0-100 km/h 6.1 sec
• Top 225 km/h
• Consumption (WLTP) 14.4 kWh/100 km
• Price from 52,965 euros

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