Tesla Model 3
Tesla is a brand synonymous with luxury, and the Tesla Model 3 provides you with everything you could ever need in an electric car. With a range that would get you from Birmingham to London – and back again – on a single charge, stand-out design and a plethora of premium features, the Tesla Model 3 is a superb option.
It’s a bestseller for a reason, giving you the quality and reassurance you need when making the switch to electric. However, this luxury comes at a cost, as the Model 3 is a little pricier than other electric saloons, such as when compared to the Polestar 2… but we think it’s worth it.
Try the Model 3 on an elmo subscription
The Tesla Model 3 is a wonderful luxury electric car with enough features and tech to provide you with a simple, safe and enjoyable driving experience. However, if you’re looking to buy a Model 3 you’ll need to have the funds to spare, with prices starting at £42,990. This means, with the costs and depreciation of ownership, buying a Model 3 isn’t a viable option for many.
But, that doesn’t mean you should rule out getting behind the wheel of a Tesla Model 3 – there are more affordable options, such as an electric car subscription through elmo. An EV subscription is a flexible and affordable alternative to buying or leasing a car, and you could have a Model 3 parked in your driveway in less than a week.
An EV subscription is quick and simple to set up, and the monthly cost includes everything you need to drive the car, including:
- A fully flexible contract after the first 60 days (on elmoFlex)
- Your Tesla Model 3 delivered straight to you
- Fully comprehensive insurance
- Maintenance and servicing
- Breakdown cover
The best thing is, there are no hidden costs, no multi-year contracts and no expensive fees for making changes or ending your contract. So, if you’re looking to drive your own Tesla Model 3 for two years – or two months – now you can. To start your subscription, sign up through the elmo site and make your booking. We’ll verify your account within 24 hours, then in as little as seven days (subject to availability), we’ll deliver your EV straight to your door.
Thanks to the flexibility that’s allowed with a subscription, when you want to return your EV or make any changes, just give us 30 days’ notice and we’ll collect it.
Get the Tesla Model 3 on Salary Sacrifice
As well as offering electric cars for business’s, another way to make it more affordable is to subscribe to a Tesla Model 3 via our Salary Sacrifice scheme. You can save an additional 30-60% on the cost of your subscription.
We’ve even got a handy calculator so you can work out exactly how much money you could save.
Take a tour of the Tesla Model 3
Join our EV expert Josh, as he gives a guided tour of the iconic Tesla Model 3. Watch to find out about the interior and exterior features, plus the all-important charging and power.
Tesla Model 3 range and charging info
The Standard Plus 55kWh has a fantastic real-world range of 215 miles, however, the Long Range 75 kWh and Performance 82 kWh versions each have a real-world range of 290 miles. This places the Model 3 as having one of the best ranges of any EV that isn’t an SUV.
If you do a lot of miles, the Model 3 should be high on your list of considerations. If you spend a large part of your week commuting, it’ll get you where you want to be, and back again, without the worry of a detour to the nearest charging station. If you have a charge point installed at home, then you may rarely have to use a public charger, especially if you don’t do much motorway driving.
When the time to charge does arise, there are plenty of options available thanks to Type 2 and CCS Supercharger connectors. You’ll also get access to Tesla’s Supercharger network, which has more than 45,000 charge points across the UK.
Using a 7kW connection, you’ll charge the battery to 100% in 8 – 12 hours. Using a 150kW rapid charger, you’ll charge the battery from 20% to 80% in just 20 minutes. Even if you don’t have a charge point installed at home, using a 3-pin plug will charge to 100% in 24 – 36 hours.
Model 3 interior
Climbing into the driver’s seat of a Model 3 can be compared to getting behind the controls of a spaceship – it has a slick, modern design that oozes class and luxury. It has a range of comfort-enhancing features, including heated seats, ambient lighting, two-zone climate control, 14 speakers and a DVD system. It even has a dog mode to regulate the temperature when you need to leave your dog inside for a moment.
The infotainment centre, with a 15” screen, controls everything inside the car without a single button. This may not be for everyone – it’s even used to open the glovebox – but it is responsive. Just be prepared to take a little time to learn what’s what.
When it comes to space, while not as roomy as the Model Y, the Model 3 will still fit the entire family – and the aforementioned dog. It has a slightly bigger boot than the Polestar 2, with the added bonus of a ‘frunk’ for a little extra storage space.
Model 3 exterior
With an iconic design and minimalist styling, the Model 3 stands out in a crowd. It has a panoramic roof, offering brilliant views of the road, which is only enhanced further thanks to a rear parking sensor, park assist camera, blind spot information system, rear cross-traffic camera and front cross-traffic camera.
It also has rain-sensing auto windscreen wipers, auto-dimming/power-folding and heated side mirrors, and automated high beam assist, making driving in any condition a doddle.
Model 3 key features
Absolutely bursting with tech, the Model 3 has a ton of features to keep you and your passengers safe, comfortable and entertained.
Just some of our favourite features include:
- Enormous range
- It’s glass-smooth to drive and operate
- A huge panoramic roof with ultraviolet and infrared protection
- Market-leading 15” infotainment touchscreen
- Big boot and additional frunk storage
There are also plenty of safety features, including a lane departure warning system, automatic emergency braking and collision avoidance warning, among plenty of others.
Lease vs subscription
The Tesla Model 3 is a great luxury electric car with a ton of useful features. This quality and functionality comes at a high retail price – but, leasing or subscribing means there are more affordable options available.
When it comes to leasing and subscribing, how do you know which is right for you? Check out the table below for more information:
Tesla Model 3 Standard Plus 55 kWh
- Upfront payment
- Minimum commitment
- Total monthly cost
- Vehicle monthly payment
- Upfront payment**
- Breakdown cover
- Vehicle Excise Duty
- 24 months
- 60 days
* Compared against leading lease deals at 10,000 miles a year.
** Split monthly over 24 months.
*** Lease vs elmo comparison guideline only. May vary depending on model.
If you’re still not sure, check out our guide to leasing vs subscribing, which should answer any questions you might have.
Is the Model 3 suitable for you?
If you do a lot of miles and don’t want to rely on interrupting your journey to find a charging station, then the Model 3 should be right up your alley. When you do charge it, rapid charging will get you to 80% in 20 minutes – far less than the time it takes to do the weekly shop (which you’ll have no trouble fitting in the big boot).
On top of great range, it has a striking, minimalist style and so much tech you’ll find yourself in awe at what it can do, all controlled by the innovative central touchscreen. If you have a larger budget, you really can’t go wrong with a Model 3.
How much is a Tesla Model 3?
The cost to buy a Tesla Model 3 starts from £42,990. However, with an EV subscription through elmo, all-inclusive monthly costs start from as low as £999.
What is the range of the Model 3?
Tesla claims the standard Model 3 has a range of 305 miles, whereas the real-world range is around 215 miles. Meanwhile, the long-range version has a real-world range of 290 miles.
How long does the Model 3 take to charge?
With a 7kW connection, the Model 3 will take around 8 – 12 hours to charge. Using a Tesla Supercharger will take just 20 minutes to charge the battery from 20% to 80%.
What is the Model 3 like to drive?
The Model 3 provides a smooth drive that is made enjoyable, safe and simple thanks to a range of driver-assist features.
Is the Model 3 a good city car?
The Model 3 has a number of features that make it great for navigating busy cities, including automatic emergency braking, collision avoidance warning, rear parking sensor, park assist camera, blind spot information system and more.
What versions of the Tesla Model 3 are available?
There are three versions of the Tesla Model 3 available: the Standard, the Long Range and the Performance.