Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6
  • Cabin is airy with plenty of room front and rear
  • Rear boot is usefully large – and there’s one at the front, too
  • Lots of storage space in the cabin for your gadgets

How much space is there?

The Tesla Model 3 is agreeably roomy and welcoming inside with its light interior colours and panoramic glass roof. It’s very different to traditional compact executive saloons, and all the better for that. It’s worth noting that the quality inside has taken a leap from the older Model S (and it was needed), which should help soothe the nerves of more conservative customers, coming out of more conventional rivals.

Tesla Model 3 2019 boot

Boot space and storage

The capacity is 425 litres of luggage space, which means it lags a little behind the Audi A4 (480 litres), BMW 3 Series (480 litres), Jaguar XE (450 litres) and ahead of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (335 litres). But you do get room in the front boot for an additional couple of bags, so it’s probably more than practical enough for its intended market. Given its shape, it’s a shame it’s not a hatchback like its larger Model S cousin.

Inside the cabin there are a couple of decently-sized cup holders between the seats, plus under the armrest, and in the centre console, there’s ample space for phones and other paraphernalia – with decent provision for induction charging and USB connections. Rear parking sensors and cameras come as part of the package of all Model 3s – a good thing, given that it’s not exactly easy to see out of the back.

Is it easy to park?

The Model 3 isn’t too big for UK parking spaces, is easy to see out of and is absolutely peppered with parking cameras. The best aspect is the the forward visibility, which is excellent despite a bulky A-pillar. The low-set dashboard makes parking in event the tighest spots a piece of cake.

How big is it?

  All Tesla Model 3s
Length  4,694mm
Width (without mirrors)  1,850mm
Width (with mirrors)  2,089mm
Height  1,443mm

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Safety

  • Euro NCAP five-star result
  • Brilliant collision avoidance technology
  • It’s an American car which means excellent passive safety

The Model 3 earned five stars in its ability to protect adults, children, vulnerable road users like cyclists and pedestrians, as well as its safety assistance features. In this latter ‘Safety Assist’ category, it earned the highest score that Euro NCAP has awarded to date under its 2018/2019 testing protocols.

The Euro NCAP results also demonstrate the importance of Model 3’s all-electric architecture and powertrain design, which ensure the structural integrity of the vehicle and protects occupants with its fortified battery pack, rigid passenger compartment, and overall low centre of gravity.

It’s also worth noting that it is for these reasons that the Model 3 won the Best Safety award in the 2020 Parkers New Car Awards.

Watch: Tesla Model 3 crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Tesla Model 3.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Alloy wheels
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Lumbar support
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

Long Range equipment

Long Range standard equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
Long Range optional equipment
None available

Performance equipment

Performance standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
Performance optional equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support

Standard Plus equipment

Standard Plus standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
Standard Plus optional equipment
None available
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Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Tesla Model 3 was tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2019
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 96%
Child Occupant: 86%
Vulnerable Road Users: 74%
Safety Assist: 94%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.