Tesla design 3 UK – The very first 3,500 Mile Mega evaluation

After much more than three years of waiting I chosen up my design 3 from Tesla’s Edinburgh service centre at the end of June as well as drove it house to northern Ireland through a 5-day path around the Scottish Highlands.

So, after 3 months as well as over 3,500 miles, right here are some thoughts on the car.

Gut besser am besten

When I put my purchase (May 2019) there were 3 different versions for sale in the UK. The variety topping ‘Performance’, the ‘Long variety AWD’, as well as the starter priced ‘Standard variety Plus’, which is the one I went for.

Tech & Equipment

Even in this base design 3 the basic devices listing is excellent…

Dual zone Aircon
12-way power adjustable heated front seats
15″ Touchscreen
Auto dimming, power folding, heated side mirrors
Music as well as media over Bluetooth
Custom chauffeur profiles
Centre console with storage as well as 4 USB ports
Premium seat material as well as trim
Upgraded audio – immersive sound
LED Front Fog Lamps (no longer included)
App Control
Keyless Entry
Docking for 2 smartphones

There are likewise numerous other features that don’t in shape into the typical vehicle classifications such as TeslaCam, a dashcam system that includes ‘Sentry Mode’ to screen your vehicle when it is parked.

There are 8 cameras, 12 sonar sensors as well as a radar all feeding the new v3 AI computer. The system is discovering continuously as the neural web gets much better as well as much better – view this video if you want to discover much more (much more).

Passive keyless entry comes courtesy of Bluetooth as well as the smartphone app as well as this works truly well. just walk as much as the vehicle with your phone in your pocket as well as pull the door deal with for it to unlock. step in as well as put your foot on the brake pedal. The vehicle is now on. Brillant.

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When you leave, it locks itself when your phone is a few metres away. You can set an choice to provide a quick beep of the horn to verify this or you can look back as well as view for the door mirrors folding in if you choose a silent confirmation.

In addition, the vehicle includes 2 RFID ‘credit cards’ that can be utilized to lock / unlock as well as begin it too. An optional £140 essential fob is likewise offered however neither it nor the cards support the passive walk-up lock / unlock the method the phone app does. [UPDATE] The new updated keyfob that’s just been released now does have passive lock / unlock.

If you are concerned about the safety and security of any type of of these gadgets then you can just turn on ‘PIN to Drive’ to add the extra demand to go into a personal identification number to begin your car.

The 15.4-inch (39 cm) LCD landscape touchscreen is the single point of manage for the car, even opening the glovebox is done from here.

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The interface takes a bit of learning, however it rewards. Its chock-full of bit touches that you requirement to find too. For example, a micro-flick of any type of of the seat controls is a shortcut to bring up the mirror as well as steering wheel modification options. press as well as hold the volume or temperature icons on the screen as well as you can slide your finger left as well as best to set the level.

The screen can be distracting though as well as the wiper controls in specific are ripe for improvement. An update to add a double-click on the end of the stalk to bring the wipers on at speed 1 would help. The software-controlled car setting is not as much as the task currently, not detecting rain early sufficient or wiping frequently enough, as well as in some cases wiping for no reason. This is since Tesla are utilizing their cameras as well as AI to spot rain, rather than a devoted sensor like many (all?) other vehicle manufacturers. It ought to get much better over time hopefully.

The screen switches to a dark night mode based on time.

As for the lack of a binnacle behind the wheel, this is something you fail to remember within about 20 minutes of your very first drive. My much better half stated she was already utilized to the speedo being in the centre of the vehicle just from being in the traveler seat. It’s a similar modification to your iphone losing its house button, something you soon never even believe about. a few of the advantages are much better exposure out the front of the vehicle as well as fresh air for the chauffeur directly with the steering wheel through the smart slotted fan system.

The HomeLink garage door opener is no longer included in any type of design 3 however can be added for $300. That cost includes the (bumper off) fitting at a Tesla service centre.

Even though it’s a saloon, the design 3 has a hatch back shape as well as sometimes you do miss having a rear wiper to remove the screen. many times the rear video camera is able to compensate though. even with the rear window clear, its high line doesn’t offer fantastic exposure behind you. canine owners as well as other hatchback fans may choose the design Y coming in 2021?


Basic Autopilot features are now basic on all design 3’s as well as that’s as it ought to be as Tesla are most likely understood for this tech above all else. So now every vehicle has adaptive cruise manage (right down to a standstill), auto-steering as well as a lane departure cautioning system.

At the time of ordering the choice was there to pay one more £4,900 for the FSD (Full Self Driving) bundle which adds Summon, car Lane Change, Autopark as well as navigate on Autopilot. a few of these features are not offered yet in the UK because of legislative issues. The hardware for them is fitted to every vehicle so they can be enabled for a charge at any type of time in the future, although you’ll pay much more than if you paid for it together with the car. I believe this is poor value, especially with the present limitations here.

The radar cruise manage is a step backwards in some instances. I like to hit cruise when I come into a 30mph or 40mph zone as well as with dumb systems this works well. however with the Tesla ‘intelligent’ radar the vehicle routinely shits itself as well as jumps on the brakes. in some cases this is because of a parked vehicle (that’s not in your path), in some cases a pedestrian or car safely crossing a long method down the road from you, in some cases for no obvious reason at all. This makes you A) extremely annoyed, B) look like a tool to anybody complying with you as well as C) desire you might have great old vanilla cruise back round town. In fairness this was mainly the exact same in the last vehicle I had that had web traffic conscious cruise manage too. Let’s hope it’s one more one of those things that “gets much better over time”.

On the motorway however, the system is mainly excellent. This is what it was produced as well as where it performs at its best. I drove the M6 from Manchester to Gretna completely on Autopilot as well as it was brilliant, bar the strange blip, mainly at off ramps where there’s a break in the white lines on the left-hand side. The vehicle nags you as well frequently (every 15 seconds on the motorway) to keep your hands on the wheel, even when they are already there, as well as you have to put some torque into the wheel for it to sense you.

The design 3 currently does not checked out road indications like its older Mobileye equipped siblings, so it’s depending on GPS data for speed limits. I’ve discovered that on numerous roads these details are wrong as well as this is especially irritating when the cruise manage matches itself to the speed limit.

Apps, software application data & Fun

The Mobile app is excellent, enabling you to manage specific elements of the vehicle, like its temperature, locks, headlights as well as horn, plus the capability to screen its place as well as specify of charge. It’s especially enjoyable to utilize after coming from the abomination that was the Nissan leaf app. push notifications are helpful as well as well as come with on the Apple view as well.

Obviously the app needs connectivity to the vehicle as well as a number of times now my 3 has lost its LTE connection for around a day implying the app is only able to manage things when in Bluetooth range.

Tesla app – Click to enlarge

I likewise registered for the 3rd celebration TeslaFi service as well as I like the amazing range of stats it logs for the car. After each drive I get an email showing the info below as well as this is all offered on the internet too.

TeslaFi trip summary – Click to enlarge

I’ve had 5 software application updates because I got the vehicle as well as version 10 is due any type of day now. These OTA (over the air) updates are especially impressive, improving the vehicles features in addition to adding new ones. It’s just one more area where Tesla are showing the method to the rest of the industry.

Tesla’s sense of humour is well documented (fart mode anyone?). somewhat much more helpful are the on-board games as well as version 10 will bring the capability to view Netflix as well as YouTube while parked as well as on Wi-Fi.

Performance, dealing with & Ride

The design 3 feels fast as well as its 0-60 time of 5.3 seconds is just half a second timid of the E46 M3 I had a few years back. Not poor for the slowest vehicle Tesla currently sells.

However, the car’s many outstanding acceleration seems to be from around 40 mph on (Auto reveal magazine reports 30-50mph in 1.9 seconds as well as 50-70mph in 2.6 seconds). While all electric vehicles are governed to some extent, the preliminary acceleration from zero feels like it’s being held back extremely artificially on the SR+. I assumption this is most likely so the 0-60 performance of this lightest design 3 (the smallest battery as well as no front motor) aren’t as well close to the times of the much more costly 3’s,So ebenso wie X. Es fühlt sich definitiv so an, als wäre es zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt schnell „entkorkt“.

Es lohnt sich, diese Leistung im Abgang des Batteriespiegels zu diskutieren. Ich würde gerne sehen, dass einige der Fahrzeugmagazine 0-60 für jeden um 10% gesenkten SOC (Ladungszustand) machen, um dies zu quantifizieren.

Zusätzlich zu diesem starken sofortigen Drehmoment impliziert der ultra-niedrige Schwerpunkt des Teslas auch sehr gut. Ich hatte mich über den Gokart wie Flat Cornering ausgecheckt, und es ist alles wahr. Ein zusätzlicher Vorteil, dass die Fahrzeuge die schwerste Komponente, die Batterie zwischen den Rädern, impliziert, dass das Fahrzeug ein niedriges Trägheitsmoment aufweist. Sogar der hintere Motor sitzt etwas vor der Hinterachse, und dies alles kombiniert es, um schneller zur Modifikationsrichtung zu vereinfachen, und sorgt für ein mittelgroßes Sportfahrzeug viel mehr als ein Haushaltslimousine von 5 Sitzplätzen.

Während das Lenkgefühl ziemlich taub ist, ist sie sehr schnell (nur 2 Umdrehungen zu sperren), und dies erhöht die Beweglichkeit und bietet den endgültigen Aspekt in dieser Smile -Fabrik. Es gibt drei Einstellungen unter dem Fahrmenü, dem Komfort, der einfachen und Sportarten, die vom Chauffeur zunehmend stärkere Anstrengungen benötigen, um das Rad zu drehen.

Der Chill -Modus mildert die Beschleunigungsantwort, dennoch haben Sie in dieser Einstellung keinen Zugriff auf volle Leistung in einem Notfall. Das Blatt hatte einen Knopf auf dem Boden unter dem Pedal, mit dem Sie den ECO -Modus überschreiben konnten. Alas nicht auf dem 3. Ich lasse das Fahrzeug also einfach im Basismodus und führt meinen eigenen Chill -Modus mit einer leichten Berührung nach lauten aus friedliches Pedal.

Bevor ich das Auto bekam, nutzte ich, dass Tesla von einem Regenpaddel profitieren würde. Andere Produzenten haben dies sowohl getan als auch die Fähigkeit, die Regenwiedergabe zu steigern, wenn Sie in eine Ecke kommen, indem Sie ein paar Mal ein Paddel ziehen, das das Fahrerlebnis verbessern könnte. Auf dem Design 3 können Sie dies jedoch tun, aber alles mit Ihrem besten Fuß. Im Gegenteil der Methode, in der das Blatt arbeitete, ist Regen hier auf den ersten Blick auf das erste Licht. Wenn Sie jedoch viel mehr abheben und sich in den letzten Teil des Beschleunigungsreisens befassen, steigert es sich erheblich. Sie müssen das Bremspedal nicht berühren, wenn Sie nicht ziemlich schwierig fahren – und dann die Wahrheit, dass Regen Sie nicht nur schleppend ausreicht, erscheint plötzlich seltsam. Ungefähr 30 Minuten Fahren verändert sich Ihre Muskelmassengedächtnis in der Regeneration. Von diesem Tag an ist das seltsamste Ding, in ein Kolbenfahrzeug zu gelangen und zu versuchen, mit seinem ungewöhnlichen Rollverhalten sowie dem Mangel an Kers umzugehen.

Räder, Reifen und Mods

Ich hatte das Tesla Aero Wheel Cap-Set gekauft, damit ich die weniger als hübschen Aero-Radbezüge ausschüttet und die hübschen Legierungen darunter entlarven können.

Die grundlegende Form in Form Michelin Pilot Sport 4 Reifen (235/45 ZR18) sind eine wirklich gute, qualitativ hochwertige Note. Ich habe festgestellt, dass einige Design 3 mit den verbesserten Tesla 19 -‘ -Sportlegierungen stattdessen den viel mehr Budgetplan Hankook -Gummi enthalten.

Obwohl ich den Stil mag, habe ich immer das Gefühl, dass die grundlegenden 18 -Zoll -Räder für das Design 3 ebenso gut aussehen.

Ich kaufte diese satinschwarzen 20 -Zoll -Turbinenlegierungen aus den USA, und sie zeigten einige Wochen vor dem Auto, aber das gab mir Zeit, sie zu erledigen, bevor die Reifen fortgesetzt wurden.

Sie sind ein gestaffeltes Set-Fronten 8,5 Zoll breit (Reifen 235/35-20) sowie Rücken 10 Zoll breit (Reifen 275/30-20), und ich habe diese schwarzen Tesla-Rad-Zentren bei Amazon.

Dies sind hauptsächlich eine kosmetische Veränderung, obwohl die Michelin Pilot Sport 4s -Reifen ein Griff -Upgrade sind. Sie verringern jedoch die Wirksamkeit des Fahrzeugs mit einer Rücknahme von etwa 15% durch meine Berechnungen.

Aber ich mag das Aussehen der 20er Jahre und habe immer noch die Aktien 18er. Wenn ich jemals einen transuropäischen Roadtrip mache, werden sie für eine maximale Reichweite zurückkehren. Bestes in beiden Welten.

Es wird faszinierend sein zu sehen, wie ein Hinterradantrieb Tesla auch im Schnee ist, damit die 18er zu Wintersaisonrädern werden.

Das Fahrzeug hatte eine gtechniq-Keramikbeschichtung, die ebenso wie die Bremssattel rot lackiert wurde, alles nach PMG-Autokare in Belfast. Ich habe in den kommenden Wochen noch ein paar Mods zu tun, um den Look zu erzielen.


Das Stahl sowie das Aluminiumgebäude von Design 3 wurde in den USA von der National Highway Web Traffic Security Security Administration bewertet, und sie haben festgestellt Damit scheint es ein bisschen Spuck zwischen NHTSA und Tesla ausgelöst zu haben.

Näher an diesen Teilen hat das Fahrzeug erst kürzlich 5 Sterne im Euro -NCAP -Test gewonnen, wie sie kommentierten…

Das Tesla Design 3 feierte ein starkes Debüt mit einer idealen Punktzahl im Frontalbalance -Out -Deformierbarer Unfalltest, eine Hauptstütze der Euro -NCAP -Bewertung, weil es 1997 beginnt. Seine Leistung in den Sicherheitshilfen ist besonders beeindruckt, dank seiner ausgezeichneten C.Chauffeur -Unterstützungssysteme wie Lane Support, Speed -Hilfe sowie autonome Notbremsung. Die 94 -prozentige Punktzahl des Tesla in der Tesla

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