The Tesla Model 3 has gone on sale in the UK, with prices starting at £38,900 for the company’s most compact model in Standard Range Plus specification.
The entry level model has a range of 258 miles, which is an estimated WLTP figure, and is rear-wheel drive, with a 0-62mph time of 5.3 seconds.
Above Standard Range Plus are Long Range and Performance specifications, starting at £47,900 and £56,900 respectively. The Long Range Model 3 will cover 348 miles on a charge with a sprint time of 4.5 seconds 0-62mph, while the Performance version drops that to just 3.2 seconds, and has a range of 329 miles. Both are all-wheel drive.
All cars get the large landscape touchscreen system that controls and displays just about everything. Standard Range Plus models have electric and heated front seats, standard maps and navigation, premium seat material and trim, and upgraded audio. The next two trim levels add heated rear seats, a premium audio system, satellite view maps with live traffic and navigation, and in-car internet. All models get a tinted glass sunroof.
Tesla fits its Autopilot hardware to all vehicles, meaning that the cars can be upgraded to be autonomous once the laws allow, and be updated via over-the-air downloads. Autopilot currently allows for adaptive cruise control with lane keep assist.
Deliveries are set to start in June for those first customers that put their deposits down.