Used Tesla Model 3 for sale
The Tesla Model 3 is a fully-electric saloon that looks to attract a newer type of buyer to the Tesla brand, due to its more affordable price.
It's still loaded with impressive technology, just in a more compact package. Think of the Model 3 as a smaller and more accessible Model S.
There is still plenty of other cool things to get excited about, and being a Tesla means you aren't short of pace either. Other highlights include:
- An impressive range
- Plenty of space, despite the more compact approach
- A decent driving experience
- Typical impressive Tesla technology
- Easy to update
Engines and Driving Experience
Like all Tesla models, the Model 3 isn't a slouch in any spec. You can choose between:
- Model 3 Standard Plus: rear-wheel drive, 305-mile range, 0 to 60mph in 5.8 seconds, 140mph top speed
- Model 3 Long Range: all-wheel drive, 360-mile range 0 to 60mph in 4.2 seconds, 145mph top speed
- Model 3 Performance: all-wheel drive, 340-mile range, 0 to 60mph in 3.1 seconds, 162mph top speed
It's worth noting that Tesla state 0 to 60mph, rather than 0 to 62mph, and ranges highlighted above are approximate, and depend on weather and charging methods.
To drive, each Model 3 feels quick, and despite not having all-wheel drive, the entry-level rear-wheel drive Model 3 feels nippy due to its lighter weight. This is because it does not have dual motors like the all-wheel drive versions on both axles.
Tesla house all the batteries in the car's floor, resulting in the Model 3 having minimal body roll, concluding a more enjoyable drive. Although the Model 3 can feel uneasy on poor road surfaces, unlike its more expensive Model X and Model S siblings, which can be specified with air suspension.
Practicality and Running Costs
In terms of size and price, the Model 3 is the smallest and least expensive Tesla, yet despite this, there is still a good amount of cabin space. This could tempt buyers away from the likes of the more mainstream fuel-powered BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, although these cars still feel more premium on the whole.
As for boot space, you get 425 litres, which is a bit less than a BMW 3 Series (480 litres) but for an electric car, this is still pretty good and isn't far behind the popular BMW.
As for running costs, electric cars will always be considerably cheaper to run as charging will be much less than that of filling up with fuel in a regular car. Servicing will also be less expensive due to no physical engine needing to be looked at, but you will still need to set aside money for brakes, tyres and general maintenance.
Insurance on Tesla cars however will be on the pricey side, as the cars tend to sit in the top insurance groups of between 48 and 50 (50 is the highest).
Interior, Technology and Safety
The Model 3 is like no other Tesla which has gone before it, or unlike most conventional cars, as there is no physical instrument binnacle. Instead, a large 15-inch central landscape touchscreen tells you everything you need to know, including speed and range, along with being the main control point for all the car's settings.
This may take some getting used to, especially if you're used to a more conventional instrument binnacle sitting directly in front of you when behind the wheel. It does ensure a clutter-free cockpit though, which is rather refreshing.
Being a Tesla means updates can be downloaded to the car, and you get all the usual tech you'd expect from a model of this class. Therefore, air-con, Bluetooth, wireless charging, sat-nav via Google maps, and 12-way adjustable front seats are all present. The seats are vegan friendly due to being synthetic leather, too.
As for safety, the Model 3 continues in the tyre tracks of the Model S and Model X in achieving a full five-star Euro NCAP score. This is thanks to:
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Forward Collision Warning
- Blind Spot Collision Warning
- Lane Departure Avoidance
Is the Tesla Model 3 right for me?
If you're a fan of state-of-the-art technology and want to buy an electric used car, then a Tesla Model 3 should definitely be on your shortlist.
Being the more affordable model was always going to be a recipe for success and this car is essentially a smartphone on wheels, which happens to also be rather practical and fast.
Competitors can come in a number of ways. The BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class feature hybrid versions which will offer better refinement and premium feel, but as for fully-electric competitors, the Model 3 is hard to beat at its used price point.
Why purchase a used Tesla Model 3 through Evans Halshaw?
At Evans Halshaw, we have a wide variety of quality used vehicles for you to choose from. Each car is carefully selected by our expert teams before making its way through the rigorous preparation process, where it is inspected by a qualified technician and then fully valeted throughout.
All of our vehicles are fully HPI checked, giving you peace of mind when making a decision. In addition, we're able to offer same-day delivery on a selection of used cars, meaning you never have to wait for the car you want.
If you'd like some advice on picking the right car for you, or you've spotted a vehicle and want more information, please contact your nearest Evans Halshaw dealership, where one of our friendly associates will be more than happy to help.