Tesla Model 3: Drive impressions roundup…
Wired emphasizes the design and build quality of the Model 3. The author notes the attention to detail in the minimalist interior, as well as the giggle-inducing (if not ludicrous) acceleration. Wired goes on to describe the car as feeling “solidly built, rattle-free, and there’s no noticeable whine from the motor. All you hear is wind and tire noise.”
The Verge begins its review by saying “I felt like I was driving an Eames chair,” and again emphasizing the clean, minimalist interior. A bonus for those who will actually use the rear seat, the author notes ample rear leg room and space for a car seat. The driver says of the few right turns she made, “Cornering was decent, and when I turned the wheel, I saw no sign of understeer.”
Roadshow appreciates the low position and comfort of the power-adjustable premium seats. The mouse-like thumbwheels in the steering wheel are intuitive to use, and control a number of things in conjunction with the touchscreen menus (such as adjusting the steering wheel or side mirrors). Flat cornering and decent acceleration make the Model 3 feels nimble and composed. The lack of a traditional instrument panel helped the driver feel less distracted, but the author thinks that Tesla ought to offer a HUD for those who have trouble with it.
Electrek says the Model 3 still feels like a Tesla despite its lower price point, looking and driving like a smaller Model S. On the outside, its glass roof stands out in person, but the 15-inch touchscreen dominates the interior. It offers “sharp” handling, especially in sport steering mode, and has a solid feel, though the regenerative braking is weaker than the author anticipated. Furthermore, the author notes that Tesla was still calibrating its autopilot sensors when he drove it, so he couldn’t use that feature. Those of you who say these first 30 customer vehicles are basically still testers might be onto something.
Motor Trend compares the firm ride to that of the Alfa Romeo Giulia. Quick steering and extremely minimal body roll help provide “scalpel-like” precision in the handling. The interior is “light and airy,” and the lack of an instrument cluster in front of the driver is easy to get used to, especially since the speedometer isn’t partially hidden behind the steering wheel spokes. The author also digs the function-assignable thumbwheels on the steering wheel, as well as the large opening to the rear cargo area.
feel like i’ve been talking about this damn car for at least that past year or so, mostly due to my neighbor/buddy Fletch having pre-ordered one and loves talking about it… i’m excited about the damn thing, and haven’t even seen one yet.
speaking of the tesla model 3, read a post about how it’s very very unlikely that you’ll actually see any that hit that $30K pricepoint… said that the average (with options) will probably be around $45K — didn’t know that and to be honest, kinda winced when i read that.