Tesla Model 3: Price, specs and release date

Matthew Mills
May 03, 2019

The much-anticipated Tesla Model 3 electric family car is finally coming to the UK. Here’s everything you need to know about this BMW 3 Series-beater.

  • Revealed

    Tesla Model 3 UK prices

  • Specs include

    0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and a 348-mile range

  • Price and release date

    From £38,900; June 2019

The Tesla Model 3 is one of the US’s most talked-about cars and now it’s on its way across the pond. For a comprehensive guide through this new, all-electric alternative to the likes of the BMW 3 Series – including its UK price and release date – read on…

Tesla Model 3 UK price and release date

Three different versions will be available when the Tesla Model 3 comes to the UK. The cheapest is the entry-level Standard Range Plus, which shall cost from £38,900 – about the same as you’d pay for a petrol-powered BMW 3 Series 330i with similar performance. Then comes the all-wheel-drive Long Range car, starting from £47,900; close to what you’d pay for a pacey, four-wheel-drive BMW M340i xDrive. Finally, at the top of the range, is the £56,900 Performance version, which has both the power and price tag to match a BMW M3.

Deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 will start in summer 2019, with the first cars due to arrive in the UK in June, to customers who have already laid down a £1,000 deposit for one.

Tesla Model 3 UK specs

There are three trim levels to the Tesla Model 3: the Standard Range Plus, the Long Range and the Performance. The Standard Range Plus starts things off. It can go from 0-62mph in just 5.3 seconds and has a total electric range of 258 miles. It has 18-inch wheels as standard (although 19-inch ones are an optional extra) and is rear-wheel-drive.

The Long Range, as its name implies, can drive further before needing to be topped up with electricity, with a range of 348 miles. It can also go from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds and, unlike the Standard Range Plus, is all-wheel-drive. Like the trim below it, though, it has 18-inch wheels with 19 available as an extra.

The Performance version is the top of the Tesla Model 3 range. It’s sportier than both the Standard and Long Range variants, using its all-wheel-drive system and grippy wide tyres on 20-inch wheels to shoot from 0-62mph in just 3.2 seconds. However, its electric range is slightly shorter than the Long Range’s, with 329 miles possible.

Every Tesla Model 3 has a boatload of intelligent driving features. They include active cruise control, with automatic braking and acceleration, and lane-keeping assist and -changing assistance. This means that you can change lanes simply by indicating. Even more self-driving tech, including automatic road-sign reading and the ability to automatically stop the car at traffic lights, is available – as an optional, £4,900 package.

Tesla Model 3 UK interior

Tesla’s interiors are notoriously minimalist; the Tesla Model 3 is no different. It has almost no conventional buttons, with every function (apart from the hazard lights) being controlled by the 15-inch infotainment touchscreen on the centre of the dashboard. This is handy for non-essential conveniences, but is a bit of a fiddle when you want to quickly operate more essential features, such as the car’s fog lights, while you’re on the move.

The two more expensive Model 3s – the Long Range and the Performance – get extra equipment, including heated seats and a 14-speaker sound system, while the infotainment is kitted out with live traffic information.

To see if the Tesla Model 3 is right for you, read our detailed review.