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If ever there was a headline-grabbing electric car, the Tesla Model 3 was it. Launching internationally in July 2017, and in Australia in 2019, the Model 3 promised electric car mobility for the masses, with the most aggressive pricing yet for any Tesla vehicle.

Its biggest talking points have always been its battery driving range, straight line performance and high-tech, minimalist cabin design – but the Model 3 also offers surprising practicality due to its smart design.

The Tesla Model 3 line-up currently starts at $62,900 for the Model 3 Standard Range Plus RWD and ranges through to $105,900 for the range-topping Model 3 Performance.

This vehicle is also known as Code name: BlueStar.

Tesla MODEL 3 Price and Specs

The price range for the Tesla MODEL 3 varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $54,500 and going to $105,900 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 Sedan —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $54,500 $97,900
2021 Sedan —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $62,900 $105,900
2020 Sedan —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $54,500 $97,900
2019 Sedan —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $53,600 $93,060
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Tesla MODEL 3 Interior

Tesla MODEL 3 Colours

  • Pearl White
  • Solid Black
  • Midnight Silver
  • Deep Blue
  • Red
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the Tesla MODEL 3 2019.

Tesla MODEL 3 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Tesla MODEL 3 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What is the ordering process for a Tesla Model 3?

    Tesla certainly does things differently, starting with the cars themselves and extending right throughout the entire purchasing and ownership experience. Basically, Tesla has no dealerships per se, so, to buy a brand-new Tesla you go to the website, create an online account, design the specifics (options and colours) of the car you want and then place your order. And it’s all done electronically.

    You then have three days to make any changes to the car’s specification, after which it’s pretty much locked down and Tesla will have begun assembling the bits and pieces that you’ve ordered. It’s after this three-day period that you’ll actually talk to a Tesla employee, who will guide you through the paperwork, payment options and delivery details.

    In a way, it’s no different to any other form of online shopping but it does presume that Tesla buyers are also internet savvy enough to trust this process. After all, we’re not talking about pocket-money here, are we?

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  • What electric car should I buy?

    We can understand your feelings about the centrally-mounted screen in the Tesla, though you do get used to it surprisingly quickly.

    As for the other models you’ve mentioned, we’ve had to get the crystal ball out to attempt to answer you!

    The Polestar 2 will be on sale by the end of 2020, if all goes to plan. The company will be pushing hard to make that happen. 

    The VW ID3 is likely not going to be here until 2021, likely the mid or latter part of that year. It certainly has a lot of potential, and with pricing set to start below $50,000, it could well be The People’s (Electric) Car. 

    There are other options coming, though it depends on your diary and your budget.

    You could consider the Tesla Model S, which may have been around for a while, but that also means it has a more traceable reliability history. It has a digital instrument cluster in the regular spot as well.

    Have you looked at the Jaguar i-Pace? It has a claimed range of 470 kilometres, though it is on the pricey side of the equation, starting from about $125,000.

    Indeed, a high price tag is a common theme among those EVs with big battery capacity and expansive driving range, because you’re basically covering the cost of the batteries with your money.

    For instance, there’s the Audi e-tron quattro, which is due here in early 2020. That model will have a range of “more than 400 kilometres”, and - we suspect - a price tag above $120,000. 

    The Mercedes EQC is about to go on sale, too. Range for that mid-size SUV is pegged at about 450 kilometres, but again, you can expect a high price tag.

    If 2021 isn’t too long to wait, there’s the Volvo XC40 Recharge coming then. Based on our previous experience with Volvo XC40s, it’ll be a great small SUV, with predicted range of 400km - though we think that’s understating it, because it has a 78kWh battery pack, and it has AWD too.

    At the more affordable end - though admittedly still not quite meeting your expectations for range - there’s the very impressive Hyundai Kona Electric, which has a WLTP range of 449km, and a price tag of around $65k. It isn’t all-wheel drive though.

    And MG is about to launch a real upstart in the segment, with the ZS EV hitting showrooms soon for $46,990 drive-away, albeit with a range of 262km. It’s also FWD only. 

    The Mini Cooper SE will also arrive in mid-2020, with pricing set to be less than $60k. But again, a range of 270km will likely rule it out for your needs, and its 2WD as well.

    Another new small EV due next year is the Mazda MX-30. Pricing is still to be confirmed, and range isn’t great at about 300km. It’s FWD too. 

    In short, at this point in time - and out towards the end of 2020 - it looks like you’ll either need to spend a big amount of money on a premium EV to get the best range possible, or you’ll have to get used to the Model 3’s screen. You could always get an aftermarket head-up display fitted…

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  • Is the tesla model 3 front wheel drive or rear wheel drive?

    The Tesla Model 3 is available in rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive platforms. The AWD and AWD performance models use two motors, one mounted in the front like RWD models but with an extra electric motor in the rear.

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  • How long is a tesla model 3?

    The Tesla Model 3 is 4690mm long.

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Tesla MODEL 3 Dimensions

The dimensions of the Tesla MODEL 3 Sedan vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 Sedan 1443x1933x4694 mm 140 mm
2020 Sedan 1443x1933x4694 mm 140 mm
2019 Sedan 1443x1933x4694 mm 140 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Tesla MODEL 3 Dimensions

Tesla MODEL 3 Wheel Size

The Tesla MODEL 3 has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 235x45 R18 for Sedan in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 Sedan 235x45 R18 235x45 R18
2020 Sedan 235x45 R18 18x8.5 inches 235x45 R18 18x8.5 inches
2019 Sedan 235x45 R18 18x8.5 inches 235x45 R18 18x8.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Tesla MODEL 3 Wheel Sizes

Tesla MODEL 3 Seats

The following Tesla Model 3 comes with five seats, including a 60:40 folding configuration. The Model 3 is only available with Black premium interior.

Shown above are seat details for the Tesla MODEL 3 2019.

Tesla MODEL 3 Fuel Consumption

The Tesla MODEL 3 is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Electric fuel type(s).

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 Sedan Electric 1 SP AUTO
2020 Sedan Electric 1 SP AUTO
2019 Sedan Electric 1 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Tesla MODEL 3 Pricing and Specs for 2021