Formally, the Tesla Model 3 is a 100% electric sedan (fastback, to be more precise), available with one or two engines, therefore with rear or all-wheel drive, with 5 seats and a giant touchscreen inside. More generally, it is a real phenomenon, the model that made the American brand "popular" by exponentially raising its sales volumes. The rivals? With internal combustion engine, Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class. Turning to electric, for the moment BMW i4 and Polestar 2.
Before starting, a premise that also and above all serves to clear the field of any doubts. From the fact, mainly, that someone believes that Teslas "drive themselves". None of that. Let's start with Autopilot: despite the name, it doesn't mean that the Model 3 can have autopilot. Simply, it is the set of devices that includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot cameras, lane keeping system and automatic pedestrian avoidance system. All incredibly useful systems but nothing more than what can be found on a BMW 3 Series, to name one.
More than the competition there is, yes, the Full Self-Driving Package, optional, which drives almost completely independently on the motorway, finds parking spaces independently and places the car there, as well as taking the Model 3 from the parking lot at the exit of the restaurant (for example). All very nice, too bad that lane changes on the highway go from hesitant to random and that the "pick me up" function works very well in the mega parking lots of the USA, a little less on the busy roads of the Old Continent. Which will eventually lead you to using the supercomputer placed between your ears.
What's the verdict?
“The most convincing electric car among those “below” (in size and price) the Porsche Taycan: perfect design, leaps of creativity (Netflix in the infotainmnent) and Superchargers to give peace of mind. As for the style of the bodywork, it is a matter of personal taste and may not even be liked. The interior is more divisive: either you love it or you hate it. On the other hand, if we talk about driving pleasure, once your head has finished bouncing here and there from the devastating accelerations, you realize that the Model 3 has a good chassis setup but it's nothing memorable. In short, this Tesla keeps what we were promised when it came to cars of the future: fun (in the broadest sense of the term), efficient, fast electric. A car that isn't even very young anymore, given that it was launched in 2017. Yet, even now, no direct competitor (electric) has been able to do better.”