Tesla Model 3 - Standard Range Plus

Tesla Model 3 – Standard Range Plus


$72,300

Drive Away

0-100 km/h
5.6s
Real Range
350 km
Consumption
14.8 kWh/100km

7.9Mojo Score
Our Verdict of the Tesla Model 3 - Standard Range Plus

The entry-level Tesla, the Model 3 is a lot of EV for the money. It provides access to Tesla ownership at an attainable price point. But the Standard Range Plus doesn’t quite deliver the headline range and performance we’ve come to expect from Tesla.

Driving Range
7.0
Efficiency
9.0
Performance
7.5
Value for Money
8.0
PROS
  • Cheapest Tesla on sale now
  • Contains a great deal of tech
  • Better performance than an ICEV at the price point
CONS
  • Still not exactly what most would call cheap
  • Real range is not what we’d hope for
  • Some may find the Interior too minimalistic
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 Summary Review

The Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus is the entry-level Tesla offered in Australia. It has the least range and performance of the three Model 3 variants offered but offers many of the Tesla tech features that buyers love at an attractive price.

Tesla’s small sedan is roughly the size of a BMW 3-Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and will undoubtedly tempt those shopping around in the junior exec segment.

The interior space is average, but the Tesla scores a homerun when it comes to the infotainment system. Comprising of an oversized centrally-mounted touchscreen, the Model 3 routes all control through it. The only buttons present are on the steering wheel. This means you have to adjust mirrors, air conditioning, and even the opening of the glovebox via the screen. While we appreciate the minimalistic approach, we wonder whether this aversion to physical buttons, for even the most basic of tasks, is in a driver’s best interest.

Unlike the Long Range and Performance versions, the Standard Range Plus does not feature dual motors nor all-wheel-drive. Instead, power is from a single motor driving the rear wheels.

With a 0-100km/h time of 5.6 seconds, it doesn’t quite have the neck-snapping off-line acceleration Tesla’s other models have become renowned for. Yes, we’re nitpicking, but for Tesla — who are known for their 2-point-something launch times — anything over five seconds will be considered slow.

Range, as you may have guessed by now, is pretty standard too. That’s because the Model 3 Standard Range Plus has only a 54kWh battery. Although one of the most efficient EVs in Australia, our research shows a real-world range of around 350km — 90km down on the claimed 460km. In practice, this is less driving range than the cheaper Hyundai Kona.

In terms of price (at $72,300 drive away), the Model 3 is offered at a cost point hitherto unknown for a Tesla product. And with that, you’re getting a decent amount of kit. You may miss out on heated rear seats, the premium audio system, and Tesla’s “Premium Connectivity” subscription — all of which are available on the higher tiers.

But the base Model 3 gets power front seats, a full-length sunroof, and all the hardware needed for Tesla’s Level-2 autonomy (the latter requires an optional $10,100 add-on to activate).

Make no mistake; the Model 3 Standard Range Plus is a great way to hop onto the Tesla bandwagon. However, we can’t help but feel that if you could stretch your budget, you’d be better served with the Model 3 Long Range.

While the Standard Range Plus offers good value, the Long Range model has more of what makes a Tesla a Tesla: extraordinary range and scintillating performance. Food for thought.

 Performance

Power

239 kW

Torque

420 Nm

0-100 km/h

5.6s

Top Speed

225 km/h

 Battery & Range

Battery Capacity

54.0 kWh

Claimed Range

460 km

Claimed Efficiency

149 Wh/km

Consumption

14.8 kWh/100km

Real Range

350 km

Real Efficiency

148 Wh/km

 Charging

Charge Time

5 hrs 15 min

Charge Speed

63 km/h

Charge Power

11.0 kW

Charge Port

Type-2

Fastcharge Time

20 min

Fastcharge Speed

670 km/h

Fastcharge Power

170 kW

Fastcharge Port

CCS

 Other Specs

Body Type

Sedan

Seating Capacity

5 Seats

Drive Type

RWD

Cargo Space

542 Litres

ANCAP Rating

5 Star

ANCAP Report

 Warranty

Warranty

4 Years

Warranty km

80,000 km

Battery Warranty

8 Years

Battery Warranty km

160,000 km

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 Model 3 Variants

Sedan
5 Seats
RWD

Drive Away

$72,300

0-100km/h:

Real Range:

Consumption:

Cargo Space:

5.6s
350 km
14.8 kWh/100km
542 Litres
Sedan
5 Seats
AWD

Drive Away

$89,700

0-100km/h:

Real Range:

Consumption:

Cargo Space:

4.4s
465 km
15.6 kWh/100km
542 Litres
Sedan
5 Seats
AWD

Drive Away

$102,000

0-100km/h:

Real Range:

Consumption:

Cargo Space:

3.3s
450 km
16.1 kWh/100km
542 Litres

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