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Triple test: BMW i4 vs Tesla Model 3 vs Polestar 2

Can the ever-popular Tesla Model 3 fend off new rivals the BMW i4 and Polestar 2? Let’s find out…

BMW i4 vs Tesla Model 3 vs Polestar 2

Since it debuted in 2017, the Tesla Model 3 hasn’t just been the standard bearer for four-door electric saloons, but the car against which almost every single premium EV has been judged – and for good reasons. Even £100,000 electric flagships can fall short of the Model 3’s practicality, rapid-charging capability and performance. It’s therefore very easy to understand how it became the UK’s most popular electric car so quickly, and why company-car drivers looking to ditch their diesels flocked to get one on their driveway.

But now, both BMW and Volvo spinoff brand Polestar think they've created worthy adversaries to the hugely popular Model 3. From Sweden, you have the Polestar 2: a coupe-SUV that boasts muscular styling, modern cabin design and Google-powered infotainment. Meanwhile, Germany’s entry into the hotly contested electric company-car battle is the BMW i4, which puts a zero-emissions spin on the brand’s winning four-door formula.

BMW i4

Pros: Sharp and engaging to drive, slick infotainment, exceptional interior quality

Cons: Expensive compared to rivals, all-wheel-drive reserved for M50, no ‘frunk’ storage

Polestar 2

Pros: Sharp design, Google technology, cheapest car here by some margin

Cons: Tight rear headroom, Model 3 has bigger boot, shortest range in this test

Tesla Model 3

Pros: Class-leading performance and range, minimalist interior, Supercharger access

Cons: Both rivals here more fun, no hatchback, no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto

The Tesla Model 3 has enjoyed five years at or near the top of the EV sales charts, persuading more people to make the switch to electric and serving as the catalyst for many carmakers to launch their own zero-emissions models for the masses. But will the Model 3 retain its title as the go-to electric company car as the likes of the BMW i4 and Polestar 2 move in on its turf? Buckle up, because we’re about to find out…

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