New Tesla Model 3 versus used Tesla Model S: which should you buy?
The Tesla Model 3 represents another step change for the electric car. A more affordable way into Tesla’s trademark blend of long-range driving, low-cost performance, a high-tech interior and access to the Supercharger network that has helped establish the brand as a trailblazer in electric vehicles. The Model 3 is the Model S for the masses.
But what about the Model S itself? It’s been in the UK since 2013, and was the equivalent of a vehicular moon landing, such was its significance. We still rate it as one of our favourite electric cars, so what about a used one? You can get an early Model S from as little as £40,000 in the UK, although later, four-wheel-drive cars with bigger batteries, including the 75D that we have here, can cost tens of thousands more than that.
2019 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus
2017 Tesla Model S 75D
At a glance
|Car||2019 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus||2017 Tesla Model S 75D|
|Price||£37,340 (after grant)||from £45,000 (estimated)|
|Estimated monthly cost*||£403||£950|
|Energy consumption / real-world range||4.3 miles/kWh / 230 miles||3.1 miles/kWh / 230 miles|
|At-home charge cost (13p/kWh)||£7.00||£10.50|
|Fastest 20-80% charge time||15mins (200kW)||35mins (120kW)|
|0-60mph (on test)||5.8s||4.3s|
|Boot capacity, litres (seats up/down)||660/1,725||557/1,176|
*PCP estimate, based on a 48-month contract with a £6,000 deposit
So how has the Model S aged? How far will it go with a few thousand miles on the clock? Is it really worth risking a secondhand Model S instead of settling for a brand-new Model 3? We put a Model 3 Standard Range Plus up against a 2017 Tesla Model S 75D with 25,000 miles on the clock to find out.
Read on for our verdict...