New Tesla Model 3 versus used Tesla Model S: which should you buy?
The Tesla Model 3 has few if any direct rivals, but what about a used Model S? We put a Model 3 Standard Range up against a secondhand Model S 75D
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
Pros: Great to drive and faster charging, long warranty and low monthly cost
Cons: Tight rear passenger space, not as quick as Model S
2017 Tesla Model S 75D
Pros: Masses of passenger space, bigger touchscreen
Cons: Real-world range, fussy infotainment interface
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...
In This Review
- 1Introduction - currently readingThe Tesla Model 3 has few if any direct rivals, but what about a used Model S? We put a Model 3 Standard Range up against a secondhand Model S 75D
- 2Range & chargingThe Model 3 is the fastest charging car on sale until the Porsche Taycan arrives, and delivers a similar real-world range to a used Model S
- 3Running costs & warrantyYou get a longer warranty on a new Model 3, but its mileage is limited where the Model S’ isn’t. Both are well equipped and temptingly priced
- 4Driving & performanceThe 75D is hilariously fast despite being one of the ‘lesser’ Model S variants, while the Model 3 feels perfectly judged for UK roads
- 5Interior, comfort & practicalityThe Model 3 has nothing on the Model S for space and practicality, and many will prefer the more conventional dials of the S as well
- 6VerdictThere's no bad car here, so you can pick which one suits your lifestyle and budget best, but the Model 3’s lower costs sway it for us