Tesla Model 3 interior & comfort

The Tesla Model 3 has the most minimalist interior going, complete with class-leading touchscreen technology

The Model 3 has one of the most minimalist interiors you’ll see. Even the vents are hidden within a crease that runs across the dashboard, leaving nothing but the big touchscreen on show.

It does take some getting used to, especially if you’re not familiar with the Tesla media system, but it’s easy enough to control all the functions, largely thanks to the rotary switches on the steering wheel. There’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, though.

Tesla Model 3 dashboard

This is minimalism taken to new extremes in car design, but it works really well. It looks wonderful in a simple but classy way, and because everything is controlled through the screen (or steering wheel and driver’s dials), you don’t miss any physical buttons.

The only niggling irritation is that the climate control is also all accessed through the touchscreen, which can be more of a faff than having straightforward buttons, although it is also quite a novelty and not difficult when you get used to swiping your finger over the screen to direct the vents.

Equipment, options & accessories

The Model 3 comes with much of the equipment you’d want as standard, including a keyless entry system that can automatically recognise your phone as the key (or you get a credit card style key as backup and for valet parking etc). On top of that, you get a tinted glass roof, heated front seats with 12-way electric adjustability, a 15-inch touchscreen, four USB ports and docking for 2 smartphones.

Long Range and Performance models receive the Premium Interior package that includes satellite-view maps with live traffic visualisation and navigation, a 14-speaker premium audio system, in-car internet browsing and media streaming. Standard Range Plus and Long Range models get 18-inch wheels, while the Performance variant rides on 20-inch alloys. Pearl White paint is the standard exterior finish across the board, with four other colours to choose from at an extra cost.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

The 15-inch touchscreen is mounted landscape in the Model 3, rather than portrait as in the Model S and Model X. The crystal-clear graphics look great and the screen itself responds quickly.

It does take a bit of getting used to given how many functions there are, from opening the charging port or changing the air vents, through to the sat nav functions, internet browser and (of course) the trademark Tesla ‘Easter Eggs’: these include Atari games and all sorts of fun features hidden in the system.

The Model 3 will also update with new features and improved software via ‘over-the-air’ updates that Tesla has always championed, so the system is - as much as possible - future-proof.