Tesla Model 3 boot space, seating & practicality
The Tesla Model 3 isn't the roomiest of cars in its class, particularly for rear-seat passengers, but it should be adequate for small families
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By compact executive-car standards, the Model 3 is more than good enough when it comes to practicality. Those up front will have no complaints at all, and there's a good amount of luggage space thanks to dual boots – one smaller one in the nose, and one at the back that’s accessed through a saloon-style bootlid. However, there are plenty of other cars in the class that offer more space for rear-seat passengers.
Tesla Model 3 interior space, storage & comfort
Push the flush door handles – they don’t pop out as they do on the Model S – and you’ll find that space is pretty similar in the back to a BMW 3 Series, which ranks as one of the Model 3’s closest rivals. There’s the added bonus of a flat floor with no transmission hump, but headroom is a little tight for taller adults who could brush the sloped, full-length glass roof that the Model 3 gets as standard.
The Model 3 isn’t a car you buy for its practicality – Tesla's Model Y SUV is much better in that department – but it will be fine for the average small family. Those up front are well catered for with two fixed cupholders and a big storage box with a sliding lid in the centre console, as well as pockets in the doors and a small glovebox, in addition to comfortable seats. Those in the back might feel short of foot space, but knee and headroom will be fine for an average-sized adult.
The Model 3 has two boots – one in the nose (often called a ‘frunk’) and one in the back. Access to the rear luggage space is via a letterbox-style saloon opening, although the boot is hinged to lift higher than most saloons, so access is actually good by class standards. It's still not quite as flexible as the hatchback offered by more recently launched rivals like the Polestar 2 and Hyundai Ioniq 5, though.
The luggage area itself is surprisingly deep, so getting a couple of suitcases or a chunky buggy in is no problem. There’s also underfloor storage that’s ideal for stowing away the charging cables, or the front boot is also a useful place to stick the cables if you’ve got the rear boot full of stuff. The rear seats split and fold, too.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Tesla Model 3 is one of the best electric cars on sale, delivering great real-world range, tidy handling and a tech-filled interior
- 2Range, battery & chargingAs the name suggests, the Tesla Model 3 Long Range boasts one of the longest driving ranges on a single charge of any electric car currently on sale
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe Tesla Model 3 looks expensive to buy, but it's cheaper to own than most combustion-engined alternatives once you factor in fuel and tax costs
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Tesla Model 3 is anything but slow, even in entry-level form – although it's not the best handling electric saloon we've driven
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Tesla Model 3 has one of the most minimalist interiors going, complete with class-leading touchscreen technology and hidden air vents
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingThe Tesla Model 3 isn't the roomiest of cars in its class, particularly for rear-seat passengers, but it should be adequate for small families
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Tesla Model 3 earned the maximum five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating and still leads the pack when it comes to active safety features