Tesla Model 3 reliability & safety
The Tesla Model 3 sets the benchmark for active safety features and has earned the top five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2019)||96%||86%||94%|
It’s hard to comment on long-term reliability just yet, as the Tesla Model 3 is still relatively new. Electric motors have far fewer components that can go wrong than a petrol or diesel car, although glitches have been reported with the cruise control. Safety is hard to fault given that Tesla leads the industry for standard semi-autonomous driver aids.
Tesla Model 3 reliability & problems
Some American owners have reported worrying issues with the car accelerating independently when cruise control is active, but otherwise there are no other significant recurring issues with the Model 3.
The Tesla Model 3 comes with the maximum five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. The company leads the industry for semi-autonomous driving systems, so it's no surprise that its score of 94% in the Safety Assist category is an all-time record.
All versions come as standard with lane keep assist, parking aids, traffic sign recognition and a full suite of airbags, but the semi-autonomous mode that will see the car change lane for you and even leave a slip road off a motorway (and more) is a £5,800 option.
An update was rolled out in 2019 that added semi-autonomous city driving, including responding automatically to traffic signs. All of these systems are semi-autonomous, not fully autonomous, meaning that the driver must still be actively paying attention and in control. Sadly, there’s no spare wheel – not even a space-saver.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Tesla Model 3 is one of the best electric cars on sale, delivering great real-world range, tidy dynamics 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 costsThe 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
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe Tesla Model 3 is anything but slow, even in entry-level form – although it doesn't really handle like a sports car in corners
- 5Interior & comfortThe Tesla Model 3 has one of the most minimalist interiors going, complete with class-leading touchscreen technology and hidden air vents
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe 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 - currently readingThe Tesla Model 3 sets the benchmark for active safety features and has earned the top five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating