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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

Tesla Model 3
Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating

4.5 out of 5

Price
£40,000 - £59,000
Fuel Type:
Electric
Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety 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.

Safety

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.

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