Tesla Model 3 Q & A – Is It Post-Apocalyptic Ready?

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Top Gear offered up some answers to recent questions submitted by readers about the Tesla Model 3 readers, and at least one is pretty silly.

In a recent piece entitled – “Driving a Tesla Model 3: your questions answered!” – Top Gear fills readers in on what it says are some things that people may want to know about the new car. The publication recently had access to a media car for a full review, which generated many questions in the comment section. Leave it to these guys to choose just the right questions to turn into an article.

Check It Out: Top Gear Test Drive Review Of The Tesla Model 3

The first question:

Given that this is Top Gear asking the question, how well does it do driving through an abandoned city while being chased by post-apocalyptic hordes while live raccoons run around the interior?

Top Gear didn’t really even answer this one, but chose to showcase it at the front of the article. The response included something about “limited raccoon availability” along with an accusation that the question must have been a joke from CEO Elon Musk himself.Tesla Model 3

Once we get past the attempt at comedy, Top Gear goes on to provide some honest insight in the form of answers to eight more realistic questions. We’ve highlighted that information below:

  • The Model 3 leads its rivals in terms of interface and connectivity, which appeals to today’s “screen” infatuation
  • A Model 3 test drive may just convince people to make the switch to an EV
  • Fit and finish were top-notch, but it was a “media” car
  • Cabin materials aren’t as good as they could be, but the screen, tech, and glass roof up the ante
  • Although the car seems more like a gadget at first, Tesla did a stellar job making it a joy to drive and it’s clearly engineered well
  • Of course, the Easter Eggs are a gimmick, but most other tech is necessary and useful
  • You get used to watching your speed on the screen, though a head-up display would make much more sense

Top Gear left one question sort of unanswered … or a cliffhanger if you will. A commenter inquired about a comparison to the Jaguar I-Pace. Top Gear’s response:

Watch this space…

Source: TopGear


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From article Top Gear said: “…Fit and finish were top-notch, but it [Tesla Model 3] was a “media” car”…”

My Model 3 was delivered to me with top-notch fit and finish… so I can confirm high standard build quality is not reserved for only media.

From article Top Gear said: “Cabin materials aren’t as good as they could be, but the screen, tech, and glass roof up the ante…”

Cabin materials for Model 3 to me seem of highly quality but I can understand how some equate no visual bling-bling as being a less quality or less luxurious interior because traditionally luxury car cabins are not designed to be minimalist.

The Model 3 interior cabin is without a doubt a minimalism work-of-art. I personally find it refreshing and like it. I suspect the interior of Model 3 will be the subject of design schools in the future… it’s a pure statement in design minimalism.

Urm… I expected the question in the title to be answered here… So I guess I do it myself then:
It depends on the kind of apocalypse. The nuclear winter or asteroid impact kind of scenario won’t leave you much room for solar charging. The satellite navigation may have died as well by atomic EMP or asteroid debris taking them out. I also would prefer a Model S or X with HEPA-filter in an “atmosphere gone toxic”-scenario.

A scenario related to zombies might be fine, because the Model 3 is very quiet and running over them shouldn’t be much of a hassle – because with a drag coefficient of 0,23, the splattered zombie-parts will slip over it pretty quick. I’m pretty sure the neural net of autopilot can be calibrated to ignore decaying obstacles. After one or two years in this scenario you might see your gas guzzling friends beeing nom-nomed by the undead, because any refined fuel tends to go bad after several months (they never tell you that in the walking dead…). And if you installed solar at your bunker in time, you will just be fine with charging!

“A commenter inquired about a comparison to the Jaguar I-Pace.” I would prefer TG address how the Tesla Model 3 compares to a similarly equipped BMW 3 Series, MB C Class, or an Audi A4.

The base I-Pace is basically double that of the base Model 3. They are no way comparable.

$49k vs. $69,5k is 30% less.

$49k is the current base price of the Model 3.

It’s still a big difference though but that is how it will be until there are more models available….

That doesn’t stop people from comparing the Model 3 with other EVs, most of which are around $35k which the current Model 3 is NOT given the current BASE price of $49k, more realistically $55k before adding AWD and performance.

Jaguar would rather you compare the I-pace to the Model X although its closer in size to the Model 3.

The Jaguar is also AWD which the $49k model 3 isn’t. When that option is announced we’re talking a $55k-60k car vs. Jaguar’s $69.5k. And the $7500 tax rebate will still work with the Jaguar but not the Model 3, so its really $62k for the Jaguar vs. $55-60k for the Model 3. That is the same price. There’s more of a chance that a Jaguar dealer would lower the price. There’s no chance Tesla will sell at a discount.

Actually the majority of S and X cars have been sold at a discount. How is it that EVERYONE always forgets about the tesla referral discounts? It is actually the only discount that keeps giving even years after you buy.

Model 3 will get a referral program one day too

From all the Model 3 that I have seen in real life and from my friends and coworkers (I see them daily now), most of them actually have decent built qualities. Sure, there is that 1 or 2 Model 3 that I have seen that does have some defects, but most of them are decent. (I would say that is about 2 out of the 15 that I have seen recently that has some fit/trim issues).

I am less impressed with interior design. Sure minimalist approach is nice. But it just looks robotic to me. I like the Volvo’s approach better. it looks more stately and more clean.

The exterior looks great. Front and side are good looking and that blue color is amazing. But I still can’t get over the “ugly” rear end. That is just my personal taste though.