Top Gear Test Drive Review Of The Tesla Model 3

APR 20 2018 BY EVANNEX 31


Top Gear has had a rocky past with Tesla. However, when given the chance to review the Model 3, Top Gear reports, “Everything Tesla has done up to this point has been building towards the Model 3… and it’s been worth it.” Why? It turns out, “There’s a refreshing simplicity to the proposition and a frisson of excitement inside and outside the car, wherever it goes.”

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Above: Top Gear notes, “an odd sensation being papped and pointed at… the public are fascinated by the 3” (Instagram: detti97)

Performance is paramount in any Top Gear review. And it’s reported that “the Model 3 never feels anything less than enthusiastically fast… the whole car feels tight, alert and moves as one solid unit. Add to this the fact the battery pack is in the floor pan, which gives the 3 an unusually low centre of gravity, and there’s (whisper it) actual fun to be had here.”

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Cornering was a definite highlight: “On fast, sweeping corners [you] keep your inputs smooth, your foot away from the brake pedal and you can hustle it at quite hilarious speeds … The sensation is firmness, but well damped firmness, much like the sporty German saloons it’s looking to eradicate, but there’s purpose to its tautness – the chassis feels properly developed.”

Above: A look at the lines of the Tesla Model 3 at night (Instagram: detti97)

Were there downsides? Top Gear admits, “it’s not perfect… the Autopilot function is a work in progress and while slick, the decision to put everything on one touch screen can be distracting when you’re on the move.” And while many Model S and X owners get free supercharging from Tesla, “superchargers are no longer free” for Model 3 owners.

Then there’s the elephant in the room. With a wait list of nearly half a million reservation holders, will Tesla’s production delays exceed people’s patience? Top Gear notes, “Tesla’s production woes are well documented, the waiting list is daunting… we admit, coverage of Tesla can get a bit frenzied, at times it’s more like a cult than a car company, but credit where it’s due, the Model 3 is a convincing product. Let’s hope Tesla can build enough of them to make it stick.”

Above: Model 3 at one of Tesla’s newer urban charging stations (Instagram: stylee_zee)

The verdict? Top Gear concludes, “Tesla’s Model T moment is a triumph… the way it drives is genuinely satisfying, certainly more so than the Model S despite being several yards slower.” That said, “Does it have the desirability to drag not just early adopters and tree-hugging environmentalists out of their petrol and diesel fueled cars, but the wider public too? The answer is a surprisingly emphatic yes, and that’s because beyond the hype is a truly well-engineered car.”


Source: Top Gear

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To be fair: this is no longer Jeremy Clarkson ‘s Top Gear where a trio of conservative grumpy white middle aged men poked fun at EVs but the new BBC “village people” Top Gear. A positive verdict from “the Grand Tour” would be the real change in attitude.

Grand Tour love TMX

It’s funny how it’s not enough to say grumpy middle aged men, but grumpy white middle aged men? Is there a difference?

I don’t know, just compare the make up of the current Top Gear team with the old one. It’s almost as if it does matter to the BBC.


Yes Art, unfortunately our society is not color blind. There are some people who have a racial bias against white people, just like there are some people who have a racial bias against black people, hispanic people, asian people, etc. Comments like the one above simply display that racial bias.

It’s a sad world we are living in if you are not allowed to call a white man white anymore..

Why can’t you say they are white if they ARE white?

He has kind of mellowed ,I guess it’s away of paying recompense ,albeit a little late,he knows he has been beat, and trying to stay relevant. lol

“With a wait list of nearly half a million reservation holders,”

Citation for these statements are needed but who can get a current and accurate number?

The last announced statistic was 455,000 reservations as of July 28, 2017. No official numbers since then.

Yes, that’s the last time I recall an “official” number. Figures thrown around chat boards keep going up so I was just wondering if these are being pulled out of their bu…., umm, thin air or what.

Truth is we only get numbers that are fed to us. Who can say what the real count is and if it’s staying the same, going up, or going down.

It is reservation numbers now not deposits as those who get their money back are left with their reservation intact, the number has gone down quite a bit . When they work through the list and people can get cars in a few months more people will order.

Are you suggesting a reservation holder can cancel his reservation, get a refund of his $1k deposit, and yet still be left “with their reservation intact,” ? I don’t think it works that way, why would it? If it does, everyone (myself included) would simply get the refund and keep their place in line.

Tesla said it had increased a bit at the end of Q3, and then was stable at the end of Q4.

Cant say what the current number is but I was just invited to config/order mine with a estimated wait of 3-6 weeks. So excited, but I am waiting for the D model so had to settle for waiting a bit more ETA-TBD 🙁


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On the whole, a Well balanced review from mainstream automotive media.
But this bit confused me:
“Also, how Tesla manage to make real hide look like pleather is endlessly fascinating.”

Because, it is pleather, not real hide made to look like pleather.

Is InsideEV’s compensated for these ‘articles’?

This is a serious question. Readers have a right to know when they’re reading news and when they’re reading advertising.

We are never compensated for any articles. If we owned any stock or were compensated in any way, we would disclose that. But we aren’t and we refuse to go down that road. That’s not how we roll at InsideEVs.

Many thanks for the reply. Happy to see you have high ethical standards.

Jeremy Clarkson looks like a drunk that has seen better days , he might be a multi millionaire but I would give him 2 seconds of my time and my time ain’t worth,him being a boor brought TOP GEAR 1 that much so much ire BBC lost credibility ,TG & BBC might have won the fight in the court of law but they sure lost the battle in the peoples opinions and hearts I can’t recall watching TG after hearing the Tesla roadster debacle.

He may be a boor, but he is an excellent entertainer. One episode that stands out is him driving a Ford Fiesta off of a LCVP (Mk 5) and hitting the beach with the Royal Marines. It was brilliant, “I say, these grenades fit perfectly in the cup holders!”, then driving down the ramp into 3 or 4 feet of water, marines blasting away out of the windows, drifting across the beach amid the Royal Marines as they are blasting away… Epic!


Since Tesla cars does not have gears, Top Gear did not like their vehicle in the past. Now with the old Jeremy Clarkson and his ilk out, they are singing a new tune.

Go Top Gear Go.
Go Tesla Go.

Thanks to Chris Harris.
Even in a Oil country like Saudi Arabia, they are planning to build a 200 GW solar photovoltaic power plant. Change is there.

There are gears in the drivetrain. It’s just a single reduction ratio that you can’t change.

Top Gear’s coverage of electric cars was so nasty, it’ll be awhile before I’m back. New actors or not.