Tesla Model 3 safety equipment
The Tesla Model 3 RWD has a 5-star ANCAP safety rating overall and in every safety category, with advanced airbags, LED headlights, rear fog lights, impact protection and traction control. It features safety equipment like speed limit warnings, automatic emergency braking, forward and blind spot collision warnings, and corrective lane-centering steering if a potential collision or unintended lane departure is detected.
Tesla Model 3 interiors and design
Quality has long been a Tesla bugbear. While the company was innovating in its vehicles, it was playing catch up on how to mass-produce vehicles to a globally acceptable standard. Early efforts were sub-standard, but since the shift to a Chinese manufacturing facility, the anecdotal evidence suggests things have improved.
The interior of the Tesla Model 3 is minimalist to the extreme. There’s very little glitz, with a strip of wood the only thing livening the plain dash. The small-diameter steering wheel has two thumbwheels, each of which is responsible for plenty of the car’s functions. Want to adjust the mirrors, steering wheel, audio volume and cruise control speed? It’s all done via those thumbwheels.
The 15-inch touchscreen is also a key part of the car. The right-hand side doubles as the instrument cluster and can also provide visualisation of how the Autopilot driver assistance software is working with funky graphics that show the movement of traffic around the car. That screen also controls everything from navigation, phone, and audio functions, all of which are done with Tesla’s own connectivity, rather than utilising Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as most other brands do.
The Tesla Model 3 RWD is also vegan, eliminating the use of animal products on the seats (the leather-look finish doesn’t try too hard to replicate the real thing) and in the glues.
And if you enjoy the lighter side of motoring, then you can instruct the indicators to make fart sounds (the kids love it!) or even play arcade games when the car is stopped.