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Tesla Model 3 to cost from £38,900 in the UK … but with a higher spec than first thought

Tesla has officially revealed the UK price of its Model 3 compact saloon – and it’s more expensive than initially reckoned.

The all-electric car with self-driving capability will cost from £38,900 after the Government’s £3,500 plug-in car grant is deducted.

That compares to around $35,000 for customers in the United States.

However, the UK spec for the car is higher and includes the Tesla Autopilot system that can control acceleration, braking and overtaking in certain road conditions like clearly-marked motorways and dual carriageways.

All three of Tesla’s models are available:

  • The entry-level Standard Range Plus model, with rear wheel drive, has an official range of 258 miles
  • The twin-motor, four- wheel-drive Long Range model (starting from £47,900) can make 348 miles on a single charge, making it one of the longest-distance EVs in Europe
  • The Performance version will cost from £56,900. It’s the most talked-about variant, with a 0-62mph time of 3.2 seconds, meaning it is the fastest compact executive production car on the roads. The Performance car is also all-wheel drive. It rides on 20-inch alloys and has a top speed of 162mph.

Initial deliveries will arrive in June, with pride of place going to customers who were first to place a £1,000 deposit on their vehicles last year.

The Model 3 is Tesla’s most mainstream car to date and will go head to head with the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the compact executive class.

The car has the iconic minimalist interior of other Teslas, with a steering wheel and huge 15-inch touchscreen being the main interior object of interest.

The car is packed with new technology, including online software updates and wifi internet connectivity.

The two more expensive variants are equipped with a bunch of interior and exterior enhancements including sat-nav with life traffic, upgraded cabins and a posh sound system with online music streaming.

There are four USB sockets and two smartphones can be connected at the same time. All models are covered by a four-year warranty.

Customers can choose from five colours, with solid black being the regular colour, and the others optional extras. Metallic Deep Blue and Midnight Silver cost £950, whilst purchasers will need to fork out £1,900 for Multi Coat Red and Pearl White.

One conundrum for customers is whether or not to purchase Telsa’s full “self-driving” package, which gives the car greater autonomous capability.

This is said to include the ability to drive autonomously in cities with the driver not even having to brake at traffic lights, for example.

This costs an extra £4,900, a price that rises to £6,800 for anyone who chooses to upgrade the car after delivery.

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