Most intelligent & safest HIGH Performance sedan!
December 19, 2018
A comparison between Tesla Model 3 and BMW 3/4 series:
Performance: The all important 0–60 that matters daily, the Tesla 3 performance version is at 3.3 secs, the new top M3 with performance mode is at 3.8 sec (most tests got 4.0), which is a huge difference at this level. The mid level AWD version is at 4.5 secs, also much quicker than regular 3/4 series’ >5secs. Furthermore, Model 3 track mode last month in MT’s track testing handily beat BMW M2, as it keeps improving, there ‘d be no problem it beats BMW M3 even on longer tracks.
Safety: Tesla 3 aced in every NHTSA categories, getting the highest score ever tested by NHTSA. BMW 3 Also got 5 stars overall, but only 4 stars in frontal collision. Tesla autopilot as a driver assistance, is the best in volume production, very much ahead of BMW.
Exterior styling and finish: Depends on personal preference. I give BMW an edge.
Interior, seating, user interface and technology: While styling is still up to preference, I find Tesla’s touchscreen provides more functionality and is a lot more intuitive to use, it’s really IPhone vs old Nokia kind of situation. Once you get used to use touchscreen, you never want to have to deal with turning knobs and going thru levels of clunky menus to find what you need. Tesla’s advanced OTA technology can continuously improve the car over time, no others are at that level yet. Seating wise, I find Tesla 3 front seats as more comfortable than BMW’s, while BMW has an edge in back seating.
Convenience, maintenance and health: Charging at home is way more convenient than going to gas station! Charging time is irrelevant if you can charge at home, most people actually only need to charge it couple times per week even in winter. For those living in apartments without charging infrastructure, that is another story. EVs need next to nothing maintenance, so really no comparison here ( I understand some people enjoy doing maintenance work but most don’t). In addition, driving EVs is much better for health, simply by avoiding intakes of the toxic emissions (not even talking about environmental impact here), day and night difference.