Tesla is known for discreetly updating the configuration of its vehicles over time, which does not allow you to know at a glance what you are buying for sure. We are therefore going to help you find your way around the second-hand market with regard to the brand’s flagship vehicle: the Tesla Model 3. Between the different versions available, which are to be preferred, and for what reasons? We tell you everything.
A Tesla Model 3 charging on the Tesla wall connector // Source: Tesla
Many improvements have arrived on the Tesla Model 3 since its introduction on the Old Continent in 2019. If today we find a standard electric trunk, a heat pump or even double glazing, this was not the case. a short time ago.
The second-hand market having grown for the American electric sedan, and the second-hand price collapsing in recent days, it is now time to go around the different versions to identify the most interesting models in your search. . Between versions, battery capacity, range, performance and standard equipment, let’s take a look at everything that is important to consider about the different used Tesla Model 3s. You can also take a look at our selection of the best Teslas available.
Tesla Model 3 Performance
The most expensive version of the Tesla Model 3 is the one that offers a sportier behavior than the others: the Tesla Model 3 Performance. True racing car with two engines (one in front, one in back), able to bring down the 0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 secondsit made a strong impression on us during our test of the 2021 vintage. It is one of the best electric sedans to date.
Released at the beginning of 2019, the Tesla Model 3 Performance brought together all that was best at Tesla at the time, but it has evolved a lot since then. The 2019 vintage was equipped with a manual rear trunk, 20-inch light gray sports rims with red brake calipers, and a piano black center console, prone to fingerprints.
In addition, there is no wireless smartphone charger on the 2019 modelsbut instead there is a slot with two cables for wired charging. The battery of these 2019 Performance versions has a capacity of 78 kWh for an announced WLTP autonomy of 530 kilometers, and accepts a maximum Supercharge power of 250 kW.
The interior of the Tesla Model 3 in 2019
The year 2020 saw the first changes for the Tesla Model 3 Performance, which simply saw its rims change color, being darker. This is the only noticeable difference with the 2019 models.
We have to wait until 2021 to start seeing significant differences, starting with the long-awaited arrival of the electric rear trunk. For many, this is an element that you do not want to do without, especially on such expensive vehicles. As a reminder, a Tesla Model 3 Performance is exchanged new for more than 65,000 euros at least. In addition to the electric trunk, the interior design has been slightly revised at the level of the central console which gains a wireless charger and a satin finish, and exterior chrome finishes have given way to satin black.
The design of the rims has changed to switch to the “Überturbines” format with the most beautiful effect, and a heat pump has appeared to help minimize the impact of winter heating. Finally, a heated steering wheel and double glazing are coming to the 2021 models, something that the 2019 and 2020 versions did not have. WLTP range increased to 567 kilometersand the battery of some 2021 models had a larger capacity, reaching more than 80 kWh.
In 2022, Tesla added a few new features to its Tesla Model 3, mainly an AMD Ryzen processor offering much better responsiveness than its predecessor on the central screen, and a revised interior design at the door level to extend the dashboard.
Unfortunately, the batteries used on the 2022 versions are smaller than those of 2021, and the WLTP autonomy then drops to 547 kilometers (i.e. 3.5% less).
An element that may be important to take into account in your choice is the charging speed, which is currently always better on the 2019 versions. Since then, Tesla has several battery suppliers (LG in particular), and it is clear that None can match the fast charging performance of Panasonic, which was the only one to equip the Tesla Model 3 Performance before 2020.
In practice, charging from 10 to 80% takes about 35 minutes, compared to 30 minutes on previous models.
Tesla Model 3 Long Autonomy
The Tesla Model 3 Grande Autonomie is the flagship model of the range with regard to the WLTP autonomy displayed. When it was released in France in 2019, it was given for 560 kilometers. The base version at the time sported 18-inch Aero rims, and optional 19-inch sport rims were available. The battery was the same as the Performance model, namely a Panasonic of around 78 kWh.
The charging power on Tesla Superchargers for this model is 250 kW maximum, and the 0 to 100 km/h is shot in 4.4 seconds. This version has a all-wheel drive, thanks to two motors located at the front and rear of the vehicle.
La Tesla Model 3 // Source : Tesla
The 2020 vintage was almost identical, and it was in 2021 that significant changes appeared, in addition to the light restyling of the rims. A new battery has begun to equip the Tesla Model 3 Long Autonomy, making it possible to display a autonomy increased to 580 then 614 kilometers WLTP. The difference comes from the battery manufacturer, which was either LG (74 kWh) or Panasonic (78 kWh), which may bring further confusion as to the characteristics of the 2021 vintages.
The double glazing and electric rear trunk are also part of 2021 on these versions, in addition to the heated steering wheel and the other changes that we have described at the level of the Tesla Model 3 Performance.
Finally, in 2022 the Tesla Model 3 Long Autonomy gained the AMD Ryzen processor for more fluidity, and finds a battery of approximately 79 kWh, allowing to increase theWLTP autonomy at 626 kilometers with 18-inch Aero rims. It is now one of the electric vehicles with the longest range on the market, so it lives up to its name.
Tesla Model 3 Propulsion
Now called Tesla Model 3 Propulsion, the entry-level American sedan was first known as the Tesla Model 3 Standard Autonomy Plus, or SR+ for friends. From 2019 to 2022, it is certainly the model that has experienced the most upheavals, both in terms of its price evolution and its changes in battery technology.
In 2019, the Tesla Model 3 Standard Autonomy Plus arrived on the market, differing from more expensive versions on two points in particular: it has only one motor (at the back) and has a smaller battery than her big sisters. With its battery of approximately 50 kWh in 2019, the WLTP autonomy was 409 kilometers, and the 0 to 100 km / h shot in 5.6 seconds.
Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid
The interior is substantially the same as the Long Autonomy and Performance versions, except thatthere are no heated rear seats (even if it is possible to activate them for 200 euros), and the audio system has fewer speakers.
It was at the end of 2020 that new, more capacitive batteries appeared on the Tesla Model 3 Standard Autonomy Plus, of around 55 kWh, bringing the WLTP autonomy to 430 kilometers. These new batteries are called LFP (lithium-iron-phosphate), and have the advantage of allow 100% daily charging without further cell degradation. It is then in 2021 that big changes will happen.
In addition to new LFP batteries, the 2021 Tesla Model 3 Standard Autonomy Plus get all the new features of other more expensive models: heat pump, electric rear trunk, double glazing, restyled center console, etc. A slight increase inWLTP autonomy at 448 kilometers is also in the game, in particular thanks to the heat pump.
The different batteries of the Model 3 Propulsion // Source: BlogTesla.fr
2022 is coming, and Tesla is changing the name of its most popular model so far to simply call it Tesla Model 3 Propulsion. A larger battery is coming (about 60 kWh), always with the aim of increasing its autonomy, which is displayed at 510 WLTP kilometers with 18 inch rims.
This 2022 version is a little heavier than the previous ones because of its new 60 kWh battery, and the 0 to 100 km / h is then shot in 6.1 seconds due to the use of a slightly less powerful engine. Finally, the interior gains in comfort since rear seats and steering wheel are now heatedlike the more expensive versions.
Note that there is a fairly rare version, called “Unicorn”, which incorporates the new 60 kWh battery and the older, more powerful motor. This allows to have the best autonomy, while maintaining a power similar to the old models.
What warranty for used Tesla?
Regarding the warranties of used models, they differ according to the versions: the Tesla Model 3 Performance and Grande Autonomie have a powertrain warranty of eight years or 192,000 kilometers, against 8 years or 160,000 kilometers for the Tesla Model 3 Autonomie Standard Plus or Rear Wheel Drive.
The car, meanwhile, remains guaranteed for 4 years. Highly kilometer vehicles can be of interest because of their lower price, however, pay attention to the warranty, which can be an important criterion.
Which version to choose?
You will have seen it, finding exactly what is offered by Tesla according to the periods is not easy. Different battery suppliers have come and gone, and the 2022 Tesla Model 3 Propulsion has even seen the chemistry of its battery pack changed. If today you want to buy a used Tesla Model 3, you will have all the information you need to do your research knowingly. Despite its used status, it is still one of the best electric cars of 2022.
People living in colder regions should focus on versions with heat pump, which are more efficient in cool weather. A few out-of-the-ordinary models—sometimes called unicorns for their rarity—do exist, and are even harder to describe, so beware of the information displayed in seller descriptions.
If you are hesitating between a new or used Tesla Model 3, we have a dedicated file that should make the decision easier for you. And if you don’t know which Tesla model to choose, take a look at our dedicated article.
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