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Likes

- Acceleration & Instant Torque 
- Gadgetry 
- Space 
- Ride Quality 

Dislikes

- Steering Feel (Vague for cornering & fun)
- Lack of Buttons (Everything, right from the mirrors to the AC vents have to be controlled via the screen which can be distracting & irritating) 

Concerns

- Long Term Reliability 
- Battery Recyclability 

 

VIDEO;

 

The video consists of some acceleration pulls, discussion on performance, ride quality & handling as a 1st time Tesla driver;

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A talk about the minimalistic interior + the 15" screen; 

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& the recharging experience;

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Other Key Observations;


- The car can be accessed via its app, but as mine was a rental i had a KEY, just like a credit card or your hotel room key, TESLA provide this cool solution, impressive for short term but long term i think you will miss inserting the key & cranking the engine as that's a lot more emotional.
- Things like adjusting the steering too has to be accessed via the steering and adjust via the audio control knobs on the wheel. 
- There are no door levers inside the cabin as the doors open with a push of a button.
- The maps were great & never lagged.
- The maps with the real time traffic also had some cool graphics of the cars around & those would turn red if they are too close & activate the steering correction. 
- To open the trunk and also the glove box you have to access the screen.
- Roof is all glass and goes all the way upto the trunk. Point to be noted is that it doesn't open at all.

- The leather used for the seats is vegan (not sure why, may be just a fancy way for saying synthetic)

- Should have no maintenance and very low running cost in the initial years. 
- Exteriors, the looks are subjective but my spec. did look the part in this white with dark rims combo.
- Ground clearance is kinda low, for India it will need correction.
- Cameras all around do record stuff too. 

Conclusion;

I had the Model 3 with me for about 3 days and drove aprox 300 miles in an around LA, California. To conclude things it will be fair to say that the Model 3 is an very attractive package for both the young and old audience out there. Even the enthusiast will like it for it's speed & performance. 
But it still feels like an electronic appliance and in the long term if the parts start to fail, it may not be as easy to fix as our conventional mechanical cars & that time this may feel just like an disposable electronic device. 
Being a petrol head & not much of a fan of EV's this was a refreshing experience for me, however I did not really fancy owning one after driving it. 
If this is the future i'd like to own one eventually & not grab it immediately.

 

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