Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Front-seat passengers are unlikely to have any complaints about space, no matter how tall they are. There’s also loads of rooms for odds and ends, with a couple of lidded cubbies between the front seats, as well as front door bins that can each take a big bottle of water.
The front seat area also feels remarkably light and airy, thanks to a combination of the tall side windows and standard panoramic glass roof.
There’s similar leg and head room in the back of the Model 3 to the BMW 3 Series – comfortably enough for a six-footer to sit behind a driver of a similar height, in other words. Leg room is also on par with the Polestar 2, but the Polestar 2's head room is much less generous. If you need more rear space, then check out the bigger Jaguar I-Pace or Audi e-tron.
As is the case with the front seats, the Tesla’s taller side windows and standard panoramic glass roof make it feel less claustrophobic in the back than many executive car rivals, and a middle rear passenger will find there’s plenty of space for their knees and feet, and no central hump in the floor to straddle.
Seat folding and flexibility
As standard, the Model 3’s rear seatback splits in a 60/40 arrangement and can be folded down when you need to carry long loads. You have to pay extra for this feature on some executive cars, such as the Jaguar XE and Volvo S60, although the BMW 3 Series offers a more flexible 40/20/40 split as standard.
There are no clever features, such as sliding or reclining rear seats in the Model 3, but then there aren’t in its executive car rivals, either.
The Model 3 is a saloon, so its boot aperture isn’t huge. However, there’s actually more space for luggage than you’ll find in conventional executive rivals (i.e. 3 Series and Audi A4), a Polestar 2, or even a Jaguar I-Pace.
That’s thanks partly to the huge well under its main boot floor, but also the extra storage under its bonnet (called 'frunk' is Tesla speak). In total, we managed to squeeze in an impressive total of 10 carry-on sized suitcases in the Model 3's two boots. A buggy or a couple of sets of golf clubs won’t prove a problem, either.
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