Tesla Model 3 vs Model S Comparison Data – Premium Options, Range, Performance & Price
May 31, 2017 | by Iqtidar Ali
Tesla Inc. (TSLA) recently posted a comparison chart between Model S and Model 3 that highlights main differences between the two vehicles. However Tesla did not mention which specific Model S version they are comparing Model 3 to.
Let’s first compare the base Tesla Model S which is equipped with a 75 kWh battery pack therefore might be the most affected with the Model 3 launch, which is expected to start with a 60 kWh battery pack for the base model.
Price difference to base Model 3
* Tesla Model 3 is speculated to start at 60 kWh battery and a top spec model would be equipped with a 75 kWh pack.
The price difference of base Model S and 3 is $34,500 which basically means that you can buy two Model 3s in the price of one Tesla Model S 75. This might be the reason Tesla did not mention the price comparison on their official comparison page.
Performance is another area that Tesla is focusing while trying to anti-sell Model 3, let’s go through the stats to see the actual numbers and do they even matter for a car that is intended to be a daily runner.
Performance 0 - 60 mph
Difference to base Model 3
|75||5.5 Sec||TBA||0.1 Sec|
|75D||5.2 Sec||TBA||0.4 Sec|
|90D||4.2 Sec||N/A||1.4 Sec|
|100D||4.2 Sec||N/A||1.4 Sec|
|P100D||2.5 Sec||N/A||3.1 Sec|
|P100D Ludicrous (Motor Trend)||2.3 Sec||N/A||3.3 Sec|
A measly 0.1 second defines the difference of 0-60 mph of the base models of both cars and that is surely ignore-able. The only difference that really means something is with the P100D but we can buy four Model 3s in the price of one P100D and in a day-to-day life we are not street racing.
So we think performance difference will not be a big issue for most of the masses that this car is made for. Tesla’s comparison chart does not mention the top-speed of Model 3 and that’s not without a reason, the top-speed of Model 3 would be very close to the Model S’s 155 mph, we will know for sure soon in July.
Let’s look at the ‘Range’ comparison of both the electric cars.
Difference to base Model 3
|60||208 mi |
|215+ mi |
|-7 mi |
|60D||218 mi |
|TBA||+3 mi |
|70||230 mi |
|N/A||+15 mi |
|70D||240 mi |
|N/A||+25 mi |
|75||249 mi |
|TBA||+34 mi |
|75D||259 mi |
|90D||294 mi |
|100D||335 mi |
|P100D||315 mi |
The historical data for the Model S suggest that a 60 kWh battery gave less range than a Model 3 will have, that’s certainly because of the size and weight difference of both vehicles.
Also Model 3 has one less screen which is the driver display and the center screen is also 2″ smaller in size and looks oddly placed as it’s not integrated into the dashboard.
The All Wheel Drive (AWD)/Dual Motor option on the Model S costs an additional $5,000 and although this option is not expected on the 3 until one year after July it will cost a bit less on the 3 as previously tweeted by Tesla CEO, Elon Musk;
Tesla also highlighted passenger capacity in comparison to Model 3 which is 7 vs 5. The +2 room in Model S is enabled by converting the trunk into seating space only after additional $4,000 upgrade of rear facing seats for kids.
Surely this is an expensive option that gives Model 3 another edge in the cost department over the S.
Let’s go through the following table to get an idea of the cost of the ‘Features’ mentioned by Tesla on their chart (at the end of the page) and not having some of them on the Model 3 is either inevitable or plain cost effective even for the Model S owners.
Premium Features Comparison
Additional Cost on base Model S
Model 3 Availability
|Full Self Driving Capability||$8,000||TBA/Expected to be same as Model S|
|Aluminum Body||Stock option||Combination of Aluminum & Steel|
|Smart Air Suspension||$2,500 but only available on 90D and above so a $20,500 upgrade in total||Not available / Traditional Coil Suspension|
|Glass Roof||Included on all Model S by default||Optional but no announcement on cost yet|
|Panoramic Sun Roof||$2,000||Not Available / Solid metal roof expected for XM radio & Roof Rack options|
|19" Wheels||Silver Slipstream Wheels included but Silver Cyclone Wheels are for additional $2,500||Available as an upgrade but no price mentioned until Tesla Design Studio opens for Model 3|
|21" Wheels||$4,500||Not Available|
|HEPA Filtration System/Bioweapon Defense Mode||$3,500||Not Available|
|Auto Presenting Door Handles||Included||Not Available|
As we can see the features mentioned by Tesla as exclusive to Model S are actually able to hit a dent on the customer’s wallet or even the bank account like the Smart Air Suspension ($20,500) and $4,500 for 21″ wheels.
Tesla is rigorously trying to anti-sell the Model 3 because of low profit margins and time constraints, although they have prepared for accelerated production at the Fremont factory and the Kuka robots are in place on the production lines, still delivering 400,000+ cars is a herculean task.
Below is the comparison chart (updated with premium features) from Tesla Inc. an attempt at anti-selling Model 3. You can also compare Model 3 exterior dimensions with competing sedans like Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and several others here.