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#1 Safest, Quickest, Techiest, Sexiest, Best Car for €50,000 to €60,000 — #Tesla Model 3 Now Invading Europe

Is there any category the Tesla Model 3 doesn’t win on? Beats Volvo on safest, beats BMW on performance, beats Audi on tech, beats Mercedes on sex appeal.

Safest: The Tesla Model 3 received the best safety score ever from the US NHTSA.

Why buy a Volvo when you can get a Model 3? …


Quickest: Tesla performance is unmatched in mass-market vehicles. The Tesla Model 3 Performance can go from 0–60 mph (0–100 km/h) in 3.3 seconds. The Model 3 Long Range does that in 4.5 seconds. The Model 3 Mid Range accelerates to that speed in 5.6 seconds. No matter which Model 3 trim you pick, it’s the quickest car for the price, and it’s genuinely quicker than anything you really need (though, the acceleration can be useful in many situations — like merging into traffic, passing big trucks, etc.).

Why buy a BMW when you can get a Model 3? …

Techiest: There is absolutely nothing like the tech in a Tesla. It seems all other automobiles are a decade or two behind. I feel like I’m in another era when using the old-school knobs, switches, and Mario Bros navigation screens of non-Tesla vehicles. Going backward from a smartphone seems illogical. Going backward from the touchscreen and advanced software of a Tesla seems equally illogical.

Why buy an Audi when you can get a Model 3? …

Sexiest: Okay, this is purely a matter of taste. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But seriously — jaws dropped and mouths watered when the Tesla Model 3 was first shown. The lady in front of me in line at 6:30 am on March 31, 2016, to make a reservation was in line simply because the Model S was so beautiful, but too expensive. The Model 3 looks like the more attractive offspring of an Aston Martin, a Porsche, and a Model S, imho. This is the car. It is like a 21st century Model T — with attitude.

Why buy a Mercedes when you can buy a Model 3? …

Best: Add all of that up, throw in some wicked total cost of ownership numbers, count the benefits of the zero emissions, remind yourself of the convenience of home charging and destination charging, consider the Full Self Driving potential if you didn’t do so in the “Techiest” section, make some space in the frunk for a puppy once in a while, and tell yourself the Model 3 isn’t now the best car for the price on the market. I personally don’t think it’s possible to objectively consider another €50,000–60,000 car the best value choice. And I imagine hundreds of thousands of European buyers agree with me.

Why buy a Lexus when you can buy a Model 3? …

As you may have noticed, the Tesla Model 3 arrived in Europe yesterday. The invasion begins. …


Note: If you ordered a Model 3, Model S, or Model X before February 2 but didn’t use a referral code in order to get 6–9 months of free Supercharging, you can still use my referral code — — in order to get that bonus/discount.

Send an email to (or if you’re in Europe) with the word “Referral” in the subject line. Put your name, contact information, reservation number (starts with RN), and the referral code you’d like to use in the body of the email (for example, tomasz7234 if you’re using mine).

And enjoy!



Oh, by the way, it’s 4:20 am in Florida. Wake-up time.


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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA], NIO [NIO], Xpeng [XPEV], Ford [F], ChargePoint [CHPT], Amazon [AMZN], Piedmont Lithium [PLL], Lithium Americas [LAC], Albemarle Corporation [ALB], Nouveau Monde Graphite [NMGRF], Talon Metals [TLOFF], Arclight Clean Transition Corp [ACTC], and Starbucks [SBUX]. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort.


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