How is the Tesla Model 3 Different from Model S? Here’s the detailed comparison!

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 14, 2016

Tesla’s newest addition to its arsenal of electric powered vehicles, the Tesla Model 3 became an overnight phenomenon thanks to its mysterious unveiling. In just 24 hours, the Model 3 received more than 150,000 reservations and counting.

What makes the Model 3 very mysterious is that not much of its specs are known except for some hints dropped by CEO Elon Musk through his Twitter account.

What we’ve been told is that the Model 3 is still expected to evolve through its production process in 2017; that is why not much of its features are being revealed.

The Model 3 was not produced to replace the already loved Model S but rather it was created to cater to customers who are leaning towards a more consumer-friendly model, i.e. a cutting edge technology at a lower price. But with the information that we have, let us compare the Model 3 and the Model S.


Both models have an autopilot feature. The earlier Model S has an autopilot function that includes a traffic-aware cruise control to manage the car’s speed. To avoid wrecks and to prevent the car from drifting off the road, the Model S is equipped with digital control of its brakes, steering and motors.

Moreover, it has the ability to scan through parking areas, alerting the driver about available slots. It also has a parallel park assistance feature. Its software is always up to date and it is now in its version 7.1.

The Model 3’s autopilot safety feature is expected to come as standard; however not all autopilot features will come with it. What we know is that emergency braking collision avoidance is included in the Model 3’s autopilot safety feature and not much else.


The Model 3 is expected to speed up from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.0 seconds while the Model S can sprint to that speed in as fast as 2.8 seconds with the P90D, 4.2 seconds with the 90D and 5.2 seconds with the 70D.

The Model S has a top speed of 155 mph for the P90D and 90D and 140 mph in the 70D but no information was released for the Model 3’s top speed. The base version of the Model 3 has a range of at least 215 miles per charge while the all-wheel drive Model S 90D has an over 270-mile range and the P90D and 70D all-wheel drive have over 253 mile and 240 mile ranges, respectively.

Tesla Model S has a 90 kWh battery pack while the Model 3 is rumoured to have an 80 kWh battery pack that is capable of a 5-hour 364-mile drive without charging, making it better than the Model S 90D. Model 3 will also come with a supercharging standard. There’s not much to say about the torque and motor power of the Model 3 except that it is expected to have a newer motor technology compared to the older models.

Tesla Model S P90D on the other hand has an output of 503 hp on the rear and a 259 hp front while the 90D and 70D models have both 259 hp on the rear and front. Tesla Model S P90D delivers 713 lb.-ft., 90D has 485 lb.-ft., while the 70D has 387 lb.-ft.


The Model S has a very streamlined appearance with zero profile doors and handles that extend when the key is close. Furthermore, it lacks a fuel door and instead has a hidden port near the taillight that automatically opens when a charging connector is near it.

The noise engineering in the Model S gives the car a recording studio vibe and it features a 17-inch touchscreen with day and night modes. It also has the following: personalized driving, calendar synchronization, high-def backup camera, real time energy consumption data, automatic Xenon headlights, one-touch power windows, WiFi and internet connectivity, automatic keyless entry, onboard maps, rain sensing windshield wipers, and more.

The Model 3 is expected to be 20% smaller than the Model S with a “sexy and sporty” appearance. It will be a hybrid of the Model X and Model S. The car can fit five adults and has an expandable space for more leg room and headroom.

It has a front and rear trunk for more cargo capacity; and this one’s got even better cargo capacity than gasoline-fuelled vehicles of the same size. The roof is a continuous glass panel that exudes a vibe of freedom and openness. According to CEO Elon Musk, the Model 3 can actually fit a seven-foot long surfboard inside. Isn’t it amazing?


There are also significant similarities between the Model S and Model 3. Both have 5-star safety ratings in all categories. Both also have an eight-year, infinite-mile, transferable warranty on its battery pack and drive unit.

We have yet to learn everything that we need to know about the Model 3. But one thing’s for sure, the quality of these vehicles is beyond reproach as Tesla has been proven time and again how passionate it is about offering the most revolutionary technologies.

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