This is a comprehensive comparison of the specs and features of Australia's best-selling electric sedan, the updated 2024 Tesla Model 3 and Tesla's first electric sedan, the Tesla Model S lift-back sedan. This comparison focuses on the long range AWD variants of each model:
Price and Incentives
As of now, the Tesla Model S Long Range is about double the price of a Tesla Model Y Long Range in both the Australian and US markets. While the Model Y Long Range should still be elibile for several state government incentives and the FBT exemption for electric vehicles, the Model X will not be eligible for most.
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Size and Dimensions
Both EVs are considered to be practical for their class. They are both built on a dedicated EV platform which allows for greater interior space relative to the external footprint.
The Model S is slightly larger than the Model 3 in size. The Model S is slightly taller (+4 mm) and is wider (+31 mm). The Model S is also much longer (+250mm) but has less ground clearance (-21 mm) than the Model 3. Overall the Model X is c. 7% larger than the Model 3.
The Model 3 is the lighter vehicle, weighing 241 kg less than the Model S. This is likely the main reason for its superior energy efficiency.
Range and Performance
On paper, the Model S offers slightly more claimed WLTP range (+23 km), however, it is less efficient than the Model 3, due to being 241 kg heavier.
The Model S offers faster acceleration than the Model 3, hitting 0 to 100 km/hr in 3.2 seconds. This is due its considerably more powerful motors.
Battery and Charging
The Tesla Model S and Tesla Model 3 offer similar levels of driver-assist technology features. The Model S however offers a 12.3 inch driver display (which the Model 3 lacks) and a larger centre screen.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Model S is considered to have a superior infotainment and connectivity offering highlighted by its sharp 17.0 inch centre screen, snappy user-friendly interface and high quality sound system.
Both vehicles do not feature Android Auto and Apple Carplay.
Both models feature mobile apps which allow functionalities such as remote lock, pre-heating/cooling and charge monitoring.
Both vehicles offer similar additional features such as a heat pump that comes as standard.
About the author
Danny is a consultant and entrepreneur working at the cutting edge of the electric vehicle and energy transition. He is passionate about educating and helping consumers make better decisions through data. He is the founder of zecar and is currently the EV Innovation Manager at Endeavour Energy.
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