I got my Model 3 a week ago (250 miles driven) and here are my take-aways. By way of quick background- I have/had both MS & MX for 5-years and am a self confessed car nut with ICE cars in my garage that I love:
My major concerns for the Model 3 coming out of my MS P85D were:
1 - At 6’3” would I feel cramped?
2 - How slow would it feel compared to my P85D and how would it compare to my wife’s MX 100D?
3 - How would I feel about the 1 screen?
Here are my brief thoughts and happy to answer questions:
1 - I feel as if the space for the driver is no less than the MS. Definitely no compromise and by comparison to the BMW M3 I test drove recently, way more space both for the driver and the other 4 passengers. My kids in the back think there is more space than the MS. In the MS they tended to sometimes get car sick due to the high door sills. Not so in this (so far).
2 - This car is quick but it’s not scary quick like the P85D (and of course the P100D). It feels similar to my wife’s MX (100D). It accelerates faster than most cars and Is certainly still fun to drive. I loved the acceleration of the P85D but don’t ache for it. That said I just put in another reservation and will order a Performance M3 if/when it is available. That would/will be awesome!
3 - This is easy. Forget the worry about not being able to see your speed, if that is your concern. It’s right there in your peripheral vision and the steering wheel will never be in the way like it can be in a draditional car when you’re turning. The windshield wipers are very easy and in general exceptionally well thought out.
The lack of turn directions on the screen behind the wheel are made up for by an improved navigation system on the M3’s one screen. I previously used ‘trip’ view but now use this default screen and probably prefer it after a week’s familiarity. The ‘trip’ view is just a touch away to see how you are progressing on a longer trip.
What is missing or could be changed (in my humble opinion):
- The turn list would be easier to see/read if it was on the left of the navigation screen (rather than the right).
- Calendar sync (with your phone) like the MS/MX. I just assume and hope that is a matter of time.
- Adjust the cruise control speed with the right hand dial on the steering wheel. Maybe also adjust the distance sensor with a left/right on that same steering wheel dial.
- Trip energy use screen like the MS/MX. Again, hope this is just awaiting software update.