Among the more affordable options in the EV market, the Tesla Model 3 (2021) is arguably the most talked about. Especially since its recent price reduction, the Standard Plus model now benefits from the ecological bonus of 7,000 euros. We wanted to address ourselves to those who have decided to buy a Model 3 but who are still hesitating between the different variants: Standard Plus (SR +), Grande Autonomie (LR) and Performance.
Comparison table between Standard Plus (SR +), Long Range (LR) and Performance models
Here we are looking at the Model 3 of 2021, it is the version presented last year and which is currently on the market.
This first table summarizes the main differences between the Model 3 variants. It is not complete, but we cover the rest of the differences below in detail.
|Standard Plus range||Great autonomy||Performance|
|WLTP autonomy (km)||448||580||567|
|Maximum speed (km / h)||225||233||261|
|Acceleration 0-100 km / h (sec)||5,6||4,4||3,3|
|Engine||Propulsion||Dual Motor all-wheel drive||Dual Motor all-wheel drive|
|Premium connectivity||1 month included||1 an inclus||1 an inclus|
|Price without ecological bonus (euros)||43 800||51 880||59 990|
|Price with ecological bonus (euros)||36 800||48 990||56 990|
Autonomy is the main difference
The most important difference between these models is the maximum range of these vehicles. For short trips, between home and work for example, the differences in autonomy have no significant impact, especially if you have installed a wall box at home or if you can charge your car at your place of job.
As soon as you have a trip that exceeds 2 hours, there are differences that affect both the travel time, the charging time but also the cost of charging. To take account of these differences, we simulated journeys from Paris to Nice (long journey of 950 kilometers) and from Toulouse to Marseille (average journey of 410 kilometers).
|Paris > Nice||Model 3 (SR+)||Model 3 (LR)|
|Total time||9 h 43 min||9 h 8 min|
|Number of stops and loads||6||3|
|Stop and charge time||1 h 30 min||1 h 01 min|
As you can see, the difference between Standard Plus Autonomy (Standard Range Plus, SR +) and Great Autonomy (Long Range, LR) is substantial (yet there is only 132 kilometers in WLTP cycle of difference). If you plan to make regular medium trips or many long trips per year, think twice between these two models. Over several years of operation, this means many more stops, but also significant charging costs.
|Toulouse> Marseilles||Model 3 (SR+)||Model 3 (LR AWD)|
|Total time||4 h 24 min||3 h 56 min|
|Number of stops and loads||2||1|
|Stop and charge time||24 min||8 min|
As a reminder, Route Planner tool allows you to plan your trips in electric cars. This tool supports several charger networks, but also the model of your vehicle. Obviously, the actual range of an electric vehicle depends on weather conditions, driving style or traffic conditions.
Differences inside the cabin
The other important difference between the Standard Plus (SR +) model and the Grande Autonomie (LR) and Performance models, is that one side the partial Premium interior and the other the Premium interior. If you’ve been interested in the difference between these models before, the first thing to note is that things have changed a lot on the Model 3 (2021).
On the previous version of the Model 3, the part “Connectivités »Was very limited for the Standard Autonomy Plus version, many functions were missing including Spotify, satellite view in navigation, updates which were not available via the cellular connection, traffic information which does not appear on the screen, the state of the charging stations in real time, no web browser … all of these software functions are now the same between all Model 3 models.
The only difference is the subscription included when buying the car, it is 1 month for the Standard Plus Autonomy version against 1 year for the other versions. Knowing that this subscription is then billed 10 euros per month, so this is not a difference to take into account in our opinion.
All 2021 models offer the new console, with dual wireless charger and a more modern coating, less prone to fingerprints. On the other hand, the high-end audio system with 14 speakers, 1 subwoofer, 2 amplifiers and immersive sound, is not on the Autonomy Standard Plus edition, we find a much less complete “Audio system with immersive sound”. There is little testing of the audio part of the Model 3, however an English language video talks about the system in great detail.
In terms ofautopilot, you will not have any differences between the models : semi-autonomous driving remains free, but limited. To benefit from other AI functions, such as “Fully Autonomous Driving Capability”, it will cost up to an additional 7,500 euros or 3,800 euros for the improved Autopilot. Our advice is of course to activate one of these functions after purchasing your car to avoid blowing up the ecological bonus if you are eligible.
Heated front seats are available on all models, but this is not the case on the back of the Tesla Model 3 on the Standard Autonomy Plus version. Finally, we also noted the absence of a carpet on the Autonomie Standard Plus version, it will be necessary to buy it next.
Handling when it rains or snows
Between the Propulsion version and the two premium models which offer a double electric motor “Dual Motor”, associated with four-wheel drive … there are obviously differences in handling.
Higher models have all-wheel drive, what Tesla calls the Dual Motor. This means that there are two independent motors that digitally control the torque on the front and rear wheels. This improves the control and traction of the car, especially if you are driving in bad weather conditions.
If you are in an area where there is often ice or snow, the behavior of versions with all-wheel drive will be better. However, the SR + also does well with snow tires, according to the feedback from many French-speaking Canadians who use Standard Plus Autonomy on a daily basis.
The Performance version is very focused… performance!
Finally, there is this Performance version. Its autonomy is very close to the Large Autonomy version, there are however many additional options. There are indeed 20-inch Überturbine rims, better brakes, a carbon fiber spoiler, lowered suspensions, an aluminum crankset and a top speed that goes from 233 km / h to 261 km / h.
With son mode circuitTesla plays on the car’s stability control, a standard feature that is toned down or simply turned off in other sport modes. In place, Tesla relies on its own technology, called Vehicle Dynamics Controller. It ensures road holding during normal driving but also increases performance on the track.
Once the circuit mode is activated, we benefit from:
- Continuous monitoring of the torque so as to correct it as needed;
- Increased energy recovery during braking;
- A more powerful engine brake;
- A more aggressive cooling system to reduce the temperature;
- Increased power when cornering.
As you can see, this Performance model is a model pleasure which is aimed at road enthusiasts.