Tesla Model 3 saloon - Practicality & boot space
Generous passenger space and two boots give the Tesla Model S plenty of flexibility
Tesla has made bold claims about the Model 3’s interior space, which is boosted by the electric powertrain effectively sitting underneath the car's floor. That frees up more room for passengers and luggage, and is responsible for the slightly quirky exterior design, with a short bonnet and overhangs.
Tesla Model 3 interior space & storage
As promised, there's plenty of passenger space, with ample headroom and decent kneeroom for back-seat passengers - although space for feet is a little tight. Despite being the smallest Tesla, and quite a bit shorter than the Model S, it doesn't feel that much smaller inside.
The front driver and passenger footwells are notable for their size. Unlike in many conventionally powered cars, they aren’t affected by a gearbox, giving occupants more space. The storage bins are also bigger and easier to access because of the Model 3’s flat floor. This gives it an advantage over the Polestar 2, which has less space for passengers in the back and a transmission tunnel that eats into space for feet.
Like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, the Model 3 is a four-door saloon, so its boot opening will seem small to those used to hatchbacks, estates or SUVs. The boot itself is quite large, though, with a deep floor and another compartment underneath it, and the rear seats split and fold if you need to carry larger objects. Unlike petrol and diesel cars, there is extra space under the Model 3’s bonnet to provide a handy second luggage space, with 425 litres of space when both are totted up. The Polestar 2 has a 405-litre boot but its hatchback opening is larger, making it easier to load bulky items.
While the rear boot is a decent size, some may find the shape and width of the opening a little less useful compared with others. The storage space under the bonnet, or the ‘frunk’ as Tesla calls it, can be a little difficult to access, as the button to open it is buried in a few menus on the touchscreen, but the smartphone app does at least make it a little simpler. The 'frunk' has also shrunk slightly in the 2021 Model 3, as some space is taken up by a new heating system for the car's interior.