Published on July 28, 2019 |
by Zachary Shahan
28. July 2019 by Zachary Shahan
I had to do a double job when I saw this tweet below. I thought maybe it was from The Onion not Edmunds .
First, in case you are not aware, Edmunds is not a hippie-dippie cleantech website. In fact, it makes a lot of money to catch internet surfers to local car dealerships to buy gasoline vehicles. It's like that. So for Edmunds employees to base a conventional car company by saying that the popular brand line that fits Tesla better is … well … kind of shocking. But that was exactly what it did.
The ultimate driving machine? Not any more. We added our 2 year old Model 3 – which is not even the most sporting configuration – up to the new BMW 3 Series and came away and concluded that @Tesla is just more fun to drive. https://t.co/6lULygfbXI pic.twitter.com/cKPgcR4i7H
– Edmunds (@edmunds) July 24, 2019
That's right – Edmunds says that a non-performance model 3 bumps a BMW 330is butt on the track. The model 3 is the ultimate driving machine not BMW.
This does not come as news for anyone who has run a Tesla model 3. You need to have some serious mental distortions or perceptions trouble saying that a BMW 3 Series provides a better ride than a Tesla Model 3. Nevertheless, the kind of bias you can expect from a retail outlet like Edmunds . Not the case. Not at all. Here are a full 10 minute video comparison:
Be sure to watch for a minute and a half to watch the reviewer laugh at how fun Model 3 is driving and how shocked he is to the BMW 330i their assessment. Or just take the time to watch the whole video. It's quite interesting.
Apart from drive quality, there are, of course, several other great advantages of a Tesla model 3. For example, the 5-year ownership costs can easily be about 50% of the BMW 330i's. (See also: Tesla Model 3 vs. BMW 230i, 330i, 440i, & i3s.)
Model 3 offers excellent infotainment (like BMW owner and partly Tesla owner, I can tell you that I long for Tesla navigation and infotainment system almost every day I'm in BMW). Model 3 includes many fun Easter eggs (or apps) as part of the infotainment experience, which I think is actually undervalued rather than overheated – and will soon offer streaming on Netflix and YouTube.
Of course, Tesla also offers zero emissions, which is very much for us who are concerned about the health effects of normal gas car pollution and CO2 emissions from global heat.
There are other proprietary advantages and great societal benefits of the model 3 and all other electric cars, such as practical home charging and cut stimulus for oil war. However, the other huge "selfish" reason for acquiring a Model 3 is that the car has topped safety assessments in the US and Europe. In fact, it recorded the lowest likelihood of damage to a car ever tested by NHTSA –
No one wants to expect them to be in an unfortunate situation, but if so, better be in and Tesla. As the father of two young girls (and as someone who writes about cars for living) I think of this practically every day. It is a great selling point that is actually logical and practical.
It is difficult to understand that a single car can excel in so many ways. It's the ultimate driving machine, it's the safest car you can buy, it has the best infotainment technology, and it has a total cost of ownership more like a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry than a BMW 3 Series. But that's the story.
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