The competition was attended by more than 100 cars, which were very thoroughly tested. All cars were rated on 16 different criteria, including space, performance, reliability, durability, features, quality, looks, costs, and much more.
This year, Tesla Model 3 became the absolute winner, taking first place in power, acceleration, economy, safety, performance, driving comfort, and ease of parking, demonstrating impressive capabilities.
AutoTrader about Tesla Model 3:
"The Tesla Model 3 is one of the most eagerly anticipated cars of recent years, and it certainly lives up to the hype. It's as stupendously quick as Tesla's other cars has similarly outstanding battery range, and is great to drive. It's packed with useful tech, while its cabin is a model of simplicity and very practical. Perhaps best of all, it's affordable enough to open up Tesla ownership to a whole new range of buyers. A game-changer."
Among the main advantages that AutoTrader has highlighted are "fabulous to drive, impressively practical and affordable, with a long range."
Another victory of Model 3 shows how quickly electric cars become popular because prizes are awarded to the brand that creates only electric cars. Tesla, both a technology company and a car manufacturer, has shown great ambition, and this prize confirms that it has a broader talent to show more reputable manufacturers how it should be done.
"Tesla Model 3 isn't cheap but it makes the prospect of owning a Tesla a realistic possibility for many more people. Whichever version you go for, running costs will be low. Very low. Residual values for the Model 3 are expected to be nothing short of stellar since it's one of the most in-demand cars of recent times.
"The Model 3 comes with some very advanced safety kit and scored a‘ best-in-class ’award - as well as a maximum five-star rating - when tested by Euro NCAP in 2019.
Alongside the usual airbags and electronic driving aids, the Model 3 has the Autopilot semi-autonomous driving function that Tesla is famous for. This includes the ability to steer, accelerate, and brake the car automatically to help avoid a collision, while there are also collision warning and blind-spot monitoring functions.
Pay more, and it’s possible to enhance the functionality of the Autopilot system even further. "The car becomes able to navigate and drive itself on the motorway, change lanes automatically, and even park itself."
The AutoTrader notes that Model 3’s interior takes minimalism to a new level. There are no buttons and there aren’t any dials behind the steering wheel - instead, everything is controlled through a 15.0-inch touchscreen system in the center of the dashboard.
Legroom, in particular, is very impressive, with more than you get in conventionally powered rivals. Four tall adults can stretch out and even a fifth will be reasonably comfortable because the rear middle seat is unusually soft and the floor is flat.
"It might look like a fairly ordinary saloon, but the performance you get with the Model 3 is nothing short of extraordinary.
"As you'd expect of an electric car, the response when you put your foot down in smooth and instant. There's very little noise as you're hurled towards the horizon, too - just a purposeful whirr from the motors and a crinkle from the upholstery as you're pushed back in your seat."
About the Author
Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.