The Tesla Model 3 dominates the electric sedan market, and for good reason. The Model 3 is a performance beast that does most other things well. The Model 3 can be equipped to go the distance with range-first configurations and can also be configured to compete with the most capable cars on the market.
Either way, there are some great Model 3 alternatives for sale right now. Check out this collection of Model 3 alternatives before shopping for a new electric vehicle.
BMW has always been known for its sporty sedans; in fact, it’s safe to say that BMW has been the flagship of the sports sedan segment with its lineup of M3 and M5 vehicles for many years. With the massive proliferation of electric vehicles, BMW is doing it again with the i4 electric sedan.
This sporty sedan is a great alternative to the Model 3, especially if you want a vehicle that looks more like a conventional car. The BMW’s styling is very much in line with the conventionally powered 4 and 3 Series sedans, and that’s a good thing because the styling is quite attractive on these models (aside from the controversial grille).
The M50 version of the i4 also happens to be an EV performance monster. It has two electric motors that produce 536 hp and 586 lb-ft of torque, which is certainly enough to get your blood pumping during your morning commute. The good news is that the i4 M50 is also very efficient; it can travel up to 270 miles on a single charge.
These are excellent numbers for such a powerful vehicle. The i4 M50 can also recover 97 miles of range in around 10 minutes using a DC fast charger, which is great for peace of mind and erasing range anxiety. It’s definitely a car that lets you really enjoy prepping your home EV with an L2 charger. The mighty BMW i4 M50 starts at $67,300. Is it cheap? Absolutely not. Is it a great alternative to a Tesla Model 3 Performance? Yes.
2. Polestar 2
The Polestar 2 starts at $40,900 after the federal tax credit, so this vehicle is squarely targeting Tesla’s smallest sedan price-wise. The Polestar also offers a unique style that many might prefer to the melted candle look of the Model 3. Although the Polestar is not necessarily pretty in the conventional sense of vehicle styling, it is very different and aggressive.
This unique design approach serves the Polestar well; to be honest there is nothing else like it on the road. According to Polestar, the Polestar 2 can be configured to offer up to 270 miles of range, which is the same as the BMW i4 M50, but far less than the long-range Model 3 can offer.
This is still an area where Tesla dominates the market; most of their vehicles offer class-leading range, with the exception of the Model S, which simply can’t compete with the monster range served by the Lucid Air in its peak efficiency configuration. In terms of performance, the Polestar can also be equipped to go somewhat neck and neck with certain Model 3 configurations.
The Polestar can be configured with the optional Performance Pack, which delivers 476 hp and can hit 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds. Those numbers are great, especially since the extra oomph only sacrifices 10 miles of total range, reaching 260 miles for the sportier version of the Polestar 2.
The Polestar 2 is not a vehicle you might instantly recognize as an electric vehicle; for many people, it’s actually a strong selling point. The only downside is that you can choose the Model 3 to go the distance, while the Polestar’s range is only adequate.
3.Hyundai IONIQ 5
The IONIQ 5 is probably the most elegant electric vehicle on sale; its futuristic lines are reminiscent of a ride from Back To The Future, especially when finished in silver. The whole styling theme of the IONIQ 5 is reminiscent of 80s sci-fi movies, and it’s an absolutely amazing look that sets it apart from everything else on the road. It’s hard to say how this nostalgic look will age, but right now it’s definitely a home run.
The IONIQ 5’s block-shaped LED taillights are particularly iconic, displaying the retro-futuristic look exceptionally well. In RWD configuration, the IONIQ 5 offers up to 303 miles of range from its all-electric powertrain, which is more than enough for the average daily commute. The IONIQ 5 can also be configured to be sportier with a twin-motor variant that produces 320hp.
The electric Hyundai also features a hatchback design that makes it look like an SUV that’s been completely lowered on the air suspension. Thanks to this configuration, the IONIQ 5 is very practical in terms of storage but also offers the handling advantages of a vehicle lower to the ground. Inside, the IONIQ 5 is reminiscent of a Model 3 but uniquely Korean.
The IONIQ 5 borrows a bit from Tesla’s interior design language but doesn’t go the ultra-minimalist route, which is a great thing. The interior is much more lively and welcoming than the clinical approach to interiors that Tesla usually takes. The only apparent downside to the IONIQ 5 is the fact that it is only available in very limited quantities at select retailers across the country.
Lots more variety to come
The Tesla Model 3 is a fantastic vehicle, and it catapulted Tesla into the stratosphere in terms of total electric vehicle sales worldwide. Either way, a new group of EV competitors has emerged, and they’re all set to fight Tesla head-on.
The most important thing is that the competition can now offer distinct choices to consumers who might have started to feel a bit bored with Tesla’s current offerings.
The segment now offers many models with a unique mix of attributes (and disadvantages). This range of options provides new electric vehicle buyers with the variety they have become accustomed to when purchasing a traditional vehicle. The good news is that many more EV choices in this hyper-competitive segment are on the way.