Comparison - Tesla Model 3 Performance 2019 - vs - Volkswagen Passat SE R-Line 2019

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Average Price: 
$
62,000
Updated: 
12 Jan 2019
$
29,995
Updated: 
05 Dec 2018
Car Type: 
Car
Car
Drive Type: 
All Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive
Year: 
2019
2019
Total Seating: 
5
5
Transmission: 
1-speed Direct Drive
6-speed Shiftable Automatic
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
yes
yes
Navigation: 
yes
yes
Doors: 
5
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
18.50gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Deep Blue Metallic
#1d51bd
Solid Black
#292927
Midnight Silver Metallic
#6d6f76
Red Multi-Coat
#a21b09
Pearl White Multi-Coat
#f0f0f0
Color: 
Terra Brown Metallic
#50483B
Fortana Red Metallic
#781B23
Reflex Silver Metallic
#D1D1D1
Tourmaline Blue Metallic
#1B3D58
Deep Black Pearl Metallic
#0E0E0F
Pure White
#F1F0EB
Platinum Gray Metallic
#4D5960

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

Tesla has made the Model 3 a better value for 2019 by dropping the price on all three of the variants listed below by $2000. The Model 3 Performance also now comes standard with the the previously optional Performance Upgrade package, which includes 20-inch wheels with summer tires, upgraded brakes, a carbon-fiber spoiler, aluminum pedal trim, a lowered suspension, and a 10-mph increase in top speed (to 155 mph).

Pros
Quick acceleration and nimble handling,
real-world-usable driving range,
lots of future-is-now technology.

Cons
More affordable variant may never arrive,
driving range doesn't hold up on the highway,
stark interior layout.

By: 
caranddriver.com

Pros
Explosive acceleration at any speed
Class leading in-car technology and driver assistance systems
Easy to drive with established charging infrastructure availability

Cons
Charging infrastructure in Australia lags behind the USA
Some build quality issues
Handling not quite as sharp as we expected

By: 
caradvice.com.au

A less expensive battery pack is expected to debut later in the year. Aside from a few ergonomic issues, the 2019 Tesla Model 3 is one of the best electric vehicles on sale today.

Pros
Tesla prestige at a lower price
Class-leading performance and handling
More technologically advanced than rivals
Supercharger network access for long-distance driving

Cons
Touchscreen interface design can lead to driver distraction
No Android Auto or Apple CarPlay support
Limited cargo capacity and interior storage

By: 
edmunds.com

The 2019 Volkswagen Passat ranked #15 in Midsize Cars. Currently the Volkswagen Passat has a score of 8.0 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 60 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Pros
Spacious seats
Large trunk
Relaxed ride

Cons
Competitors have nicer cabins
Lacks rivals' engine upgrade options

By: 
usnews.com

The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is roomy and has a luxurious ride, but rivals have eclipsed it in almost every other way.

Pros
Massive interior
Voluminous interior
Quality feel
Crisp infotainment screens
Active safety tech standard

Cons
Personality free
Some crash-test concerns
Limited lineup
Ready for replacement

By: 
thecarconnection.com

Streamlined to just two trim levels: Wolfsburg Edition and SE R-Line.More driver assistance features come standard on base trim

Pros
Turbo four-cylinder engine accelerates quickly and eagerly
Ride quality is quiet, cushy and comfortable
Back seat and trunk are roomy
Long warranty coverage is among the best in class

Cons
Touchscreens are smaller than those in competitors' systems
Transmission's sluggish shifting hinders performance
Driving engagement is pretty dull
No Audi-like electricity

By: 
edmunds.com

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Electric
Regular Unleaded
Fuel Economy City USA: 
25.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
36.00mpg
Engine type: 
Electric
Petrol/Gas

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
16
Cylinders: 
4
Inline
Engine Size/Displacement: 
2.00L
Torque: 
184ft-lbs
at 1 500rpm
Horsepower: 
174hp
at 5 000rpm
Cam Type: 
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Turning Circle: 
36.40Feet

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
no
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
no
yes
Overhead console: 
no
yes
Seatback Storage: 
no
yes
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
yes
yes
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
no
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
no
no
Side view Camera: 
no
no
On steering wheel: 
Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
More in Convenience: 
electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
Leather Steering Wheel
Keyless Ignition

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
184.80in
191.90in
Width: 
72.80in
72.20in
Height: 
56.80in
58.50in
Ground Clearance: 
5.50in
5.40in
Wheel Base: 
113.20in
110.40in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
40.30
38.30
Rear Head Room: 
37.70
37.80
Front Leg Room: 
42.70in
42.40in
Rear leg room: 
35.20in
39.10in
Front Hip Room: 
53.40in
Front Shoulder Room: 
56.30in
56.90in
Rear Hip Room: 
52.40in
Rear Shoulder room: 
54.00in
57.00in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
15.00cu.ft
15.90cu.ft
Curb Weight: 
4072.00lbs
3285.00lbs

Instruments

External Temperature Display: 
no
yes
Clock: 
yes
yes
Trip computer: 
no
yes
Techometer: 
no
yes
Compass: 
yes
no

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
Heated mirrors
Reverse Tilt Dual Mirrors Provides Curb View When Vehicle In Reverse
4 One-Touch Power Windows
Heated Mirrors
2 One-Touch Power Windows
Hands-Free Entry

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
no
yes
Front Seats Features: 
8 -way power passenger seat
bucket front seats
height adjustable passenger seat
multi-level heating driver seat
8 -way power driver seat
height adjustable driver seat
multi-level heating passenger seat
Leatherette
Passenger Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Bucket Front Seats
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Leatherette
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
6 -Way Power Driver Seat
6 -Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustment
Rear Seats Features: 
Split-folding rear seatback
multi-level heating
Rear Ventilation Ducts
Rear Ventilation Ducts
Folding Center Armrest
Split-Folding Rear Seatback

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
Front Stabilizer Bar
Front Stabilizer Bar
Rear Suspension: 
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Info: 
four-wheel independent suspension
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
yes
yes
Climate Control: 
yes
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Turn Signal In Mirrors
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
no
yes
Video monitor: 
no
no
More Entertainment: 
USB connection
3 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service
Memory Card Slot
Satellite Radio W/Real Time Traffic Satellite Radio
Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
Fender Premium Brand Speakers
USB Connection
1 Subwoofer(S)
400 Watts Stereo Output

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
no
no
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
20 X 8.5 In.
19 X 8.0 In.
Wheels more: 
Performance Tires
Alloy wheels
Inside Mounted Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
All Season Tires
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
235.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
35
Diameter: 
R20
Width: 
235.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
40
Diameter: 
R19

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
yes
Emergency braking assist: 
no
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Ventilated front disc brakes
Ventilated front disc brakes
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Rear brakes: 
Rear ventilated disc brakes
solid rear disc brakes
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
no
yes
Front fog lights: 
yes
yes
Dusk sensing headlamps: 
yes
yes
Auto delay off headlamps: 
yes
yes
Front headrests: 
yes
yes
Rear headrests: 
no
yes
Tire pressure monitoring: 
yes
yes
More Safety Features: 
Rear center 3-point belt
remote anti-theft alarm system
LED headlamp
pre-collision safety system
Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
Turn Signal Mirrors
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Pre-Collision Safety System
Rear Center 3-Point Belt
Post-Collision Safety System
LED Headlamp

Options

Packages: 
VW Care
Combination Assistance Kit
Exterior Options: 
Lip Spoiler
Roadside Assistance Kit
Wheels Locks
Splash Guards
Interior Options: 
Carpeted Mat Kit
First Aid Kit
Rearview Mirror W/HomeLink
Alarm Kit
Luggage Net
Rubber Mat Kit

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
All Black, leatherette
#2D2D2D
Black And White, leatherette
#E2E6E7
Color: 
Titan Black, leatherette
#000000
Moonrock Gray, leatherette
#86858B
Cornsilk Beige, leatherette
#E7CBB5