Thanks for your feedback. You have been providing great feedback on your Model 3 compared to your 540xi.Yesterday I drove 2017 540ix M Sport to the dealership. Having driven the Tesla Model 3 for 3 weeks, I was able to better compare the drive qualities and my impressions. At low speed, 30 mph or so, the BMW was much better at smoothing out minor road imperfections than the Tesla. It just drove better. On the highway it drove better as well. It felt more planted and controlled without being harsh. The interior of the BMW is quite beautiful on the 540ix. The interior of the Tesla Model 3 is bland and uninspired.
For the last weeks the charge port door would not open by pressing a button on the touch screen. This was rather annoying and I am having it fixed as a warranty claim. I searched online about the problem. It surprised me to learn that this is a 7-year-old Tesla problem going to the first iteration of the Tesla Model S.
The Tesla Model 3 gets kudos for being an innovative fundamental change from ICE vehicles to electrified vehicles. Its battery-electric technology is dramatically better than what BMW has at present. The Tesla vehicles are a great solution to unhealthy levels of air pollution in metropolitan areas. They are better for the planet than average internal combustion engine cars. The Tesla Model 3 offers major economic advantages compared to its peer, the BMW 540 iX. The BMW 5er handles and drives better. The design and engineering of a BMW at any price point is much better than Tesla. Tesla has much improved the manufacturing and build quality of the Tesla Model 3. However it is still not in same league as BMW. An example is the rear quarter panel on the driver's side. It is out of alignment with the rear trunk lid. I visited a large Tesla dealership with a large inventory of Model 3's. Virtually all of them have the exact same issue to the exact same degree. BMW would never have tolerated such extreme sloppiness and relicated it on tens of thousands of cars. My wife who is not a car enthusiast and is a pragmatic person commented after we had Tesla for 3 weeks that Tesla is a better value but it is not of the same quality as a BMW. That sums up how I feel after driving both the Tesla Model 3 AWD Long Range Dual Motor and the BMW 540ix for 3 weeks. At this point in time The Tesla Model 3 is a better value, but it is not same quality as a BMW. Had I been in a position to wait for the BMW i4 I would have waited. But that was not a realistic option.
I rented a Model 3 LR for the last 3 days and agree with your comments above. I really did enjoy driving it and the simplistic interior approach Tesla uses. However, BMW is in another league with their interior, plus there entertainment center is much better than Tesla’s. I can’t figure out how a $56k car can have no HUD, no AM radio, no CarPlay/Android Auto, No Waze and no SiriusXM, plus the entertainment interface is not user friendly and distracts from driving.
Still undecided if I will get the Model 3 or another BMW 540xi LCI. The Tesla was definitely cool. Would love a Model S, but way too pricey to lease.