Tesla Model 3 has been outselling its major competitors within the performance oriented compact luxury sedan segment by quite a wide margin ever since its release. The reasons for such success are competitive price tags, comparable or even superior performance, coupled with that warm feeling of saving the planet by going green. BMW, Mercedes, Audi and many others are definitely in trouble, but is this Tesla the best car money can buy during the 2019 and 2020 model years? If you are still struggling to decide, lets take a look at the entire lineup, compare the specs and determine who wins!
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#1 Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive Performance
Depending on the market you are shopping, the actual selection of Model 3s is usually presented in three trims Standard Range Plus, Dual Motor All wheel Drive Long Range and Performance. The latter variant is oriented on those drivers who would like to challenge the standards of mid-size sedan’s acceleration and speed.
#2 2019 BMW M3
The direct competitor of the Model 3 within BMW’s lineup is the legendary M3 sedan, which was, however, discontinued in 2018 due to the incompliance with the current emission standards. The updated model is already in the works and will be released in 2020.
#3 2020 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V
For the 2020 model, Cadillac is also expanding its high-performance range by adding all-new CT4-V and CT5-V sedans. Both models are built on the brand’s Alpha architecture that utilized the latest V-Series performance tech, such as Magnetic Ride Control 4.0.
#4 2019 Audi RS3
While the sportback version of the RS3 is one of Europe’s favorite compact sporty cars, the North American market accounts for 40 % of all sedan sales.
#5 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
By many accounts the Giulia Quadrifoglio is an undisputed leader within the compact sedans segment, though it is one of the priciest models as well. The most powerful Alfa Romeo Sports car created for road use is powered by an all-aluminum 90-degree 2.9L Twin Turbo V6.
#6 2020 Kia Stinger GT & GTS
This year, the performance version of the Kia Stinger sports sedan is available in GT, GT1 and GT2 modifications, featuring a 3.3L Twin Turbo V6 that delivers 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. In addition, a limited edition bright-orange GTS with carbon fiber body elements to join the lineup.
#7 2019 Mercedes-AMG C 63 and C 63 S Sedan
2019 Mercedes-AMG C 63 and C 63 S sedans get a mid-cycle update along with the rest of the company’s C-class. The cars keep the handcrafted 4.0L biturbo V8, which is paired with an enhanced nine-speed wet clutch automatic transmission and a RWD.
#8 Lexus GS F
In general Lexus sedans are all about comfort, premium feel and reliability, but the GS F model adds that extra performance boost allowing the Japanese to compete with the luxury German brands.