If you want space for family and friends and their stuff both of these cars are likely to be up to the job. The Model 3 and Model S were designed from the outset as electric cars, and having batteries under the floor and no big engine up front helps to make them unusually practical.
As you’d expect given its extra size and more versatile hatchback boot lid, the Model S is the more practical choice, although the Model 3 offers all the space that a typical family of four is likely to need.
You may even come across an older Model S with an extra pair of rear-facing seats in the boot. UK law only allows you to carry children under the age of 13 in these, however, which could limit their usefulness.
Most Model S cars don’t have the extra seats but instead have a truly enormous boot, giving you a load space similar to what you get in big estate cars or SUVs, with room for six large suitcases… or two Labradors.
The Model 3’s boot is quite a bit smaller. It’s also slightly smaller than that of similar-size cars such as the Audi A4, but it should still be enough for most of your regular requirements. The back seats in both the Model 3 and the Model S fold down if you need more load space.
Like every Tesla, the Model 3 and Model S give you something that no petrol- or diesel-engine rival does – a ‘frunk’. Short for ‘front trunk’, this is an extra storage compartment under the bonnet in the space where you'd normally find an engine. It’s big enough for a couple of soft bags, so it’s genuinely useful.