The Model 3 is Tesla’s most affordable electric car, with a promised starting price of $35,000. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have put down a $1,000 deposit for one. Almost all of them are still waiting for the chance to order.

At Edmunds, however, we’ve purchased and taken delivery of one of the first Model 3s out. And we’ve driven it more than 3,000 miles so far.

It’s not our first Tesla; we’ve previously bought and conducted 18-month tests of the Model S sedan and the Model X SUV. We’ve sampled most other electric vehicles on the market, too. Here’s what we can say so far about living with our Tesla Model 3 sedan:

A hasty build

We’re going to get this out of the way first: Tesla’s scramble to increase its Model 3 production seems to have adversely affected Model 3 build quality, at least on the basis of our tiny sample of one. Body panel gaps are inconsistent, reflecting a lack of attention to detail, and this applies not only to our own car but even to Model 3s we’ve seen on display.

After we brought ours home, we discovered it also had a cracked vanity mirror and a broken driver’s seat shell. In our first six weeks, we’ve had to reboot the all-important touchscreen about a dozen times.

We’ve called a Tesla service center about the problems but have had difficulty getting an appointment.

Drive-ups were not welcome, so our parts were ordered based on photographs alone. Weeks later, we’re still waiting for word and it’s hard to get answers.

Too much touchscreen

The Model 3’s minimalist interior is dominated by its huge central touchscreen. There are no gauges, no knobs and no switches except for door-mounted window controls. It looks clean and futuristic, but ease of use isn’t as stellar.

Certain controls are accessed from a couple of multi-axis roller buttons on the steering wheel.

For just about everything else, you’ll be reaching for the touchscreen to access wiper controls, adjust cruise control speed, and even to switch between modes on the audio system.

You get used to it, but this approach increases the chances of driver distraction.

The Model 3 doesn’t play well with smartphones either.

Pleasure to drive

Those issues aside, we enjoy driving the Model 3. It feels sorted and sporty when you’re driving around turns, and the electric motor delivers plenty of thrust.

It’s dramatically quicker and more engaging to drive than other popular EVs such as the BMW i3 and the Chevrolet Bolt.

That premium feel experienced in the Model S and the Model X is also present.

Currently, Tesla is only building rear-wheel-drive Model 3 sedans with the expensive 310-mile long-range battery.

The smaller battery and its purported 220-mile range and $35,000 price are still some months away. Edmunds paid $56,000 for its fully loaded Model 3.