I think you missed my point, and my wording is partially to blame for it.
You were arguing that people like the Model 3 because it's a low-slung sedan/hatchback and not a crossover. My point was simply that it being a low slung hatchback is not the reason people like it, like you tried to imply.
Again, they like it because it's a Tesla, because it's affordable, and yes, because it looks good....I'm not denying it looks good, and actually agree, it does look good (though I think it'd look better with the S and X's badge placement). I think it would have been just as successful (at least as far as reservations go) had it been the Model "Y" (the reported Model 3-based crossover that'll be coming) first instead of the 3.
The selling point for the Model 3 is that it is a nice design inside and out, 100% electric with 200+ miles of range, has advanced autonomous technology and is affordable. Any major automaker who can offer the same could be successful. The market is not just looking for a Tesla, but looking for a combination that makes an EV an attractive option. The challenge the Germans will have is playing catch up and price point.
Their first attempt was the i3. But it was an econobox with about 80 miles of range and not enough for a daily commute for many. So only early adopters willing to sacrifice based on looks, size and range took one. Then was the i8, which offered even less EV range and 3 times more expensive, and impractical.
What equates to the best driving dynamics is a low center of gravity, which means a low riding sedan or hatch type vehicle will be required. Tesla knows this, which is why the Model 3 with over 450k reservations came out years before the Model Y which the combustion engine manufacturers think is their holy grail for sales. But electric sedans will prove them wrong....best selling Model S is teaching the large luxury car segment that lesson.
This is also why the sub compact Bolt has stunted/limited sales, along with the compact CUV Ford is planning in a few years. But this is intentional from Ford, GM, BMW and MB who must protect their heavy combustion engine investments, even when consumers are running toward full electric EVs. VW is the only one who may reach for global EV leadership, but now on their own, but because they are being forced to do to global combustion engine (diesel and petrol) emissions penalties.
Just think about it. For 2016 about 17,500,000 vehicles were sold in the US/Canada, and today over 550,000 consumers have put down a deposit to buy just one EV, from just one manufacturer. That's approaching the annual sales of Ford's F-150. And it's a sedan...not a CUV/SUV that the media keeps telling us everyone wants.