Tesla Model Y review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Introduction

Tesla Model Y front cornering
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  • Tesla Model Y interior dashboard
  • Tesla Model Y interior back seats
  • Tesla Model Y interior infotainment
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  • Tesla Model Y left static boot open
  • Tesla Model Y headlight detail
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  • Tesla Model Y interior front seats
  • Tesla Model Y interior steering wheel
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  • Tesla Model Y front boot
  • Tesla Model Y boot open
  • Tesla Model Y front cornering
  • Tesla Model Y rear cornering
  • Tesla Model Y interior dashboard
  • Tesla Model Y interior back seats
  • Tesla Model Y interior infotainment
  • Tesla Model Y right tracking
  • Tesla Model Y front cornering
  • Tesla Model Y rear right tracking
  • Tesla Model Y left static boot open
  • Tesla Model Y headlight detail
  • Tesla Model Y wheel detail
  • Tesla Model Y interior front seats
  • Tesla Model Y interior steering wheel
  • Tesla Model Y interior steering wheel detail
  • Tesla Model Y interior detail
  • Tesla Model Y interior detail
  • Tesla Model Y front boot
  • Tesla Model Y boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

You can think of the Tesla Model Y as a Tesla Model 3 that’s been pumped full of growth hormone to turn it into an electric SUV, with a higher driving position and more room inside.

You see, while the '3' is a fantastic car, Tesla is all too aware that its entry-level saloon doesn’t suit everyone. Its small boot opening isn’t great for families, for example, and it's not an SUV, which is an instant turn-off for many buyers.

Over the next few pages of this review, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the Tesla Model Y, including how practical it is and how many miles you can really expect from a full battery charge. We’ll also run you through some of its impressive safety and self-driving tech. 

When you’ve decided which make and model of car is right for you, make sure you find it for the best price by searching our free What Car? New Car Deals pages. They have lots of the cheapest new electric SUV deals.

FAQs

  • Although these two Tesla models are closely related, the Model Y is the bigger car. It's 57mm longer, 181mm taller and 72mm wider. It also has a more practical hatchback tailgate (the Tesla Model 3 has a saloon boot).

  • It's offered as a seven-seater in some markets, including the US, and the option will be available in the UK at some point (Tesla hasn't said exactly when).

  • We have no information to suggest that the Model Y is being discontinued. It was launched in 2020 so it's likely to be in production for several more years.

  • We don't class the Model Y as a luxury car – although these things are relative. Luxury alternatives include the BMW iX and Mercedes EQS SUV.

  • The Model Y is priced slightly above the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 but is cheaper than a like-for-like BMW iX3. For the latest prices see our New Car Deals pages

At a glance
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Target Price from £44,990
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From £51,991
RRP price range £44,990 - £59,990
Number of trims (see all)3
Number of engines (see all)3
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)electric
Available doors options 5
Warranty 4 years / 50000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £90 / £120
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £180 / £240
Available colours