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 SUV, with a higher driving position and more room inside.
You see, while Tesla's entry-level saloon is a fantastic electric car, the US brand is all too aware it doesn’t suit everyone. Its small boot opening isn’t great for families, for example, and it isn’t an SUV which, for many buyers, makes it an instant turnoff.
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 – as well as how you can turn it into a beach buggy arcade game or a Netflix 'cinema'.
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The Tesla Model Y was too new to feature in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, but Tesla finished 15th out of 30 brands rated in the survey. That’s ahead of Audi, Volvo, Mercedes and Porsche, and only just behind BMW. The Model Y comes with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty, with the main battery and drive unit covered separately for eight years or 120,000 miles. Read more here
There are two Tesla Model Y variants on sale at the moment: the Performance model has an official range of 319 miles, while the figure for the Long Range model is 331 miles. We’ve done our own real-world test on the Long Range model, and it managed an impressive 248 miles in relatively cold conditions, matching the longest-range Ford Mustang Mach-E to the mile. Read more here
Our pick is the Tesla Model Y Long Range, because the extra range is useful and it’s still far from slow, hitting 60mph from a standstill in 4.8secs. Both the Long Range and Performance models are well equipped, with standard kit including climate control, adaptive cruise control, heated faux-leather seats, an electric tailgate and keyless entry. Read more here
The Tesla Model Y uses the same infotainment set up as the Tesla Model 3, which means it gets a fairly intuitive 15in touchscreen with useful navigation and web browsing functionality, plus some flourishes such as Netflix and Spotify compatibility. You can also play driving games on it using the car’s steering wheel (when you’re not driving, of course). Read more here
In short, very fast. The Tesla Model Y Performance model has a top speed of 150mph and supercar-beating official 0-60mph time of 3.5sec. The Tesla Model Y Long Range is still very quick, although its 135mph top speed and 4.8sec 0-60mph time feel almost pedestrian when compared with the Performance’s capabilities. Read more here
The Tesla Model Y’s boot space is surprisingly large, especially when you factor in the additional storage hidden under its floor, behind the rear seats and under the bonnet, in the so-called frunk (front trunk). All told, there’s enough room for 10 carry-on suitcases – considerably more than in the BMW iX3 (eight) and Kia EV6 (seven). Read more here
|RRP price range||£51,990 - £67,990|
|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)||£104 / £136|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£208 / £272|