Tesla Model Y review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Introduction

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  • Tesla Model Y 2022 front
  • Tesla Model Y 2022 rear cornering
  • Tesla Model Y 2022 interior dashboard
  • Tesla Model Y 2022 interior rear seats
  • Tesla Model Y 2022 interior infotainment
  • Tesla Model Y 2022 right tracking
  • Tesla Model Y 2022 front static
  • Tesla Model Y 2022 rear left static
  • Tesla Model Y 2022 left static boot open
  • Tesla Model Y 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Tesla Model Y 2022 headlight detail
  • Tesla Model Y 2022 interior front seats
  • Tesla Model Y 2022 interior steering wheel detail
  • Tesla Model Y 2022 interior detail
  • Tesla Model Y 2022 interior detail
  • Tesla Model Y 2022 front 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 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'. 

When you’ve decided which make and model of car is right for you, make sure you search for a great price on our free What Car? New Car Buying service. You could save thousands of pounds and there are often some tempting electric SUV deals.

FAQs

  • The Tesla Model 3 is better to drive and has a longer range between charges. However, the Model Y is significantly more practical and only slightly more expensive to buy.

  • The Model Y is offered with seven seats in some markets (including the US) already. This option will be available in the UK at some point, although Tesla hasn't said exactly when. 

  • We have no information to suggest that the Model Y is being discontinued. It's was only launched in 2020 so is 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 would 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. Click here for a full list of prices. 

  • The Model Y is an electric SUV. Its closest rivals are the Audi Q4, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Kia EV6, Genesis GV60 and Mercedes EQA

At a glance
New car deals
Target Price from £51,990
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Nearly new deals
From £54,949
Leasing deals
From £520pm
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
Available colours