Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The cheaper Tesla Model Y Long Range undercuts the BMW iX3 and Jaguar I-Pace. Resale values are predicted to be excellent and, as an electric SUV, the Model Y is seriously cheap to run for business users, with a very low company car tax rate.
The Tesla charging infrastructure is a big reason to choose one over any of its rivals. The company’s Supercharger network is extensive and reliable and, in ideal conditions, allows you to charge the battery from 10-80% in less than half an hour. A regular 7kW home wall box can charge the Model Y from 0-100% in around 12 hours.
The Model Y comes with a four-year/50,000 mile warranty, with the battery and drive unit covered separately for eight years or 120,000 miles. The warranty covers the electrical bits against faults and guarantees a minimum 70% retention of battery capacity.
In the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, Tesla finished 15th out of 30 manufacturers in the overall league table. We don’t have specific data for the Model Y yet, but the Tesla Model 3 finished in the middle of the electric car pack, outperforming the pricier I-Pace.