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Tesla Model Y review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Tesla Model Y 2022 interior infotainment
  • 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
  • Tesla Model Y 2022 boot open
  • Tesla Model Y 2022 boot underfloor storage
  • 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
  • Tesla Model Y 2022 boot open
  • Tesla Model Y 2022 boot underfloor storage
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

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.

Tesla Model Y 2022 interior infotainment

Reliability

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.

Overview

The Model Y is strong in a number of key areas for electric car buyers, including performance, range, practicality and residuals, but we can’t help feeling that Tesla should have taken a little more time polishing its dynamics. With quieter cruising manners and a smoother ride, it has the potential to be a class leader. As it stands, the Audi Q4 e-tron and Kia EV6 have the edge for comfort and refinement.

  • Rapid acceleration
  • Great range between charges
  • Tesla’s charging infrastructure
  • Unsettled ride, particularly around town
  • Fairly noisy for an EV
  • A Model 3 is cheaper and better to drive
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