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Tesla Model Y review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Performance & drive

Tesla Model Y 2022 rear cornering
  • 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:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

The Tesla Model Y isn’t quite as rapid as the equivalent Model 3 (blame the extra weight for that). Mind you, at our private test track we timed a Model Y Long Range rocketing from 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds, and the Performance model has a supercar-rivalling official time of 3.5 seconds. That’s way faster than the Jaguar I-Pace let alone the BMW iX3.

The Long Range can officially do 315 miles on a charge while the Performance promises 298 miles. You won’t get that far in the real world, but 250 miles should be achievable if you take it easy and the weather is mild.

Tesla Model Y 2022 rear cornering

Handling

It should come as no surprise that the taller and heavier Model Y isn’t as good to drive as the Model 3, but it’s a shame Tesla hasn’t spent more time tuning the car accordingly – especially given how rapid it is.

The incredibly quick steering that works so well on the Model 3 has been carried over, but with the slightly more lethargic responses of an SUV, it makes the Model Y feel a bit nervous. 

When you get past that and into a corner, you’ll find plenty of grip and not too much body lean, but the iX3, I-Pace and EV6 feel better balanced, inspire more confidence and are ultimately more enjoyable on twisty roads.

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