Should you go electric? Tesla Model Y Review

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The Tesla Model Y can be thought of the Tesla Model 3 that’s bigger and significantly more spacious. The Model Y first launched in the US away back in March 2020, with deliveries to the UK only beginning in February 2022.

The new SUV has a price ranging from £44,990 to £55,990, with prices for used examples within the £41,500 region. While these prices may seem high, the money you save from running an electric car rather than purchasing petrol/diesel every week must be taken into account

Let’s talk design.

The creation of this SUV came about when Tesla realised their Model 3 didn’t quite suit everyone – the small boot space was not ample for customers with families. Imagine you took a picture of the Model 3, stuck it into photoshop and started blowing up its proportions – that’s the Model Y.

The Model Y is approximately 50mm longer than its Model 3 cousin, and the roof of the car coming in at approximately 200mm higher. The cabin is luxuriously spacious, comfortably sitting 4 passengers and a driver with still enough room to haul around an 852-litre boot.

In typical Tesla style, the interior is minimal, with all controls and driver navigations being displayed through the 15-inch central touch screen. On there you’ll find your speed, wiper functions, and even the controls to adjust your side mirrors.

Tesla Model Y interior.

Compared to your average car’s Apple Carplay touchscreen, the Telsa screen is a delight. It displays a crisp, clear map navigation system that allows for a seamless pinch-and-zoom ability.

A particularly impressive feature is the screen’s capability to create a picture of your surroundings, warning you of pedestrians, other vehicles, traffic lights, and even an amusing recreation of any traffic cones.

Model Y 15-inch touch screen displaying the surrounding area while driving.

It is clear Tesla is slowly improving its interior features with each new model they launch. However, is it wrong to miss the simplicity of having all your most important mobile phone apps on one screen with Apple Carplay?

What about battery power?

With the Model Y you can expect to manage around 315 miles after a full charge. You may have heard people talk of the ‘4680’ battery, named after its dimensions (46mm tall and 80mm long), this new battery is implemented in all of Tesla’s midsize cars, providing them with a 16% boost in range.

The Model Y can reach 0-62mph in an effortless 4.8 seconds, a time that is much faster than its Audi Q4 e-tron rival.

Despite all of that, if you’re still worried about charging accessibility, Tesla vehicles come with a feature that maps out nearby charging stations throughout your journey, even giving estimated timings for when you will need to charge the car.

An example of one of the EV charging stations in Glasgow.

Catherine Hollard, an owner of the Tesla Model Y, has explained that while the car has many good features to ensure you’re able to charge it, the availability of the charging stations is the problem.

“There isn’t enough (charging stations) and the ones that are there aren’t working, or someone else has left their car on charge and has went to work so it is charging for hours on end and nobody else can use it.”

But what’s it like to drive?

As soon as you set off in the Model Y you can’t help but notice the lack of noise as you cruise around, which is expected from an EV but is always nice. The helpful surroundings recreation accompanied with firm suspension makes you feel quite at ease while driving the SUV.

However, while the car itself doesn’t make a sound, it is hard to ignore the noises when going over a pothole or through a particularly bumpy road – especially in the cabin, where the glass roof fails to absorb sound, creating a sort of echo.

With around 2003kg pinning the Model Y down and quick steering, the car is better than expected on country roads. A fast dive into a corner and the car is quick to respond should you swing a tad off-centre; the Model Y’s grip confidence is excellent too. However, don’t expect too much feel.

One key point to note is the Model Y’s brakes, they feel smoother and far more progressive than other EV cars, making it easier to get a feel for the car.

So, what’s the verdict?

If the price doesn’t bother you, the Tesla Model Y is certainly fast, spacious, and provides good distance between each charge. But despite all its fancy interior gadgets and fast acceleration, the most impressive thing about this Tesla is the packaging.

Tesla have shown that if you take away all the gearbox, exhaust, and fuel tank parts – that are found in your everyday petrol/diesel cars – just look at all the space you can create within the cabin and the storage capabilities the boot can offer.

However, all-in-all, if you’re not a family looking for a new SUV, the smaller Model 3 will suit you just the same and even offer slightly more miles between charging.

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