Tesla Model Y 2024 review

Tesla Model Y 2024 review

There are a lot of new electric crossover SUVs out there right now. But there is only one Tesla Model Y. This car has been on sale in the US since March 2020, but UK deliveries only started at the end of February 2022, which makes the whole thing look like a 90s movie or PlayStation game. We were very Late to the party on these shores.

Where does it fit into the Tesla range?

It’s Tesla’s fourth four-door, following the Model S large sedan, the Model X large SUV, and the Model 3 small sedan, on which the Model Y is closely based.

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In fact, the Y shares three-quarters of its parts with the 3 (well, the pre-facelift 3). It’s just a little taller and taller. The Model 3’s seats are placed on massive pedestals for a commanding driving position. Sooner or later, there will be a seven-seater option unless Elon changes his mind about it.

Although the Model Y doesn’t get the Model Oof. Oh, and remember, the Model S and Model

How big is the battery and how far will it get me?

Tesla likes to change its specs often, but for now at least this is really simple: the standard Model Y is rated in WLTP testing as good for 283 miles, or 331 miles in long-range dual-motor form.

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If you upgrade to the Model Y Performance, your range drops to 319 miles, but in return power jumps from 434 hp to a whopping 563 hp. Until then, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 AMG will be defeated by Y’s instantaneous pace.

How much will it cost?

The standard Model Y now costs £44,990 in the UK (at least at the time of writing, and Tesla has a habit of mixing things up without notice), while the more attractive Long Range Model costs ten pounds less than £53,000.

For the Model Y Performance, you pay the same note at £60,000. There’s very little between this and the Model 3 on either end of the spectrum, even after all of Tesla’s recent price cuts.

What are the competitors?

They double in a week. The main Model Y engines to chew up and dispatch are the VW ID.4, and its Audi Q4 e-tron, Q4 Sportback and Skoda Enyaq siblings, none of which can come close to Tesla’s range. Then there’s the more rugged Ford Mustang Mach-E, and the more well-designed Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6.

Mercedes’ EQB is breaking into the seven-seat EV segment, where Tesla is lagging behind in the Model Y, and BMW’s iX3 claims to offer a very direct competitor, though it is compromised by its lack of reliance on a dedicated EV platform. Which is Tesla, of course.

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Our selection from the range

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Long range AWD 5dr auto

£54,935

What is the ruling?

Everything you liked (and most of what you didn’t like) about the Model 3, in a more practical form. But it’s not pretty

Let’s not pretend it’s any surprise that the Model Y is a good car. And it often is. What’s even more interesting is that this is the first Tesla we’ve driven where the standout impression isn’t necessarily the acceleration, the driver-assistance technology, the world-class touchscreen, or even the built-in games and memes.

It’s the packaging. The Model Y is now the poster car for ‘if you delete the engine, gearbox, exhaust and all the fuel tank pipes, see how wide you can make the cabin, and see how much storage you can save in the boot’.

Obviously, this isn’t as exciting as Autopilot or Fun mode, but it will make this a great car to live with, before you get to guaranteed charging, frugal real-world electrical consumption, and all the other things that make Tesla’s electric car genius all-rounders. Additionally, if build quality continues on this path, one of Tesla’s real weaknesses against the European old guard will finally be overcome.

It would have been one of the shocks of the century if Tesla had upsized the Model 3 and ruined it in the process. In short, it did not happen.

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