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TESLA MODEL Y HATCHBACK

Long Range AWD 5dr Auto

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The Model Y should bring Tesla into the mainstream, thinks Jonathan Crouch

Background

This is where Tesla gets serious (again). The Model Y is the brand's very first compact-to-mid-sized SUV. And the company predicts that it'll out-sell all its other three models combined. Tesla's Model 3 mid-sized saloon was the first car that brought the brand into more affordable market segments and if you're familiar with that car, you'll be familiar with a Model Y because 75% of components are shared between the two models. Model Ys for Europe will be built at Tesla's new Berlin factory. The car will also be built in California and Shanghai and eventually, around half a million examples of it will be produced for worldwide sale each year. So, this car needs to be good, pivotal as it'll be for Tesla. Market demand for SUVs is, after all, far higher than it is for saloons - or cars in the Model S or Model X large luxury category. But that demand is already being satisfied by an army of compact-to-mid-sized SUVs with full-battery power from other brands. Cars like the Volkswagen ID.4, the Audi Q4 e-tron, the Skoda Enyak iV, the CUPRA el-Born, the Volvo XC40 P8 and the Ford Mustang Mach-E - to name just a few. Let battle commence.

Driving Experience

All the running gear is shared with Tesla's Model 3, which means that Model Y customers get the same three variant choices - or will eventually do so anyway. There's a base 'Standard Range' version with a 230 mile range, a 5.9s 0-60mph time and a 120mph top speed. Next up is the version most will choose, the 'Long Range' derivative, which offers 314 miles of range, a 5.5s 0-60mph time and a 130mph top speed. This mid-range variant also comes in 'Dual Motor' 4WD form, in which guise the range falls to 280 miles but speed improves to 4.8s and 135mph. At the top of the line-up is the dynamic 'Performance' model, basically the fastest compact-to-mid-sized SUV there is, with around 450hp on tap and 640Nm of pulling power. This top derivative also has a range of 280 miles, but sprints to 60mph in just 3.5s and tops out at 150mph. This car's low centre of gravity promises much in terms of handling. Tesla's Elon Musk says it 'has the functionality of an SUV but rides like a sports car'. A low centre of gravity and a drag coefficient of 0.23Cd will also help. Despite the availability of 4WD, there's no off piste capability of course - this car sits only 168mm from the deck (which is lower than some ordinary family hatches); so you sure aren't going off-roading in it.

Design and Build

Though the Model Y shares a platform with its Model 3 showroom stablemate, it's around 10% longer - 4,750mm in length. And of course, being an SUV, it's a hatch, not a saloon. Getting in and out via the pillarless doors is easier because of the taller body. And Tesla has designed the car to be able to incorporate an optional 3rd seating row too, though the occupants had better not be above school age. As usual with the brands cars, you open the car with your smartphone - there's no physical key - but if it's run out of battery, you get a credit card-sized key as well, just in case. Inside, differences over the Model 3 saloon are few, the dash and interior of that car carried over almost completely. You can have a bigger panoramic glass roof - that's the only real difference. So, as usual on a Tesla, the fascia is dominated by a huge central infotainment touchscreen of upright portrait format. Build quality and material richness might not be quite what you're looking for if you're seeking a premium branded model in this sector but it's quite comparable with a volume maker rival. As usual with a Tesla, there are almost no physical buttons in the cabin - almost everything's controlled via the touchscreen, which is sharp to look at and as easy to use as ever. The back seat is comfortable for a couple of adults. And there's a decently-sized boot, extendable to 1,869-litres in size if you fold the rear seats. You also get a bit of extra space under the bonnet.

Market and Model

Prices start at just under £30,000 for the 'Standard Range' version. Think more like £37,000 upwards for the 'Long Range' model - or close to £40,000 if you want it with Dual Motor 4WD. For the top 'Performance' model, you'll need a £50,000 budget. Standard equipment includes all the usual executive niceties. And there's a forward facing radar that scans the road 160-metres ahead as you drive, providing a long-range view of distant objects. A 360-degree camera system making parking easier too. You can certain have plenty of luxury features if you want then, things like a 14-speaker premium audio system, 12-way power adjustable leather front seats and a tinted panoramic glass roof with ultra violet/infra-red protection. Safety should be a strong point. Tesla says the Model Y is designed to be the safest vehicle in its class. The low centre of gravity, rigid body structure and large crumple zones provide strong protection. Like all new Teslas, this one comes as standard with emergency braking, collision warning, blind-spot monitoring and more. And in future, the brand promises that the Model Y will have Full Self-Driving capability, enabling automatic driving on city streets and highways pending regulatory approval, as well as the ability to come and find you anywhere in a car park: brilliant.

Cost of Ownership

Owning a Model Y will of course be very different from owning a conventionally powered compact-to-mid-sized SUV. There'll be no fuel bills of course and servicing costs will be much smaller. The annual service fee covers an annual inspection, replacement parts like brake pads and windscreen wipers, 24 hour roadside assistance, system monitoring, remote diagnostics, software updates and new features sent through the touchscreen. As for driving range, well we'll repeat the figures quoted earlier - 230 miles for the standard Range version, 314 miles for the 'Long Range' variant and 280 miles for the 'Long Range' and top 'Performance' Dual Motor models. The car responds best to nightly recharges, but will happily sit for a couple of weeks at an airport while you holiday without losing significant charge, though over longer stationary periods, the cells will slowly lose their charge. The Model Y is compatible with the US brand's third generation public Superchargers, which are capable of 250kW charging. Hooked up to one of these, your Model Y will be able to recover 75 miles of range in five minutes, or up to 168 miles in fifteen minutes, with a peak charging rate equivalent to 1000 miles for every hour. Tesla currently has more than 20,000 Superchargers globally across 36 countries.

Summary

There's no doubt that the Model Y is the most important Tesla yet. And it's a car you'll get used to seeing on our roads. European rivals are catching this American brand quickly in terms of electrified powertrain technology and they still often shade Tesla in terms of cabin quality. But they still can't (yet) match Tesla's public charging infrastructure. There's nothing from any other maker like Tesla's network of 'Supercharging' stations. And that'll sway many customers towards this car. These people will also like the fact that the Model Y is arguably the most avant garde compact-to-medium-sized SUV in its segment. And potentially (in top 'Performance' form) the very fastest too. If these sound like winning attributes in a car of this kind, you'll know where to start your search.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Emissions
Emissions0.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed135mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    85
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    11
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    454
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    50
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    107
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    120
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    36
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    250
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    27
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    50000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    4
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    507
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    315

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    0.0
  • Badge Power
    384
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Long Range
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    50000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    4
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 60 mph (secs)
    4.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    384
  • Engine Power - KW
    286
  • Top Speed
    135

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    N/A

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Wheel Style
    GEMINI
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1624
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4751
  • Wheelbase
    2890
  • Width
    1921
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2129

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1986
  • No. of Seats
    5
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Customer Reviews

   
Julie Judge

Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

"a week ago"

Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"3 months ago"

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"Excellent friendly, advice when helping me to choose a new electric vehicle. Customer service has been great thank you :)"

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Craig Ablett

Craig Ablett

"The whole team at SFM have been great from start to finish! Aby talked me through lots of options before I finally made a choice and ordered. Holly has kept me updated through out and been on hand to answer any questions I have had. Scott also spent time with me and rid me of my range anxiety going across to a full EV. I would highly recommend getting in touch with SFM for any of your car needs."

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