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Tesla's smaller SUV is orderable now for deliveries in 2022

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PROS

  • EV range and performance are very impressive
  • Seven seats makes this a brilliant family car
  • Configure, finance and purchase completely online

CONS

  • Starting price is almost £55,000
  • It looks a little predictable
  • Will the quality be up to scratch?

Tesla Model Y SUV rivals

Written by Keith Adams on

After a long lead time, Tesla has revealed UK prices and delivery details of the Model Y. Its latest addition to the range is a Model 3-based SUV, which has been on sale in the USA since 2020, and is an important addition to the range that should see the US carmaker's products appeal to more buyers in the UK.

The  Model Y slots underneath the Model X in terms of size, and it shares 75% of its parts with the Model 3. inside, it’s pretty much the same design as the 3's cabin, right down to the large central touchscreen display providing all of your required information in one place.

The new car is a medium-sized electric SUV that goes up against cars such as the Audi E-Tron, BMW iX3 and Mercedes-Benz EQC. However, Tesla has established itself as a leading light in the electric car universe, and has established its own – and as such, it's no surprise that it looks like a shrunken Model X or Model 3 on stilts.

What's it like inside?

The Model Y gets a panoramic glass roof and an SUV-style raised seating position that results in a feeling of spaciousness. It comes with Autopilot (Tesla's semi-automomous driving system), and just like any other Tesla, you can remote unlock and lock it via the car's app on your smartphone. This system can also be used to summon function and preconditioning – party tricks we've come to expect from Tesla.

All functions are controlled via the 15.0-inch centrally-mounted touchscreen interface inside for all of the car’s controls. The Tesla mobile app also has easy-to-access features like remote unlock, location tracking, Speed Limit Mode, and much more.

Despite having a relatively small footprint on the road, the Model Y is a seven-seater, and like the Model 3, is roomy for the front two rows. Tesla says this baby SUV has ‘room for up to seven adults’ with its optional third row, but we'll reserve judgment until we've tested the car ourselves. Combined luggage space – the front and rear boot – result in more than 2,100 litres.

What models and trims are available?

Like the Model 3, the Model Y is available in two forms:

  • Long Range AWD
  • Performance

Tesla says the Long Range AWD version capable of 315 miles on the WLTP test. A 3.5sec 0-62mph time is claimed and is capable of topping 150mph (so it's not limited). Like every Tesla, the 3 can access the Supercharger network including the latest V3 ones for superior fast charging.

What else should I know?

The Model Y is available to order via the company's online Design Studio. Prices start from £54,990 and first deliveries will commence early in 2022. Initial deliveries are for the Model Y Long Range AWD with the Model Y Performance coming in at £64,990 with UK deliveries following in mid-2022.

Stay tuned for more details of the Model Y as they emerge.

Tesla Model Y SUV rivals