New 2022 Tesla Model Y: prices start from £54,990 in the UK

Just two versions of the Tesla Model Y SUV will be offered – a Long Range model with a 315-mile range and a Performance version with a 298-mile range

After months of waiting, Tesla has finally launched the Model Y in the UK. The electric SUV is available to order now, with prices starting from £54,990. 

First deliveries for the entry-level Long Range variant are expected to arrive in early 2022, with the flagship £64,990 Performance version following mid-way through the year.

Both versions feature the same dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain and 82kWh battery pack, with the biggest difference being the amount of performance on offer.

The cheaper Long Range model has 346bhp and 510Nm of torque, which Tesla says is enough for a 0-60mph time of 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 135mph. Maximum range is a claimed 315 miles under the WLTP test programme.

Tesla hasn’t yet confirmed the power output of the Model Y Performance but, given the level of parts sharing between the SUV and the Model 3, we expect it’ll be the same 483bhp as is on offer in the saloon.

Despite this Tesla has announced its performance specs. The flagship powertrain slashes the EV’s 0-60mph time down to 3.5 seconds (although Tesla highlights this is not including the first foot of ‘roll-out’ off the line) and increases its top speed to 150mph. However, driving range takes a slight knock due to the extra power, dropping to 298 miles.

Standard equipment for the Model Y Long Range includes 19-inch alloy wheels, power folding and heated door mirrors, LED fog lamps and a full-length panoramic glass sunroof, which Tesla says offers protection from both ultraviolet and infrared radiation.

Inside, there’s electrically adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a 14-speaker audio system, four USB ports and two wireless smartphone charging pads mounted in the centre console. 

Buyers also benefit from an enormous 15-inch tablet-style infotainment system mounted in the centre of the dash, which can display everything from navigation instructions to films and TV shows.

The Model Y comes with five seats as standard, although buyers can choose to add a third row in the back, increasing seating capacity to seven. There’s a choice of either black or black and white upholstery finishes, too.

In addition to the extra power, the Tesla Model Y Performance comes with styling and chassis upgrades. Tweaks include model-specific 21-inch alloy wheels, improved brakes, lowered sports suspension and aluminium pedals. There’s also a tiny carbon fibre lip spoiler on the bootlid.

Both versions of the Model Y can be optionally specified with Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot system. The upgrade costs £3,400 and adds an auto lane-change function, automatic parking and a feature which claims to offer automated driving on the motorway from entry slip road to exit ramp.

There’s even a setting called Smart Summon, which Tesla says will allow the Model Y to automatically come and find you in a car park – and even head off by itself to find its own parking space. The function is controlled using the Tesla smartphone app.

For £6,800, buyers can upgrade this system to Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Capability package. It features all of the functions in the Enhanced Autopilot system, along with a setting that can automatically react to changing traffic lights and the company’s in-house designed “Self-Driving Computer.”

The package also signs the owner up to future over-the-air software updates for the car’s autonomous systems. Currently, Tesla is working on tech that will allow the car to steer itself around city streets.

New 2022 Tesla Model Y: design, interior and dimensions

If you’re thinking that the Tesla Model Y looks an awful lot like the Model 3, you’d be right – it’s all part of Tesla’s strategy. The firm’s CEO, Elon Musk, has previously said that the SUV will share three-quarters of its components with the saloon, including its platform, to help cut back on development costs.

So, the Model Y has a similar silhouette (albeit with a slightly taller ride height) to the Model 3, while the saloon’s blanked-off radiator grille, slim LED headlamps and neat ducktail spoiler have all been replicated. However, the Model Y SUV features a hatchback tailgate to boost practicality.

Inside, there’s more carry-overs from the Model 3. Buyers get the same steering wheel, minimalist dashboard and 15-inch infotainment system, which controls everything from the sat-nav to the glovebox lid. There’s also a panoramic roof, vegan leather upholstery and a pre-programmable climate control system.

Musk has said that the Model Y “will have the functionality of an SUV, but the capability of a sports car,” promising neat handling thanks to its low-mounted battery pack. It also has a drag coefficient of 0.23, making it more streamlined than a Toyota Prius.

The Model Y measures 4,750mm long, 1,920mm wide and 1,623mm tall. That makes it 68mm longer, 25mm wider and 58mm taller than the Jaguar I-Pace – but it’s considerably shorter than the Audi e-tron. It’s also significantly lighter than both rivals, weighing a claimed 2,003kg in both Long Range and Performance specification.

These dimensions also mean that the Model Y has grown in every direction compared to the Model 3 on which it’s based. The upshot of this is greatly improved cabin space: Tesla says that the Y has 43mm more headroom and an impressive 135mm extra legroom for rear seat passengers compared to its entry-level saloon.

Now click here to read our review of the new Tesla Model Y Long Range… 

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