In-depth reviews

Tesla Model Y review - Engines, performance and drive

All-wheel drive and blistering straightline speed will appeal to some, but the Model Y’s ride comfort isn’t the best

Tesla established itself as a maker of super-quick electric cars back in 2009 with the introduction of the Roadster model. The US manufacturer followed this up with the Model S saloon in 2012 and the Model 3 hatchback later in 2017, all offering supercar-rivalling sprinting ability.

The Model Y is no different and, in Performance guise, is capable of embarrassing much more expensive machinery off the line. Even in Long Range form, where some of its raw pace is sacrificed for more miles from the 75kWh battery, the Model Y is still able to post a sub-5.0 second 0-62mph time – not bad for a family friendly SUV.

Of course, the Model Y’s dual-motor/all-wheel-drive set-up helps put the power down but, in everyday driving, it’ll most probably just offer some added reassurance when the weather is poor and the roads are more slippery.

It's best to think of the Model Y as a family SUV that just happens to be extremely rapid in a straight line, because it offers neither the driving engagement you get from, say, the BMW iX3, nor the relative agility of the Jaguar I-Pace. There isn’t much steering feel and the Model Y struggles with quick changes in direction.

The Model Y is a capable cruiser on a motorway or smooth A-road, but once on rougher terrain the car’s overly firm set-up makes itself known, and you’ll notice some harsher crashes and thumps. When we tested the Model Y against the Audi Q4 e-tron, the German rival came out on top for ride comfort.

Engines, 0-60 acceleration and top speed

Tesla offers the Model Y as either a Long Range or Performance version, with the former managing 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds and the latter covering the same benchmark in just 3.5 seconds. Top speeds are 135mph and 155mph respectively.

Have you considered?

New Mercedes-AMG C 43 2022 review
Mercedes-AMG C 43 - front
Road tests

New Mercedes-AMG C 43 2022 review

Does the downsized Mercedes-AMG C 43 sports estate deserve to wear the AMG badge?
28 Jun 2022
New 577bhp Kia EV6 GT to debut at Goodwood
Kia EV6 GT
Kia EV6

New 577bhp Kia EV6 GT to debut at Goodwood

Upcoming Kia EV6 GT will rival the fastest electric cars
15 Jun 2022
Audi Q4 e-tron 50 quattro: long-term test review
Audi Q4 e-tron final report: Steve Fowler with Q4 e-tron outside Autovia offices
Audi Q4 e-tron

Audi Q4 e-tron 50 quattro: long-term test review

Final report: Our super-stylish SUV has impressed in and out of town
30 May 2022
BMW iX review
BMW iX
BMW iX

BMW iX review

Remarkably capable in almost every area, the BMW iX is expensive to buy, but is one of the best electric cars on sale today
26 May 2022

Most Popular

EU demands speed limiters on all new cars from next week: know the rules and how they work
speed limiters
News

EU demands speed limiters on all new cars from next week: know the rules and how they work

Car industry body calls for UK government to adopt the new measures, but we’ll probably get them anyway…
29 Jun 2022
New Nissan Ariya 2022 review
Nissan Ariya - front
Road tests

New Nissan Ariya 2022 review

Nissan is looking to reestablish its electric car credentials with the new Ariya and rivals should be worried
30 Jun 2022
Best car manufacturers 2022
Best car manufacturers header
News

Best car manufacturers 2022

We reveal the UK’s best car brands based on the feedback from car owners who took our 2022 Driver Power survey...
29 Jun 2022