Tesla Model Y review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Featuring good storage space, plenty of room for passengers and lots of useful kit, the Model Y is ready for family life
We’ve mentioned that the Model Y’s ride comfort suffers over broken B-road tarmac, but Tesla offers a host of kit and tech that should go some way to making journeys more comfortable. The driver and front passenger seats are power-adjustable, while all five seats in the Model Y are heated. A Driver Profile function allows you to save seating and steering wheel positions, as well as personalising the infotainment and tech systems you prefer to use.
There is decent storage throughout the cabin, while two wireless smartphone charging pads and four USB-C charging sockets means there shouldn’t be any family arguments over keeping individual devices topped up.
Another neat Tesla trick is that when you select a Supercharger as your destination to top up the battery, the Model Y will precondition the battery on route, so you spend less time waiting around at the charging station. The Model Y also features a heat pump that can warm the cabin and helps improve the car’s battery efficiency in colder weather.
The Model Y is a big family car, measuring 4,751mm in length and 1,978mm across, while its Audi Q4 e-tron rival is 163mm shorter and 113mm narrower. If you’re not a fan of parking up in tight spaces or navigating through crowded urban streets, then the Model Y may feel a little unwieldy, although it's definitely more user-friendly than its bigger Model X sibling.
Legroom, headroom & passenger space
There’s no clutter or fussiness to the Model Y’s interior, with the minimalist cabin providing plenty of space. The tall roof line means there is ample headroom, while the completely flat floor provides increased comfort for passengers travelling in the rear seats, as the middle-seat occupant won’t have to straddle the central tunnel that you’d normally find in an internal-combustion-engined (ICE) car.
Boot space is good, with up to 854 litres storage capacity (laden to the roof) in the five-seat model. If you want to drop the seat backs to create a larger luggage area, just operate the automatic power tailgate and you’ll find handily-placed buttons located in the boot area that do the job. Tesla has also included a 117-litre ‘frunk’ space under the bonnet, which adds a little practicality.
In this review
- 1Tesla Model Y reviewThe Tesla Model Y is an all-electric family SUV that offers extra space and practicality over its Model 3 sibling
- 2Engines, performance and driveAll-wheel drive and blistering straightline speed will appeal to some, but the Model Y’s ride comfort isn’t the best
- 3Range, charging and running costsThe Tesla Model Y has a reliable range and excellent rapid charging ability, but it’ll be pricey to insure
- 4Interior, design and technologyWith an exterior look and cabin design that is undeniably Tesla, the Model Y’s real strength is its first-class on-board technology
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingFeaturing good storage space, plenty of room for passengers and lots of useful kit, the Model Y is ready for family life
- 6Reliability and safetyThe Model Y shares much of its tech with the Model 3 hatchback, which means the family SUV should be dependable and safe