New Tesla Model Y on sale in the UK priced from £54,990

The Tesla Model Y will finally arrive on UK roads in early 2022

  • First deliveries of the Model Y will start in early 2022
  • Dual Motor all-wheel-drive model has range of up to 315 miles
  • Available to order now with prices starting from £54,990

The new Tesla Model Y is now on sale in the UK. The new electric SUV is the latest addition to the brand’s lineup, which already includes the Model S, Model 3 and Model X. It’s available to order now, with prices starting from £54,990.

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At launch, the Model Y will be capable of up to 315 miles on a single charge in Dual Motor all-wheel-drive specification. This range puts it comfortably ahead of electric rivals like the Kia e-Niro, Hyundai Kona Electric and Ioniq 5, which are capable of between 282 to 300 miles, and slightly behind the large battery versions of the Volkswagen ID.4. Skoda Enyaq iV and Audi Q4 e-tron, which all officially return over 330 miles.

Read on for the full UK pricing and specifications for the new Tesla Model Y.

2022 Tesla Model Y: performance, range and pricing

For the UK market, Tesla will offer the Model Y in Long Range all-wheel-drive specification at launch for a starting price of £54,990. The Performance model will go on sale next year starting from £64,990, with first deliveries expected in the summer. According to Tesla, there are no plans to bring the entry-level Standard Range model to the UK.

Both variants will offer rapid performance and competitive range figures, with the Dual Motor all-wheel-drive variant capable of up to 315 miles between charges and 0-60mph in only 4.8 seconds.

While the Dual Motor model could hardly be called slow, the Performance has the ability to put some supercars in the shade. According to Tesla’s US website, it sprints from 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds and manages an estimated 298 miles of range. UK-specific performance figures for this model are expected to be confirmed closer to the car going on sale next year.

Design, interior and technology

The Tesla Model Y was originally revealed by Elon Musk at an event in Los Angeles, California, in early 2019. It’s the brand’s first midsize SUV, which sits below the larger Model X and shares its underpinnings with the Model 3 saloon.

As was widely predicted, the Model Y follows the design themes of the rest of the Tesla model range, incorporating elements seen on the Model 3 and Model S executive cars as well as the Model X. The familiar Tesla blanked-off grille and the long curving roofline of the Model X are in evidence, helping deliver a slippery 0.23 drag coefficient and optimum aerodynamic efficiency. There are no party-piece gull-wing doors like the ones on the Model X, though.

The Model Y and Model 3 are said to share around 70% of their parts. The Model Y has a 15mm longer wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) and 56mm wider track (the distance between the left and right wheels).

The Model Y measures in at 4.75m long, 1.92m wide and 1.62m tall, making it 60mm longer, 70mm wider and 183mm taller than the Model 3. It also gets an additional 28mm of ride height, with a total ground clearance of 168mm. Inside, it offers increased space with the second row of seats getting an extra 135mm of legroom and 43mm more headroom.

Tesla has fitted a glass roof to deliver maximum light levels in the cabin. UK versions of the Model Y will only be available with a five-seat layout, with each of the rear seats folding completely flat to boost storage capacity. The design within the model Y is directly out of the usual Tesla minimalist playbook with many parts lifted directly from the Model 3. That means you get a steering wheel and pedals but virtually everything else is controlled via the large central display screen.

In terms of equipment, every Model Y models come reasonably well-appointed but buyers get the option of upgrading to the Premium Interior that adds 12-way electric front seats, a premium audio system, upgraded satellite navigation with live traffic info and full internet connectivity with in-car music streaming.

All models get automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and a collision warning system, then there’s Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance suite based on a system of external cameras, sensors and radar arrays. It will also be possible to upgrade the Model Y to what Tesla calls Full Self-Driving capability, theoretically allowing the car to drive itself in urban areas and on motorways, although the law currently prevents owners from using the system to its full extent both in the US and the UK.

What does it mean for car buyers?

The Model Y completes Tesla’s planned ‘S3XY’ model lineup, joining the existing Models S, 3 and X. It arrives at a time when the rest of the world’s manufacturers have rushed to join Tesla in the electric vehicle market, with an array of new models arriving in the past 12 months. But with the Model Y entering the mid-size electric SUV segment with a £54,990 price tag, it will be more expensive than flagship versions of rivals such as the Enyaq iV, ID.4 and Q4 e-tron, with its price tag putting it close to larger premium EVs like the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron.

However, the announcement that the Dual Motor all-wheel-drive model will be capable of an estimated range of up to 315 miles is significant, as it gives the Model Y a range that’s not too far off its nearest rivals but with the added benefit of access to Tesla’s Supercharger charging network, as well as superior performance. As range and charging are key considerations for most buyers, particularly those considering switching to an electric car from a conventional petrol or diesel car, this combination could be a dealmaker for potential Model Y buyers.

Read our in-depth review of the Tesla Model Y here.

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