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Tesla Model Y SUV - Interior & comfort

Clever tech abounds but not everyone will like the minimalist design

Carbuyer Rating

4.2 out of 5

Interior & comfort Rating

4.0 out of 5

The Model Y's interior is virtually identical to the Model 3, although you will notice the extra headroom. The raised seating position also makes getting in and out easier, and the extra space helps the Model Y feel airier inside, especially for those in the back seats, who also get to enjoy a larger panoramic roof.

Tesla Model Y dashboard

The dashboard is the epitome of minimalism, with just a large central touchscreen; if you look through the steering wheel there are no dials or screens. Everything from the media system to the climate control and wipers are controlled either by the screen, controls on the steering wheel or column stalks. The 15-inch display is impressive, with Tesla's own software that works well and is frequently updated. It also has some pretty unique features, including the ability to show streaming entertainment like Netflix while parked up or play console-style computer games.

It's not perfect, however, and material quality is still off the pace of rivals like the Audi Q4 e-tron, Mercedes EQC and Jaguar I-Pace. It's also likely that trim options will be limited for the Model Y when it arrives in the UK, with far fewer ways to add features or personalise the interior than those offered by manufacturers like Audi.

Equipment

Standard features include power-adjustable front seats, heated seats all-round, a glass roof, power-folding door mirrors, smartphone docks, Bluetooth and a medical-grade air filter.

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