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2020 Tesla Model Y electric Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: March 7, 2020
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Aaron Smith

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Model Y is an all-electric Tesla SUV, that's what Tesla calls it. But what we know so far it's more of a compact crossover vehicle. It is basically a slightly larger hatchback version of the model 3.  Model Y is based on the model 3 sedan platform so it looks very similar to the Model 3 and they share about 80% of the same components but there are some key differences. 

In the first phase, there are only two trims on offer and the base trim or we should say the cheapest trim will arrive next year. Right now the Long-Range model Y starts just above $54.000 after factoring in the required $1200 destination fee and the Performance Model Y starts just above $62,000. Both of these have an estimated range of 315 miles which makes the Model Y the most energy-efficient electric SUV in the world.  

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Pros

315 miles EPA range 

Super quick Performance variant

Tesla Supercharger Network in place

Cons

Delivery dates and supply prices are highly variable

Third row seats are small and very costly to add

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto absent

What's New?

Compact crossover electric SUV segment


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$48000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

transmission

1 speed direct drive

chassis

frame type

Unibody


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Ratings

Features

8.8

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.8

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Tesla Model Y electric Long Range

Long Range

power
TBD
fuel
Electric
mpg
TBD

$48,000 - $52,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Long Range 4dr SUV (electric DD) Starting at $48,000 MSRP TBD electric, electric
1-speed direct drive rear wheel drive TBD
Long Range 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) Starting at $52,000 MSRP TBD electric, electric
1-speed direct drive all wheel drive TBD

 2020 Tesla Model Y electric Performance

Performance

power
TBD
fuel
Electric
mpg
TBD

$61,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Performance 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) Starting at $61,000 MSRP TBD electric, electric
1-speed direct drive all wheel drive TBD

Expert Review

7.9

Overall Rating


Bearing a starting price tag of $48,000, it will be competing against the likes of Jaguar I-Pace Electric SUV, being a lot cheaper than other electric cars available in the market such as the Jaguar I-Pace by almost $20,000. There is high hope on the Model Y for performing better than other offerings such as the Model 3 and Model X by the electric giant Tesla. 


8.8/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

7.8/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Tesla Model Y electric Features

8.8/10

The 2020 Model Y comes in three versions: Performance, long Range and standard range. If you want a Model Y in 2020 you have to choose from the dual-motor all-wheel-drive options which is either the Performance or the Long-Range because the Standard range won't be produced until 2021.  

All trims feature the same range from the batteries. Approx 315 miles is what Tesla is claiming in a single charge for the Model Y. 

Model

Long Range

Performance

MSRP

$52,990*

$60,990

Key Features

Long Range of 315 miles

Features of the Long Range trim as standard and additional features

 

15 mins charge to add 158 miles of range from Supercharger Station

Faster acceleration and more powerful with the optional performance upgrade

 

15-inch Touchscreen Infotainment system with OTA updates

Lesser range of 280 miles with the performance upgrade

 

Seating for up to 7 passengers with optional 3rd-row seats 

Only 19-inch wheels available as standard

 

Easy access Trunk with independently folding second-row seats

21-inch wheels in the performance upgrade with lowered suspension setup

 

19-inch or 20-inch wheels

Performance-oriented Brakes with Aluminum Alloy Pedals

 

360-degree rear, side, and front-facing cameras

 
 

Autopilot mode with radars that provide long-range view up to 160m

 
 

12 Ultrasonic sensors to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles

 
 

Independent motors for the front and rear with all-weather protection

 
 

Full glass roof offers a panoramic view

 

Our Recommendation

The 2020 Tesla Model Y is offered at a fabulous price compared to other electric cars in this segment. We recommend you to pick the Long Range trim, although it will appear to you as you are choosing the base trim, it comes loaded with so many techs and gimmicks that you won't notice the difference unless you get deep into the features list. As the base variant is still enough fast for a daily crossover and you won't be needing the Performance package. 

2020 Tesla Model Y electric Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2020 Model Y can opt-in two drivetrain options. One is a rear-wheel driven motor setup while the other is an “all-wheel-drive” setup, which uses separate motors for the front and the rear. This setup of independent motors ensures that the car can be driven easily under any circumstances.

Model 

Tesla Model Y 

Jaguar I-Pace

MSRP

$52,990

$69,850

Motors

Permanent Magnet AC Motor

2x197hp permanent magnet motors

Transmission

Single-speed direct drive

Single Speed Epicyclic

Horsepower (hp)

346

395

Torque (lb-ft)

389

516

The new Tesla can be easily called the Model 3 in an SUV profile, as it is redesigned on the same platform. This means the driving dynamics of this structure are notably similar to those of Model 3. The car feels agile and nimble while packing the electric punch Tesla's are getting famous for. As the electric motors can shift power according to need while maintaining enough torque to get you out of any situation. 

ith improved stability, which resulted in better handling, the torque transfer is also improved due to independent motors.  

Acceleration

This is one department where Tesla always performs the best. As the Model Y is powered by independent motors for the front and the rear, which results in instant delivery of power from the time you step on the accelerator pedal. This is one vehicle that, if driven daily by you, can leave you with hating the gas-powered car due to their power delivery as the instant torque from electric motors is addicting. 

 

2020 Tesla Model Y electric SUV Has a 0-60 MPH in just 4.8 sec

 

Models

Tesla Model Y

Jaguar I-Pace

0-60 MPH

4.8s

4.5s

Quarter mile

N/A

12.9s

Engine

Permanent Magnet AC Motor

Permanent Magnet Motor

Emission (Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

Although there is enough power packed in the Model Y, it still lacks a little short when compared to its direct rival, the Jaguar I-Pace. Even though the difference is in milliseconds, still in the final comparison, Tesla loses to Jaguar by a minor margin. But if you want a more performance-focused Tesla, you can opt for the Performance trim, which packs enough punch to propel itself from 0-60 mpg in just 3.5 seconds.

Braking

Tesla focuses more on safety than performance, and braking is one department tesla takes very seriously. Model Y has enough gimmicks to make it stop with the safe parameter. It is equipped with 19-inch wheels with corresponding all-season tires, which can further be upgraded to 20-inch wheels in the Long Range trim. 

Models

Tesla Model Y

Jaguar I Pace

Brake Front

N/A

N/A

Brake Rear

N/A

N/A

60-0 performance (ft)

N/A

122

Curb weight (lbs)

N/A

4702.46

Unfortunately, official data regarding brakes are not available for both the rivaling SUVs, which results in no perfect comparison in terms of braking.

Ride and Handling

As the Model Y is based on the Model 3, it still has a piece of sedan under its crossover SUV shell. It possesses similar driving dynamics and can hold corners pretty well. Also, the battery pack is positioned down on the floor, which is a typical Tesla style placement. Due to being all-electric, you don't have any noises to hear coming from the engine bay. All you hear is road noise made by the tires.
 

 

2020 Tesla Model Y electric SUV Side View

The current generation of Tesla all-electric cars are the best of both worlds, quick and agile. The steering is designed correctly and provides accurate information on the road surface. It comes equipped with different steering modes, which can be changed from comfort to sport depending upon personal preferences. Also, the car comes fitted with all-season tires, so you don't have to worry about traction on any surface. 

2020 Tesla Model Y electric Fuel Economy

7.8/10

Official city and highway range are not available for the 2020 Tesla Model Y. However, we do have the mile range for the Model Y. It is said to have an EPA range of 315 miles for the Long Range trim while the Performance trim is rated for 280 miles. 
 

Models

Tesla Model Y

Jaguar I-Pace

MPC (city)

NA

80

MPC (highway)

NA

72

MPC (combined)

NA

76

Tesla is also extending its Supercharger network with over 16,000 currently in place and working. Other features include a range of 158miles in charge of 15mins at the supercharger station. Although no official announcements are made still, we can expect it to have a 75kWh battery pack. 

2020 Tesla Model Y electric Interior

8.0/10

Contributing to luxury offering from Tesla, the Model Y is an electric luxury crossover SUV with interiors of superb quality. To increase the appeal of the interior, a full glass panoramic roof is fitted in the Model Y with tinted glass. 

A lower mounted dashboard and raised seating height add to ease of visibility for the driver as the eyeline remains unobstructed, which makes sure comfortable drivability. 

Models

Tesla Model Y

Jaguar I-Pace

Seating Capacity

5 or 7 

5

Front (head/ shoulder/leg)(inch)

N/A

39.9/57.6/40.9

Rear (head/ shoulder/leg)(inch)

N/A

38.1/54.6/35.0

Again, the interiors will remind you of the Model 3, as it seems more and more like its soul cousin because sharing a lot much with its core in the Model Y. Adding to a spacious feel is the flat floor of the car, which doubles up as a protection for the lithium battery pack mounted on the floor.

The interior is a perfect blend of simplicity and elegance as no buttons are available in the 15inch center console display, which controls a lot of in-vehicular functions. 

The other features it comes equipped with are:

  • 15-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Fully tinted glass roof
  • 12-way power-adjustable heated front and rear seats 
  • Fold-flat second-row seats
  • Premium audio – 14 speakers, 1 subwoofer, 2 amps, and immersive sound experience
  • Custom Driver Profiles
  • Power folding, heated side mirrors
  • Center console with storage, 4 USB ports, and docking for 2 smartphones

Currently, the seating option is only for five people by default, but soon, it will be available in a seven-seater setup with third-row seats for an extra $3,000. But if you opt for that, there is a long delay in delivery, which is expected to begin in 2021. The second-row seats come with full fold option in standard configuration, but can also be converted to independently folding. There are two interior color options currently available, which are a combination of Black and White. 

Infotainment System

Tesla’s only get a single 15inch touch screen, which is responsible for all infotainment and gimmicks related systems. The screen is placed in the good reach of the driver.  Othe features that are expected to be in the infotainment setup are:

  • Premium audio – 14 speakers, 1 subwoofer, 2 amps, and immersive sound experience
  • Satellite maps with live traffic visualization
  • In-car internet streaming music and media
  • Video streaming
  • Caraoke
  • Internet browser
  • Music and media over Bluetooth
  • 360-degree side, rear, and front-facing cameras
  • Autopilot (driver supervised)

Other autonomous features which can be opted for in the customization list are
 

  • Navigate on Autopilot is automatic driving from highway on-ramp to off-ramp including interchanges and overtaking slower cars
  • Auto Lane Change while driving on the highway
  • Autopark in both parallel and perpendicular spaces
  • Summon your parked car, and it will come find you anywhere in a parking lot

Additional functionality that is expected to arrive later this year are:

  • Ability to recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs
  • Automatic driving on city streets

 

Cargo Space

The Model Y features a smooth access trunk, which is placed quite low that helps in the ease of loading and unloading stuff from the cargo. Zero buttons on the center console easy out for multiple storage spaces. 

Models

Tesla Model Y

Jaguar I-Pace

Cargo space (cubic feet)

N/A

25.3

With multiple storage spaces for cups in the center console and bottle in the door, pockets increase daily useability. 

2020 Tesla Model Y electric Exterior

8.0/10

Reflections of the Tesla Model 3 can be seen on the outside as well. But it will surprise you while coming around the corner as you won't be expecting an SUV like shape. Model Y carries profoundly from Model 3, and it is pretty apparent from the front view. Even though it rides higher than Model 3, it still has that low slung look. Featuring a fluidic and aerodynamic design, the car feels like it will just glide through.


Sleek door handles hide almost unnoticeable when viewed from the front or in three-quarters view. Although the headlamps yet again will remind you of the Model 3 design. In terms of bodyline, it comes close to the BMW GT series by featuring a higher stance along with a crossover style roof. 

Models

Tesla Model Y

Jaguar I-Pace

Curb weight (lbs)

N/A

4784 

Length (in)

N/A

184.3

Width (in)

N/A

79.2

Height (in)

N/A

61.3

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

N/A

117.7

The Model Y comes with 19-inch wheels as standard and can also be opted with 20-inch wheels from the factory, although you can choose from only one design option for the alloy wheels. The buyer can also select the performance pack under which the wheels get upgraded to 21-inch wit performance tires.

2020 Tesla Model Y electric Safety

8.0/10

Safety is the most concerned point for Tesla cars as they are rated for being one of the safest cars out there by adherence to safety norms. All offerings, including the Model 3, Model S and Model X have been rated for achieving perfect ratings almost every time from the IIHS and NHTSA. So, the same is expected while considering the Model Y to carry forward this legacy. 
 

The Model Y comes equipped with the following features:

  • 360-degree side, rear, and forward-facing cameras
  • Forward Facing radar with a range of 160m
  • 12 Ultrasonic sensors in the entire periphery
  • Tesla Autopilot
  • Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Brake Assist
  • Emergency braking 
  • Lane Change Assist

Even though the car comes with autopilot as standard, it needs to be supervised. You can choose to increase it to full autonomous mode with the full Self Drive Capability. It will add the following safety features:

  • Navigate on Autopilot which will drive automatically from highway on-ramp to off-ramp including interchanges and overtaking slower cars

  • Auto Lane Change 

 

2020 Tesla Model Y electric Competition

  2020 Tesla Model Y electric SUV vs Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar certainly knows how to add luxury to their vehicles, and the same is true for the 2020 I-Pace, which is offered as a luxury electric crossover. It is more powerful than the Model Y but is also a lot more expensive than the Tesla. As the top trim Y costs less than the base trim of I-Pace, so if you are looking for a pocket-friendly and practical deal, you might consider the Tesla.

 

2020 Jaguar I-Pace

 

2020 Tesla Model Y electric Final Verdict

Tesla surely knows to be luxurious and Sleek while still trying its best to save the environment. Their range of cars is getting popular day by day due to the fact of bringing up the best of technological advancement and gimmicks for usage in daily driven vehicles. All these features make sure that your Tesla will keep you safe no matter how harsh the condition might get. So if you are looking for an environmentally friendly, future proof car for your usability. The 2020 Tesla Model Y will surely fit into your consideration. Also, it comes with eight years of warranty for the motor and drivetrain.