From the moment Elon Musk stepped up on stage and unveiled his Tesla Model Y, Tesla fans, EV enthusiast and potential future EV buyers all took note. Here was, and arguably is, the first fully-electric compact SUV that will respond to average North American family needs.
From March 2019 to January 2020, much speculation took place and now, we have all the information. What you need to know now is that, if you’d noticed more Tesla vehicles on your neighborhood roads recently, just wait until production of the Model Y picks up again (at the time of writing this, the world was in full COVID-19 fight mode.)
The Tesla Model Y is set to rapidly surpass all other Tesla vehicles as the best-seller before long. This is more fact than speculation even though everything is on hold. The amount of attention vloggers and others are getting from reviewing the few Model Y units on the road is proof that there’s loads of curiosity surrounding the SUV.
Deliveries for Canada were planned to begin in mid-2020 however it seems unlikely that this will be the case. Even so and at the moment, the base price for the basic dual-motor AWD Long Range 2020 Tesla Model Y is $72,390. Production of the less expensive Standard Range was set to begin in early 2021 however, given the current climate, it is unknown if the schedule will stick.
The Long Range Model Y’s range is rated at 509km. Despite not being the Performance version, it can still reach 100km/h in only 5 seconds while its top speed is limited to 217km/h. The old Performance iteration is a sports car slayer both power- and price-wise. At $84,390, this Model Y provides 507km of range, a top speed of 233km/h and will cover the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.7 seconds.
The Tesla Model Y competes principally with the Audi e-Tron, Jaguar E-Pace, and Mercedes-Benz EQC. In time, it will face competition from the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Porsche Macan, the BMW iNext and Genesis electric SUV. There are some plug-in hybrid options from BMW in the X3 and X5, the Audi Q5 TFSI e and a few others.
Many more electrified SUVs will join the party in the next 18 months however Tesla has, and will have, an undeniable advantage. Their proprietary EV technology is still leagues ahead of the competition not to mention that they’ve pierced, penetrated and dominated the EV world for years.
The Model Y is larger both inside and out than the Model 3 sedan. The cabin is roomier and both the boot and frunk are more voluminous. Standard features include 12-way power-adjustable front and rear heated seats, premium 14-speaker audio, Premium Connectivity (1 year included) with satellite maps with live traffic visualization and internet browser, LED fog lamps, power-folding, heated side mirrors and a center console with storage, 4 USB ports and docking for 2 smartphones. Options involve Autopilot, a 7-seater interior, and a few more items.
What the 2020 Tesla Model Y Does Well
- Its larger overall dimensions make it the perfect tool for hauling people and gear without issue.
- With over 500km of range, unless selecting the optional Performance Upgrade package on the Performance version, it is currently unmatched.
- The Model Y’s drivability is equal (or greater in some cases it seems) to that of the already great Model 3 sedan.
- The Model Y’s subtle all-Tesla styling is elegant and premium-looking. It will age well.
- As usual, Model Y owners can expect numerous over-the-air updates.
What the 2020 Tesla Model Y Doesn’t Do So Well
- There are numerous videos and reviews already available that recount poor paint application, less-than-ideal body panel alignment and a few other now typical Tesla assembly issues.
- Rearward visibility isn’t ideal however with this kind of power…
- The hatch itself reaches down into the bumper, prompting concerns about potential expensive damage in the event of even the mildest rear-end collision.
- Some menu items, such as activating wipers, are still a little annoying – physical buttons on controls would be ideal.
- If you are looking to lease a Tesla Model Y, you’ll have to wait roughly a year before the option becomes available.
What We Tell Our Friends
Despite the current available alternatives to the Tesla Model Y, such as those listed above, the Tesla Model Y has no competition on nearly every conceivable level. Without going over all of them, range and overall performance are the ones that really stand out.
If you are a Tesla fan or considering a Tesla product, in most cases, there are no arguments against the purchase.