Tesla Mannequin Y – A UK Homeowners Assessment – Automated House

After practically two and a half years of possession, I offered my Mannequin 3 final Autumn, making the most of the extremely robust used costs. The hearsay was the Mannequin Y would go on sale in summer season 2022 and I reckoned I may maintain out till then.

The Shopping for Course of

Then on fifteenth October, precisely one week later, reservations for the Y surprisingly opened within the UK and I put down my £100 for a spot within the queue. Orders then went reside on seventh January 2022 and I had accomplished the check-out inside the first 20 minutes, with an estimated supply window of February 18 – March 04.

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I initially paid £1,500 for the Pearl White Multi-Coat paint possibility on the Mannequin 3 (earlier than it grew to become free) and it’s nonetheless my favorite color, particularly now they arrive with black trim as normal, as an alternative of chrome. After just a few weeks of head scratching I made a decision so as to add the white inside too, realizing that this may push again my supply date. I did this by phone on twenty fourth January and later acquired an e mail affirmation of the brand new spec and a brand new estimated supply window, now March 09 – March 23. Other than the white inside, the one different possibility I picked was the 20’’ Induction wheels (with their 255/40R20 XL Michelin Pilot Sport EV tyres). I had purchased black turbine replicas for the Mannequin 3 so once more this was just about the proper search for me, however now completely OEM. The choices for Enhanced Autopilot (£3,400) and Full Self Driving (£6,800) nonetheless appear to be poor worth within the UK and never one thing I thought of. I took supply on sixteenth March from the Belfast Service Centre.

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Adjustments From the Mannequin 3

With so many similarities, a lot of my Mannequin 3 Mega Assessment is related to the Y, with just a few notable exceptions. Crucial one for me, and the principle purpose for altering to the Y is that raised seating place which suggests it’s a lot simpler to get out and in of (#OldGit). There’s extra room inside too, particularly for rear passengers who’ve extra assist beneath their knees and may get their ft proper beneath the seats in entrance of them now. The rear seat backrests have a few rake settings too. There’s a deeper bootwell and frunk, an enormous boot and naturally that hatchback practicality. 40/20/40 rear seat cut up means you may carry 4 adults and nonetheless by load your Ikea field. Measurement clever, it’s round 5 cm longer, 5 cm wider and 18 cm taller than the Mannequin 3. Its dimensions are fairly near the BMW X4 as a comparability. Extra use of aluminium within the chassis with its mega casting means the Y’s 1,979 kg weight is simply 149 kg greater than the equal LR Mannequin 3. Whereas there’s lots of speak about how heavy EVs are, the Y is definitely lighter than many comparable inside combustion autos (like that X4 at 1,995 kg) with all the benefits of the intelligent Tesla packaging and much decrease centre of gravity.

The automobile can tow as much as 1,600 kg with the optionally available Mannequin Y Tow Bundle (£1,090) which may be put in at a service centre anytime after buy. Entrance mud flaps are actually included, though I changed these weirdly skinny gadgets with this molded set of 4. There are 2 PPF (paint safety movie) panels in entrance of the rear wheels to guard the flared bodywork from stone chips. There’s new darker rear glass, and Bioweapon Defence Mode with its HEPA filtration system is included on the Y too.

Normal Updates

The Lengthy Vary model is at the moment the entry stage Y within the UK as Tesla will not be providing a RWD mannequin, nor the two.0 automobile that’s being inbuilt Texas. There’s no phrase on a 7 seat model but within the UK. A brand new Lithium-ion low voltage battery replaces the lead-acid 12v, which is usually a failure level on EVs (this modification additionally saves round 10 kgs).

There are different updates which are new to me, however are actually fitted on the Mannequin 3 too. First the Y is noticeably quieter inside with its entrance and rear facet home windows, now constituted of laminated acoustic glass (aka, double glazing) and noticeably higher rubber door seals too.

Whereas the display was by no means laggy within the outdated automobile, the brand new AMD Ryzen processor powering the infotainment system hundreds apps like Netflix a lot quicker. The brakes appear to have had replace too with giant 14″ ventilated entrance discs with 4 piston callipers.

The plastic scroll wheels on the steering wheel have been changed with metallic variations and this automobile has a heated steering wheel, and all 5 seats are heated too, as is the world the wipers park on for simple launch in freezing situations. There’s an electrical tailgate too.

The Y has 13 audio system plus a subwoofer within the boot and it’s significantly suited to the digital music I like (give these a strive – Yazoo, deadmau5, Röyksopp, London Grammar). Positively a number of the greatest sounds I’ve had in any automobile.

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Issues That May Be Improved

It appears to be an rising pattern to omit the rear wiper on new hatchbacks (the Kia EV6 and Hyundai IONIQ 5 for instance). It’s the identical on the Y and whereas that’s largely OK at velocity, it’s not nice round city when water can choose the display. The beam that ran throughout the glass roof within the Mannequin 3 in the midst of the cabin, has been moved again above the rear seat headrests as an alternative on the Y. This provides a pleasingly uninterrupted single sheet glass roof within the passenger cabin, however it additionally has the impact of narrowing the view out of the again window. The darkish tinted glass and auto-dimming rear mirror reduces visibility at evening even additional (though this may be disabled in settings). You possibly can show the view from the wonderful rear digital camera whereas driving when you like and it seems mechanically when reversing.

Regardless that there are Matrix headlights fitted, their good options are at the moment not practical. Hopefully this will likely be remedied with a software program replace quickly.

Tesla is discovering it laborious to shake its unhealthy construct high quality rep, and lazy youtube opinions proceed to say panel hole points the place there are none. This MIC (made in China) automobile’s bodywork is healthier than my 2019 Californian constructed Mannequin 3. Saying that although Tesla does nonetheless must maintain engaged on high quality, the rear headrest rattle that appears to be a function on the Y is fairly terrible for a brand new automobile of this value (I’m ready for a service go to to type this on my automobile). Whereas it has improved, the automated wiper setting nonetheless isn’t a match for each different automobile on the planet and the phantom braking points I had in 2019 are nonetheless there.

The two trays contained in the centre console that have been included in my base spec Mannequin 3 now should be bought from the Tesla retailer (£18), which appears fairly imply. It’s particularly laborious to grasp this as just about all the pieces else is included as normal within the automobile. Take a look at many different competing EVs and also you’ll discover a 4-figure possibility simply so as to add a warmth pump for instance. Tesla’s current announcement that they’re eradicating the UMC can also be a foul determination. The shortage of a parcel shelf on the present UK deliveries is poor too, particularly as they’re current on Hong Kong automobiles, popping out of the identical Shanghai plant.

Tesla has all the time led on the tech facet of issues, so for me, not having any bi-directional capabilities for V2L (Automobile-to-Load) is the one most obtrusive omission on the Y.

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Dealing with & Journey

I’ve watched and browse so many opinions of the Y and the suspension virtually all the time is available in for harsh criticism. Many Y’s appear to have been shipped with their tyres inflated to round 50 psi as an alternative of the required 42 psi (mine included), which doesn’t assist.

On the authentic launch occasion in 2019, Elon Musk promised the Mannequin Y would have “the performance of an SUV, however it can experience like a sports activities automobile”. It’s no shock then that the automobile is agency, which offers the physique management to match the efficiency. Nevertheless, on a foul street it might really feel a bit too stiff. It additionally suffers from an inside boominess on some roads, significantly rippled surfaces, such as you discover on junctions or unhealthy corners handled with Shell Grip or comparable. I had an prolonged check drive with a Y on the usual 19 inch wheels and there was little to no distinction between it and the 20s. Issues worsen the slower you go so it’s significantly pronounced when on city roads with a foul floor. On most journeys then the Y feels nice, however on a foul floor the experience can really feel unsophisticated.

If you happen to want a soft-roader there are many rivals on the market on this hotly contested sector, just like the Audi This autumn e-Tron, BMW iX3, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Mercedes EQA / EQB, Skoda Enyaq and Volkswagen ID.4.

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Issues I Love

I’ve been fortunate sufficient to have had the chance to drive a few of these EVs during the last 6 months. So why didn’t I purchase one of many options this time? I’ve tried to tease out the explanations behind that call with an inventory of the issues beneath which have led me to buy one other Tesla over every other model. In no specific order…

The Tesla App – Your pocket interface to a Tesla continues to be unrivalled within the trade and simply will get higher and higher. As I sort this, final evening’s OTA replace has added the flexibility for the app to regulate Camp Mode and Canine Mode for instance.

The Supercharger Community – It is going to be no shock that that is on my checklist. Tesla says the Mannequin Y can add “as much as 150 miles of vary in simply quarter-hour” utilizing their v3 CCS Superchargers. I’ve used SC websites in Eire, Scotland and England they usually make travelling lengthy distances quick and stress free (I’ve over 20,000 free Supercharger miles (from referrals) lower than a yr away from expiring, so it’s fairly disappointing that Northern Eire nonetheless doesn’t have a SC single website but).

The Navigation – Whereas the nav does typically plot the odd bizarre route, on the whole it’s a nice system. Little issues like swiping down on the textual content enter field to mechanically information you residence are nice. As is the flexibility to get to locations simply with the voice management – “navigate to Portrush”. The system mechanically routes you to your vacation spot through a public charger if required and the current updates have added particulars for the ESB community in Eire. The system’s estimates for battery stage on arrival are extremely correct too.

The Traction – Traction on my RWD Mannequin 3 was already spectacular, however it’s utterly otherworldly on this Twin Motor automobile. Tesla’s AWD system with its digital torque management implies that even giving it full beans away from a notoriously greasy crossroad close to me, within the driving rain, doesn’t give a touch of wheel-spin, or that feeling when a automobile is chopping the ability both. You need to expertise it to understand it. I discovered traction was a selected weak spot on a number of the different EVs I’ve examined recently and this looks like one other space the place Tesla are forward of the pack.

The Efficiency & Dealing with – There’s lots of horse manure talked about ‘soulless EVs’. If you happen to get pleasure from your driving the Y doesn’t disappoint. The acceleration is unbelievable and that unimaginable traction already talked about, together with nice physique management all carry loads of smiles. Tesla quotes a 0-60mph time of 4.8 seconds for the LR Y, though that is with the “first foot of rollout subtracted” jiggery-pokery so in all probability extra like 5 seconds. You should buy an OTA software program replace to carry that right down to 4.3 when you really feel the necessity.

The Quick Steering – Though nonetheless fairly numb, the Y has the identical quick steering because the Mannequin 3 (2 turns lock to lock) which makes it enjoyable on the twisty bits. After every week or so of driving a 3 or Y, different automobiles really feel very lazy within the corners by comparability.

The Effectivity, Regen & Vary – The WLTP vary determine for the LR Y on 20’s is 331 miles (351 with the usual wheels). The EV Database at the moment reveals an actual world vary of 270 miles. My first 1,096 miles within the automobile (in temperatures as little as freezing) have averaged over 3.7 miles / kWh. A current weekend journey away lined simply over 400 miles (~70% on motorway) and returned virtually precisely 4 miles / kWh. So with a usable battery of round 76 kWh and a few smart driving I’m assured I may eke out 300 miles in the summertime. That’s Belfast to Cork with miles to spare. The regen particularly is great, offering one-pedal driving that very controllably brings the automobile to an entire cease (utilizing the Maintain setting).

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The Dashcam & Sentry Mode – The built-in dashcam system is terrific, utilizing 4 cameras across the automobile to file to the USB drive within the glovebox. In Sentry Mode it’s watching and recording your environment whereas parked and you may also now stream reside out of your automobile too with the premium connectivity possibility (£10/Month).

The Area & Visibility – The view out the entrance of the Y (and Mannequin 3) is 8K extremely widescreen because of the low dashboard and lack of binnacle behind the steering wheel. Area clever, Tesla’s good packaging means helpful frunk house and deep wells beneath the boot ground too – for an unlimited 2158 litres complete house with the rear seats down.

The Ecosystem – If you happen to love a spreadsheet (who doesn’t), then you definitely’ll benefit from the information companies like TeslaFi that pull information from the automobile. I like all the knowledge that’s obtainable, particularly round effectivity which helps hone your driving model.

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The Distinctive Styling – Some folks can’t heat to the styling, maybe it’s too totally different from standard autos they usually want to see acquainted issues like false grilles. However the unmistakably modern type that contributes to effectivity (drag coefficient of 0.23 Cd) means the Tesla is immediately recognisable on the street (particularly by excited 7 yr olds it appears).

The Autopilot – Tesla’s self-driving tech, when utilized in the suitable place, is a unbelievable function. Whereas it’s removed from faultless, and may be darn proper irritating at instances, on a motorway or dual-carriage manner it’s a actual asset.

The Voice Management – Voice management has gotten higher and higher over the previous couple of years and is now a partial reply to the undoubted distraction of getting to make use of a touchscreen for some controls. “Set temperature to 21 levels”, “Activate drivers heated seat”, “Set wipers to hurry 3” and so forth.

The Scroll Wheels – I like the adjustability of the cruise management with the scroll wheel on the steering wheel. The sluggish roll for 1 mph increments and the quick flick so as to add or subtract at 5 mph at a time is nice, as is clicking left and proper to regulate the space to the automobile in entrance. With media controls on the opposite facet, it’s all the pieces I would like from this clear setup and makes the button festooned steering wheel of some rivals really feel like one thing from the steam age.

The Enjoyable Stuff – I can take or depart lots of the gimmicks, however having Netflix and YouTube on the massive display with the good sound system is good. There’s by no means a boring wait within the automobile.

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The Controls – Stroll up along with your telephone in your pocket and the automobile unlocks mechanically, get in and press the brake pedal to show it on. Stroll away and it locks behind you. Easy and proper (I bought out of the Leaf and left it on and unlocked so many instances over the previous couple of months).

The Gear Selector – For me, Tesla’s stalk is the easiest way to regulate the drive selector. It’s proper at your fingers by the steering wheel and it retains the centre console clear. Additionally, in contrast to another EVs I’ve pushed recently, the Tesla permits you to change between drive and reverse whereas nonetheless rolling (slowly) too. It’s the little issues.

The Little Issues – Different little design touches that I’ve not seen finished as nicely in different automobiles embrace the twin Wi-fi Telephone Charging pads and parking sensors that present distance to the impediment.

The OTA Updates – New options like Tenting, Canine and Sentry mode, Blind spot monitoring and Disney+ have all been added to the automobiles with Over The Air updates. Each new software program model comes with a bit pleasure.

The Infotainment System – This technique is peerless. It’s a nicely used metaphor, however the transfer from a standard automobile to a Tesla looks like a transfer from a Nokia to an iPhone. (right here’s a complete stroll by of the v11 software program).

The Minimalist Inside – After round 30 months of three and Y, different cabins really feel very twentieth Century. Identical to the infotainment system, the inside design looks like a technology forward of all the pieces else I’ve pushed.

The Security – Tesla’s are extraordinarily nicely designed with security in thoughts and crash efficiency comes earlier than all else (take a look at this video).

The Residuals – Whereas nothing is for certain (particularly within the instances we live in), if the Y’s residuals are something like as robust as my Mannequin 3, then the overall value of possession may very well be extremely low.

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Early Verdict

Vehicles (not simply EVs) are too costly, with chip shortages and world occasions seeing costs go up as an alternative of down. Nevertheless, operating prices stay extremely low. The present over-night electrical energy price of round £0.12 means, when you can cost at residence, the overall gas prices for an 8,000 mile yr is simply £260 – little greater than a few fills of some ICE autos. Highway tax stays free and I’m anticipating my upkeep on the Mannequin Y to be the identical because the Mannequin 3 – filling the washer bottle. The final guarantee covers the automobile for 4 years or 50,000 miles with the battery and drive unit assured for 8 years or 120,000 miles.

After the primary 1,100 miles this Tesla can unsurprisingly be summed up as a roomier Mannequin 3 with that greater driving place I wished. The Mannequin Y offers unbelievable vary, effectivity, efficiency, gear and tech in an immensely sensible package deal, all backed with that Supercharger security internet that I do know from expertise means I can simply drive anyplace I would like on these islands, or past.

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Tesla Mannequin Y Lengthy Vary – Options

Audio and Media

Premium audio – 13 audio system, 1 subwoofer, 2 amps, and immersive sound

Music and media over Bluetooth

USB-A port within the glovebox with a 128GB transportable storage gadget included


Energy adjustable entrance seats

Heated entrance and rear seats

Heated steering wheel

HEPA air filtration system

Tinted glass roof with ultraviolet and infrared safety

Unbiased flat-fold rear seats

Inside ground mats


LED fog lamps

Energy folding, auto-dimming, heated facet mirrors

Customized driver profiles

Middle console with storage, 4 USB-C ports and wi-fi charging for two smartphones

Premium Connectivity, 30 days complimentary

Reside site visitors visualisation

Satellite tv for pc-View Maps

Video Streaming, permitting entry to content material from Netflix, Youtube, Twitch, and extra


Music Streaming

Web Browser

Final replace on 2023-05-28 / Affiliate hyperlinks / Pictures from Amazon Product Promoting API

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