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Tesla Model Y SUV 2020: Full Review

Tesla Model Y SUV 2020 is an all-electric, mid-size SUV that seats up to 7 people unveiled in March 2019 and started deliveries in March 2020. it has the functionality of an SUV and a ride of sports cars.

The Model Y can get 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds with a range of 315 miles on a single charge and a maximum top speed of 155mph. Tesla makes safety the first goal for this electric car, performance too but safety first.

Elon Musk expects that the 2020 Model Y will be the safest mid-size SUV in the world.

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Does Tesla Model Y SUV 2020 Worth it?

Compared to its rivals (BMW X3M, Audi E-Tron, and 2019 Porsche Macan S), Tesla Model Y 2020 is the best mid-size SUV even than Model 3 and 2020 Model X in acceleration, features, storage, practicality, and comfort. maybe the exterior design is ugly and the interior is very simple but the Model Y defeated its rivals.

LikeDislike
Big Cargo SpaceNo Control Button for Heated Rear Seat and Temperature
Expansive Glass RoofPoor Rear and Sides Visibility
7 Seat Configuration availabilityVery Simple and Basic Interior Design
The 21-inch wheelsNo Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Cheap Price
Safety

Tesla Model Y SUV Price & Models:

Like the 2020 Tesla Model 3, 2020 Tesla Model Y comes with three trim levels: Standard Range (RWD) – Long Range (AWD and RWD) – Performance (AWD).

The standard range will be ready in spring 2021. The Long Range RWD isn’t yet scheduled for production, while the Long Range AWD and Performance AWD models are released in March 2020. Europe and China markets will get the Model Y after 6-12 Months.

The three versions will cost from $39,000 to 60,990. The table below shows Tesla Model Y Price and standard options:

Standard Range (RWD)Long Range (RWD)Long Range (AWD)PerformancePerformance Upgrade

Price
$39,000$48,000$52,990$60,990$60,990

Wheels
19-inch19-inch19-inch19-inch21-inch

Seating
5 seats5 seats5 seats5 seats5 seats

Autopilot
YesYesYesYesYes

Interior Color
All BlackAll BlackAll BlackAll BlackAll Black

Exterior Color
Pearle WhitePearle WhitePearle WhitePearle WhitePearle White
Tesla Model Y Price and standard options
Available OptionsExtra Price
Tow Hitch$1,000
20-inch wheels for Long Range only$2,000
Seven Seat Configuration*$3,000
Full Self-Driving Capability$7,000
Black and White (Interior Color)$1,000
Black – Silver – Blue (Exterior Color)$1,000
Red Multi-Coat (Exterior Color)$2,000
Tesla Model Y Available Options

*The seven seat configuration will be available in 2021

Performance, Range, 0-60mph & Top Speed:

Tesla Model Y has two independent electric motors, one in the front axle and the other in the rear one. They are powered by a 75kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion batterie to provide a maximum range of 316 miles, 155mph of top speed, and a 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds.

The table below shows all information about the range, top speed, and acceleration:

VersionsStandard Range (RWD)Long Range (RWD)Long Range (AWD)PerformancePerformance Upgrade

Range (EPA)
230 miles (370 km)300 miles (483 km)316 miles (509 km)315 miles (507 km)280 miles (451 km)

0-60mph
(97km/h)
5.9 seconds5.5 seconds4.8 seconds3.5 seconds3.5 seconds
Top Speed120 mph130 mph135 mph145 mph155 mph

Delivery Date
Spring 2021Not yet scheduledMarch 2020March 2020March 2020
Tesla Model Y Specifications

Performance upgrade:

If you want more speed (up to 155mph) you can get the Performance upgrade for free! However, it will decrease the range by 35miles (280 miles of range). You will get also:

  • 21’’ Überturbine Wheels
  • Performance Brakes
  • Lowered suspension
  • Aluminum alloy pedals 
21-inch Uberturbine Wheels
21-inch Wheel – Source: Edmunds

Tesla Model Y SUV Charging:

Charging Time:

The supercharger V2 can charge up to 158 miles in 15 minutes, that’s mean 30min to get the full charge. whereas the supercharger V3 will charge your Model Y in 22min, so it depends on the charger power. Keep in mind that it is recommended to charge only to 90% to avoid shortening battery life.

Charging Cost:

The supercharging is paid per kWh or per minute, contrary to 2020 Tesla Model X and Model S that offers Free Unlimited Supercharging. The tables below show the charging time and cost of the Model Y:

CountryCharging Cost / kWhCharging Cost / Minute
United State$0.28$0.26 above 60 kW
$0.13 at or below 60 kW
Canada$0.44 above 60 kW
$0.22 at or below 60 kW
Tesla Model Y SUV 2020 Charging Cost
Charger TypeMax PowerTime
Wall Plug (2.3 kW)2.3 kW37h15m
1-phase 16A (3.7 kW)3.7 kW23h15m
3-phase 32A (22 kW)11 kW7h45m
Supercharger v2 (150 kW)150 kW31 min
Supercharger v3 (250 kW)250 kW22 min
Tesla Model Y SUV 2020 Charging Time

Tesla Model Y 2020 Exterior:

The exterior design looks ugly. However, this ugliness is decorated with a wonderful tinted glass roof. It offers extra headroom and a great view of the sky with ultraviolet and infrared protection.

As usual 2020 Tesla Model Y offers 5 colors, the pearl white is the standard one. The Long Range and Performance versions come standard with 19-inch wheels. Whereas, you can get the Performance upgrade for free to get the incredible 21-inch wheels. Furthermore, there are a bunch of cameras outside so the Autopilot feature and sentry mode work perfectly.

The ingress and egress are very easy thanks to the vast doors which are opened and closed automatically. The same thing for the rear trunk door.

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Source: Edmunds

Tesla Model Y Towing Capacity:

The great news is that Tesla has added a trailer/tow hitch to the Tesla Model Y SUV 2020 that can tow up to 3500 pounds/1600 Kg. The Towing hitch will cost an extra $1,000 and it’s available in Europe and North America Markets only. This feature will make the Model Y like Model 3 in terms of capacity.

Cargo Space:

The cargo space of Tesla Model Y 2020 SUV is very huge, it offers up to 68 cubic feet. The rear trunk is vast and has two deep storage places underneath. Moreover, it provides more space for long items like skis by folding the second row manually or electronically using a quick-release button in the rear trunk.

Each seat can be folded separately, even the middle one. Furthermore, there is another space in the front trunk for carry-on bags, thanks to the absence of the engine.

There is no cargo cover in this electric car. However, you can’t see what’s inside it thanks to the tinted windows. So, you have good privacy even without having a cover.

See all Tesla Model Y Dimensions.

Tesla Model Y Interior Review:

2020 Tesla Model Y shared about 75% of its interior design with Model 3. It has a very simple, very basic, and minimalist interior, but it looks fresh and modern. The 15-inch touch screen control anything, even the heated rear seats, and the rear climate control vents, which is annoying because every time the rear passenger wants to control something, he should ask the driver to do it!!

Seats:

The new Tesla SUV 2020 Model Y comes standard with 5 seat configuration. The 7-seater will be available in 2021 but we can’t imagine a comfortable third row even for children because of the sloping roofline that reduces headroom in the rear.

Heat Pump Instead of Electric Resistance:

All seats are heated, the Model Y is the first Tesla car to heat the seats by a heat pump instead of electric resistance. It’s more efficient especially in cold weather but this will decrease range. Tesla put the same Model 3’s seats in the Model Y but raised up a little.

Visibility:

The rear visibility is poor because of the sloping rear roofline that makes the rear window small. Also, the front windshield pillars are a little big, consequently, the turning visibility is not good as well. Contrariwise, side visibility is perfect.

The weird thing is the absence of the head-up display in front of the steering wheel that shows gears level, speed, range level… whereas you can find them in the 15-inch touch screen.

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Source: Edmunds

Standard Features:

The gimmicky tech features in Tesla Model Y is the 15-inch screen token from the Model 3, it’s control anything in the cabin. In addition to this, the Model Y offers the following features:

In-Car Entertainment:

  • 15 Total Speakers                  
  • 4 USB Connection (3 type C + 1 type A)
  • AM/FM Stereo          
  • 1 Subwoofer
  • Internet browser
  • Bluetooth
  • Wireless charging for 2 Smartphones

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are not supported.

Comfort & Convenience:

  • Audio and Cruise Controls on Steering Wheel         
  • 2 Front and 2 Rear Cupholders
  • Door Pockets 
  • Parking Sensors         
  • Electric Power Steering        
  • Rear View Camera    
  • Tilt Steering Wheel    
  • automatic garage door opener        
  • Climate Control         
  • Adaptive Cruise Control        
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • 8 -Way Power Passenger Seat
  • 8 -Way Power Driver Seat
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Magnetic sun visor
  • Three rear seats folded separately and automatically
  • Tinted rear windows

Driving and Tech Features:

  • Autopilot
  • Full Self-Driving Capability
  • Sentry mode*
  • Dog mode**
  • Exterior cameras

*Sentry Mode: you can program your Model Y to activate the sentry mode through the touch screen when it’s locked to detect who comes to break into your car by recording a video that you can watch later and making a warning.

**Dog Mode: you can leave your dog in the car and activate the dog mode. Consequently, the climate control will stay on and keep the interior at reasonable ambient room temperature so your dog won’t potentially die.

Tesla Model Y SUV Safety:

“The Tesla Model Y may be up for a list of top safety scores like the Model 3 based on Sandy Munro’s insights of the crossover’s front impact structure.”

Source: Tesmanian

“Model 3 has the lowest probability of injury of any car ever tested by the US government. With the Model Y, we expect to have similar results.” Said Elon Musk

The NHTSA’s test for Tesla Model Y is not yet done. But Elon Musk is expecting that will have the same results of Tesla Model 3 one of the safest cars ever produced and we think also that it will head the list of top safest cars because when manufacturers made this electric car, the first goal was to improve safety. Among the safety features we find:

  • 4-Wheel ABS  
  • Brake Drying  
  • Rear Door Child Safety Locks
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights                   
  • Child Seat Anchors    
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags    
  • Front and Rear Head Airbags
  • Stability Control        
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation               
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System                             
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps      
  • Auto Delay Off Headlamps   
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring      
  • Traction Control        
  • Blind Spot Warning Accident Avoidance System     
  • Pre-Collision Safety System
2020 Tesla Model Y Safety
Source: Tesla

Fuel Economy:

Data available for now is for the Performance version. According to the EPA, the fuel economy of Tesla Model Y SUV 2020 is as following:

VersionPerformance AWD
City129
Highway112
Combined121
Range315 miles
Efficiency28 kWh/100 miles
Tesla Model Y SUV 2020 Fuel Economy

Warranty:

Tesla Model Y SUV warranty is as follow:

  • Basic Vehicle: 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • Battery & Drive Unit: 8 years or 120,000 miles

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