New 2022 Tesla Model Y: meeting the SUV's first UK buyers

New 2022 Tesla Model Y: meeting the SUV’s first UK buyers

“I think performance is one of my favourite things about the car. Not looks – I think it could look a bit better if I’m honest,” they said. “It’s not the most attractive car in the world, but I think the interior and how clean the design is impressive. Quality? I don’t know. It will be interesting to see what that’s like two years in.”

For others, the Model Y’s 331 miles of range sealed the deal suggesting the model was the only viable option.

“Rather than being a massive Tesla fanboy, it was the most viable option. Range is important to me and to be fair, six months ago a lot of the viable options for EVs didn’t really exist for families, whereas now they do,” said Toby Pentecost. 

“My most common work trip is between London and Bristol – exactly a 200 mile round trip, and you’ve got around 330 miles of range. We have on street charging in London, so I think a relatively small portion of my charging will be using the supercharger network, but I’m not sure yet.” 

Tesla started production of the Model Y compact SUV back in 2020 for customers in the US, while deliveries in mainland Europe kicked off in August last year. Essentially a crossover version of the Tesla Model 3 saloon, the Model Y completes the core model line-up alongside the Model S, Model 3 and Model X.  

The car is available in two forms. Entry-level Long Range models produce 434bhp and offer 331 miles of range, a 135mph top speed and a 0-62mph time of 4.8sec.

The more powerful Performance version makes 483bhp with a range of 319 miles, a top speed of 155mph and a 0-62mph time of 3.5sec, but this model is yet to reach the UK.