Greetings, I’m Paul, and I’m the proud owner of a Tesla Model Y. The performance version of this exceptional electric vehicle has recently made its debut in Australia, and I couldn’t be more excited to share my thoughts and experiences with you. Tesla’s Model Y Performance joins the base Model Y and the long-range variant, enriching the lineup and offering a truly thrilling driving experience.
In this article, we’ll delve into the details of this remarkable vehicle, exploring its design, features, and practicality. We’ll also discuss key aspects such as the new Comfort suspension and how it compares to its competitors in the market. So, let’s take a closer look at the Tesla Model Y Performance and see what sets it apart from the rest.
Design and Appearance
The Model Y Performance is available in a variety of striking colors, although white is the only standard option. If you want to stand out, the vibrant red paint is available as an additional cost. Personally, I find the blue color particularly appealing, especially when paired with its sleek black wheels. However, it’s essential to note that the base Model Y in Australia also offers 20-inch alloy wheels that resemble those of the Performance version. Therefore, spotting a Performance Model Y on the road isn’t solely determined by its wheels.
To distinguish the Performance model, look for the dual motor setup at the rear, marked by a subtle underline. Additionally, the red brake calipers provide a clear indication of its high-performance capabilities. The rest of the Model Y’s design is straightforward and elegant, featuring the iconic Tesla logo, a lower section for cooling, and full LED headlights with auto high beam functionality. While the auto high beam feature isn’t flawless, it’s worth mentioning that Tesla has the potential to upgrade it with Matrix LED functionality, pending software updates.
Interior and Comfort
One of the highlights of the Model Y Performance is its interior, which combines a spacious cabin with high-quality materials and advanced technology. The cabin offers ample room for both front and rear passengers, thanks to its unique design that maximizes interior space. The glass roof adds to the sense of openness, although it can lead to heat buildup on particularly hot days, making a sunshade or cover a valuable addition.
The seats in the Model Y Performance are comfortable and supportive, even on long journeys. The black interior option features open pore wood grain trim, which I personally prefer over the white interior, which can show signs of wear more easily. The use of soft-touch materials throughout the cabin and the matte finish in various areas adds to the premium feel.
The Model Y Performance’s steering wheel is electronically adjustable for both tilt and reach, providing drivers with the flexibility to find their preferred driving position. The lack of a physical key means the car relies on your smartphone for access and starting, making it incredibly convenient.
Infotainment and Technology
The infotainment system in the Model Y Performance is a standout feature, dominated by a large touchscreen display. It includes an array of features and functions, such as a comprehensive navigation system powered by Google Maps. The navigation system allows for satellite map overlays, real-time traffic information, and quick access to supercharger locations. Additionally, the system integrates with your profile, syncing settings across Tesla vehicles if you own more than one.
Other notable features of the infotainment system include access to streaming services like Spotify, as well as Bluetooth, FM, and DAB digital radio. While Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are notably absent, the infotainment system offers a well-rounded experience, from live camera views to energy consumption data.
A standout feature of the Model Y is the Tesla app, which allows you to interact with your vehicle remotely. You can unlock and lock your car, view camera footage through Sentry Mode, control climate settings, and even send navigation destinations to your car directly from the app.
Safety and Autopilot Features
The Model Y Performance boasts a range of safety features, including Tesla’s Autopilot system, which provides adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance. However, it’s important to note that the transition to Tesla Vision (camera-based) from radar in Autopilot hasn’t been entirely smooth. The system can sometimes exhibit indecisiveness and “phantom braking” issues, where it mistakenly detects stationary objects and applies the brakes.
While the car offers automatic emergency braking in forward gear, it’s worth mentioning that it lacks this feature in reverse. Rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring are also absent, which is surprising for a vehicle in this price range. Despite the robust array of cameras and sensors, Tesla’s Autopilot system still requires careful monitoring and intervention by the driver.
Practicality and Cargo Space
One of the most significant advantages of the Model Y is its practicality. The spacious rear cabin provides ample legroom, headroom, and toe room, making it suitable for both adults and children. The generous glass roof adds to the sense of space, though it can contribute to heat buildup on hot days. The rear seats are a 40/20/40 split-folding design, offering great flexibility for various seating and cargo configurations.
In terms of storage, the Model Y provides an abundance of space. The frunk (front trunk) is a unique feature that allows for additional storage of smaller items or takeaway food without leaving any odors in the cabin. In the rear cargo area, the Model Y offers around 850 liters of cargo space, making it suitable for groceries, luggage, or even larger items.
Charging and Battery
The Model Y Performance offers versatile charging capabilities, accommodating both AC and DC charging. It can handle AC charging up to 11 kilowatts, with support for three-phase charging. When it comes to DC charging, it can handle up to 250 kilowatts, which means you can replenish your battery quickly at compatible fast-charging stations. While these charging capabilities make it convenient for daily use, it’s important to consider your charging infrastructure and options when owning an electric vehicle.
In conclusion, the Tesla Model Y Performance is a remarkable electric SUV that combines an elegant design, spacious interior, and advanced technology. It’s an excellent choice for those seeking a thrilling driving experience with the added benefit of zero emissions. While it does face some challenges in terms of Autopilot and safety features, it’s clear that Tesla continues to innovate and refine its vehicles. If you’re in the market for an electric SUV, the Model Y Performance is certainly worth considering.