Few car introductions generate as much excitement among enthusiasts, consumers, and the media as a new Tesla. The 2020 Model Y, a crossover companion to the Model 3 sedan, shares fundamental foundations, equipment, and features with the California-based electric manufacturer. The Y is slightly taller than the 3, with a hatchback form similar to the Model X SUV.
The Model Y, like the Model 3 before it, was supposed to be a more inexpensive Tesla vehicle. The Standard Range model is set to start at around $40,000 when it goes into production in early 2021, according to Tesla. The Model Y should work far better for families than the Model 3. Which has a cramped and unpleasant rear seat, according to expert testing.
So, here are the amazing features that you must know about the Tesla Model Y!
Rather than an SUV, it’s more like a hatchback
The Model Y is based on the Model 3 and replaces the trunk with a hatchback design similar to the larger Model S. Although its look is nothing like that of a classic boxy SUV. As a result, it resembles a taller Model 3 hatchback rather than an SUV, which is a good thing. The Model Y has additional headroom and baggage space. As well as a significantly more comfortable rear seat, thanks to its bubble-like form and taller top. The most significant improvement over the Model 3 is the increased back seat capacity.
Rear-seat passengers will appreciate the ample headroom and foot space beneath the front seats. Reclinable seatbacks are also available. In addition to the greater space, the rear seat is now more comfortable, with more leg support than the Model 3, which has almost none.
The seatback, on the other hand, is quite flat and does not adjust to your body. The middle back seat, like most, is firm, however, there is room for the passenger’s toes right behind the center console. When it comes to carrying more cargo, the Model Y’s hatchback body shape and folding rear seats make it more helpful than the Model 3.
Packed with Technology
The Model Y is technologically advanced. Some sophisticated driver assistance system capabilities, such as forward collision warning, automated emergency braking, and pedestrian identification, are excellent.
Other elements are unrelated to driving. While parked, for example, you can play video games or watch movies and TV shows on Netflix. And, because most automobiles lack this feature, you can set the Model Y to emit a variety of flatulence sounds when you engage the turn signals, which will no doubt please many customers. Alternatively, sleigh bells. It’s your decision.
Tesla’s latest Autopilot system is included in the Model Y. As well as a new feature dubbed Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control. When combined with cruise control and Autosteer, this last feature can bring the Model Y to a complete stop at stop signs and traffic lights. If enabled, the car will slow and come to a halt regardless of whether the traffic light is red, yellow, or green. Therefore the driver must pay attention and lightly press the accelerator pedal to allow the vehicle to proceed when the light is green. When it comes to a complete stop on its own, the car will not move again until the driver presses the accelerator pedal or the steering-wheel stalk.
On the Model Y’s center screen, Autosteer, Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control, Navigate on Autopilot, and the Summon parking option are all marked as “Beta”. They’re called that for a reason: while the early adopter may love the novelty of all these high-tech features, drivers should not expect any of them to improve safety or make driving easier.
It Performs Like a Sports Car
The Model Y is a tremendous joy to mash the accelerator pedal and feel the immediate forward surge that comes with the car’s prodigious electric power, and the all-wheel-drive system gets the power down properly to all four wheels, with barely a hint of tire spin. If you care more about exciting performance than a plush and quiet cabin, you’ll adore the Model Y. The Model Y handles turn easily thanks to quick steering and low body roll from the stiff suspension; its reactions are more like those of a sports car than a luxury SUV.
However, the ride is rough and choppy. The Model Y’s cabin is spartan, lacking many of the plush and fancy materials that luxury buyers are accustomed to. A fair amount of road and wind noise detracts from the otherwise quiet interior, and the cabin is spartan, lacking many of the plush and fancy materials that luxury buyers are accustomed to.
The Huge Center-Dash-Mounted Touch Screen
Almost everything within the interior is controlled by the massive center-dash-mounted touch screen, just like in the Model 3. Many of the infotainment capabilities make sense. However regular and what should be simple actions like adjusting the side mirrors, steering wheel, wiper speed, and air vent orientation must all be done from the screen. This necessitates a head rotation toward the screen. As well as extended and frequent periods when the driver’s eyes are off the road.
The two-step flush exterior door handles are cumbersome to open. And the digital speedometer reading is within the center dashboard screen. Rather than immediately in front of the driver, forcing the driver to glance away from the road to check speed.
Bioweapon Defense Mode
Tesla’s Model X and Model Y come with a powerful HEPA filtration system. Which keeps hazardous substances out of the car’s interior.
“Inspired by the air filtration systems used in hospitals, clean rooms, and the space industry. We developed a HEPA filtration system capable of stripping the outside air of pollen, bacteria, and pollution,” Tesla says.
Sentry mode allows you to monitor your parked vehicle from anywhere on the planet. If someone hits your car with a shopping cart, your Tesla will begin recording from the outside cameras and notify you via the Tesla app that your vehicle has been hit. This function removes the worry of never knowing where that unexplained dent came from.
When it comes to the interior of a Tesla automobile, the business sticks to its tried-and-true formula of a simple design. The Model Y’s dashboard, like that of its siblings, is dominated by a huge 15-inch central touchscreen that handles practically every aspect of the vehicle. A full glass roof comes standard, as are 12-way electrically adjustable front seats. There are heated front, and rear seats, power-folding and heated rear-view mirrors, and dual-zone climate control. And a power-adjustable steering column, cruise control, LED fog lamps, and a power trunk lid. Surprisingly, neither Android Auto nor Apple CarPlay is available.
Tesla has two interior color options: standard all-black with imitation wood trim ($1,000) or optional black-and-white interior ($1,000). The Model Y is a five-seater by default. However, for $3,000, you can add the third row to make it a seven-seater. The Long Range variant is the only one with a seven-seat option. Because the Model Y is a small crossover, adults will not be able to sit in the back row. There won’t be enough room. The total cargo area of the five-seater version. With the rear seats folding and including the frunk, is 76 cubic feet, according to Tesla.
When it comes to charging time, a 15-minute charge at Tesla’s Superchargers will give you a range of roughly 162 miles. Recharging the Model Y’s battery at home with a 120-volt charger can take anywhere from 20 to 40 hours. Level 2 (240-volt) charging cuts the charge time in half, to 8-12 hours.