A 100% sporty version of the Model Y, the Tesla electric SUV has clear ambitions: dynamic, efficient. So what is it worth on a daily basis? Here’s our Tesla Model Y Performance review.
Imagine, an electric SUV aimed at both everyday utility and dynamism at ease. Designed for both family outings and short, fun solo outings. Anyway, that’s what the aptly named Model Y Performance straight out of Berlin offers. First Tesla model produced in Europe, within the Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg, even some specifics are allowed. Design, comfort, performance, autonomy… Let’s spend a few days behind the wheel of the Tesla Model Y Performance.
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The Tesla Model Y Performance side view: Family SUV
As an avid reader of the Automobile Propre, you’ve already discovered the Model Y through our test drive a few months ago. We’re back today with the “sporty” version of the family SUV, fresh from Berlin. Let’s start with what doesn’t change: the style. Our Model Y Performance retains its Model 3 “SUV-ized” design, with a curvaceous look. Halfway between compact and large SUV, it is 4.75 m long and 1.97 m wide. Generous dimensions at the same time, toned down by the Plain Black paintwork of our test model. The proportions are even more flattering, as our Performance version is slightly lowered and equipped with 21-inch wheels. A detail that makes the SUV more flattering than its Long Autonomy counterpart, which is only available in 19 or 20 inches.
Performance pack: übersportiv!
Like the Model 3 Performance, the Tesla Model Y Performance is adorned with some sporting assets. From aesthetics to performance, standard equipment includes:
- 21-inch Überturbine wheels
- carbon fiber spoiler
- aluminum crank
- lowered suspension
- performance brakes
- Top speed of 250 km/h (compared to 217 km/h)
- 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds (vs. 5 seconds)
Other small features, only present in the model Made in Berlin for now, they are there. Note, for example, the presence of a rigid rear shelf, as well as hooks in the trunk. Rear passengers also benefit from Tesla Glass double glazing. Both front and rear, the seats have evolved and offer improved lateral support with more enveloping edges. Finally, the serial number starts with XP7 for Berlin, plus 5YJ (Fremont) and LRW (Shanghai).
Life on board: high-tech ergonomics
On board, the Tesla Model Y Performance puts it all on its large 15-inch touch pad. It acts as a dashboard and multimedia interface, not to mention all the vehicle’s controls and parameters. With no instrumentation or counters behind the wheel, everything is done from the big tactile slate. If followers of physical controls (his valet is one of them) will regret certain physical controls, such as the air conditioning, it is clear that the set makes for a particularly refined atmosphere in the passenger compartment. Two buttons with wheels on the steering wheel, two joysticks and the tablet are enough to control everything. Our black interior shines with its sobriety, elegant and slightly futuristic. Special mention to the AMD Ryzen processor behind the display, most geeks of which will appreciate the fluidity it offers under their fingers.
Mobile App: Full Control and Sentry Mode
Let’s talk a little about the Tesla mobile app, which deserves a few moments. Once installed and associated with the vehicle, the app gives us full control of our Tesla Model Y Performance. It is possible to lock and unlock the car, or to ventilate it by slightly lowering the four windows. Same thing for opening and closing the rear trunk and the front trunk (opening only). Ventilation programming, starting and speed limit adjustment are also offered. Special mention to the Sentry mode, allowing you to monitor the vehicle’s surroundings and use the megaphone in real time. Very effective, the app was very responsive throughout our use. Note, however, that a bad connection to the network can cause some slowdowns and latencies.
Comfort and space: high capacity
The Tesla Model Y Performance welcomes us in even more comfortable seats, thanks to its optimized lateral support. Driver and passengers are all well seated. Only the middle rear passenger will feel a little less comfortable in a “hunchback”, as is often the case. The electric SUV is no exception, but it remains far from being the worst student in this area. Fortunately, the flat floor and headroom provide first-class space for the whole family. The legroom, which is very important, also eliminates discomfort in the knees. Cargo volume is 117 l in the front trunk and 854 l in the rear. In total, no less than 2,158 l are available with the rear seats folded down! Almost flat, the floor obtained would almost make the Tesla Model Y Performance a perfect little utility when needed.
Electric performance: functional or sporty?
Why not both after all? Under the hood (well, not really), the Tesla Model Y Performance is powered by Dual Motor all-wheel drive. This combines an output of 377 kW (510 hp) for 660 Nm of torque. In practice, these values result in a very direct acceleration: 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds. Even more impressive performance given the approximately 1,995 kg of the electric SUV. Specifically, if stationary starts make us “feel” the weight of the vehicle a little, this sensation disappears after 50 km/h. With acceleration set to Sporty, reactivity and reminders are present in all circumstances.
Under real conditions, overtaking and insertion are not a cause for concern. Again, the feeling is impressive when you know you’re aboard an SUV. The top speed of 250 km/h is also achieved without much effort (on a closed road, of course). After the specific “kick” for electric operation, the Model Y Performance evolves smoothly and quietly. A very appreciable comfort both with the family on a daily basis and during leisurely weekend trips. In normal times, we will favor the Standard mode, more than enough for every day.
Behavior and handling: controlled sportiness
Performance combined with behavior and comfort in line with the beast’s sporting attributes! Unlike the Grande Autonomie model, we are looking for sportiness and dynamism here. A character embodied by the lowered suspension and 21-inch rims of our Performance. Speaking of hoops, Tesla goers are almost unanimous: you’re not part of the club until you rub one. It is with regret that your tester joins this not so exclusive club. A small courtesy opening on a street with uneven sidewalks will have been enough to make the first hoop of my career. Sorry Tesla! The Überturbine, elegant but vulnerable, spilling a little less from the tyres, would be Überperfect. Inevitably firmer, our Y, however, remains surprisingly comfortable when attacking, never jumping even when rolling empty.
Earthing is provided by the 255 mm wide Pirelli P Zero PNCS. Tires as efficient as silent, which secure the SUV to the bitumen. At full throttle and even in cornering support, roll is almost non-existent. Only steering adjustment will really change the feeling behind the wheel, depending on which mode you choose. Finally, the only point that betrays the size of the SUV is the high-speed braking. Performance brakes are extremely effective, but generate predictable sway when braking hard at over 200 km/h (necessarily). A problem that doesn’t arise in everyday driving, thankfully. Overall, the sporty character of the Tesla Model Y Performance is therefore really present and well controlled.
Autonomy and collection: exemplary efficiency
Finally, let’s talk about autonomy. The Tesla Model Y Performance is powered by a useful 77 kWh battery (82 kWh gross). Which announces a range of up to 514 km, for an average consumption of 17.3 kWh/100 km. For the first time, our Tesla is very close to the values announced by the WLTP protocol. In addition to the phases from 0 to 100 km/h and other peak speeds (we assure you that we did not do more than what was necessary for our measurements, the aim being not to waste battery, not to mention rubber and brakes!), and respecting scrupulously the speed limits on our mixed courses, here are our results.
- 16 kWh/100 km at standard throttle
- Approximately 508 km at standard acceleration
- 17 kWh/100 km in sporty acceleration
- Around 479 km in sport acceleration
- 20 kWh/100 km in sporty driving + overtaking
Same observation as our Model Y test: hard to be more efficient in the electric SUV segment! On the charging side, the Tesla Model Y Performance readily accepts Superchargers up to 250 kW. Enough to recover almost 241 km in just 15 minutes. On a long course, it’s simply a short break, and you’re gone. With 100 stations and 1,000 charging points in France, and at an average price of €0.46/kWh in France today, charging is fast and economical. If necessary, an 11 kW on-board charger for home charging.
Tesla Model Y performance: from €66,990
The Tesla Model Y Performance starts at €66,990 (excluding bonuses). In Plain Black (+€1,190), our test model is presented for €68,180. As always with Tesla, few additional options are offered as the standard equipment is complete. From the huge full panoramic roof to the reclining rear seats, there’s not much to add. Only the black and white interior (+€1,190), improved cruise control (+€3,800) and fully autonomous driving (+€7,500) are available. Finally, a tow hook is also available that allows towing up to 1,600 kg. Clearly, it’s hard to be more efficient and more effective in the family sport SUV segment. And with “only” €4,000 more than the Grande Autonomie model, for deliveries from August 2022, depending on configuration, the Tesla Model Y Performance promises great success when ordering.
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