The Tesla Model Y on test for Changing Lanes!

Tesla Model Y Review

Read Caroline's Tesla Model Y review for everything you need to know about Tesla's new mid-size electric SUV in Ireland!

Tesla has expanded their range in Ireland this year with the arrival of the new Tesla Model Y. Following the successful launch of the Model 3, the Model Y will join the range as the brand's new electric mid-size SUV.

The Tesla Model 3 is already the brand's bestselling model in Ireland. The Model Y shares a lot of similarities with the Model 3, but is even more spacious with that oh-so fashionable look of an SUV, Tesla-style.

The new Model Y goes on sale in Ireland priced from €66,990. It's available in two 'flavours': Long Range All Wheel Drive (AWD) or Performance (from €72,990).

The Tesla Model Y on test for Changing Lanes!
The Tesla Model Y on test for Changing Lanes!

What's so special about the Tesla Model Y?

Built from the ground up as an electric vehicle, the Model Y’s aerodynamic design and battery technology make it one of the most efficient EVs on the market. The Long Range version offers 533 km (WLTP) driving between charges, and the battery performance is incredibly strong.

And it does look stunning. It shares lots of styling cues with the Model 3 but gains distinction as an SUV with more height, width and length, and even more utility styled alloy wheels. I love it!

And when you do hit the road cross country (or even cross continent), Tesla's Supercharger network is a reliable companion for quick and efficient charging. In Ireland it's also still exclusively provided for Tesla cars. A 10-80% charge takes a little over half an hour and the car starts to prepare the battery for optimum charging before you arrive there. The CCS charging connection means you can also use other public charge points.

Inside the Model Y follows Tesla's now trademark minimalist cabin. The dashboard has a simple horizontal layout with the 15" landscape style touchscreen taking centre stage. It is both the most innovative part of the cabin and potentially the most challenging in its brilliance too.

Inside the Tesla Model Y
The interior of the Tesla Model Y

Inside the Model Y

That's because you control pretty much everything from the screen. For example, even to activate the windscreen wipers requires a trip into the screen with a few scans and swipes. It's simply not the conventional way, leaving the driver with a steering wheel and not much else in their direct line of vision - one has to take a little glance to the left to see the speed of the vehicle on the screen.

But the screen's response, resolution, shortcuts and music/maps integration is simply brilliant. There's also a plethora of entertainment options, toybox, games and even a crackling fire effect, among many other wild and brilliant functions to discover in that screen. A folly or another digital wonder of the world - I'll let you decide.

The Tesla Model Y comes with synthetic leather upholstery and a simple palette of body colours. Quality follows that of the Model 3. These duo are now the most upmarket of the Tesla set with lots of soft touch materials, though the steering wheel does seem a bit basic looking for a premium priced car like this. On closer inspection, some of the fittings could be finished with a bit more elegance too.

All Model Y's have a high specification including 13 speaker premium sound system, power adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, and tinted panoramic glass roof. Generally the good stuff about this car outweighs any niggles about the finish.

The Model Y is the brand's new mid-size SUV
The Model Y is the brand's new mid-size SUV

Is it practical?

The Tesla Model Y offers more space than a Model 3 inside. The enlarged dimensions translate to an incredibly spacious living room in the Y. In the rear, three can sit comfortably with lots of headroom and legroom.

The boot opens in a practical hatchback style, with a powered tailgate as standard. It offers up to 854 litres with a large square opening, with good height and depth. You can also fold down the rear seats individually from switches in the boot and they fold flat neatly. There's also a frunk under the front bonnet for storing charging cables for example.

The loading sill is also low and flat making it easy to move things in and out of the boot.

The centre console has a large storage unit, while there are four USB ports and docking for two smartphones below the touchscreen. Modern minimalist with a sense of purpose.

Rear seating in the Model Y
Rear seating in the Model Y

Driving the Tesla Model Y

The Tesla Model Y Long Range (from €66,990) offers sprightly performance with 0-100 km/h in just 5 seconds, and one pump of the accelerator is enough to throw you back in your seat.

The Model Y Performance (from €72,990) ups the ante somewhat with 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and a minimal drop in range to 514 km (WLTP) and top speed extended from 217 km/h to 250 km/h. It also gets 21’’ 'Überturbine' wheels, performance brakes, lowered suspension and aluminium alloy pedals.

Model Y's rapid straight line performance is enhanced by all wheel drive offering superb grip in corners. Tesla All-Wheel Drive has two ultra-responsive, independent electric motors that digitally control torque to the front and rear wheels—for far better handling, traction and stability control.

There's more lean in corners than a Model 3 for example but the Y is happy to hustle and is still fun to drive.

Cruising performance is excellent but the ride is very firm for a family SUV. At this price range, the Tesla Model Y should coast over bumps in the road with a bit more sophistication.

Did you like it?

Last year the Model 3 was the smartest car I've ever met. This year the Model Y follows suit, but as a trendy SUV.

It's only after spending time with these cars that you realise how revolutionary they are, how clever they are and how they do everything that little bit differently than every other car on the market.

But in the rapid electrification of the motor industry, it's the battery technology and reliable charging where the Tesla Model Y really shines. Everything seems to be have been taken care of in a way that makes the Tesla more compatible with modern life than any other EV I've driven.

The Model Y looks great but the ride comfort is disappointing in what is a sublime offering in many other areas. Still there's quite like a Tesla and the aforementioned fast charging, long range, badge kudos and behind the wheel experience mean the Y shall win many hearts regardless.

The Model Y is on sale priced from €66,990
The Model Y is on sale priced from €66,990

Model tested: Tesla Model Y
Price: 
€66,990
Battery: 75 kWh
Power:
434 hp
Torque: 493 Nm
0-100km/h: 
5 seconds
Top speed:  217 km/h
Motor tax: 
€120 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes


The Tesla Model Y is now available to order in Ireland

Tesla Model Y Goes On Sale In Ireland

The Tesla Model Y is now available to order in Ireland
The Tesla Model Y is now available to order in Ireland

The Tesla Model Y has gone on sale in Ireland and is available to configure now via the Model Y Design Studio.

Pricing for Tesla's new electric mid-size SUV starts from €69,800 and first deliveries will start in early 2022.

The Design Studio includes two options for Model Y - Long Range AWD and Performance.

The first models to arrive in Ireland will be Model Y Long Range AWD with a range of 507 km (WLTP) range.

Model Y Performance starts at €79,478 and is expected from mid-2022.

Built from the ground up as an electric vehicle, the Model Y's aerodynamic design and battery technology make it highly efficient in terms of energy usage.

Model Y is also compatible with the current Tesla Supercharger network of more than 6,000 Superchargers across Europe, as well as new V3 Superchargers, which can charge at rates up to 1,600 km per hour. As with all Teslas, there will be frequent over-the-air software updates to improve the car.

Inside, there is a panoramic glass roof and high seating for an expansive view from every seat in the vehicle. The front trunk and split-folding second-row seats provide more than 2,100 litres of storage space.

Like Model 3, Model Y requires no keys, but instead connects to your smartphone for seamless entry and exit, with a single 15-inch touchscreen interface inside for all of the car’s controls.

Model Y also connects with the Tesla mobile app for unique, easy-to-access features like remote unlock, Summon, remote pre-conditioning, location tracking, Speed Limit Mode, and much more.

 


Tesla has opened a new location in Cork

New Tesla Location Opens In Cork

Tesla has opened a new location in Cork
Tesla has opened a new location in Cork

A new Tesla location has opened in Cork offering test drives, service appointments, vehicle health checks and charging.

The new location is adjacent to the four V3 Superchargers already installed outside Mahon Point Shopping Centre.

This new pop-up location allows visitors to book test drives and talk with Tesla Advisors. Alongside this, Service Express will perform health checks on vehicles while customers charge.

In addition to Service Express, Mobile Service will still be available for all Tesla customers.

Service Express will offer up to eight additional service appointments a day, increasing the availability of Mobile Service Technicians.

Tesla service experience starts with the Tesla app where owners can schedule a service appointment and upload photos and information about the issue. The brand says where possible, cars will be fixed with a software update.

If that isn’t possible, owners can book an appointment at the Service Express location in Cork or organise a mobile service tech on your driveway or work location at a suitable time.

When a service centre appointment is needed, for example if a lift is required, a touchless drop off of the car can be arranged at a Tesla service centre.

 


New Tesla Supercharger location opens in Cork

New Tesla Supercharger Opens In Cork

New Tesla Supercharger location opens in Cork
New Tesla Supercharger location opens in Cork

Tesla has opened a new Supercharger location at Mahon Point Shopping Centre in Cork, which will host four 250 kW Supercharger stalls, open 24 hours a day.

The new Tesla Superchargers at Mahon Point Shopping Centre will be the first location in Ireland to provide the latest V3 Superchargers. With V3 Supercharging, a Model 3 Long Range operating at peak efficiency can recover up to 120 km of charge in five minutes and charge at rates of up to 1,600 km per hour.

Owners can use the Tesla app to monitor, control and get notifications when charging is complete.

Cork is Ireland’s fifth Supercharger location with a total of 34 Superchargers now available to Tesla drivers travelling around the country.

There are also over 50 Destination Charging locations around Ireland at hotels, restaurants and shopping centres.

Tesla says that the aim of the ongoing expansion of the Supercharger network is to ensure that Tesla drivers are able to charge their vehicles quickly, seamlessly and reliably, allowing owners to travel even further with the freedom of Supercharging.


The Tesla Model 3 on test for Changing Lanes!

Tesla Model 3 Review

The Tesla Model 3 on test for Changing Lanes!
The Tesla Model 3 on test for Changing Lanes!

Read Caroline's Tesla Model 3 review for everything you need to know about buying Tesla's new electric car in Ireland.

Tesla has arguably done more to accelerate the movement of the motor industry to electrification than any other car brand. And they really don’t operate like any other car brand. In fact, this relative newcomer (Est. 2003) does everything a little bit differently. And as I was soon to find out as I approached the Tesla Model 3 for the first time, there is nothing ordinary about the car in front me!

What's so hot about the Tesla Model 3?

Designed as Tesla’s smaller, simpler, and more affordable car, slotting in below the brand-defining Model S and ‘groovy-doored’ Model X SUV, the Tesla Model 3 officially went on sale in Ireland in 2019.

With pricing starting from €48,990, this car has massively contributed to the rapid widening of Tesla’s customer base. The brand has registered 340 cars in Ireland so far in 2021, with 335 of them Model 3s.

As I approach the car with what looks like a Tesla-branded credit card in my hand, it’s probably already done a background check on me and knows my first pet’s name. A swipe of the card against the B pillar and I’m in!

Glistening in ruby red, the Tesla Model 3 brings next generation glamour to Irish roads. Three variants are available all with varying levels of performance and battery wizardry: the Standard Range Plus (448 km WLTP, priced from €48,990), Model 3 Performance (567 km WLTP, priced from €65,990) and Long Range (580 km WLTP, priced from €58,990).

Topping up the Model 3's battery at the Tesla Supercharger
Topping up the Model 3's battery at the Tesla Supercharger

What's new for the Model 3?

The Model 3 received a range of styling improvements in 2021 including matte black trim around the car's exterior features like the door handles, more efficient tyres and updated 18/19” Sports Wheels. The Model 3 Performance can now be ordered with new 20” ‘Uberturbine’ wheels. There’s also a new electrically operated boot lid, which opens at the touch of a button or from the touchscreen or Tesla app.

Interior updates include more matte black finish, which replaces the gloss finish in previous versions of the car. The centre console has been redesigned, featuring fixed inductive charging mats for two smartphones. Two additional high-powered USB-C ports have been added for high-speed device charging. Plus, an additional USB-A port in the glove compartment to use for storage devices for Sentry Mode and Dash Cam footage. A new heat pump improves how fast the cabin heats up.

Eight surround cameras allow for 360-degree vision, while twelve ultrasonic sensors provide detection of surrounding objects. Driver assistance features such as emergency braking, collision warning and blind-spot monitoring try their best to keep you out of trouble, while Autopilot is included as standard which, under driver supervision, enables the car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically for other vehicles and pedestrians within its lane.

Inside the 2021 Tesla Model 3
Inside the 2021 Tesla Model 3

Inside the Tesla Model 3

Yes, Tesla do things differently - but depending on how you like your cars, the Tesla’s austere cabin design and gigantic 15" touchscreen in the centre of the dash might have you running for something more analogue and familiarly square.

Even moving the side mirrors requires a quick detour into the central operating system. But as smart as Tesla is, the pure mechanical action of adjusting the wing mirrors is then done through a few twists, turns and slides of a reassuringly normal button on the steering wheel. And except for some stalks for the wipers, indicators, and gear selection, that’s about it. There’s no ON button or ignition - the Tesla just knows you’re ready to go. The Tesla Model 3 is the smartest car I’ve ever met. And I've met a lot of cars. Over 300!

The finish of the cabin and the quality of the design is an improvement on the Model 3 but it feels more basic than a premium German saloon that would command a similar list price. Cabin space is excellent with lots of glazing making it a pleasant place to travel in. The rear bench can seat three, while the boot opens to reveal over 500 litres of cargo space.

So will I be stopping a lot to charge it?

Tesla’s battery technology is truly astounding. Seeing over 500 km on your range counter means less time plugged in or even contemplating where the next charger is when driving between destinations. And Tesla has been building these big milers for years, with well-established car brands only beginning to catch up now. And they are still not there yet.

Yes, it is a very clever car. I sat for hours behind the wheel thinking about this. No need to do rapid calculations in my head, extrapolating, predicting, estimating, and still not having enough range to get home comfortably. With a real world driving range in excess of 500 km, this model moves the conversation on completely when it comes to normalising electric cars, what you can do with them and how it feels to own one.

The Tesla Model 3 has a great design with plenty of interior space
The Tesla Model 3 has a great design with plenty of interior space

Driving the Model 3

And how you can drive them! If the range doesn’t excite your passengers, then the performance surely will. The Tesla Model 3 Long Range can accelerate to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds and it feels just as fast with a silent shove of torque that requires a small warning to passengers of warp speed that is about to be engaged.

Rapid acceleration is a novelty but the Model 3 Long Range is a talented handler with all wheel drive delivering a distinct style of tarmac hugging charm.

It’s very comfortable for the most part but the ride falls short of truly magic carpet premium.

Most buyers will charge their Model 3 at home from a wallbox and rarely need to charge on the go. But the Model 3 also comes with a built-in CCS Charge Port for compatibility with third party fast charging networks like IONITY and ESB, or Tesla’s own Supercharger network and Destination chargers.

The Tesla Model 3 Long Range available from €58,990
The Tesla Model 3 Long Range available from €58,990

Did you like it?

The Tesla Model 3 is a marvel, no doubt about it. The smartest car on the road, already set up for self-driving in a world that isn’t ready for that yet.

But it is not emotional at all. From the cut of the cabin to the myriad of functions and games set in the central operating system, the Model 3 has the distinct feeling of being a device. A good one, but it’s a different approach to building cars. Not wrong, simply different.

The on-road performance is silently charming but the Model 3 will never talk to you through the steering rim or the pedals and whisper words of encouragement like some of the best cars I’ve ever known.

But over 500 km driving range on battery power and not a bead of sweat on my forehead hustling through four counties in one day? With reliable fast charging at the other end on the Tesla Supercharger network? Maybe we need a new definition of 'best' at Changing Lanes!

The undeniable magnificent battery technology, next level operating and design mean this car has and will continue to attract its own loyal following. It remains a status symbol of futurism and cleverness, and reassures that someday we won’t talk about cars and electric cars as if one is somehow compromised over the other. Just cars that can take you from A to B.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Tesla Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor All Wheel Drive
Price: 
€58,990
Battery: 
75 kWh
Range (WLTP): 580 km
Top speed: 233 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 4.4 seconds
CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km
Motor Tax: 
€120 per year


The new TESLA Model 3 has arrived in Ireland!

Tesla Model 3 Deliveries Begin In Ireland

The new TESLA Model 3 has arrived in Ireland!
The new TESLA Model 3 has arrived in Ireland!

The first TESLA Model 3 models have arrived in Ireland and been delivered to Irish customers.

The new Model 3 is Tesla’s smaller, simpler and more affordable car. It goes on sale in Ireland priced from €47,840 on the road and is available in three variants: Standard Range Plus, Long Range AWD and Performance.

The entry model has a range of 409 km (WLTP), while the Long Range AWD model has a range up to 560 km.

The Model 3 Performance is available from €63,061 and is capable of achieving 0-100 kmh in 3.4s. Standard equipment includes Track Mode, a carbon fibre spoiler, 20” performance wheels with red brake calipers and aluminium alloy pedals.

Two of the first Irish customers are John Burke, a self-confessed petrol head and motor racing enthusiast, and Peter Harte, an original TESLA Roadster owner.

The Model 3 comes with a 4 year/80,000 km vehicle warranty and an 8 year/160,000 km battery/drive unit warranty.

The TESLA Model S and Model X SUV first came to Ireland in 2017 when Tesla opened its store and service centre in Sandyford, Dublin. There are three Supercharger locations in Ireland with further sites planned and a network of over 40 Destination Charging locations.

Tesla has recently added a mobile service offering in Ireland, which saves customers the time of travelling to and from a service centre and helps remove 80% of volume from service centres.

Tesla has delivered over 500,000 cars worldwide since the brand's inception. With nearly 140,000 units sold, the TESLA Model 3 was the bestselling premium vehicle in the US for 2018.


The new Tesla Model 3 is available to order now!

Tesla Model 3 Can Now Be Ordered In Ireland

 

The new Tesla Model 3 is available to order now!
The new Tesla Model 3 is available to order now!

Tesla has opened Irish orders for the new Tesla Model 3. The new Model 3 range is available from €48,900 in Ireland.

The Tesla Model 3 Configurator Ireland has launched with the Model 3 AWD Performance and RWD in Standard Range Plus the first models to be available to configure online.

First deliveries for reservation holders will begin in July.

The Model 3 is Tesla’s smaller, simpler, and more affordable car. The Standard Range Plus model has an estimated range of 415 km range, while the range for the Model 3 Performance is rated at 530 km and 560km for the Long Range AWD.

Every car comes with active safety features standard, including Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning and Side Collision Warning. Model 3 now comes with Autopilot included. Under active driver supervision, the car can steer, accelerate and brake automatically for other vehicles and pedestrians within its lane.  

All Model 3 customers have pay-per-use access to the Tesla global Supercharger network, which is reserved specifically for Tesla owners - there are more than 430 Supercharger locations with over 3600 Superchargers in Europe.

For the European market the Tesla Model 3 also comes with a built-in CCS Charge Port for compatibility with third party fast charging networks.

Metallic pain options Midnight Silver and Deep Blue are available for €1,100, while Multi Coat Red and Pearl White will cost €1,600.  Solid black is a standard colour with no charge.

Model 3 specs at a glance: 

Key SpecificationsStandard Range Plus  Model 3 Performance 
0-100 Km/h  5.6 seconds 3.4 seconds 
Top Speed
(Km/h) 
225 km/h 261 km/h 
WLTP KM415 km (WLTP est) 530 km 

 


The new TESLA Model 3

Tesla Model 3 Preview In Dublin

The new TESLA Model 3
The new TESLA Model 3 will be available to configure from May

TESLA welcomed us into their showroom in Sandyford, Dublin, to preview the new TESLA Model 3.

The Model 3 is TESLA’s smaller, simpler, and more affordable car and will slot in below the infamous TESLA Model S and the Model X SUV.

Irish pricing is yet to be confirmed, but a source told us that it is expected to start in the region of €50,000.

The TESLA Model 3 configurator for the Irish market will go live in May, with first customer deliveries expected in August.

There will be three variants: Standard Range Plus with an estimated 415 km range, Model 3 Performance (530 km WLTP) and Long Range AWD (560 km WLTP). The Model 3 Performance is the quickest car in its class, capable of achieving 0-100 kmh in 3.4 seconds.

Autopilot is included as standard which, under active driver supervision, enables the car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically for other vehicles and pedestrians within its lane. 

Every Model 3 also comes with active safety features standard, including Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning and Side Collision Warning. Model 3, as with other Teslas, will continue to receive updates which add new features and enhance functionality over time. Premium connectivity is included as standard for one year which contains satellite maps with live traffic visualisation, Spotify and over-the-air updates via Wi-Fi & cellular.  

The interior of the TESLA Model 3
The interior of the TESLA Model 3

The Model 3 is available in five colour options including Midnight Silver, Deep Blue, Multi Coat Red and Pearl White, with solid black included as standard. 18” Aero wheels come as standard and 19” Sport wheels as an option. 20” Performance Wheels come as standard with the Model 3 Performance.

The Model 3 comes with a black or white premium interior package. This includes premium heated seating with 12-way, power adjustable front seats and centre console with covered storage, 4 USB ports for all your devices and docking for two smartphones. The premium audio system includes 14 surround speakers. Model 3 also comes with auto dimming, power folding, heated side mirrors. 

Model 3 Performance has an increased top speed of 261 kmh along with a carbon fiber spoiler, 20” performance wheels, and aluminum alloy pedals for maximum handling and improved stability. Model 3 Performance also includes red performance brake calipers and the exclusive feature, Track Mode.  

All Model 3 customers have pay-per-use access to the global TESLA Supercharger network. There are more than 440 Supercharger locations with over 3600 Superchargers in Europe and growing. In Europe, the Model 3 also comes with a built-in CCS Charge Port for compatibility with third party fast charging networks.

The TESLA Model 3 has a range of up to 560 km on WLTP
The TESLA Model 3 has a range of up to 560 km on WLTP


New Tesla Supercharger at Castlebellingham

Tesla Expands Supercharger Network In Ireland

Ireland’s latest Tesla Supercharger site has just opened at Applegreen Castlebellingham on the M1.

Applegreen Castlebellingham is a motorway service area located on the M1, one of Ireland’s busiest motorways, and offers recreational areas and food for drivers and families on the move.

The Tesla Supercharger has a total of 16 bays with eight on the Northbound side and eight Southbound. The location opens up Tesla travel from Dublin to Belfast and beyond. Tesla owners can stop for lunch, dinner or a quick coffee while their battery recharges, gaining half a charge in as little as 20 minutes.

For long distance travel, the Supercharger network allows Tesla owners to conveniently charge on major routes all over Europe. Using Superchargers alone, Tesla owners can travel as far as the Arctic Circle in Norway and southern Spain or Italy.

At either side of the Supercharging experience, there is home charging and then destination charging.

With destination charging, Tesla also partners with hotels, restaurants, shopping centres and resorts to make charging when you arrive at your destination as simple as charging at home.


Tesla store in Dublin Ireland

Tesla Store In Ireland Hosts Journalists And Owners

Tesla store in Dublin Ireland
Inside the Tesla store in Sandyford, Dublin

Tesla recently hosted a group of Irish motoring journalists and some of Tesla's Irish owners at an event in their Sandyford store in Dublin.

The event was an opportunity to find out more about Tesla's operations in Ireland, hear owner's stories and test drive the Model S and Model X.

Three Irish owners were present to give an insight into what it means to own and drive a Tesla in Ireland. They shared with us why they chose a Tesla, what they owned before and why they made the switch to electric.

Their experiences were all positive and they all emphasised how cheap the cars were to run, while the long battery range makes them easy to get around in Ireland.

Ireland currently has Tesla Superchargers in Ballacolla and Birdhill, with two more locations on the way at Lisburn and Enfield.

Tesla's Irish store is located at 92 Bracken Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18. For more information click here.

Tesla store in Dublin
Outside the Tesla store in Dublin