If you have driven and charged other electric cars, Tesla’s Supercharger network is a revelation. You park up, plug in and charge at up to 250kW. You don’t need to swipe a card, the chargers work and there are lots of them. And you can use any other public charger, too. Having said that, it looks like the number of Teslas on the road is close to catching up with the number of Superchargers.
There’s no doubt that Tesla is still ahead of the pack when it comes to convenience because, in addition to access to Superchargers, the Model Y has a very competitive range. During our time with the car, including performance testing and motorway driving, we averaged 3.1mpkWh.
Assuming a usable battery capacity of 75kWh, that gives a real-world range of 234 miles. Expect more in summer or with gentler usage. A single-motor Kia EV6 or Skoda Enyaq will do similar, and a Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended Range will go slightly further but with less performance.
Given that the range starts with the £54,990 dual-motor Long Range model, which is very well equipped as standard, there is no cheap Model Y. If you can live without the violent power and rich standard equipment, the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 are much cheaper, while a lower-spec Audi Q4 E-tron or Volvo XC40 offers far better value. However, like for like, the Tesla is cheaper than anything else on the market.
Things are less rosy on PCP, where all direct rivals are significantly cheaper even if they have a higher list price, on account of its higher APR.