Tesla Model Y vs. Polestar 2, I-Pace, E-Tron and Mercedes EQC: How do they stack up?

Tesla’s new Model Y crossover may have loads of competitors when it goes on sale in fall 2020, as different new all-electric fashions flood the market. Polestar, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Audi all have competing fashions that, at the least on paper, will function sturdy competitors to the Tesla. Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the brand new mannequin at an occasion Thursday in California.

Unfortunately for our functions, as is normally the case with its automobiles, Tesla declined to share particular numbers, together with exterior dimensions, horsepower, torque or battery capacities, for the Model Y — figures each different EV producer offers — so there’s solely a lot comparability we will do. With that thoughts, this is how the Model Y stacks up in opposition to the competitors.

Sales of Tesla’s latest automobile, the Model Y, start this fall.


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Pricing

The Tesla Model Y’s largest benefit can be its reasonably priced value, which can be as little as $48,200 (together with a $1,200 vacation spot payment) when the Long-Range rear-wheel-drive mannequin launches subsequent fall. That’s set to fall to as little as $39,000 (earlier than vacation spot) when the Standard Range mannequin arrives in spring 2021. On the opposite hand, the priciest Performance variant will price $61,200 after vacation spot.

Those costs are extraordinarily aggressive when put next with the Model Y’s rivals. The Polestar 2, for example, is about to begin at $55,000, the Audi E-Tron can be $75,795 with vacation spot, The Jaguar I-Pace begins at $70,525. No value has but been confirmed for the Mercedes-Benz EQC, however a determine round $70,000 is predicted.

One essential Tesla Model Y pricing word: Buyers must pay for any electrical energy they eat at one of many firm’s Supercharger high-speed charging stations. Earlier Tesla patrons have been capable of cost at no cost, an enormous profit to these masking lengthy distances.

The Model Y debuted Thursday night time at an occasion in California.


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Performance

The Tesla Model Y makes use of both a single rear-mounted motor or a twin-motor powertrain offering all-wheel drive. Though we haven’t any horsepower numbers, Tesla does give a sign of efficiency estimates for the Model Y, which differ considerably relying on trim.

The quickest is the all-wheel-drive Model Y Performance, which Tesla says will run the Zero-to-60-miles-per-hour dash in three.5 seconds and go on to a prime velocity of 150 mph — numbers that beat out all rivals. Other fashions are nonetheless fast however much less excessive of their acceleration claims. The Long-Range all-wheel-drive mannequin trims these numbers to four.eight seconds and 135 mph, whereas Long-Range rear-wheel-drive Model Ys hit 60 in 5.5 seconds and prime out at 130 mph. Finally, the Standard Range automobile, which is rear-drive solely, hits 60 in 5.9 seconds and manages 120 mph.

The Model Y’s rivals are all all-wheel drive. The Audi E-Tron will hit 60 in 5.5 seconds and tops out at 124 mph, the 408-hp Polestar 2 reaches 62 in “less than” 5 seconds, the 402-hp Mercedes-Benz EQC is pegged at a four.9-second dash to 60 and a most velocity of 112 mph. And lastly, Jaguar says the 394-hp I-Pace will hit 60 mph in four.5 seconds and prime out at 124 mph.

Power and Performance

Vehicle

Horsepower

Zero-60 MPH

Top Speed

Tesla Model Y Performance

N/A

three.5 seconds

150 MPH

Tesla Model Y Long-Range AWD

N/A

four.eight seconds

135 MPH

Tesla Model Y Long-Range RWD

N/A

5.5 seconds

130 MPH

Tesla Model Y Standard Range

N/A

5.9 seconds

120 MPH

Audi E-Tron

N/A

5.5 seconds

124 MPH

Jaguar I-Pace

394 HP

four.5 seconds

124 MPH

Mercedes-Benz EQC

402 HP

four.9 seconds

112 MPH

Polestar 2

408 HP

< 5 seconds N/A

Battery vary

Perhaps crucial determine to EV patrons is battery vary. The Tesla Model Y’s vary has but to be confirmed by the EPA, and Tesla will not say what number of kilowatt-hours its battery packs maintain, however ranges are as follows: 280 miles for the Performance and Long-Range AWD fashions, 300 for the rear-drive Long-Range and 230 miles for the Standard Range fashions.

Based on what we all know up to now, these figures will evaluate properly in opposition to Tesla’s European rivals. The Jaguar I-Pace has an EPA-rated vary of 234 miles on a single cost of its 90-kWh battery pack and the Polestar 2 is promised to journey about 275 miles on its 78-kWh battery. But Audi and Mercedes have but to finalize driving vary estimates for his or her EVs.

Driving Range and Battery Capacity

Vehicle

Driving Range (Miles)

Battery Capacity (kWh)

Tesla Model Y Performance

280 (est.)

N/A

Tesla Model Y Long-Range AWD

280 (est.)

N/A

Tesla Model Y Long-Range RWD

300 (est.)

N/A

Tesla Model Y Standard Range

230 (est.)

N/A

Audi E-Tron

N/A

95

Jaguar I-Pace

234

90

Mercedes-Benz EQC

N/A

80

Polestar 2

275 (est.)

78

Interior and spaciousness

Like the bigger Model X, the Tesla Model Y may be optioned with three rows of seats (two rows are normal), which already offers a bonus over rivals that may match simply two rows of passengers. On the opposite hand, given the Model Y’s comparatively brief size, we’re curious to see simply how a lot legroom is definitely out there within the third row.

Tesla additionally guarantees wholesome quantities of cargo house, with 66 cubic ft of storage claimed when combining the “frunk” forward of the cabin and the house inside it. Of course, it is onerous to match apples to apples after we do not know precisely how a lot of that room is behind the second or third rows.

Still, we will have a look at the space for storing supplied by the competitors within the summary. In the I-Pace, Jaguar says you will discover 25.three cubic ft of storage behind the second row and 51.Zero cubic ft with the seats folded. In the Audi E-Tron these numbers are 28.5 and 57.Zero cubic ft. We haven’t got cargo-room figures for the Polestar or Mercedes simply but.

The seats will fold down to provide Model Y patrons extra cargo house.


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Just just like the Model three, the Tesla Model Y has an ultra-minimalist cabin, with virtually all car controls relegated to 1 big, 15-inch touchscreen within the heart of the dashboard. While placing each automobile perform on one display screen was met with skepticism, our expertise within the Model three proved the system is less complicated to make use of than anticipated. There’s additionally a glass roof that ought to enable loads of mild into the cabin. As standard, the Model Y may even have all of Tesla’s latest-and-greatest in-car tech: the flexibility to unlock and sensible the automobile with a smartphone, as a substitute of a key, in addition to Tesla-specifics just like the “Summon” remote-driving perform and Autopilot driver-assistance options.

What concerning the Model three?

Of course, Tesla buyers would possibly wish to evaluate the brand new Model Y crossover in opposition to the Model three sedan. Despite vital variations in dimensions, the 2 do share rather a lot in frequent, particularly when it comes to inside and exterior design. Figuring out the comparisons when it comes to efficiency, vary and value is just a little trickier, although.

For occasion, the Model three has much more trim ranges than the Model Y. But on the extremes, it is simple to match. For occasion, the Model three’s base Standard Range, rear-wheel-drive mannequin affords 220 miles of vary and a 5.6-second dash to 60 mph — proper on par with the Model Y Standard Range. But the sedan’s presumably decrease drag and weight (these figures have but to be shared) imply that the Long-Range, rear-drive Model three can boast a 325-mile EPA driving vary to the equal Model Y’s estimated 300 miles.

The Model Y additionally instructions a pricing premium. The Model three is now (lastly!) out there from simply $35,000, or about $four,000 lower than the Model Y Standard Range’s deliberate beginning value. Also word that the $39,000 Model Y is not scheduled to reach till about two years from at this time.