Because of the nature of its architecture, the Model Y offers a lot of luggage space. There’s a 117-litre frunk (or froot, or just boot, or whatever) under the bonnet and an 854-litre boot at the back, with more underfloor space than in the Model 3, because the floor is higher. There’s a cubby beneath that you would likely use for storing the charging cables.
Fold the rear seats forward and add up oddments storage – of which there’s plenty – and you end up with 2100 litres of cargo space. At the moment, all Model Ys for the UK are five-seaters. There’s a seven-seat option elsewhere but no word yet on when that will arrive here.
The extra body height does indeed give great head room. There’s a huge non-opening sunroof, too, and a relatively low windowline that makes for an airy cabin. There’s a strip of light-coloured matt wood around the front of the dashboard, some brushed aluminium and the same silvered plastics as those fitted to the latest Model 3, lighter and less markable than piano-black plastic. Critiquing the quality of the switchgear is a toughie, because there’s hardly any of it.
If the mechanicals of the Model Y will be familiar to Model 3 drivers, likewise will be its driving environment. It has an exceptionally clean cabin that, apart from door switches, window switches, two column stalks and two multi-function dials on the steering wheel, has everything delegated to the 15in landscape-orientated touchscreen on the centre of the dashboard. From displaying the car’s speed to opening the glovebox, it’s all here. And if you think that sounds like Tesla is asking one screen to accommodate rather a lot, you would be right.