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Tesla Model Y Electric RWD (A) Review
19 May 2023  |  Tesla Reviews
Singapore's growing Supercharger network along with the low price of this Model Y make it irresistible, despite its firm ride and uninspired exterior.
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What We Dislike
Uninspired exterior design
More road noise than other electric cars
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   Consumer Reviews of Tesla Model Y Electric
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9 Consumer Reviews
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Comfort
4.0 Reliability
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Handling
4.5 Features
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Exterior Styling
4.0 Interior Design
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Value for money
4.5 Engine Performance
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Noalcohol
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Blackberry to iPhone?  Posted on 28 Apr 2024
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HW4 Model Y that was released in 2024 is a great improvement for Model Y

This updated Model Y has better camera, computer system, improved comfortable suspension and all round acoustic window. This changes made Model Y the best SUV in market right now.

Power wise it was instant torque and handling is superb. NVH comparable to higher end BBA yet priced lower than entry level BBA. Travelling at 160kmh in NSHW and the car very stable and quiet. The one gas pedal driving is so fun and hardly get to use brake which mean brake pad can last longer.

The car is equipped with alot of features and technology. It has one of the best safety system in its class and it will take days to weeks to learn full capabilities of the car. Its simply amazing how you can control the car from tesla app and have access to many options.

Space wise, its enormous, boot space the best among all EV. Simply clever design and road trip to up north much easier esp theres new tesla supercharger pitstop in afamosa melaka. A quick toilet break and get a cup of coffee/meal, the car is charged from 30% to 90% in 20 mins. With exclusive tesla supercharger, no longer have to worry about having no juice as compared to having other EV brands which has to find other charging service providers to charge their cars.
A single full charge can go up to Melaka or KL depending on driving style.

Overall this has to be one of most value for money EV SUV in market right now. Charging is cheap, a full charge cost $30. Basically maintenance free and no servicing/oil change required. This reminds me a transition from blackberry to iphone. It was hard but it was for a better one. I will never go back to ICE


shijiechua3333
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Best in class  Posted on 20 Apr 2024
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Best in class. The performance variant is just value for money.


foocm28
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Real Test Drive of a Tesla  Posted on 27 Jan 2024
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Everything controlled from huge central monitor touchscreen
Even handbrake is onscreen control (some might find this alarming - I tend to think that basic driving controls should have an analog-mechanical back-up for emergency or total power loss scenario)
No need even fob, virtual fob installed like an app on your smartphone
Can let up to ten ppl share one car by permitting app to be installed on up to ten handfones
Each user has own account with auto preset power seat settings
The front seats have backside aircon ducts which is very shiok, hope more car makers would offer this as standard
But touch and feel of everything is flimsy and low quality hinting at very fast wear and tear
One pedal drive with very heavy regenerative braking feel, to slow down just lift right foot from pedal slows down very fast
Vast windscreen extend up to half of roof, vast rear windscreen also extend up to half of roof, break or crack it replacement likely very expensive, so must always try to avoid open air carpark.

Other Online reviewers complain of water leaks and windsound from these vast windows esp in high speed highway driving.

Driving feel is good, with the solidity and grounded feeling offers by a Merc or Jaguar feel due to huge battery below passengers giving it an ultra stable driving feel. Suspension is reasonably pliant, tuned to be comfy yet give good feel of the road

Virtually silent drive due to battery drive, only tyre noise noticeable.
However, consumes lots of tyres and brake pads as it's very heavy. Average town driving domestic user have to change tyres and brake pads every 18-24mths (compared with 4-5 yrs for normal cars).

Heard that Servicing can be slow as official service dept understaffed. Hears from others that a first-gen owner had a motor failure after two years, but that's first-gen.

In 3-5yrs of normal usage battery degradation sets in and battery can no longer take full charge, maybe gradually lose 10-25% charge capacity. Punitive resale price drop. Due to steep depreciation.

Charging station availability anxiety and range anxiety is a given psychological burden of being an eVehicle user. Challenging for trips to M'sia

In summary: a laptop with 4 wheels. Buy to play as a toy then quickly dump before 36mths old otherwise suffer hyperbolic depreciation

The Model Y at $214000 is a better value proposition compared to $200k for a Model 3


justintgy
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Driving the Future: The Tesla Model Y RWD - A Pragmatic Blend of Performance and Practicality in the Electric SUV Landscape  Posted on 16 Dec 2023
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Comfort 4.0 Reliability 5.0
Handling 4.0 Features 5.0
Exterior Styling 3.0 Interior Design 4.0
Value for money 5.0 Engine Performance 5.0
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Introducing the Tesla Model Y RWD - a pragmatic iteration of the Model 3, positioned as a mid-priced electric SUV in the competitive market alongside contenders like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Audi Q4 E-Tron. Addressing the aesthetic reservations, the Model Y may not boast groundbreaking looks, resembling a taller and broader Model 3, sharing 75% Of design and parts. However, it redeems itself with a hatchback, offering practicality for transporting bulkier items such as bicycles. Unlocking the car is a seamless experience, whether using the keycard or the convenience of linked phone or smartwatch integration, eliminating the need for a physical key. Entering the front cabin reveals a commanding 15" Landscape-oriented touchscreen, powered by an AMD Ryzen akin to the Model 3. This centralized hub controls navigation, climate, and glovebox access, contributing to a simple and minimalist dash. The interior echoes the Model 3's sophistication, featuring electrically adjusted and heated steering wheel, stain-resistant vegan leather seats, two wireless charging pads, two cup holders, and ample storage with expansive door bins. Standard black seats can be upgraded to white at an additional cost. Transitioning to the rear, the Model Y addresses the Model 3's seating challenges, offering a more comfortable position with a lower floor and higher seats, accommodating tall passengers without knee discomfort. Spacious legroom, reclining seats, generous headroom, rear aircon vents, two USB-C ports, an armrest, and two cupholders enhances the rear passenger experience. Practicality shines through with a 114L sealed front boot, ideal for odorous items, and a substantial 854L rear boot. On the road, the elevated ride height provides a better view, albeit with a compromise on ride comfort and handling compared to sedans. The SUV experience remains fantastic, complemented by low cabin noise from double-glazed windows and high-profile 19" Tires. Acceleration impresses for a nearly 2-ton SUV, clocking 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds. While the WLTP range stands at 455km, real-world usage hovers around 400km. Noteworthy during road trips, the included autopilot enhances the driver's convenience, rounding out the Model Y RWD's appeal as a compelling mid-priced electric SUV in its class.

What I like
The Tesla Model Y is an exceptional electric SUV, and the current government incentives make it an even more compelling choice. Until the year-end, there's an impressive $45k off the Additional Registration Fee (ARF), a strong incentive to boost EV adoption. While this discount reduces to $40k from 2025, it remains a noteworthy encouragement for those considering this eco-friendly option. One of the standout features is the infotainment system, which adds a layer of entertainment to your driving experience. The ability to play games like Beach Buggy Racing and access platforms like YouTube enhances the Model Y's appeal. The innovative Dog Mode is a game-changer for pet owners, maintaining a chilled cabin for furry friends when you step out. Passersby are reassured by a display indicating Dog Mode activation and the cabin temperature, while the car notifies you if the battery is running low. The audio experience in the Model Y is elevated with a Tesla-branded 13-speaker system, setting a benchmark for sound quality in its price range. Access to Tesla's reliable supercharger and free destination network, exclusive to Tesla cars in Singapore, further sweetens the deal. Charging is a breeze with the Model Y's fast speeds, offering almost 250km of range in just 15 minutes using Tesla's V3 superchargers. The car's self-driving camera system goes beyond navigation, doubling as a full 360-degree dashcam, eliminating the need for an additional installation. The spacious underfloor storage in the boot compensates for the absence of a spare tire, providing a practical solution for keeping car care essentials. Safety is paramount in the Model Y, securing the top spot with Euro NCAP's 2023 safety awards, scoring an impressive 364 out of 400â€"the highest ever awarded. Autopilot functionality, included in the Model Y, enhances safety during long road trips and in traffic jams, contributing to a stress-free driving experience. Speaking of the boot, the Model Y boasts an expansive 854L of space, surpassing competitors like Hyundai Ioniq 5 (527L) and its smaller brother, the Model 3 (425L). This substantial cargo capacity ensures ample room for luggage, groceries, or any other items you might need on your journeys.

What I do not like
The Tesla Model Y, sharing similarities with the Model 3, brings forth certain pain points that potential buyers should consider. While the touchscreen serves as a command center for almost all functions, its placement of the speedometer in the top right corner may prove inconvenient and even hazardous. Essential controls, such as adjusting wiper speed, are reliant on screen interaction, potentially posing a safety risk during sudden downpours. Although software updates have mitigated some issues, the occasional excessive speed of the automatic wipers remains a concern.

Voice control, designed to facilitate tasks like glovebox access, lacks flawless execution. Families seeking a 7-seater configuration will be disappointed, as Tesla does not offer this option, potentially limiting its appeal to larger families.

Unlocking the full self-driving capability requires a hefty $11,500 payment to Tesla. Even for enhanced autopilot features, an additional $5,800 is required. While optional, this adds a considerable cost to an already substantial investment, although it can be conveniently purchased via the Tesla app post-car acquisition, avoiding Additional Registration Fee (ARF) implications.

Premium connectivity, at $16.99 per month, is necessary for features like live traffic navigation and satellite view maps. As music and video streaming, karaoke, and internet browsing are accessible using a phone hotspot without premium connectivity, it might not justify the added expense for some.

The built-in cameras, intended for self-driving, double as a 360-degree dashcam. However, the video quality falls short of cheaper alternatives, and playback on the car's screen can be glitchy. It's advisable to download and view dashcam videos externally for a smoother experience.

With no spare tire, the inconvenience of a flat tire is amplified. Resorting to towing or additional costs for on-site tire services becomes necessary, further complicating unexpected roadside issues.

While Tesla's build quality has seen improvement, it still trails behind premium German brands like BMW and Mercedes. Potential buyers should be aware that, despite advancements, Tesla's build quality might not match the standards set by these established Brands.

In summary, while the Tesla Model Y RWD offers cutting-edge technology and eco-friendly features, prospective buyers must weigh these against


wche9
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Model Y RWD: Arguably No Competition  Posted on 21 Jul 2023
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Comfort 5.0 Reliability 5.0
Handling 5.0 Features 5.0
Exterior Styling 4.0 Interior Design 5.0
Value for money 5.0 Engine Performance 5.0
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The Tesla Model Y RWD might be in a league of its own. It embodies German driving characteristics with Silicon Valley tech. Put it against luxury competitors like the iX3, EQB, EQC, XC40 Electric, E-tron, I-Pace & RZ Electric - all are more costly and aren't as technologically advanced as the model Y. Put it against mass-market EVs and you'll be faced with the basic infotainment systems of the Ioniq 5/EV6 and the zero-scrap value Atto 3.

The base RWD variant is more than powerful, especially on Singapore's roads. The handling is superb - throw it around a corner and the SUV barely roll one bit. Autopilot works like a breeze and keeps you safe with its 8 cameras. The suspension isn't as hard as some suggest. It rolls over potholes just fine. Yes, the ride is firm but tolerable. It's a trade-off that you must accept for what is a performance-oriented family car.

The 13-speaker, 600W premium sound system is by far the most immersive sounding in any stock fitted vehicle. They are actually designed by previous Bang & Olufsen engineers. The 15" Infotainment system is quick and intuitive, powered by AMD Ryzen. All Teslas are connected to a cellular network - so one can control the vehicle remotely via the Tesla mobile app.

Frunk, trunk and passenger space is unrivalled for a mid-size SUV.

I agree that the exterior looks and feels cheap. However once inside, every component is solidly fitted with no panel gap. The vegan leather seats and aluminium matte finishes makes cleaning effortless. The alcantara and wood grain trims are nice premium touches. IMO, the interior quality is better than a Merc EQB but worse than a BMW iX3, putting it right smack in Audi/Volvo territory.

One major flaw of the Model Y is its turning circle. At 12.1m, it is very wide for a mid-size vehicle with a wheelbase of under 2,900mm. Performing narrow 2-lane U-turns are doable but tricky. Navigating in small carparks are challenging too. While front and side visibility is great, there is no top-down 360° camera view to guide you.

For a pure electric mid-size SUV with only one major flaw, the Model Y would be the most compelling choice for many.

What I like
-Superb handling
-Instant acceleration and powerful torque
-Excellent front & side visibility
-Best-in-class stock sound system
-Best-in-class infotainment system
-Best-in-class autonomous driving system
-Best-in-class mobile app integration
-Regular over-the-air software updates
-Ample cabin & cargo space
-Comfy vegan leather seats that are stain resistant
-Solid interior build quality with mostly matte and soft-touch finishes
-Double-glazed glass windows; superb sound insulation
-Expansive glass moonroof that has 99% UV protection
-Access to the Supercharger network, especially in peninsula Malaysia
-LFP Battery tech that allows you to charge to 100% without much degradation

What I do not like
-12.1m turning circle is too wide for a mid-size SUV
-1.92m car width requires wider parking lots
-The cameras, especially the blind spot cameras are of potato camera quality - 2MP sensor that produces washed-out images with a yellowish/purplish tint. (*HW4 debuting in 2024 will ship with crisper, more refined 5MP cameras)
-Ground clearance isn't exactly tall by SUV standards
-No power frunk
-No tailgate kick sensor


RS686868
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The best SUV EV so far.  Posted on 15 Jun 2023
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Likes: Handles really well for a SUV/Crossover. Interior is clean and minimal which i like. Super charger is a big plus. Love the software system, it is integrated and smooth. Best handling and OS in it's class.

Dislikes: Road noise is quite bad after changing wheels and tyres. Ride is bumpy. Took so much longer to reach KL because of charger availability and slow charging.

The Model Y deserves a 4.5 stars, but the overall EV charging experience is poor outside the Tesla network is 1 star.


JoonGoh
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Once you go EV, you won't miss ICE!  Posted on 06 Dec 2022
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Comfort 5.0 Reliability 5.0
Handling 5.0 Features 5.0
Exterior Styling 5.0 Interior Design 5.0
Value for money 4.0 Engine Performance 5.0
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The car is very impressive. Steeping on the accelerator and you are ready to go instantly! Getting used to one-pedal driving takes little time. There's very little use of the brake if you set regenerative braking to hold. The minimalist design is so pleasing to the eye. Build quality has definitely improved. The huge touchscreen has everything you need. The speakers in the car are on another level. Playing music, videos and movies in the car is such a treat - it's almost like you are in your personal theatre.

What I like
- instant torque
- powerful
- intuitive controls
- minimalist cabin
- huge touchscreen
- great speakers
- quiet

What I do not like
- glovebox must be opened through the touchscreen


Blackie_32
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Wow  Posted on 27 Nov 2022
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Handling 4.0 Features 5.0
Exterior Styling 4.0 Interior Design 3.0
Value for money 5.0 Engine Performance 5.0
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First encounter into EV. Test drive. No turbo lag, smooth drive but needs to get used on degenerative, which is different from usual ICE cars. Almost no need to step on brake pedal, which kinda of strange but can be easily overcome.
No complaint on price point (*excluding COE factor) that the car comes with many cool efficiency features & importantly that instant power rushing in upon pressing onto accelerator.
Seriously consider to change Model Y, even I just gotten my new conti ICE car in Jul 2022.
Concerns on charging points can be resolve progressively, especially more points are in construction pipeline.

What I like
Instant power
Bigger spacious than Model 3
Huge boot

What I do not like
Original rims incompatible to car
Reliability might be an issue


steveooo
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EV is the future  Posted on 20 Nov 2022
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Comfort 4.0 Reliability 5.0
Handling 5.0 Features 5.0
Exterior Styling 5.0 Interior Design 5.0
Value for money 5.0 Engine Performance 5.0
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After changing to tesla, i won't be able to go back to non-ev vehicle

Instant acceleration
One pedal driving + autopilot makes everything easy
Best infotainment system, remove all the useless buttons and make everything clean!
Sound system
Big space - frunk + boot is more than enough
Big Responsive screen in the middle
Tesla supercharger network

Its similar feeling when you change your nokia/blackberry for an iphone. It may take a while to get used to, but eventually you will.

What I like
Price & Value
Instant torque
Infotainment system
Tesla supercharger network
One pedal driving

What I do not like
Ride just a lil bumpy
Aircon control can be made easier

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