What do you need to do to test drive a Tesla these days and share your impressions? It should be noted that the California-based manufacturer does not provide cars to the automotive press.
Therefore, there are three options for a car tester: buy one of the brand’s cars, you will agree to a fairly expensive option, borrow a fairly new car from an acquaintance, or call a car sharing agency directly. Moreover, this test, which took place a few days ago in October, would not have been possible without the contribution of the agency Turo, who was kind enough to cover the costs of this test. The Model Y crossover extends from Monday to Friday.
Return to the first contact with the utility.
The familiar silhouette and assembly…
There is no need to tell you about the various design features of a compact crossover. Unless you live in a remote country cut off from the rest of the world, you no doubt know what an American firm’s most compact utility looks like. Well-placed on 21-inch wheels, the Performance livery is a little more aggressive than the other variant, which features 19-inch diameter wheels.
As for build quality, it wasn’t all about this thorny subject, let’s face it, not all Tesla cars come out of the brand’s workshops the same way. To my surprise, the Model Y 2022 tested in October was quite well assembled. No matter how much I looked around the body panels, I couldn’t find any overly noticeable gaps, not even a major blemish on the charcoal gray paint. Granted, I didn’t spend three hours analyzing every exterior detail of the car, but after a few laps of the car, my first impression was excellent… for a car with an enviable reputation on the internet. Even closing the doors surprised me, an honest, solid process worthy of a luxury car. So far, so good.
And inside is better?
Here, too, the interior, although I saw that it lacked life, did not leave me helpless. Clad in dark gray or black plastic panels, the crossover’s interior is fairly monochromatic, except for the wood strips running between the fascia and front door panels. Yes, it’s true, the glass roof gives a lot of shine, but it would be interesting if Tesla could consider offering other color options for the interior, instead of introducing us to the new models. OK, the all-white cabin is available as an option, but with calcium and mud in the winter, it seems like a mistake not to.
Some plastic panels are quite cheap, while others are nicely designed like a felt pad for wireless charging of a smart device. For a car with a starting price of $90,000 (for this Performance livery), I would have liked Alcantara suede or perforated leather seats, but no, not even on the seats or the 40/20/40 folding rear seat. . As for the latter, it doesn’t fold completely flat for hauling bulkier objects, but hey, the Model Y is a family car, not a delivery van.
A word on the touch screen
I have to admit right up front that I’m not the biggest fan of these touchscreens, these computers integrated into the vehicle’s dashboard distract anyone behind the wheel…and I’ll win. t I do not exclude for Model Y.
But suddenly using the latter was a plus…after some trial and error anyway! For example, by activating the left lever, which has some wiper logos on it, you have to control the screen, where a menu at the bottom left shows the different speeds of the system. The gear lever is installed on the right of the steering column and its operation is simpler.
While interacting with all of the car’s digital functions is quite complex – there are so many options and menus on that big screen – navigation through the infotainment system, on the other hand, is amazing. . The graphics are sharp, the screen response is excellent, and the options are endless. You can lose a few minutes trying to find everything in this touch universe, even a racing game where the steering wheel of the car controls the digital Tesla on the screen (during the obligatory charging on the road). Obviously, the latter is possible only when the car is stationary.
But, at the risk of repeating myself, that doesn’t change the fact that the driver is up front, and with so many options in the center of the dashboard, you have to be careful not to get lost in the menus. system while driving.
For this first real contact behind the wheel of a Tesla, I traveled to Toronto, where I had to attend the launch of another race car…this one!
After the first look at the dashboard and its features, I went on the road and understood what entices fans of electric cars from the first laps of the wheel. With a quiet, smooth ride (on a good road) and relatively precise steering – thanks to the 21-inch wheels – the Model Y Performance is also an acceleration monster when you press hard on the right pedal.
Still, the car is heavy and the dampers are tuned for smooth surfaces like a pool table. As soon as the asphalt breaks down—like in Quebec, for example—the Model Y shakes its occupants. We’re not talking about an unpleasant ride, but next to the new luxury electric crossovers, the Model Y doesn’t offer such a quiet experience. These rather stiff suspension settings affect body noise and some loose panels inside the cabin. In Ontario, on the fairly well-maintained Highway 401, the electric crossover looked good.
In terms of raw power, the Model Y Performance surprises as soon as you dare to mash the right pedal. Remember, the pair of electric motors makes 456 horsepower, with a (pre-existing) 471 lb-ft of torque guaranteeing lightning-fast acceleration. It’s not as fierce as, say, one of Dodge’s muscle cars—the silence inside the car no doubt has something to do with it—but let’s just say this Performance livery has what it takes to drag a lot of car models. strip. Sport mode is also the mode of choice for taking advantage of the crossover’s sharper settings. I also really liked the single pedal ride which was very easy to modulate.
Unfortunately, the promised 488 km was tested on the route of the 401 highway, where the higher cadence hurt my electricity consumption, but let’s just say that the monotony of this neural connection prompts me to drive slightly faster than the permitted limit. 100 km/h. I averaged 21.4kW/100km, which is higher than the RnC (Natural Resources Canada) estimates with a range of around 390km (instead of the promised 488km) with these multiple accelerators and that. speed 120 km/h.
During this long journey, the autopilot system was also tested, and the latter helps the driver on the highway, but does not completely take over. The system responded quite well, even reacting quite sharply when a heavy truck drifted out of its lane. Fortunately, more fear than harm
What should you remember?
Frankly, for a car that has been abused by thousands of users, the Tesla Model Y 2022 (Performance Style) has held up very well. The setup still needs some tweaking and some of the controls are too complicated for my taste, but overall this first encounter with the most interesting utility in the range went very well.
A word about the Turo program
To enter this world of private and shared vehicles, I had to download the app through a smart device. Note that once a user profile is created, Turo can be accessed through the website.
Like any good app, Turo offers its users a number of parameters, such as the distance between your home and the car in question – I stopped at a car within a reasonable distance from where I live –, the costs associated with each car, the cost per day, week or month.
If you’re looking for a pickup truck to help your neighbor move, Turo has you covered. If your budget is limited, it is possible to limit your choice of car by adjusting the maximum value you want, in short, even an old dinosaur like me can find yourself through these hundreds of ads highlighting vehicles.
After finding the desired car, it is necessary to complete a few important steps such as availability dates, payment type and other additional options like the type of insurance that the user wants, because that is exactly what Turo offers. two tiers: regular or premium and I recommend choosing the more expensive of the two, you never know. Otherwise, your private auto insurance takes over.
In short, after the booking was completed, I could discuss the final details with the car owner directly on the app’s chat page (or directly on my smartphone). A rental extending from Monday morning to Friday morning gave me a maximum of 1,600 km, which suited me well as I had to drive around Toronto to test drive another car… -the!
So I went to the owner’s residence of this Tesla Model Y Performance 2022 to take (temporary) possession using a digital key directly on my phone via the Tesla app. After snapping a few photos of said iconic vehicle, I set off for the Queen City aboard the most common electric compact crossover on our roads.