Tesla Y, Because It’s Better Than The 3 (or is it?)

Antoine Bechara
Antoine Bechara
July 12, 2022

If you’re looking for an electric vehicle (EV) in Australia right now, there’s a good chance you’re at least thinking about a Tesla and there’s no doubt that Tesla produces some of the best electric vehicles (EVs) on the market. 

In 2022, Tesla has released two great models to the Australian market, the Tesla 3 and the Tesla Y. If you’re not sure which to choose, you’re not alone. They both have fantastic features, with plenty of pros and cons to suit all lifestyles. Here’s a rundown of what you need to know, and which model we recommend. 

Tesla 3 vs Tesla Y Style

The biggest difference between the Tesla 3 and the Tesla Y is the style. It’s pretty simple – the Tesla 3 is a sedan which can fit up to 5 people, while the Tesla Y is an SUV that can fit up to 7 people. 

A lot of the features are the same between models – the basic shape of the front end is the same, with the same short nose, closed grille, front apron, and headlights. The beltline, especially behind the C-pillar, is also the same, and the taillights are very similar. The differences are that the Model Ys roof slopes down more sharply at the back and it is taller; while the 3 is lower to the ground and has a sleeker coupe-inspired design. 

The Y is 2.2 inches longer than the 3, 2.8 inches wider and 7.2 inches taller – and the Y has a much larger cargo capacity at 2.1 cubic metres (2,152 litres), with the Tesla 3 offering 0.64 cubic metres (or 648 litres) of space. 

The Model Y also has more features built in as standard, including a power liftgate.

Tesla 3 vs Tesla Y Battery

This is the most important aspect to any EV – the power and longevity of your battery. 

The Power

With the Model 3, the battery has power at between 54kWh and 82kWh, depending on the battery trim. On the other hand, the Tesla Y has 75 kWh battery regardless of the trim. 

The Range

For the Model 3, the EPA-estimated range is between 350km and 500km, while the Model Y can go up to 525km

Charge Time

The Tesla 3 average charge time is said to be around 10 hours for the Performance model, while the Tesla Y Performance can take up to 11.8 hours. The Long-Range trims for both, with 240V charging, both take 11.5 hours to charge.

Tesla 3 vs Tesla Y Performance

Here’s how the two models compare for performance: 

The base Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive goes from 0 to 100kmph in about 5.8 seconds and can go as fast as 225 kmph on a track. If you upgrade to a Model 3 Long Range, it will take you 4.2 seconds to go from 0 to 100 kmph. The Model 3 Performance is the most powerful trim and can go from 0 to 100 kmph in 3.1 seconds, with a top track speed of 260 kmph. 

The Model Y Long Range has a dual-motor all-wheel drive system, can go from 0 to 100 kmph in about 4.8 seconds, and can go as fast as 217 kmph on a track. The Model Y Performance will take you about 3.5 seconds to go from 0 to 100 kmph, and its top track speed is 250 kmph.

Tesla 3 vs Tesla Y Price 

You’re going to pay more for the Model Y, mostly because the standard trim level (the most affordable) has been taken off the market for the Model 3. The Tesla 3 prices in Australia start at $66,000, while the Tesla Y price begins at $72,300 before on-road costs. 

So, Which Is Better? 

It depends on your wants and needs. They’re both quite similar in specifications and they both offer a range of great qualities, good battery life and high range performance levels. It really comes down to whether you want a slightly faster sedan or a roomier SUV? And of course, what you’re willing to spend.

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