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Tesla Model Y: boot space, seating & practicality

Fold the rear seats down and the Model Y offers van-like levels of cargo space, plus a frunk up front as a bonus

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Boot space, seating & practicality rating

4.5 out of 5

​One of the main reasons you might consider a Tesla Model Y SUV over the Model 3 saloon is the amount of the cabin space and extra luggage capacity. Thankfully, the Model Y doesn’t disappoint in either area, offering plenty of inside for five adults and enough boot space to rival some vans.

Tesla Model Y interior space, storage & comfort

As we said, there is plenty of space inside the Model Y for five people. There’s ample head and knee room in the rear especially thanks to the minimalist cabin, tall roofline and completely flat floor. The standard full-length glass roof also helps make the cabin feel more spacious, and you get two sets of ISOFIX points in the back.

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There’s decent storage throughout the cabin, too, including door bins (lined with felt to avoid items rattling) and two large cubbies in the centre console. Plus with two wireless charging pads and four USB-C charging ports dotted around, everyone can keep their devices topped up.

At the moment, Tesla is only offering the Model Y in five-seat configuration in the UK, unlike in North America where the mid-size electric SUV is available with an optional third row and can seat up to seven people. The low roofline can make things particularly uncomfortable for those in the rearmost row, but we don’t expect anyone other than small children would be able to use the additional seats anyway.

Boot space

You get a whopping 854 litres of boot space when filled from the laden to the roof and with all five seats in place. That it’s measured to the roof is worth remembering; the Model Y’s rivals typically measure to the parcel shelf, so the Model Y’s boot isn’t as utterly cavernous as it may seem on paper. Fold the rear seats down and you get over 2,000 litres of space to play with, which is almost as much as you get in a Volkswagen ID. Buzz. On top of all that, there’s a 117-litre ‘frunk’ under the bonnet – a feature that the majority of the Model Y’s rivals lack – perfect for keeping your charging cables in, and then some.

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Hello, I’m Shane and I’m the senior content editor both here at DrivingElectric and at our sister title Auto Express. Although I can trace my professional roots back to the radio and podcasting world, my passion (or borderline obsession) with cars saw me switch over to motoring journalism in 2021. From the very start I have been fortunate enough to try out the latest and greatest electric cars on the market, and I’m proud to help people like you make the right EV buying decisions.

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