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
One of the main reasons you might consider a 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.
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. Although the low roofline would make things particularly uncomfortable for those in the rearmost row, so we don’t expect anyone other than small children would be able to use the additional seats anyway.
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 minibus. 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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictFast, efficient and full of fun features, the Tesla Model Y almost does it all and we can clearly see why it’s the UK’s best-selling EV
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Model Y boasts superb range and charging speeds, with full access to Tesla's Supercharger network being the icing on the cake
- 3Running costs & insuranceAn average warranty and high insurance premiums dampen what is otherwise a relatively affordable electric SUV to buy and run
- 4Performance, motor & driveIt’s startlingly quick for a family SUV, but the Model Y is bigger than most of its rivals and has a particularly firm ride
- 5Interior, dashboard & infotainmentTesla’s minimalist cabin will continue to divide people, but there’s no arguing its infotainment system is still one of the best in the business
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingFold the rear seats down and the Model Y offers van-like levels of cargo space, plus a frunk up front as a bonus
- 7Reliability & safety ratingReliability and build quality might not be Tesla’s strong suit, but the Model Y does boast a five-star rating and high scores in the Euro NCAP crash safety tests