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Tesla Model Y review: running costs & insurance

High insurance ratings will eat into some of the savings you make from lower company-car tax and servicing

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

4.5 out of 5

Insurance groupWarrantyService intervalAnnual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
46-494yrs/50,000 milesVariableFrom £180/£359

There’s plenty of savings to be made for company-car drivers opting for a Model Y, as it attracts zero road tax and a ridiculously low Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rate of just 2% for the next few financial years. What’s more, Tesla slashed prices for the entire Model Y line-up in January 2023, bringing the starting price down under £45,000. However, high insurance ratings will eat into those savings.

Tesla Model Y insurance group

The insurance rating for the Model Y depends on what version you go for. The entry-level Model Y falls into insurance group 46 out of 50, while the Long Range and Performance land in groups 48 and 49 respectively. Those are some of the highest insurance ratings possible, meaning it will cost considerably more to get coverage for a Model Y compared to its rivals from Skoda, Hyundai, Volkswagen or even BMW and Audi.


Tesla offers a standard four-year/50,000-mile warranty, which can’t quite match the length of Hyundai or Kia’s coverage, but it is at least longer than the three-year warranties offered by BMW, Mercedes or Polestar. The Model Y's batteries get an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty, too, and will be refurbished or replaced by Tesla if they fall below 70% of their as-new performance within that time. That’s unlikely to happen though, given Tesla’s excellent reputation for battery longevity.


Tesla doesn’t state specific servicing intervals – the car will inform you if it needs attention. However, Tesla recommends checking the interior air filter and brake fluid every couple of years. Tesla has service centres dotted around the country, and offers a mobile service where a technician will come to you.

Road tax

Thanks to its zero-emissions status, you currently don’t have to pay any road tax (VED) or the London Congestion Charge with the Model Y. However, both those exemptions will come to an end in 2025.

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