This comparison focuses on the long range variants of each model:
Price and Incentives
As of now, the Tesla Model X Long Range is about double the price of a Tesla Model Y Long Range. While the Model Y Long Range should still be elibile for several state government incentives and the FBT exemption for electric vehicles, the Model X will not be eligible for most.
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Size and Dimensions
Both EVs are considered to be practical for their class. They are both built on a dedicated EV platform which allows for greater interior space relative to the external footprint.
The Model X is larger in size than the Model Y. The Model X is a 7-seat large SUV, whereas the Model Y is a 5-seat medium SUV. The Model X is considerably longer (+285 mm), wider (+78 mm) and taller (+60 mm). Overall the Model X is c. 15% larger than the Model Y
The Model Y is the lighter vehicle, weighing 298 kg less than the Model X. This is the main reason for its claimed energy efficiency.
The Model X has superior towing capacity, rated to tow at 2250 kg braked, whereas the Model Y is rated to tow 1600 kg braked. Both are rated to tow 750 kg unbraked
Range and Performance
On paper, the Model X offers slightly more claimed WLTP range (+47 km), due to having a larger battery. It is however less efficient than the Model Y, due to being 298 kg heavier.
The Model X offers faster acceleration than the Model Y, hitting 0 to 100 km/hr in just 3.9 seconds. This is due its more powerful motor.
Battery and Charging
The Model X and Model Y feature equally fast DC charging. The Model X however features faster AC charging (17 kW) versus 11 kW for the Model Y. Despite having a larger battery, the Model X will reach a full charge two hours earlier.
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The Model X and Model Y offer similar levels of driver-assist technology features. The Model X however features a 12.3 inch driver instrument display which the Model Y lacks.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Model X is the premium vehicle and has the superior infotainment and connectivity offering. It has a larger screen and substantially more speakers.
Both vehicles do not feature Android Auto nor Apple CarPlay.
Both models feature mobile apps which allow functionalities such as remote lock, pre-heating/cooling and charge monitoring.
The Tesla Model X and Model Y offer additional features such as heat pump which comes as standard.
About the author
Danny is a consultant and entrepreneur working at the cutting edge of the electric vehicle and energy transition. He is passionate about educating and helping consumers make better decisions through data. He is the founder of zecar and is currently the EV Innovation Manager at Endeavour Energy.
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