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Difference Between Tesla Model X and Model Y

The future of automotive is definitely electric. This is where the Tesla leads the race as one of leading names in the electric car industry. Tesla, thanks to its current fleet of all-electric, high-performance, and affordable vehicles, is one of the fastest growing brands worldwide. Tesla started to gain momentum when it produced the Roadster, the first battery-powered sports car. But a lot has changed since then. The company now has an electric SUV, the Model X and a mid-size SUV, the Model Y. We take a look at which electric SUV is right for you.

More about Tesla Model X

The Model X is an all-electric luxury SUV from the EV giant Tesla. It is considered one of the fastest and safest crossovers ever been made. It comes with the all-wheel drive option which sees the vehicle operating from a 90kWh battery. There are no conventional engines in the Model X, since it’s all-electric. The international model comes in two electric powertrains: Long Range and Plaid. The Long Range has an impressive range of about 360 miles on a single charge, while the Plaid can go a little over 330 miles after a full charge. The storage space and towing capacity is good, and the seating capacity is up to seven adults. It also has falcon wing doors which allows for easier loading and opens up conveniently on open spaces.

More facts about Tesla Model Y

Tesla Model Y is a mid-size SUV with dual motor AWD and just like every Tesla, it offers greater protection thanks to its rigid design and the low center of gravity. It looks like a Model 3 from many angles, but when you get into the details, you can actually notice how much more headroom there is. The Model Y is basically the same DNA of the Model X, which means same seating capacity, quick acceleration, and same 330 miles range. The Model Y is all matte black trim from around the windows to the door handles and the mirrors. This car also has a power liftgate that extends down much further for quicker loading and unloading. The Model Y ditches the falcon wing doors though.

Difference between Tesla Model X and Model Y

Design and Interior

 – The Model X is one of the oldest Teslas in the range, whereas the Model Y is a relatively newer version. Although, it steals some the Model X’s thunder, there are some noticeable differences in the Model Y, such as the matte black trim, auto-dimming mirrors, laminated window glass. Although, both of them offer a seating capacity of up to seven adults, the Model Y doesn’t have the same accommodating interior, but it’s still spacious. The panoramic glass roof in the Model Y is a great addition.


 – The Model X gets extra battery power with a 100 kWh capacity. As a result, it accounts for a better range than the Model Y, which in fact, packs a 75 kWh battery. The Model X’s battery is powerful enough to cover a 360-mile driving range, while upgrading to the faster Plaid model drops the range to 333 miles (estimate). The Model Y, on the other hand, is somewhere in the Plaid mile range, covering over 330 miles on a single charge.


 – The Long Range Model X version is powered by a dual-electric motor and is also available in a tri-motor powertrain option in the Plaid. The Long Range variant packs in 670 hp, producing a top speed of up to 155 mph. The Model X Plaid, however, is much powerful with a peak power of 1,020 hp which delivers a top speed of 163 mph, making it one of the highest performing SUVs. The Model Y is no joke either, with some subtle differences between its two variants. The Long Range model clocks at a top speed of 135 mph and the Performance variant has a top speed of 155 mph.


 – The faster Model X Plaid can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, depending upon the configuration, while the Long Range Model Y AWD can go from 0 to 60 mph in a little under 5 seconds. The Model X is definitely quicker despite the extra weight and bulk. Talking about utility, the Model Y comes in 68 cubic feet of storage with the seats folded down whereas the Model X with its seats folded down offers almost 88 cubic feet of storage.

Tesla Model X vs. Model Y: Comparison Chart

All you need to know about Tesla, Summary

Tesla has done a pretty good job, adding that third row in the Model Y, which gives you the same seating capacity of the Model X but for close to half the price. So, if you’re looking for an affordable mid-range SUV, 7-seater configuration, and a decent storage space, then Model Y is the safest bet over the Model X. The Model X has its own charm; it has falcon sing doors, more storage space, better accommodating interior, more speed, quicker acceleration, and more, but for almost an extra $40,000, which is not a joke. The choice is up to you. 

Is Tesla X or Y bigger?

The Model X is definitely bigger, when it comes to strictly about dimensions. The two are about the same height, but the Model X has more and better accommodating interior. Plus, the storage space is 88 cubic feet compared to Model Y’s 68 cubic feet.

Is Tesla Model X worth buying?

Yes, the Model X is a good all-purpose SUV and a perfect blend of performance and utility. It has everything you could expect from a sports utility vehicle and more. Good cargo space and quicker acceleration make it worth buying.

Which is the best Tesla to get?

The Model 3 is Tesla’s best seller and it remains one of the Tesla’s top selling vehicles. It is a perfect compact luxury sedan with quick acceleration, a playful chassis, futuristic design, and exceptional performance.

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