d287· Registered User
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I helped friends pickup a new Model Y Long Range today, and I did get to drive it a little ... so I've got some thoughts to share in case anyone's interested (in no particular order):
- In normal mode it drives very similarly to the ID.4 on "B" mode in terms of how much regen it provides. They wanted it set to "creep" because they also drive an ICE car and with that setting turned on it felt exactly like the ID.4 in "B" in local driving.
- It's definitely faster than the ID.4 - we did an acceleration test in the deserted road behind the Tesla store and it really moves. But it's not comfortable - almost whiplash inducing if you're not ready! I don't think I need that much speed, and certainly wouldn't pay the extra $2k for "acceleration boost"!
- Granted it's winter time, but I didn't mind the lack of a sun shade on the roof as much as I thought I would - it's very heavily tinted, much darker than the ID.4's roof tint. Even accidentally looking directly into the sun through the roof felt like looking through one of those eclipse viewers.
- The white interior is really, really white - I wouldn't want to own anything that bright white. It may look cool in the showroom, but it is a blinding white that isn't really that attractive. The woman who gave us the pickup tour said it gets dirty easily and to wipe it with a baby wipe if it does. Much prefer the Lunar Grey in the ID.4. Also, I'm not a very large person and found the base of the driver's seat to be oddly narrow at the base. The seats also had a softness to them that felt strange, but I got used to it after 15 minutes or so.
- Not having a speedometer in front of the driver (either an instrument cluster or head's up display) really felt dangerous - it's a very long look away from the road ahead to see your speed. In order to watch the road (kids walking home from school, landscapers picking up leaves) I really had no idea how fast I was going.
- They ordered the $1,000 Towing package. The car comes with a 2" receiver (but no insert) and a 7-pin plug. It took asking three people to find this out... but finally were told that the flimsy plastic cover over the trailer hitch is held on with 10 clips and it's impossible to remove without scratching the plastic (on a $60k vehicle that would annoy me a lot)... and re-inserting it scratches the plastic piece below it. I didn't like the look of the hitch on the ID.4 just sticking out (so bought a rubber insert to trim it out) but this is definitely worse - and less practical.
- They asked about the lack of blind spot monitoring and cross traffic detection when backing out of a parking space, and were advised to watch the cameras on the screen and be very careful backing up. This seems like a feature I wouldn't want to live without!
- The roof rack cross bars clamp onto the glass roof itself, which feels like something I wouldn't want any part of ... Why couldn't they just have put some threaded inserts under a cover and allowed you to attach it directly to the roof structure?
- Fit and finish was largely okay, except one tail light was about 1/4 " (6 mm) lower than the surrounding sheetmetal of the lift gate. The other side was perfectly aligned with the non-movable portion of the tail light. Not sure how Tesla managed that, but it appears that the tailgate sheetmetal may have been pressed incorrectly. They were advised to ignore it... that it was "within tolerances" for Tesla.