The Model Y is Tesla's best-selling vehicle at the moment and one of the most popular electric crossovers in the world.
However, several competent competitors launched since March 2020 when Model Y deliveries began, giving customers more Tesla alternatives to consider.
Top Gear has assembled an interesting group for a test that pits the Tesla Model Y against all its rivals currently available in the United Kingdom. The group includes the VW ID.4, Skoda Enyaq, Audi Q4 e-tron, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Polestar 2, Volvo XC40 Recharge, Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, BMW iX3 and Jaguar I-Pace.
From the get-go, it must be said that the goal with this test was to find the best electric family car, so all these vehicles were mainly judged for their practicality, particularly how much room they offer for passengers and their luggage.
With that in mind, presenter Ollie Marriage quickly starts eliminating rivals, keeping the Enyaq from the VW Group trio, the Ioniq 5 from the Hyundai Motor Group duo, the Polestar 2 from the Volvo Car Group duo, and the Ford Mustang Mach-E. In round two, the Polestar 2 and the Ioniq 5 are eliminated as well, leaving only two models to duke it out with the Tesla Model Y in the end: the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Skoda Enyaq.
Interestingly, the Skoda had first eliminated its platform siblings, the VW ID.4 and Audi Q4 e-tron because it offers a more spacious cabin and roomier boot for less money.
Actually, the Skoda is the most affordable vehicle in the entire group, starting at approximately £35,000 in the UK. That makes it some £20,000 cheaper than the Tesla Model Y and about £5,000 cheaper than the most affordable Ford Mustang Mach-E.
While Top Gear refrains from picking out a winner of these three electric vehicles and says it is leaving that up to the viewer, it is pretty clear that the Skoda has the victory in the bag.
The price advantage over the Tesla is too big to ignore and the superior practicality over the Ford is undeniable.