10 best Tesla Model Y alternatives 2024

May 13, 2024 by

If you’re shopping for an electric SUV, the Tesla Model Y will almost certainly be on your radar. It’s spacious, packed with tech and properly quick, making it one of the most appealing options on the market.

No car is perfect though, and the Model Y might not be for everyone. Maybe the awkward styling isn’t your cup of Texas iced tea, or perhaps the button-free dashboard is putting you off.

Well there are plenty of alternatives to the Tesla Model Y to choose from, so here are 10 of the best:

  1. Audi Q4 e-tron
  2. Ford Mustang Mach-E
  3. Skoda Enyaq
  4. Kia EV6
  5. Hyundai Ioniq 5
  6. Nissan Ariya
  7. BMW iX1
  8. Peugeot E-3008
  9. BYD Atto 3
  10. Volkswagen ID4

1) Audi Q4 e-tron

Audi Q4 e-tron front

The Audi Q4 e-tron is a great all-rounder, so much so it was highly commended as an outstanding EV in the Carwow Car Of The Year Awards 2024. It touts a spacious interior, loads of on-board tech and it’s a smart-looking thing as well.

You do pay a premium over the Tesla, this Audi is around £6,000 more expensive, but it’s more comfortable to drive than the Model Y, and the Q4 e-tron feels more substantial inside.

2) Ford Mustang Mach-E

Mustang Mach E front

If you’d like your electric SUV to have a slightly sporty edge, the Ford Mustang Mach-E fits the bill. It’s great to drive on a twisty road, although the trade-off for this is that it’s not as comfortable as the Model Y.

Still, the interior is a lovely place to spend time. It has a similar minimalist dashboard design to the Tesla, but not so much so it feels like an unfurnished flat. The driving range is fantastic as well, with the Ford managing up to 380 miles on a charge.

3) Skoda Enyaq

Skoda Enyaq front

The Skoda Enyaq offers no-nonsense practicality in spades. It may not be able to rival the Model Y’s 854 litres of boot space, but it still has a respectable 585 litres of space and the back seats are palatial.

You can also relax on long journeys thanks to the super comfortable suspension, and the interior is a lovely place to spend time. Skoda’s simply clever features are a welcome addition as well, such as the umbrella in the door and the ice scraper in the boot.

4) Kia EV6

Kia EV6 front

Going back 10 years Kia was best known for making dull but worthy family cars, but these days it’s coming up with much more exciting propositions. The EV6 is a fabulous looking electric car, and it’s more than just a pretty face.

It’s great to drive, if a bit firm at times, has a cool-looking interior and you can even use it to power household appliances. If you’re after a hair-raising turn of pace, the GT will do 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds, exactly the same as a Tesla Model Y Performance.

5) Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5 front

There are few EVs on the market which turn heads like the Hyundai Ioniq 5. The retro-futuristic styling is certainly more eye-catching than the Model Y’s slightly gawky design, and that funky exterior gives way to a spacious and high-quality cabin.

It may not have the best driving range out there, but the Ioniq 5 is comfortable and easy to drive while also being rammed with standard equipment which is easier to get on with than the touchscreen-based Model Y.

6) Nissan Ariya

Nissan Ariya front

The Nissan Ariya is a great-looking electric SUV, both inside and out. Not only is it more stylish than a Model Y, it’s also slightly cheaper. It doesn’t feel like it when you step inside though, where everything is properly posh.

It’s a shame that the Ariya isn’t as comfortable as a Model Y or Q4 e-tron, but it regains some points by being well-equipped and spacious.

7) BMW iX1

BMW iX1 front

BMW knows how to make great interiors, and the iX1 has a properly posh cabin which feels much more premium than the Model Y’s. The infotainment system may not be quite as good as the Tesla’s, but it’s not far off.

The BMW does feel a bit jiggly over bumps, but the efficiency is decent and it’s good to drive on a twisty road. M-Sport models get larger alloy wheels and sporty styling for a more aggressive look.

8) Peugeot E-3008

Peugeot E-3008 front

The new Peugeot E-3008 is a real head-turner thanks to its bold styling, and that French flair continues into the cabin. No family SUV has an interior which looks this cool, and there’s a good amount of tech on board.

That sleek coupe-SUV shape does compromise boot space a bit, but rear legroom is decent and the E-3008 is comfortable to drive over long distances.

9) BYD Atto 3

BYD Atto 3 front

If you’re looking for something a bit left-field, check out the BYD Atto 3. This Chinese newcomer to the electric SUV market has a lot going for it, including a trick rotating infotainment screen and a well-made interior.

It’s not as spacious in the rear seats or the boot as the Tesla, and for some people the badge on the bonnet won’t hold enough cache. But if you can look past this then the Atto 3 represents great value for money thanks to its low price tag and high standard specification.

10) Volkswagen ID4

Volkswagen ID4 side

A lack of brand recognition isn’t an issue for the Volkswagen ID4. It’s VW’s first foray into the world of electric SUVs, and it offers plenty of interior space and a comfortable driving experience.

It may not be that exciting to look at, and the interior doesn’t feel as premium as the price tag suggests, but the ID4 is easy to live with and it has decent driving range.

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