Can traditional automakers compete with Tesla? Model Y compared to its rivals


The Tesla Model Y remains the go-to electric crossover for the majority of people. However, can new competition from traditional automakers change that? Mat of Carwow tried to find out in the channel’s latest video.

He first talked about design. He doesn’t like the blob look of the Tesla too much, preferring the more distinctive Audi. However, the Volvo is his favorite from a design point of view. The Volvo interior isn’t that modern, as it’s based on an XC40 that’s been around since 2016. The Audi is much more futuristic inside. Meanwhile, the Tesla has great tech and feels airy and modern, but the steering wheel feels a bit cheap.

The Model Y feels sporty but it’s not that comfortable and there’s a lot of road noise. The Volvo is less sporty but much more comfortable, which is ultimately what we are looking for in this segment. The Audi is a good mix of comfort and performance, but it doesn’t handle corners too well and there’s no one-pedal driving.

Rear space is okay in the Audi, but better in the Volvo and better in the Model Y. Technology and self-driving features are also far superior in the Tesla. That said, build quality and materials are better in the Q4 and C40.

Braking wise, the Volvo was better followed by the Tesla and then the Audi. The Audi has 420 liters of storage, the Volvo 413 liters and the Tesla 854 liters (including additional storage compartments). Volvo and Tesla have frunks, Audi doesn’t.

In terms of real-world range, the Volvo got 210 miles, the Audi 223 miles and the Model Y 252 miles. The C40 was the fastest from 0 to 60 mph with a time of 4.38 seconds. The Model Y went from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and the Q4 in 5.8 seconds.

Matt concluded that Model Y was the best all-around choice, despite being the worst of the trio. The Audi Q4 was a close second according to him, with the C40 being his third choice.


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