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Tesla Model Y 2023: impressive crash safety rating confirmed for popular electric SUV


The latest battery-powered SUV from the popular American brand sets a new record in one of the four tested pillars

As the latest Tesla to hit the Australian market, the Model Y midsize SUV has reportedly scored significant takeup among local buyers – and the hype train is set to continue with the crossover’s safety score, announced overnight. 

The electric SUV from the American brand managed to secure a five-star rating, like many vehicles, but the individual segment scores is where the Model Y pulled ahead of the pack. 

According to ANCAP, the Model Y set a record 98% score in the Safety Assist Pillar, which is the highest Adult Occupant Protection score in the latest 2020-2022 rating criteria.

New EV models bring five star safety
The Model Y set an ANCAP score record in the Safety Assist Pillar

Maximum points were awarded to the electric SUV across the majority of collision avoidance scenarios. Said scenarios test a car’s ability to avoid another vehicle, pedestrian, or cyclist. 

The Model Y also comes as standard with a Driver Monitoring System (DMS), that allows the Forward Collision Warning to be more intuitive. 

ANCAP has announced that DMS testing will be part of the criteria from 2022 onwards, meaning the Model Y is likely to score big here as well. 

Tesla Model Y (full width).
Tesla’s smallest SUV scored maximum points across a range of tests

“The results we’ve released today will give confidence to those in the market for an alternative-powered Small SUV,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Carla Hoorweg.

In Australia, Tesla offers the Model Y in two guises, with power and torque figures as well as price being the main differences. 

The range starts with the $72,300 Model Y Rear-wheel-drive that has 194kW/340Nm, and can cover up to 455km of range on a single charge. 

New EV models bring five star safety
Tesla Model Y gets a five star ANCAP safety rating

The $100,235 Model Y Performance rounds out the range, and has a hefty 377kW/600Nm. It has a battery range of up to 514km. 

Tesla Model Y 2023: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • Rear-wheel-drive (RWD): $72,300
  • Performance (AWD): $100,235