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heycar review

      Launch year
      2016
      Body type
      SUV
      Fuel type
      EV
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Electric SUV with cool doors

Best bits

  • Exceptionally strong acceleration 
  • Can seat up to seven people
  • Falcon Wing doors have real wow-factor

Not so great

  • Rivals are better to drive
  • Interior quality is disappointing
  • Expensive to buy new and used

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Overall verdict

Tesla Model X Electric Infotainment

On the inside

Tesla Model X Front Side View

Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"Powerful, stylish and packed with cutting edge technology, the Tesla Model X is the embodiment of the electric car revolution. Admittedly, it's not cheap, but the Model X is a fun and throughly engaging family-focused EV."

Tesla Model X Front Side View

Elon Musk is the person who made EVs cool. He made it cool to drive a socially-responsible electric car. He made it cool to have pretty much every function controlled through a touchscreen. He made it cool to have a car that was so technologically advanced, it could receive updates and upgrades over wifi, rather than from a visit to the dealership. Things like these really struck a chord with technology fans the world over, and made Tesla the premium EV brand it is today.


The Model X is one of the Tesla's more aged offerings, and it’s also the biggest. Yet aside from its techy image and desirability, what does it give you that other electric cars can’t? Well, Falcon Wing doors, for one thing. These lift up, up and away from the car’s body in dramatic fashion, meaning you’re bound to get noticed when you’re getting in or out. Another big tick for Tesla customers.


Unlike any of its rivals, it also has the ability to seat seven people, provided the right box on the options list has been ticked, that is. Interior space is pretty generous, too, although adults will only want to travel in the extra two chairs for short periods of time.


Where the big Tesla can’t match its rivals, though, is on interior quality. The materials, and the precision with which they’re assembled, simply can’t live up to the incredible standards set by the Audi E-Tron and Mercedes-Benz EQC, and that becomes even more galling when you consider how much more expensive than those cars the Model X is.


The Tesla trails the rest on the quality of its driving experience, too. It doesn’t handle as keenly as the Jaguar I-Pace, while the jittery ride means it’s not as comfortable as most rivals, either. And while an electric car will always be quieter than a combustion-engined car, it can’t match its direct rivals for refinement, either.


That said, the Tesla does have the edge in a few areas. All of the cars in this class are fast, but choose the fastest version of the Model X, and you’ll have one of the fastest cars on the planet, capable of doing 0-60mph in just 2.6 seconds. What’s more, and importantly for EV buyers, the Model X’s official range figures also have the beating of rivals’.


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Is the Tesla Model X right for you?

If you’re looking for a luxury electric vehicle (EV) that has the ability to seat seven people, then yes. It’s about the only car on earth that has the ability to do that (the Nissan NV200 Evalia isn’t exactly what you’d call ‘luxurious’, is it?), provided that the seven-seat option box has been ticked. 


That’s not the only reason to buy one, though. You might like the visual drama of those Falcon Wing doors, or you might like the high-tech-feel you get from the car’s powerful electric drivetrain and enormous 17.0-inch touchscreen. Heck, you might just want to drive a Tesla. The brand has managed to cultivate an image of desirability and progressive thinking that seems to really resonate with tech-heads and early-adopters everywhere.


True, the Model X can’t match its newer rivals in areas like interior quality, ride comfort or refinement, and it’s considerably pricier. But if practicality is your priority, it’s a great choice.

What's the best Tesla Model X model/engine to choose?

Being more of a technology company rather than a conventional car manufacturer, Tesla doesn’t do things the way everybody else does, and that can lead to some confusion. You see, depending on the age of the car you’re looking at, it’ll have one of a variety of model names, and these chopped and changed pretty much constantly throughout the car’s life. It’d take all day to take you through all the various minuscule iterations, so it’s easier to just take you through how the naming convention works. 


The most basic is the 60D. The D referred to the fact it is a dual-motor car (as all Model Xs are) while the 60 referred to the battery capacity in kW. Other models available included the 70D, 75D, 90D and 100D, and broadly speaking, the bigger the number, the longer the range and the higher the power output. See a model name with a ‘P’ on the front (P100D, for example), and that signifies that the model is a ‘Performance’ model that’s as quick as Model Xs get at that particular point in time. Then later, just for good measure, Tesla abandoned that naming convention altogether, and the models available were called ‘Performance’ or ‘Long Range’. Still with us? Hope so…


The usual convention of having different trim levels isn't really a thing with Teslas, either, as the amount of kit you get increases with the power/range of your car. Basically, all Model Xs are very quick, and all have driving ranges that lie somewhere between the good and the great. In short, we’d pick the one that gives you the range you need. From the bottom of the range to the top, that could be anywhere between 200 miles (not accounting for battery degradation) and 350 miles, according to official figures.


What other cars are similar to the Tesla Model X?

If you’re looking for alternative all-electric luxury SUVs that have the ability to seat seven, then quite simply,  there aren’t any: on that score the Model X really is in a class of one.


If seven seats aren’t a deal-breaker for you, though, the competition gets much, much tougher. The Audi e-tron is the closest of the current crop of prestige-badged electric SUVs in terms of size, but the Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes-Benz EQC also have to be considered rivals.

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Tesla Model X Electric Infotainment

On the inside

Tesla Model X Front Side View

Driving

Tesla Model X Rear View

How much does it cost to run

Tesla Model X Right Side View

Prices, versions and specification

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