Tesla Model X

Tesla’s Crossover

Base MSRP: From $83,000
Configurations:

  • 75D – From $82,000
  • Standard Range – From $83,000
  • Base – From $88,000


EPA Range: 237 – 250 miles, pure electric
Charging Acceptance Rate: 11.5 – 17.2 kWh

 

Reviews of the Tesla Model X

May 2019

It’s a Tesla vehicle, so that means the looks are frequent as one drives along in this attention-grabbing, rolling monument to technology.

There are many reasons to own a Tesla. One of them is certainly having the neighbors admiringly checking out your ride when it’s parked in the driveway. Tesla vehicles are not only technological wonders, they are also sharp-looking cars that are wickedly fast. And the combination of looks and speed are a very good one-two punch to any competitor.

The Tesla Model X personifies cool. One of the reasons the all-electric sport utility vehicle separates itself from the crowd is its rear doors swing upward instead of straight out. With the doors open, the Model X looks like a bird in flight. Perhaps that is apropos, because the Model X can certainly fly down the road.

The standard trim model (now called Standard range) has enormous horsepower and goes 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Yet that is crawling along compared to the upper-level Model X (Extended range), which has been clocked going 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds, while the “Ludicrous mode” drops the 0-60 time further to a mind-bending 2.8 seconds. Note that Ludicrous mode costs an additional $20,000.

Like other Tesla vehicles, the Model X certainly has its list of impressive qualities. Yet not everything is right with this SUV that features a low roofline and appears somewhat hatchback-like. Those unique doors are slow to open and prevent the SUV from having a roof rack or a roof-mounted cargo box. Low garage ceilings can also be a problem and best be careful opening the doors in tight parking situations.

The rear doors are cool looking, but could steer some Model X buyers away. So could the sticker price that starts at approximately $82,000 (minus $7,500 federal rebate), more than double the price of the Tesla Model 3 sedan. The ceiling is high for a loaded Model X Extended range, roughly $138,000. The new all-electric Audi e-tron and Jaguar’s I-Pace SUVs are its only true rivals.

Like all Tesla vehicles, the all-wheel drive Model X has impressive range. The Standard range model goes around 270 miles before a charge is required and the Extended range travels 295 miles. Charging times with a standard 240-volt outlet takes approximately 10 hours and just over one hour at a Tesla Supercharging station.

We’ve already mentioned the Model X features terrific acceleration. The 75-kWh battery delivers 518 horsepower and 100-kWh battery generates 680 horsepower. It has three rows of seating and is capable of towing a nearly 5,000 pounds.

– J.W. 

For more manufacturer details on this vehicle visit: www.tesla.com/modelx

Falcon Wings? Yes please. (2017)

It’s a Tesla vehicle, so one can assume there will be some unusual aspects that will set it apart from the crowd.

In regard to the 2018 Tesla Model X, one of the prime differentials of this all-electric sport utility vehicle is its rear doors swing upward instead of straight out. With the doors open, the Model X looks like a bird in flight.

Perhaps that is apropos, because the Model X can certainly fly down the road. The standard trim model has enormous horsepower and goes 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds. Yet that is crawling along compared to the upper-level Model X, which has been clocked going 0-60 mph in an unbelievably fast 2.9 seconds.

Like other Tesla vehicles, the Model X certainly has its impressive qualities. Yet there are some drawbacks with this SUV that features a low roofline and appears somewhat hatchback-like. Those unique doors are slow to open and prevent the SUV from having a roof rack or a roof-mounted cargo box. Low garage ceilings can also be a problem and best be careful opening the doors in tight parking situations.

The nuisance could steer some Model X buyers away. So could the sticker price, which starts at approximately $85,500 (minus any rebates), more than double the price of the Tesla Model 3 sedan. The Model X is available in five-, six- and seven-passenger configurations. The competition includes the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Cadillac Escalade, and Volvo XC90.

Like all Tesla vehicles, the Model X has impressive range. The base model (75D) goes around 237 miles before a charge is required. The middle trim model (100D) has the top range of 295 miles. The upper-end Model X P100D has a range of approximately 289 miles. Charging times vary. It takes about five hours for the 75D on a Level 2 EV home charger.

We’ve already mentioned the Model X features terrific acceleration. The 75D model has a 75-kilowatt (kWh) battery and produces 518 horsepower. The middle-level 100D possesses a 100-kWh battery and 680 horsepower. The P100D also has a 100-kWh battery and features the most horsepower of the three (781 hp). All three models have all-wheel drive and get between 83-95 mpge.

Driving the Model X is enjoyable. The ride is not perfect, yet the combination of speed and handling will satisfy most Tesla owners. It provides a smooth ride and handles challenging roads with relative ease. That’s very impressive for an SUV that weighs a deceiving 5,500 pounds.

The Model X has the Tesla auto-steering function and the regenerative brakes gives one a feeling of comfort being able to slow the vehicle down so quickly.

Most drivers will enjoy the view from the Model X. It has panoramic windshield and the side windows are expansive, offering a wide view.

Besides the speed factor, Tesla is known for its cutting-edge technology. One certainly gets a huge share of techie features with the Model X. It has an enormous, 17-inch touchscreen with sharp graphics. While it takes some effort to master at first, controlling the touchscreen becomes more intuitive with time. Nearly all the secondary controls are done via the touchscreen.

The Model X interior offers good, but not overwhelming space and comfort. The front seats are spacious and accommodating, but the second row could use a little more leg room, while the optional third row is only good for kids. The rear seats fold down and provide 88.1 cubic feet of cargo space. Oddly, Tesla didn’t create enough storage areas for small items.

The Tesla Model X is the fastest and likely the greenest SUV. The Model X features a huge range, is a technological marvel, and is extremely fun to drive.

— J.W.

For more manufacturer details on this vehicle visit: www.tesla.com/modelx

Additional info about the Tesla Model X:

First-Time Tesla Owner’s Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide

Recommended Power Level of Charging Station for Tesla Model X = 60A to 80A

Vehicle Acceptance rate: 11.5kW – 17.2kW

Depending on Battery Size

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