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Review: Tesla Model X

This is an SUV thats performs exceptional in every aspect, and being a Tesla. Elon Musk definitely made sure this wasn’t anything but spectacular. This is a review of the Tesla Model X, and why it’s an SUV way ahead of its time. Read on and you’ll understand why its worlds apart from other sport utility vehicles currently on the market.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Tesla
  • Model: X
  • First available: January 2015
  • Next Upgrade: July 2016
  • Electric/Hybrid: Electric
  • Seats: 7
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 2.9s
  • Range: 259 miles 542 km
  • Price: $77,100
    Price: €97'000
    Price: £76'700

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • 75 kWh or 90 kWh microprocessor controlled, lithium-ion battery

     

  • Charge time

    • Supercharger enabled – 80% under 30 min

Innovation & Self-driving

  • Full Self-Driving Hardware
  • Falcon Wings Door

It's The Fastest SUV of Them All

Ludicrous it is. The Model X is as fast as a Porsche 911 turbo. Doing 0-100kph in 3.1 seconds with the latest Model X P100D, and reaching a top speed of up to 250kmh. Oh and even with those speeds, the battery packs a charge. The range of the Model X goes up to 542km.

This is an all wheel drive car which has a silky smooth drive, as there aren’t any gearshifts to be felt when accelerating. Plus the floor mounted batteries lowers the centre of gravity, which gives a stable ride, and prevents rolling over….just in case.

The Design of a Spaceship

You can’t help but notice the falcon wing doors on the 2nd and 3rd rows. By opening upwards, its said you can get in easily without having to duck, and even do it in tight parking spaces. Though one thing to note is that, the doors have been subject to a lot complaint. They’re electronically operated and have even opened and closed by themselves. Something Tesla is working on….

Once you get inside, it’s a different story. You right away feel as if you’re part of the surroundings. The Model X is fitted with the largest single windshield in production. This gives you a completely unobstructed view of the sky above. The cabin inside is lit up with LED lighting, and even comes with an air filtration to remove pollen, bacteria and pollution.

You can fit up to 7 people and carry extra gear if needed. It has a front trunk, and the largest interior storage capacity of its class.

A Vehicle That Gets Better Over Time?

You wouldn’t be wrong to think that automobiles generally depreciate as time goes on. Parts need replacing, things needs tweaking and new models get released. This can often leave you thinking about upgrading or trading your car in after a short while…

But one could say, the Model X doesn’t have this problem. At least nowhere to that extent, in fact owners are more excited to receive over-the-air software updates that actually improve the car!

The most recent release has been software 8.0. The update includes voice commands, improved regenerative braking, as well as a better media player and trip planner that shows up on the gorgeous touchscreen display. Oh and not to forget updates to the falcon wing door.

Safety has been at the top of Tesla’s mind while building the Model X. Tests have concluded this is the safest SUV available on the market. The updates constantly improve the collision warning and accident avoidance systems.

Endless Options

The Model X can be customised exactly to your desires. It comes in 3 models. It starts at the 75D for $76,000, then moves up to the 90D, and P100D. The 75, 90, and 100 refer to the battery capacity in kWh.

Once you’ve chosen the model, you can customise the interior in a plethora of ways, add the new enhanced autopilot feature, and even self-driving capability. Whether you’re happy to let a car drive you or not, you now have the choice…

Please read the latest Tesla electric car reviews and if you are interested in the Tesla Story, check out our recent Blog articles. Fore more info on cost, financing and warranty coverage of a Tesla, read our corresponding blog articles.

1 User Review on “Tesla Model X”

  1. brad
    An SUV I’m truly excited to have a go in
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    - Other

    Living in any major city, especially a crowded one. I personally wouldn’t really consider getting an SUV. Unless you’re going off-road, or need to carry a lot of people / items. However the Tesla Model X may make me reconsider that.

    SUVs in general are often big, slightly difficult to manoeuvre in crowded cities, and consume a lot of fuel, which is often wasted sitting in traffic. The Model X seems to overcome a lot of the regular SUV drawbacks, as it handles better due to the low centre of gravity, and wastes no fuel while idling in traffic.

    With the software updates that keep coming out. It’s a pretty good feeling to know your vehicle keeps getting better over time, and by itself that too. As it’s always connected to the internet. This is really one of the most impressive features about the car for me, and I’m sure maintenance costs will be lower than the standard diesel engines found in SUVs.

    I was really in for a surprise, when I found out about its incredible acceleration and top speed. Even against super cars the Model X stacks up pretty well, meaning you can get around places quicker (whilst staying under the speed limit of course). I’m also quite curious to see how well the self-driving capabilities can get you around.

    Finally, minus a big engine and drivetrain, the cabin has a lot more room, and I’m sure this makes for a much more comfortable ride for passengers. Overall it looks stunning on the inside with the massive glass window.

    I’m planning to have a go soon in the P100D model, and can’t wait to feel how the Model X really drives first hand.

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