Tesla Model X A Pioneer Under Siege.
More like Tesla Model XXL
Tesla has matured since the days of the original Roadster, and now Elon Musk’s EV company has a distinct design language. Featuring a minimal grille with no air inlets a benefit of not having to cool down the byproducts of combustion in a traditional engine the Model X looks like the updated Model S but unlike anything else on the road.
The Tesla Model X is just as distinctive from the reverse angle, but those clean lines betray just how huge it is. And it really is vast, so you can get it in five, seven- or six-seat configurations. The car we’re testing is a three-row seven seater.
Those Falcon Wing doors
Tesla’s Falcon Wing doors set the Model X apart from the Model S, as well as every other vehicle and they get their own section in this review. While they appear to be a gimmick and often feel like one they’re sometimes genuinely useful.
To begin with, you can’t help but feel they’re made for early-adopters to flaunt at Superchargers like peacocks.The whole process seems to take a while, and the doors don’t always unfurl in a smooth or uniform way, giving the impression they’re rather flimsy.
Is the Tesla Model X practical?
Whatever you think of the doors, they’re part of the Model X’s focus on practicality, and that design ethos is evident inside the car, too. Three seating configurations are available, and seats can be electrically folded and moved like parlour tricks: lightly press a hidden button and headrests fold down, for example.
With the rear two seats folded away the boot isn’t small, and if you’re still not happy, there’s always the frunk (front trunk in Silicon Valley-speak). However, all that empty space doesn’t always translate to spaciousness; when specified with two seats in the middle row, they’re positioned close to the rear doors with a large gap between them, rather than adding elbow room for the outer edge. Even the front seats offer a more balanced amount of elbow room on either side.
What’s it like to drive?
Imagine a Model S with more height and weight, and you’re pretty much there. Just like the saloon, the Model X offers a relatively hard ride and swift linear acceleration, but only really reminds you of its 2.3 tonnes when you brake or turn. The performance is fun on slip roads and genuinely useful on the motorway, but don’t think this is an Alfa Romeo SUV rival. It just happens to be whisper-quiet and quick.
If acceleration is too fast for you, putting the car in Chill mode will make the performance a little more laidback – and handily extend the battery range too.
Like its siblings, the Model X’s steering is more of a switch than a precise instrument. Changing it to a sportier mode certainly helps, but not much. It may be a family car, but it’s an area where Tesla will need to improve on to compete with the work of more experienced chassis engineers if it wants to appeal to drivers who well, enjoy driving.