EV Review: 2018 Tesla Model X

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Introduction

The Tesla Model X is a pioneer in its segment. It’s been the only mass-produced SUV in its league since the 2016 model year, and the rest of the automotive industry is only now starting to get in the game. It’s considered a full-size luxury crossover SUV, but that description doesn’t really capture its essence. It’s more like a five-door hatchback with three rows of seating that can go blisteringly fast. All the while, it does so in an absolutely modern style of luxury.

With just over 40,000 units sold in the past year, the 2018 Tesla Model X isn’t a high-volume vehicle. That’s probably because the selling price starts around $80,000 US and climbs quickly from there. Nothing says the 2018 Tesla Model X won’t continue to increase sales year over year, but with an obtuse amount of equipment and technology, there aren’t many people willing to re-mortgage their home to buy an all-electric SUV, no matter how nice it is.

That said, you can’t take away the technology and function inside the Model X. It’s a very nice vehicle that sets an extremely high standard.

Exterior styling

The 2018 Tesla Model X has a style all of its own, or at least, it used to. The crossover SUV design with a dropped roofline at the liftgate was a telltale feature of the Model X. However, that’s overshadowed when you open the rear doors. The Falcon Wing Door feature raises the high instead of out, giving unobstructed access to the rear seat. Some might think it looks awesome while others will immediately be turned off. The front doors open normally, and the 2018 Tesla Model X has frameless front windows also. An incredibly tall windshield is accurately described as panoramic. It rests on 20-inch alloy wheels that get lost in the look, especially when the rear doors are operated.

Fit and finish interior

The equipment provided with the base-level Model X 75D is insane, just like one of its performance driving modes. Standard equipment includes a power liftgate, ambient interior lighting, premium leather interior with heated front seats, and real wood interior trim. The five-seat configuration is standard equipment, although the six-seat version is available in the 75D. In the 100D, a six- or seven-seat option is available with its own rear-seat heating and air conditioning.

The Tesla Model X is all about technology. As its hub, there’s a 17-inch tablet-style center display. It controls entertainment features and displays navigation and maps. Heating controls are embedded also. In addition to the largest infotainment screen in the industry, the Model X has standard Side Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and automatic emergency braking systems. Autonomous technologies are also standard to a degree, while full self-driving capability will cost an extra $3,000.

The equipment it contains is great, however, t doesn’t tell the whole story. Sitting in the Tesla Model X is a different experience than you’d expect, feeling quite luxurious and modern without becoming futuristic. It would be a fantastic vehicle to own.

Driving Experience

There’s nothing that compares to the performance aspect in the 2018 Tesla Model X in the EV market right now. To even get close, you’d need to look at a supercharged Range Rover or a Porsche Cayenne. The Tesla Model X experience is not just luxurious but powerful beyond comprehension. It’s an AWD model, powered by dual 259-hp electric motors. The combined 518 horsepower is fed by either a 75kWh or a 100kWh battery that can push this crossover SUV to 60mph in 4.9 seconds or 4.7 seconds respectively. An ultra-powerful, 640-hp P100D accelerates from 0 to 60mph in just 2.9 seconds, virtually silently, in Ludicrous Mode.

white model x drivingIt’s more than just acceleration and power, though. The 2018 Tesla Model X has great traction and control with its AWD system, and the ride is incomparable with an air-ride suspension complete with memory settings. Every Model X is equipped with Enhanced Autopilot, featuring Autosteer up to 90 mph, Auto Lane Change, Lane Departure Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking.

Charging the 2018 Tesla Model X with a Level 2 charger is quick, whether you have the 75kWh or the 100kWh battery. The larger battery takes as little as six hours to fully charge.

Model X braking

Features

MSRP $79,500 USD
Type BEV
Electric Range 237 miles / 381 km
Total Range 237 miles / 381 km
Time to Charge 6 hours (Level 2)
Electric Motor 193 kW x 2
Battery Capacity 75 kWh
Top Speed 155 mph / 250 km/h
Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles or 80,000 km

Conclusion

No one challenges the advancements in the auto market because of Tesla, and that’s what makes the Model X special. It’s a vehicle unlike any other at the moment. Its price range of $80,000 and up limits its affordability to all but the one-percenters. If you can make the payments on a 2018 Model X, you’ll undoubtedly fall in love with it and never look back from the EV world. It’s going to be largely corporate execs and tech-savvy Silicon Valley investors that buy the Model X while the rest of the population waits for a lower-cost mass-production model to arrive.

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