2021 Tesla Model X Review

5/5

Overview

If you are looking for a new car and an electric SUV takes your fancy then look no further. The Tesla Model X is a big, airy, fun and engaging family car with room for everyone and a more playful personality than the outwardly plain looks suggest. And you can’t ignore the charging network – that alone removes so much of the hassle and frustration from the switch to electric. It’s a very good car, the Model X, especially now Tesla seems to have sorted out its pricing strategy. You’d hardly call it affordable or conventional but it is a thoroughly capable family wagon.

Pros
  • Typical Tesla innovation and refinement
  • Ergonomic interior design
  • Excellent driving dynamics
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
Cons
  • Falcon doors won’t be to everyone’s liking

Exterior

Although they look like they are from a concept car, the ‘Falcon doors’ are very practical as they are able to open in 11 inches of space, with sensors to prevent knocks against pillars or other obstacles. They are unique if nothing else, something they have in common with the rest of Tesla’s biggest car. Because it’s not an easy one to pigeon hole. It’s 4WD and seats up to seven people, but it’s hardly a conventional SUV. And then there’s the way it looks. It’s more hatchback than conventional family wagon. A light exterior makeover keeps things fresh with the Model X featuring a redesigned front bumper and diffuser, along with new 22-inch alloy wheels, while the cabin includes new tech such as a revised digital gauge cluster, a 17-inch infotainment screen and four wireless smartphone charging pads.

Interior

A revised digital gauge cluster, a 17-inch infotainment system and four wireless smartphone charging pads complete the list of interior upgrades.. Passengers in the rear also benefit from a screen mounted in the central tunnel, so they can play video games or watch films. Inside you’ll find the huge touchscreen display on the dashboard, plus some Mercedes switchgear and a plush set of seats. There’s lots of room inside and the materials are good quality but the design is very plain. There’s none of the flair you’ll find in a Mercedes, despite some of the same parts being used here. The large panoramic windscreen gives you a great view of the road and sky ahead, extending almost over the driver’s head. A special tint means there’s only slightly more glare from the sun than in a normal SUV, too.

Performance

There are no conventional engines in the Tesla Model X, as it’s electric only. There are different models, however, which give different performance and range figures. The 2.5-second 0-60mph time of the top-spec Tesla Model X Plaid makes it one of the world's fastest accelerating SUVs.

Reliability

Tesla’s recent reliability record is quite good and all new models come with a four year /80,000 km warranty and an eight year battery warranty.

Running Costs

Charging up at home will incur some electricity costs, but it’s estimated to only be a few euros for a full charge. The important figure to look into with electric cars is the range - and the Model X has a very impressive battery set-up. The Plaid manages a claimed 340 miles - which isn’t bad considering it can also hit 100 km/h from rest in just 2.5 seconds. The slightly slower Long Range model manages 360 miles according to Tesla. Those figures are very good and mean the Model X will manage most commutes with ease – and for several days on the trot without a recharge, in many cases. 

Handling

You'd expect a big SUV like this to be sluggish and a bit of a whale in the handling department. The Model X is anything but. It is nimble and responsive, a joy to drive.

Safety

The 2021 Tesla Model X comes with a wide range of standard safety equipment and we expect it to score highly on Euro NCAP safety rating. 

Summary

Exterior
80%
Interior
80%
Performance
80%
Reliability
90%
Running Costs
90%
Handling
100%
Safety
100%

If you are looking for a new car and an electric SUV takes your fancy then look no further. The Tesla Model X is a big, airy, fun and engaging family car with room for everyone and a more playful personality than the outwardly plain looks suggest. And you can’t ignore the charging network – that alone removes so much of the hassle and frustration from the switch to electric. It’s a very good car, the Model X, especially now Tesla seems to have sorted out its pricing strategy. You’d hardly call it affordable or conventional but it is a thoroughly capable family wagon.