Used Car Buying Guides - Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X SUV (2015 - )


INTRODUCTION

The Tesla Model X is an all-electric SUV by the American company, made famous by its attention-grabbing ‘Falcon’ doors that allow access to the rear of the car. It’s a seven-seat vehicle developed on the same platform as the Tesla Model S. Though the Model X has been in production since 2015, Tesla only opened its official Irish sales outlet in 2017, so used examples are thin on the ground. Only just over 72,000 units have been sold on a global scale – up to the end of 2017.

MODEL RANGE

All versions of the Model X to date use all-wheel drive, made possible by having motors on the front and rear axles. The model names come from the battery pack capacities, so there have been 60, 70, 75, 90 and 100kWh versions. Some are designated performance models and have a P in front of the name, while all are dual-motor, so have D after the name. For example, the range-topper is the Model X P100D.

BEST BUY

At this stage, you’ll be lucky to find a Model X in the classifieds, as it’s a very new vehicle, so take what you can get. The higher models come with a longer-range battery so they’re well worth seeking out, though all are impressive in terms of performance and technology.

THE NUMBERS

Tesla Model X 90D

Engine: two electric motors

Power: 416hp

Maximum speed: 250km/h

0-100km/h: 5.0 seconds

Range: 489km

CO2: 0g/km

GOOD POINTS

 • Long electric range

 • Very fast

 • Spacious inside

BAD POINTS

 • Questionable quality

 • Demand outstripping supply

 • Very expensive

SUMMARY

The Tesla Model X is a cutting-edge vehicle, which means it comes with compromises, including its build quality and high cost. However, if you have the means and you fancy driving the most modern SUV available, it’s well worth seeking out. It’s as fast as many sports cars, has loads of room on board for all the family and let’s not forget the crowd-pleasing Falcon doors…