If you’re after an all-electric SUV with seating for up to seven, your choices are limited. The Tesla Model X not only provides a solution, but a rather interesting one at that. From supercar shaming performance to those distinctive Falcon doors, this is the Tesla Model X.
We’ve hit the configurator for the American EV to create an ideal specification. We’ve assumed the position of someone new to electric motoring, but still wants the creature comforts of a luxury SUV.
There’s no two ways about it, a Tesla Model X is expensive. It starts at £82,980 for the Long Range Plus model and reaches £97,980 for the Performance. As impressive as 0-62mph in 2.6 seconds is, we’ve gone for the Long Range Plus which is cheaper and, as the name suggests, has a longer range pegged at 348-miles. That said, it’s not slow with a 0-60mph sprint of 4.4 seconds.
There are five colours to chose from, each typically costing £1,450. White is free, however, the multi-coat red is a whopping £2,500. We’ve stuck with the iPod look of white for our car. We’ve also gone for the standard 20-inch silver wheels over the £5,400 Onyx Black option for better ride comfort.
There are three seating configurations for the Tesla Model X. The standard five seats costs nothing, six individual seats will cost £6,300, while seven only costs £3,400 as two deployable jump-seats are effectively fitted to the five-seater model. We love the aisle that’s created by the six seat interior, and so splashed the necessary cash. You can have your interior with black upholstery and wood trim a no cost, cream and wood for £1,450 or in white for the same price. We’ve gone for the latter to promote a modern tech-focused look.
Tesla’s Autopilot is a self-driving system that is quite remarkable. Your can car drive itself under certain conditions, automatically leave a parking space and pick you up and respond to traffic lights. However, much of the functionality is not yet legal in the UK, and until it is, the £6,800 price for this option is questionable. That said, we’ve ticked the box so that this car can have it enabled when things change on UK roads.
Our Model X came to £97,530 – so just shy of £100k. It’s an expensive thing, but easily one of the most advanced electric cars out there.