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Equipment

3.5 out of 5 3.5
  • Plenty of standard equipment on all models
  • Higher spec buys more performance rather than kit
  • Faster charging and seven-seat options are available

As standard, all Model X models are specified with largely similar equipment, despite the base price spanning £50,000 – the price premium instead buys extra performance and driving range.

Standard Tesla Model X SUV equipment

Standard features on the 75D, 90D and 100D include:

  • 40kWh of free annual charging at Tesla’s supercharger network
  • Air suspension
  • A 17-inch touchscreen including digital radio, maps and navigation with real-time traffic information
  • Collision avoidance and autonomous emergency braking
  • LED headlamps
  • Keyless entry
  • An electrically-powered rear tailgate

To this, the P100D model adds:

  • An active rear spoiler, which rises up from the tailgate at speed and retracts when parked
  • Higher-performance red Brembo brake calipers

Optional Tesla Model X SUV extras

Black paint is the only no-cost exterior colour, with six other colours costing extra.

20-inch Silver Slipstream alloys are standard, with the 20-inch Helix and 22-inch Turbine wheels as optional extras.

Five interior trim combinations are available, but only multi-pattern black seats with dark ash wood trim and black headlining is standard.

Key options include the six- and seven-seat interior, advanced driver-assistance packages and a Premium Upgrades Package. The latter includes front doors that automatically swing open as you approach, a cabin air-filtration system said to be 100 times more effective than premium automotive filters, additional leather and Alcantara trim to the dashboard, steering wheel and dual armrests, plus dynamic LED headlights that turn in line with the driver’s steering inputs to illuminate corners.

  • Sub-Zero Winter Package includes heated seating for all seats, a heated steering wheel and wiper-blade defrosters. Buyers can also opt for a set of 20-inch alloy wheels fitted with Pirelli SottoZero winter tyres
  • Ultra High-Fidelity Sound upgrade adds 16 speakers, a subwoofer and amplifier for what Tesla describes as ‘a custom-designed audiophile-quality’ stereo system
  • Towing Package introduces a steel tow bar, 13-pin electronics harness and a software package that automatically brakes individual wheels to bring trailer sway back under control

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Tesla Model X SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator

Performance equipment

Performance standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Performance optional equipment
None available

Performance Ludicrous equipment

Performance Ludicrous standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Performance Ludicrous optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator

Safety

4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • No Euro NCAP score as yet
  • Vast array of standard safety features
  • Advanced autonomous driving tech

The Model X is yet to be tested by Euro NCAP, but Tesla claims its own crash-testing procedures suggest it should be the first SUV to receive the highest safety rating in every category.

All-wheel drive and a battery pack positioned low down between the axles (placing weight low down increases agility and reduces the likelihood of a rollover) means the Model X is an inherently well-balanced and stable SUV. The standard fitment – as is mandatory for every car sold in the EU – of ABS brakes and stability control also means the driver is unlikely to skid out of control.

The Model X is fitted with 12 airbags as standard, with head and knee airbags in the front, two side curtain airbags, four seat-mounted side airbags and two door-mounted airbags. Active safety features include automatic emergency braking and side-collision avoidance, both of which intervene to stop the vehicle if an accident is deemed likely.

Tesla offers up to four Isofix attachments for child seats, though Audi provides six in its seven-seat Q7.

Tesla is well known for its cutting-edge – and sometimes controversial – driver-assistance systems, some of which go a long way to full autonomy.

The Enhanced Autopilot function, for instance, includes four cameras and 12 ultrasonic sonar sensors to monitor traffic and obstacles 360 degrees around the car. Enhanced Autopilot automatically matches speed to the traffic flow, ensures the vehicle doesn’t veer from its lane, automatically changes lanes, and even self parks and can be summoned from your garage.

It’s worth noting that fully autonomous self-driving cars are not legal in the UK, requiring the driver to remain in control and use these for assistance only.

Interior & boot space

4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • Offers five-, six- or seven-seat option
  • Third row of seats best suited to children
  • Large boot plus extra space under the bonnet

Unusually for a high-end SUV, the Model X can be specified in five-, six-, or seven-seat configurations depending on the buyer’s preference.

Spec the Model X to its maximum seating capacity and both the driver, passenger and second row occupants are allowed plenty of space to stretch out and relax. The third-row seats can accommodate adults but children will find them comfier on longer journeys.

There’s no escaping that while the Model X is relatively low-slung for an SUV, it’s still a large car overall, so while the steering’s light for nimble manoeuvres around town, you still have to negotiate the Tesla’s girth.

Flip open the rear boot and there’s up to 2,180 litres of luggage space to play with, plus the lack of engine allows for a 187-litre storage area beneath the bonnet.

There’s also a handily-placed compartment behind the rear seats, perfect for storage of charging leads or any other kind of bric-a-brac which is usually left to rattle around the boot floor.

Note however that while the third row of seats (where specified) does fold away flush with the floor, the second row cannot be laid flat, so carrying very large loads may be tricky.

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