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Tesla Model X review

2016 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 53.5
” Capable, roomy and fast, with street theatre rear doors “

At a glance

Price new £98,480 - £131,080
Used prices £16,994 - £55,074
Road tax cost £0
Insurance group 50
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Fuel economy 2.6 - 3.3 miles/kWh
Range 315 - 358 miles
Miles per pound 4.1 - 9.7
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Available fuel types

Fully electric

Pros & cons

  • Zero exhaust emissions, silent running
  • Sports car acceleration, all-wheel drive
  • Quick charge times, growing network
  • Driven hard, real-world range drops below 200 miles
  • Unsettled ride quality on bigger wheels
  • Below average fit and finish

Written by Keith Adams Published: 27 April 2020 Updated: 20 January 2023


Launched way back in 2016, the Tesla Model X was a novel addition to the range and the brand’s first high-rise offering. Built in California, the Model X emerged as the world’s first all-electric SUV, even if it looks about as much like a Sport Utility Vehicle as it does a large, ocean-dwelling mammal.

But like all Teslas, it achieves the seemingly contradictory goals of zero exhaust emissions and very high performance, with the additional benefits of seven-seat practicality, and a huge and adaptable passenger compartment. And these qualities make it a rare proposition, years on from its launch.

Other Model X USPs include an enormous 17-inch central touchscreen and electrically activated Falcon Wing rear doors. To see them in action, check out our video above. Tesla also pioneered advanced semi-autonomous driving aids, and although the best of the opposition is catching up fast, Tesla’s system should be praised for being easy to use and relatively natural in feel.

The Tesla Model X has few direct rivals, but 2019 saw a slew of new premium EVs go on sale. Like the Model X, they’re SUV-shaped, but they’re also smaller than the Tesla – so, your choice will include the Audi E-Tron and Mercedes-Benz EQC, as well as the sportier Jaguar I-Pace and impressive BMW iX.

The Model X’s large battery pack sits low down between the front and rear axles, and powers an electric motor at either end of the car to provide all-wheel drive. Despite producing zero exhaust emissions, the Model X has performance to rival sports cars and, in some cases, even supercars – the Performance version is claimed to accelerate from 0-60mph in less than three seconds.

Tesla does not market the Model X as an all-terrain vehicle, but has engineered it to tow up to 2,268kg when equipped with the tow-bar option. As we say, it’s not really an SUV in the conventional sense of the word – but marketing it as an MPV (a now unfashionable concept) would be a bad commercial decision.

To see how it stacks up against rivals inside, on the road and financially, keep reading our comprehensive review.