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  • Offers five-, six- or seven-seat options
  • Third row of seats better suited to children
  • Large boot plus extra space under front 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. Given its size and the ease in which the third row seats fold into the floor, that's the format we would recommend. Adults can fit in them, but they're better suited for children in terms of their physical size and access to them.

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Grey 2019 Tesla Model X SUV middle-row seats

Whichever version you choose, the middle row seats are all individual chairs that slide back and forth electrically for convenience. Unusually, on six-seater Model Xs, the middle row seats aren't brought nearer the centre of the car to maximise comfort, although that full chair-width gap between them means it's easy to access the third row. Those falcon wing rear doors are also rather thick, making the those outer middle row seats a littl tight for broader-gramed adults.

Feels enormous in small spaces

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. However, the car does much to assist the driver in this regard with a suite of external cameras and sensors to help you manoeuvre around tight spaces without incident.

Open the enormous tailgate to access the main boot area - it's electrically operated, naturally - 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.

Grey 2019 Tesla Model X SUV rear boot with third-row seats folded

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 - it's not as flexible for carrying large loads as almost every other SUV is.

Big on safety

  • Five-star Euro NCAP crash test score
  • Vast array of standard safety features
  • Advanced autonomous driving tech

Euro NCAP finally crash-tested a Model X towards the end of 2019 and, given the excellent result the smaller Model 3 achieved earlier in the same year, it was no surprise that the electric SUV also achieved a full five-star rating.

Tesla offers up to four Isofix attachments for child seats, although it's worth nothing that Audi provides six in its seven-seat Q7.

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 incident) means the Model X is an inherently well-balanced and stable SUV.

The Model X is fitted with 12 airbags as standard, with head and knee items in the front, two side curtain types, four seat-mounted side ones 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's driver-assistance technology explained

Tesla is well known for its cutting-edge – and sometimes controversial – driver-assistance systems, some of which go a long way towards 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, plus it can be summoned from your garage using a smartphone app.

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

Watch: Tesla Model X Euro NCAP crash test video

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
  • Driver`s airbag
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • 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
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Service indicator

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator

Executive Edition equipment

Executive Edition standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
Executive Edition optional equipment
None available

Long Range equipment

Long Range standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator
Long Range optional equipment
None available

Performance equipment

Performance standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
Performance optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator

Performance Executive Edition equipment

Performance Executive Edition standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
Performance Executive Edition optional equipment
None available

Performance Ludicrous equipment

Performance Ludicrous standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
Performance Ludicrous optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator

Performance Ludicrous Executive Edition equipment

Performance Ludicrous Executive Edition standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
Performance Ludicrous Executive Edition optional equipment
None available

Standard Range equipment

Standard Range standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator
Standard Range optional equipment
None available
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Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Tesla Model X SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2019
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 98%
Child Occupant: 81%
Vulnerable Road Users: 72%
Safety Assist: 94%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.