- All-electric power ensures tiny fuelling costs
- Free first year road tax but pricey insurance
- Four-year, 50,000-mile warranty
Currently the Tesla Model X’s price includes the £3,500 government grant, but its expensive purchase will be partially offset by lower running costs. Tesla calculates that the average driver, covering 12,000 miles per year and averaging 29.4mpg, will pay £2,250 per year on petrol at £1.20 per litre.
Based on a national average of 17p per kilowatt hour for electricity, Tesla predicts the same driver would pay just £190 in electricity. This figure also takes into account a driver charging with Tesla’s fast-charge supercharger network for 10% of the time.
First-year VED car tax is free – between years two and six the Model X is subject to a £310 additional annual fee due to it costing over £40,000 new – but insurance for a typical 40-year-old male is approximately £850, compared with £650 for a Range Rover Sport TDV8.
While there’s no oil or spark plugs to change, Tesla recommends an annual inspection, or every 12,500 miles, whichever comes first. Costing £600-950, these checks are expensive, though a three-year/37,500-mile plan reduces costs slightly to £1800.
Customers receive 400kWh of free Supercharging credits (roughly 1,000 miles) will be included annually so that all owners can continue to enjoy free Supercharging during travel.
Beyond that, there will be a small fee to Supercharge which will be charged incrementally and cost less than the price of filling up a comparable gas car. All cars will continue to come standard with the on board hardware required for Supercharging.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||Tesla Model X servicing is required every year or 12,500 miles, whichever occurs soonest. A three-year servicing package can be purchased to reduce the overall costs|
|Warranty||Every model is covered by a four-year, 50,000-mile warranty, and eight-year, unlimited-mileage battery and drive unit warranty.|
|Road tax (12 months)||
£0 - £320
See tax rates for all versions
How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
Predictably strong, the Tesla Model X emits 0g/km of CO2 thanks to its all-electric motor and zero tailpipe emissions. The are no conventional petrol, diesel or hybrid vehicles in the Tesla model range, so the company's green credentials are of the highest order.
But in terms of CO2 emissions, there is a price and it depends heavily on how the electricity you're using to charge it up is generated. The matter of lifecycle emissions of electric cars is still highly controversial, with recent US academic research suggesting EVs are not that much cleaner than conventional petrol-engined cars.
But the reality is that with zero tailpipe emissions, EVs are still the best option for city dwellers concerned about primary emissions.
- Reliability is acceptable, with owners reporting a few niggles
- Fewer moving parts than a petrol or diesel engine
- Any repairs to central touchscreen are likely to be pricey
The Model X has far fewer moving parts than a conventional petrol or diesel car, plus electric engines are inherently more reliable than their internal combustion equivalents. Because of this, customers shouldn’t have too much to worry about when it comes to the drivertrain reliability of their electric SUV, provided regular servicing and maintenance checks are carried out.
And in Parkers Model S owners reviews, feedback remains impressive, although there are questions over some fit and finish, and some general concerns about the quality of some of the components. However any repairs to the 17-inch central touchscreen will likely prove costly, and the electronics aren't as rugged as the best Japanese and German opposition, as some ownership surveys are now finding.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||No problems reported.|
|Engine / gearbox||No problems reported.|
|Other||No problems reported.|