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2016 Tesla Model X Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Tesla Model X was new.


Performance: 9.0

Performance Summary:

Lightning fast and nimble, despite its size and weight, the Model X is one of the top performers in the SUV class.

  • "Based on our short exposure to the Model X in motion, it feels well balanced and connected to the road, with an extremely low center of gravity for a crossover SUV, thanks to the more than half ton of batteries slung under the floorboards." -- Edmunds
  • "Performance, too, is the same quiet, quick, and powerful experience that any Model S driver is used to." -- Autoblog

Acceleration and Power

The Model X comes in three trims: 75D, 90D, and P90D. The base 75D has a 238-mile range and goes from zero to 60 mph in 6 seconds. The 90D is more powerful than the 75D and has a larger battery. It has a 257-mile range and goes from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. The P90D is the most powerful model. It has a 250-mile range and goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. The Ludicrous Mode (P90D only) adds high-capacity electronics that improve the zero-to-60 time from 3.8 to 3.2 seconds.

The Model X is faster than pretty much any SUV on the market. Gas engines can take time to build up power, but acceleration is immediate in electric vehicles, which explains how the Model X so thoroughly dominates the zero-to-60 times in its class. The top-of-the-line Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, arguably the Model X's closest competitor in terms of acceleration, needs 3.8 seconds to get to 60 mph, and it costs about $44,000 more.

  • "Acceleration, a Tesla hallmark, is incredible. Our P90D Signature has the 'Ludicrous' power mode, and the launch is every bit as impressive as it is in the similarly equipped Model S sedan." -- Edmunds
  • "The performance of the car feels very good. Ludicrous mode feels very good indeed. Zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds. That's just four-tenths of a second slower than the model S and very quick for a car of this size. Even the slower cars will do zero to 60 in under four seconds. Which is absolutely unheard of in this category of car." -- CNET
  • "Ludicrous acceleration turns everyone else at the stop light a small dot in your rearview mirror. The beauty of playing with all that instant torque on public roads is that speed limits just tell you how fast you can go, not how quickly you can get up to that top speed." -- Autoblog


The 2016 Model X takes a very long time to charge using a standard household outlet. It's worth it to upgrade to a 240-volt outlet for your home, which will give you about 30 miles of range per hour.

The Model X can be charged for free at any station along Tesla's Supercharger network. Superchargers can give you 170 miles of range in as little as 30 minutes. That still doesn't compete with the fueling time of gasoline vehicles, however, and you'll have to plan your long-distance trips carefully to avoid running out of power.

Handling and Braking

The Model X has athletic handling for an SUV, despite – and in part thanks to – its hefty curb weight. It doesn't lean in corners, and it has responsive steering and brakes. Its low center of gravity, a product of its more than half-ton, low-mounted battery pack, helps it feel more stable. You'll feel confident if you encounter a curvy road in this vehicle. The Model X also has a smooth ride.

  • "It handles well with little discernible body roll, although the vehicle's overall weight of 5,441 pounds creates quite a bit of mass to control. … In general, steering is quick and responsive, the ride quality is excellent over the little bit of ground we cover. Even the regenerative brake system, set on maximum regeneration for our drive, doesn't have the spongy pedal feel that mars some regen systems." -- Edmunds
  • "And yet by some miracle, the Model X doesn't feel ponderous to drive. The low center of gravity that comes from the weight of the batteries beneath the floor enables this package to change direction willingly, and the standard 20-inch Continental tires provide cornering grip without ride harshness (22-inch Pirelli PZero Scorpion tires are available to quicken handling response)." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "It handles very well as well. Not quite as well as the Model S, but again, compared to other SUVs, it feels really great on the road, especially going through the twisty bits." -- CNET

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