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2017 Tesla Model X Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Tesla Model X was new.


Performance: 9.2

The 2017 Tesla Model X has heart-pumping acceleration and sports-car-like handling. It has a comfortable ride with little body roll. Acceleration is strong and available batteries up the SUV's power.

  • "It's blindingly quick in P100D trim and steers and turns better than you might expect for its exceedingly heavy weight." -- Edmunds
  • "Other fancy vehicles may let you save your seat and mirror positions, but the X can be taught how you like your adjustable regenerative brake level (standard or low), whether you want the creep function on or off, what the steering mode should be (comfort, standard, or sport) and which acceleration mode to use (sport or ludicrous), among other options. The suspension is adjustable, as well, and you can set it to automatically lower when you go above a preset speed. In other words, you can make the X function the way you want it to, within reason. We tested a number of these options, but found that no matter how you set things, the X is stable, quiet, and aggressive when you want it to be." -- Autoblog (2016)
  • "The car drives great, it feels great. Really high end." -- CNET (2016)

Acceleration and Power

The Model X has such powerful acceleration that you'll likely think you're driving a sports car and not an SUV. It has an optional Ludicrous speed upgrade that turns everything up a notch and makes the drive even more exciting. With this upgrade, it can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds.

The base 75D Model X has an electric range of 238 miles. To compare its fuel efficiency against gasoline-only SUVs, the EPA measures mpg-e. The Model X gets 91 mpg-e in the city and 95 mpg-e on the highway. The 90D model gets 90 mpg-e in the city and 94 mpg-e on the highway. The P100D gets 81/92 mpg-e.

  • "Mat the accelerator and the Model X launches like few other vehicles on the road. It's powerful, instant thrust. The face-flattening intensity wanes (relatively) at higher speeds, but it's still quite quick." -- 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 (2016)
  • "Ludicrous acceleration turns everyone else at the stop light [into] 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 (2016)

Handling and Braking

The Model X's handling belies its large size. It is secure around corners with responsive steering. There is little body lean and the ride is mostly comfortable. However, you can feel slight disturbances over some bumps and dips in the pavement. All-wheel drive is standard.

  • "The Model X handles turns with more stability and verve than you'd expect for a SUV weighing almost 5,500 pounds. It's hard to describe as agile, but it faithfully obeys inputs in routine driving." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)

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