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2019 Tesla Model X Performance Review


Performance: 9.2

The Tesla Model X has world-class acceleration, long all-electric driving ranges, and fairly engaging handling for a heavy SUV. That said, the ride quality could be better.

  • "Even with a weight of 5,400 pounds, the Model X is quick. … Moreover, the instant thrust of acceleration proves gratifying anytime, anywhere. Even faster versions are available. Cornering is stable and even-keel, contrasting with the top-heavy feel of some SUVs. Combine this nimble and secure handling with the instant acceleration, and the result is a fun to drive three-row coach." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
  • "Acceleration is outstanding and instantaneous. Drivability is excellent even before you turn on the semiautonomous features. It can't hide its prodigious weight, but it handles like a vehicle that's 500 pounds lighter. An EV that can tow is unique, but range will be a factor." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "Performance, too, is the same quiet, quick, and powerful experience that any Model S driver is used to. … In either case, driving the Model X is a ton of fun. It is an excellent study in where Tesla is today. The company has come a long and amazing way since showing off the Roadster in 2006." -- Autoblog (2016)

Acceleration and Power

The Tesla Model X comes with a 100-kWh battery and standard all-wheel drive. The base model has a driving range of up to 325 miles, and it gets an EPA-estimated 96 MPGe combined city/highway. The Model X Performance has a range of 305 miles, and it's rated at 85 MPGe combined. For more info on understanding these ratings, check out What Is MPGe?

Both versions of the Model X boast near instantaneous acceleration, and there’s plenty of power all the way up to high speeds. The standard model goes from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, and the Model X Performance does the same sprint in 2.7 seconds.

  • "The Model X launches like few other vehicles on the road, possessing powerful, instant thrust. The face-flattening intensity wanes (relatively) at higher speeds, but it's still quite quick." -- Edmunds
  • "The real thrill in owning a Model X, however, is the instantaneous rush of speed that comes when you put your foot down." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "The Model X takes off with a smooth and effortless glide, which feels very satisfying, be it from a stop or accelerating once underway. Forward thrust is abundant anywhere, anytime, and throttle response is electrifyingly quick." -- Consumer Reports (2018)

Handling and Braking

The Model X has composed handling and precise steering, and it drives more like a car than an SUV. Ride quality is on the stiffer side, especially with a combination of larger wheels and smaller tires.

  • "It's heavy, but it manages its weight well. The ride quality overall is good except over broken or potholed surfaces where the heavy wheels and low-profile tires show their limits." -- Edmunds
  • "The Model X is quite nimble. Body roll is well contained and, by virtue of the heavy, low-mounted battery, the X never feels top-heavy. Steering response is quick, but there's more weight rather than true driver feedback." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Responsive steering feedback helps this big-crossover SUV feel a bit smaller and more agile than one would think, making the Model X an easy vehicle to live with." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

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