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2020 Tesla Model X Performance Review


Performance: 9.3

The 2020 Tesla Model X offers well-rounded performance. It accelerates quickly, remains stable in sharp turns, and rides comfortably. Additionally, it offers the longest all-electric driving range in the luxury hybrid and electric SUV class.

  • "The real thrill in driving a Model X, however, is the instantaneous rush of speed that comes when you put your foot down. The Model X Long Range zooms to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, and it’s the slow version of the SUV. The Model X Performance, with the available Ludicrous Mode engaged, delivers 100 percent of the electric motors’ power to the wheels for a breathtaking zero-to-60-mph run of 2.7 seconds. Once you’ve owned a Model X, the morning school run will never be the same." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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)

Acceleration and Power

The Tesla Model X is outfitted with a 100-kWh battery pack and a pair of electric motors. All-wheel drive is standard. These motors provide a tremendous amount of torque, which helps zip the Model X up to speed quickly and smoothly. The standard Long Range model can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, while the Performance model can make the dash in 2.7 seconds.

The Model X Long Range has an EPA-estimated driving range of 328 miles. Its miles per gallon equivalence is rated at 101 MPGe. The Model X Performance has a range of 305 miles and an equivalency of 96 MPGe.

It takes about 10 hours to fully recharge the Model X’s battery pack using a 240-volt household outlet. Plugging in at a Tesla Supercharger station can provide 115 miles of driving range in about 15 minutes or a full charge in an hour and a half.

  • "Although many will claim that the vehicle is all about being green, the immediate rush of speed created by the powerful electric motors and standard AWD is one of the real reasons people covet the Model X." -- Autotrader
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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 Tesla Model X is remarkably agile for an SUV of its size and weight. It feels stable around turns, the steering is precise and responsive, and the brakes provide firm stopping power. The standard adaptive suspension soaks up most bumps and dips comfortably, albeit less so on models with the optional 22-inch wheels and low-profile tires.

  • "Thanks to a predictive and adaptive air suspension and 20-inch wheels, a smooth, comfortable, and quiet ride is the rule rather than the exception. Handling impresses, too. 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. The low center of gravity, a result of the battery and electric motor weight located low and centralized in the chassis, gives the Model X slot-car-style cornering capability." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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 (2018)
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2020 Tesla Model X

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