The Tesla Model X P100D is the coolest SUV on sale. Period.
What is it?
The Tesla Model X is one of those cars that doesn’t really need much of an introduction. But we’ll give you one anyway: the Model X is Tesla’s first SUV, it’s all electric, it has those mad roof mounted “Falcon Wing” doors, it can be had with five, six or seven seats, it’s the only car in the world with a receding hairline – more on that later. And as the Model X based on the same platform as the Model S, it can be had with the P100D drivetrain, meaning all-wheel drive and a 0-100 time of 3.1 seconds. That’s enough to scare the crap out of your passengers and a dog, should you choose to bring one along.
What’s it cost?
The Tesla Model X starts at $141,922 for the Model X 75D and climbs to an eye-watering $261,132 for the neck-bending Model X P100D. These prices exclude on road costs and options.
Our Model X P100D test car was the six seat version and was crammed with options including autopilot, high fidelity sound, high amperage compatibility, 22 inch Black Onyx rims and Enhanced Autopilot brought the bottom line of our car to a grand total of $323,593. Ouch. But it’s kind of worth it.
What’s it go like?
Well, the Model X is powered by a 100 kilowatt hour battery back, two electric motors that produce around 568kW and 1400Nm. Yes, 1400Nm. Instantly. Flick the car into “Ludicrous Mode” and plant the throttle and the Model X P100D will blast from standstill to 100km/h in 3.1 seconds. And then your neck starts to hurt, and it looks like the traffic behind you is actually going backwards. It’s a weird and wonderful experience rolled into one.
The range isn’t bad either. Drive it like a mentalist in Ludicrous Mode and you’ll probably only get 200 kilometres to the charge. Drive it in the default Sport setting and 400-500 kilometres a charge is possible.
On the subject of charging, Model X owners have access to all Tesla Supercharger stations around the country, free of charge.
The Model X P100D is not only fast in a straight line, but it also makes for quite a pleasant daily driver. The air suspension irons out any road imperfections despite those enormous 22 inch rims – which make things a little firm – but the Model X is never uncomfortable. The steering is nicely weighted, too and the Model X P100D manages to conceal the majority of its two tonne odd bulk.
What’s it like inside?
Very clever. Not only is the Model X P100D eye-catching from the outside, and completely bonkers to drive, overall packaging is simply brilliant.
Approach the driver’s door – we’ll talk more about the Falcon Wing doors later – and it’ll open slightly, motion that you’re about to get into the car and it’ll open further allowing the driver to enter. Sit down, buckle up and press the brake and the door will close behind you. There’s nothing else quite like it on the market.
Once you’re inside, you’re greeted by a dashboard that’s identical to the one in the Model S. That enormous touchscreen included, and the infotainment system’s intuitiveness never seems to cease amazing us. It’s just so easy to use.
The control system in the Model X has bespoke Model X features too: you can open and close all doors, adjust the seats electrically and even heat the seats. All from the front two seats.
Look up. That windscreen stretches halfway up the roof, allowing an abundance of natural light to flow into the otherwise grey interior. And the sense of space it creates is astonishing. That said, with the Model X’s dimensions, interior space should be more than generous for all six passengers. And it is. Head, leg and shoulder room is abundant for all passengers in the first two rows. The third row of seats will probably take a couple of adults, but just make sure the journey is short.
Now, the Falcon Wings. Push the handle and they’ll whir up towards the sky. They have in built sensors that allow the doors to measure the distance between the Model X and surrounding objects, and they can identify if they’re about to hit anything up above. If they detect an object they’ll stop, saving you a trip to the panel beater.
The Model X is practical, too. There are two boots one at the front and one at the rear. The one at the rear has a shelf, dividing it into two compartments, making the Model X an ideal family getaway machine.
What we like:
- Design excellence
- Those seats are beautifully supportive and the Model X cruises in utmost silence
- The sound system is probably one of the best factory systems on the market.
- Charging time
What we don’t:
- Quality niggles. Amazing as those Falcon Wing doors are, Tesla still needs to work resolving quality and reliability issues. The left Falcon Wing door in our test car groaned as it lowered and when it raised, it would detect objects up over that simply weren’t there. The windscreen wipers seemed out of synch too, which was odd
- No 360 degree camera system. Most rivals provide images of various angles of the car. The Model X only has a reversing camera.
- Annoying key. A bug bear of ours for both the Model S and Model X, it can be difficult to locate the key’s various functions as the buttons are hidden
- Centre console is useful, but it looks cheap, and the lid can become stuck easily if you are charging a mobile device
- We (I) don’t own one
Sale or no sale?
The Tesla Model X P100D is a masterpiece of design, performance, engineering and technology. If you have the cash to splash, we suspect it’ll be hard to beat.