2018 Tesla Model X Electric

#6
in Midsize SUVs
2018 MODEL

$79,500 - $140,000

8.6

Overall Rating

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Overview

Electric SUV's were not a thing before Tesla unveiled its Model X in the year 2012. A car full of innovation, trickery, and sheer brilliance- the Model X is the only electric SUV ever made. Tesla made sure of what a person might need in an SUV and built a near perfect one. 

It has been appreciated for higher standards of  performance, comfort, safety, and energy efficiency. It carries the design nuances similar to that of the Tesla Model S or you can call it a 7-seater SUV version of the Model S sedan. It gets dual-motors which sends power to all wheels of the car which can cover a distance of 295 miles in a single charge.

The most eye-catching feature of the model is falcon doors which replace the monotonous tradition of side-hinged rear doors. Starting at $79,500, the 2018 Tesla Model X is an expensive vehicle that has more seats, more cargo space, and—unique to a battery-electric vehicle—5,000 pounds of towing capacity than its sedan sister. Towing with an electric vehicle causes range to plummet, but the Model X can do it if you need it. Model X rivals the Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7, and Mercedes GLS 450. Let's see how it fairs against these elite cars.

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Pros

Absurd acceleration

Long all-electric range

Class-leading cargo space

Large, crisp touch screen

Only all-electric crossover you can buy

Amazing performance

Comfortable, quiet ride

Cons

Second row has less legroom than rivals

No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto

What's New?

Now available at a lower price

Only 3 trims are available now


Features



Styles

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Solid Black

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Ratings

Exterior

7.3

Engine

9.4

Safety

8.1

Fuel Economy

9.4

Features

7.9

Interior

9.1

Driving

9.0

8.6

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Tesla Model X electric 75D

75D

Fuel: Electric fuel, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$79,500

Configurations
75D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
Seating: 5 MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG(91/93/95)

 2018 Tesla Model X electric 100D

100D

Fuel: Electric fuel, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$96,000

Configurations
100D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
Seating: 5 MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG(86/87/89)

 2018 Tesla Model X electric P100D

P100D

Fuel: Electric fuel, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$140,000

Configurations
P100D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
Seating: 7 MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG(83/85/89)

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial Last updated 3 days ago

8.6

Overall Rating


7.9/10
Features

 

9.4/10
Engine

 

9.4/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.1/10
Interior

 

7.3/10
Exterior

 

8.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

Model X has been appreciated for higher standards of  performance, comfort, safety, and energy efficiency. It carries the design nuances similar to that of the Tesla Model S or you can call it a 7-seater SUV version of the Model S sedan. It gets dual-motors which sends power to all wheels of the car which can cover a distance of 295 miles in a single charge.

The most eye-catching feature of the model is falcon doors which replace the monotonous tradition of side-hinged rear doors. Starting at $79,500, the 2018 Tesla Model X is an expensive vehicle that has more seats, more cargo space, and—unique to a battery-electric vehicle—5,000 pounds of towing capacity than its sedan sister. 

Features

7.9/10

The Model X has three trims: the “75D” has a 75-kilowatt-hour battery pack, the “100D”  has a 100-kwh pack, and the top-of-the-line “P100D” also has a 100-kwh pack but more powerful motors. The base trim is priced at $79,500 and goes up to $140,000 for the top-end trim. Tesla has equipped the Model X SUV pretty heavily from the base trim itself.

Trim

Tesla Model X 75D

Tesla Model X 100D

Tesla Model X P100D

MSRP

$79,500

$96,000

$140,000

Key

Features

Mobile app remote control

FM/HD, online, on-demand & Internet radio, and Bluetooth®

Two USB ports for media and power

LED ambient interior lighting

Center armrest with two cup holders

Wi-Fi and LTE internet connectivity

Keyless entry

Voice activated controls

Bluetooth hands-free calling and media streaming

Largest glass panoramic windshield in production

Onboard maps and navigation

Access to Tesla’s global Supercharger network

Compatible with Tesla Wall Connectors

17” touchscreen display

Mobile app remote control

FM/HD, online, on-demand & Internet radio, and Bluetooth®

Two USB ports for media and power

LED ambient interior lighting

Center armrest with two cup holders

Wi-Fi and LTE internet connectivity

Keyless entry

Voice activated controls

Wi-Fi and LTE internet connectivity

Keyless entry

Voice activated controls

Bluetooth hands-free calling and media streaming

Largest glass panoramic windshield in production

2” receiver for hitch-mounted bike and ski carriers, capable of towing 5,000 pounds on 20” wheels or 3,500 pounds on 22” wheels

Back-up camera

Auto-dimming mirrors

One-touch power windows

Mobile app remote control

FM/HD, online, on-demand & Internet radio, and Bluetooth®

Two USB ports for media and power

LED ambient interior lighting

We Recommend

Model X buyers should stick with the base trim. It has a shorter range than the higher trims, but only by less than 60 miles. It's also available with pretty much every feature you can get in higher trims, yet it costs much less than they do. In other words, you can add several features to the Model X 75D and still pay less than you would for one of the higher trims.

Engine

9.4/10

“The 2018 Tesla Model X raises the bar for SUV performance with its nimble handling and breathtaking acceleration. It has a comfortable ride with little body roll, and it gets terrific fuel economy. It also has outstanding range for an electric vehicle.”- Cars.USnews

Engine and Transmission

Powered by a lithium-ion battery pack under the cabin floor and a pair of electric motors (one per axle), 2018 Tesla Model X plays an exceptional role as the sole long-range battery-electric family SUV on the market this year. The two motors in the model X have ratings of 259 hp on each motor. The higher-performance P100D replaces the rear motor with a vastly more powerful 518 hp unit, while the front motor stays the same. Tesla Model X's engine is extremely powerful for an EV.

Models

Tesla Model X 75D

Porsche Cayenne SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI

MSRP

$79,500

$60,600

$69,550

$56,400

Engine

Front & Rear High Efficiency 75 kWh battery

3.6-literPremium Unleaded V-6

3.0L V6 biturbo

3.0L TFSI V6 DOHC

Transmission

Single speed automatic

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

518 hp

300 hp

362 hp

333 hp

Torque

387 lb-ft

295 lb-ft

369 lb-ft

325 lb-ft

The Porsche Cayenne SUV, Mercedes-Benz GLS 450, and Audi Q7 lie almost in the same cost bracket and are the main rival competitors of Model X SUV. Cayenne gets the biggest 3.6-liter V6 engine in the competition while the Audi Q7 and Merc GLS 450 get 3-liter V6 engine. When power is considered, no car can match the 518 hp of the Model X and fall shamely behind the electric SUV.

Acceleration

The model X has reached the zenith in delivering acceleration which to the most competitors remain only a dream. Every model in the lineup sprints from zero to 60 mph in under 5 seconds. The high-performance P100D trim makes the dash in less than 3 seconds, making it one of the fastest vehicles around – SUV or otherwise.

Models

Tesla Model X 75D

Porsche Cayenne SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI

0-60 MPH

4.9 sec

7.3sec

6.5 sec

5.7 sec

Quarter mile

 

13.8 sec

16.5 sec

14.9

Engine

Electric motor

3.6L

3.0L

3.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

 

8.8

9.3

8.4

2018 Tesla Model X outshines all the SUV's in competition to shame as all other cars have pretty slow acceleration figures. Audi Q7 comes the closest to Tesla Model X in the 0-60 run taking 5.7 seconds while Porsche Cayenne even with the biggest engine is the slowest car to reach 60 MPH.

Handling and Steering

Model X is one of the best handling SUV available in the market. Even at higher speeds or while cruising on the highways, the car handles confidently on the cursve and even along the pavements. With enhanced driving features, Model X surely is a joy to drive. You also get 3 different driving modes to step-up the handling and driving experience. Tesla has worked magic in that steering and you get remarkable response while cruising along the tarmac.

Braking

The 2018 Tesla Model X SUV has brakes that match its acceleration. The brake pedal provides a smooth and progressive feel that is very easy to manage. Even after being one of the heaviest compact SUVs out there, it gives one of the best results in the brake tests. Braking figure for the Model X is currently not available but we assure you that Tesla will have the best braking figures too.

Model

Tesla Model X 75D

Porsche Cayenne SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI

Brake Front (in.)

14.0

13.8

13.8

14.8

Brake Rear (in.)

14.4

13.0

13.6

13.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5,307

4,486

5,335

4,916

60-0 MPH (ft.)

 

126

120

117.9

The quickest to come to a halt amongst the rivals is the Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI. It takes just 117.9 feet to come to a stop from 60mph. The Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 is also on the slower side at panic stops, with a distance of 120 feet. That’s unimpressive but still better than Porsche Cayenne SUV’s 126 feet.

Towing Capacity

Model X tows a total of 5,000 lbs. which very good for an electric car. All other gasoline powered rivals outshines the Tesla Model X in towing capacity but it is still good for the electric car to tow this much of weight.

Model

Tesla Model X 75D

Porsche Cayenne SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

5,000

7,716

7,500

7,700

Fuel Economy

9.4/10

Being an electric car Tesla Model X will surely save you the amount you might pay for the gasoline cars. It has 91 mpg-e in the city and 95 mpg-e on the highway. Compared to a gas-powered rival like the Mercedes-Benz GLE, the Model X will save you about $1,600 each year in fuel costs.

As for charging, you can charge the Model X at your house via a standard 120-volt outlet. It will charge considerably faster with a 240-volt outlet, however. Model X owners also have access to Tesla's nationwide network of Supercharger stations. At one of these stations, you can recharge up to 80 percent of the battery's full range in about half an hour. Additionally, owners can get up to 400 kWh (or about 1,000 miles) of charging for free each year at the Supercharger network, with a small fee incurred after that.

Model

Tesla Model X 75D

Porsche Cayenne SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI

MPG (city)

91 (MPGe)

18

17

19

MPG (highway)

95 (MPGe)

24

22

25

MPG (combined)

93 (MPGe)

20

19

21

 

Interior

9.1/10

“The Model X is extremely quiet and equipped with seats that are suitable for long stints. It's heavy, but it manages its weight well. “- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The Model X seats five in its standard configuration, but you can increase capacity to six or seven with available upgrades. Standard features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, a panoramic front windshield (featuring a single piece of glass that runs from the base of the windshield up to the roof over the front row of seats), 14-way power-adjustable front seats, and Falcon Wing rear doors. These double-hinged doors open from the roof and feature sensors to avoid obstacles when they open.

Heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel are available. Depending on whether you get the five-seat, six-seat, or seven-seat Model X, you’ll have up to four LATCH systems for installing child seats.

 

Model

Tesla Model X 75D

Porsche Cayenne SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI

Passenger capacity

5

5

7

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

41.7/60.7/41.2

39.6/58.9/57.2

41.2/58.5/40.3

38.4/59.5/41.7

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.9/56.8/38.4

39.0/57.0/36.0

40.0/58.3/38.5

38.8/58.5/38.8

Third

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

 

 

38.9/50.5/35.0

35.9/49.4/29.2

 

The front seats are comfortable, supportive, and have plenty of room. Thanks to the panoramic windshield, driver visibility is outstanding. The second-row seats have ample space, but they lack the generous accommodations of some competitors' second rows. Additionally, some tall passengers may want more legroom. The third row is best left for the children, which isn't uncommon in a 3-row SUV.

 

Interior Features

  • largest touch screen in the market: a 17-inch touch screen 5-inch screen
  • a nine-speaker sound system
  • collision avoidance
  • automatic emergency braking
  • a rearview camera
  • power-operated and heated side mirrors
  • proximity key entry

Optional features include:

  • Navigation
  • Wireless charging for enabled smartphones
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • 360-degree camera system
  • adaptive cruise control
  • lane keep assist, automatic parking
  • summon feature
  • the Autopilot system
  • 17-speaker sound system
  • satellite radio
  • high-amperage charger.

Infotainment

Standard features in the Model X include four USB ports, a 17-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and navigation. Available features include a 17-speaker sound system, satellite radio, and a high-amperage charger.

For all its technology, the Model X doesn't offer connectivity features like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. However, it has plenty of other bells and whistles, most of which are controlled via the gargantuan 17-inch touch screen. The screen has crisp graphics and responds well to inputs, but the menu layout could be simpler.

Cargo

The Model X offers 88.1 cubic feet of cargo space which gets altered depending upon the seating configuration. That is one of the highest cargo capacities in the class, but there isn't a lot of small-item storage throughout the cabin. The optional third row folds flat, which helps when you want to haul larger items. However, the second row doesn't fold at all, limiting cargo carrying versatility.

Model

Tesla Model X 75D

Porsche Cayenne SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI

Cargo Volume 3rd row up (ft.3)

 

 

16.0

14.8

Cargo Volume 2nd row up (ft.3)

26.0

23.7

49.4

37.5

Cargo Volume 2nd row folded (ft.3)

88.0

62.9

93.8

71.6

 

Exterior

7.3/10

“When viewed from the front, the 2018 Tesla Model X is almost indistinguishable from its sexy sedan brother, the Model S, which is still one of the best-looking cars around.”-Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Weight

The 2018 Tesla Model X has an impactful design and looks extremely beautiful upfront. The only thing that’s missing is a front grille which can make a car look even more appealing but Tesla being an electric car doesn.t require one.

Tesla doors open upwards making it look even cooler. The car is sleek and has low center-of gravity which adds up to its safety too.

 

 

Model

Tesla Model X 75D

Porsche Cayenne SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI

Curb weight (lbs.)

5,307

4,486

5,335

4,916

Length(in)

198.3

191.1

201.6

199.6

Width(in)

81.5

78.7

84.3

77.5

Height(in)

66.0

67.4

72.8

68.5

Ground clearance (in)

7.0

8.4

8.5

8.1

Wheelbase (in)

116.7

114.0

121.1

117.9

Track width (in) F/R

65.4/66.9

65.2/65.7

65.2/65.9

66.1/66.6

 

Exterior Features

Some of the exterior features include:

  • LED headlights in Premium Plus
  • Xenon HIDs in Premium
  • Heated and power adjusting side mirrors
  • Audi’s Side Assist in Premium Plus
  • 19 inch 10 spoke titanium alloy wheels in sports plus package
  • Standard 18 inch turbine alloy wheels
  • 19-inch off-road design wheels with sports package.

Safety

8.1/10
Model X Crash Test Results

The 2018 Model X has a perfect five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Model X Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include collision avoidance, automatic emergency braking, and a rearview camera. Available features include a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic parking, a summon feature, and the Autopilot system, which is a suite of driver assistance features that can – at its highest level of application – drive the car without human intervention.

Safety Features

Advanced active safety technology

Eight airbags throughout

Electronic stability and traction control

Four-wheel antilock disc brakes with electronic parking brake

Acoustic front row safety belt warning

Rollover crash sensor

Four LATCH attachments for child seat installations in 6-seat and 7-seat configurations

Rear door child safety locks

 

NHTSA Rating

Overall rating

5 star

Overall frontal barrier crash rating

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating driver

5 star

Overall side crash rating

5 star

Side barrier rating

5 star

Side pole rating driver front seat

5 star

Combined side rating rear seat

5 star

Rollover rating

5 star

Side barrier rating driver

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating passenger

5 star

Combined side rating front seat

5 star

Side barrier rating passenger rear seat

5 star

 

IIHS has not yet rated

The 2018 Tesla Model X SUV adds a rearview camera and rain-sensing windshield wipers as standard safety features. Optional safety features include:

  • Parking sensors
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality
  • Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection
  • Collision mitigation braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Heads-up display
  • Traffic sign information
  • Automatic high beams

Competition

 

2018 Tesla Model X vs Porsche Cayenne SUV

Porsche Cayenne is one of the most luxurious SUV from the house of Porsche. It packs a 3.6-liter V6 engine which makes 300 hp and comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It is an ideal car for those who seek luxury and performance altogether. But it lacks the power that Model X offers and also the huge equipment list that Tesla offers with Model X.

 

2018 Tesla Model X vs Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

Mercedes has been manufacturing some of the most luxurious cars and GLS 450 is one of them. Merc GLS 450 gets a 3-liter V6 engine which comes mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes GLS 450 stands no way near the Tesla Model X in terms of performance, styling, fuel efficiency, and braking but when it comes to interior styling, towing, and hauling capacity the GLS 450 is a clear winner.

 

2018 Tesla Model X vs Audi Q7

Audi Q7 has been Audi’s flagship SUV for years and the car has been getting cosmetic changes for past years. Under its hood, it gets a 3-liter V6 powertrain that generates 333 hp and is coupled with an 8-speed Automatic transmission. The car has luxurious interior and with the price tag that it has, it is one of the best equipped car too. Like other two rivals, it also lacks the power, safety, braking, and fuel efficiency to what Model X has to offer.

Final Verdict

With very well offered features and specification 2018 Tesla Model X SUV performs very well. The Tesla Model X is an SUV with an excellent performance and best-in-class features. It is one of the most heavily equipped SUV you’ll ever see and also the safest of all.

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