2017 Tesla Model X Electric

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2017 MODEL
$82,500 - $135,500 See Inventory Prices

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The Tesla Model X SUV is an electric SUV which defines a class in itself with its luxuriousness and outstanding performance. First unveiled as a prototype in 2012, the Model X received praises for its design, innovative technology and falcon wing gates that no other SUV offers.

Starting at the price of $82,500 for the base model, 2017 Tesla Model X is a seven-seater electric SUV embedded with loads of features and best-in-class equipment. The Model X SUV derives its power from high efficiency batteries starting from 75 kWh, 90 kWh and going all the way up to 100 kWh, comes with all-wheel drive and a single speed automatic transmission.


7.4/10
Features

 

8.4/10
Engine

 

9.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.1/10
Interior

 

7.3/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Tesla has put in a lot of effort to make the Model X one of the safest passenger cars and they have found success doing so. The EV has got some advanced active and passive safety features that many cars lack in its class. Let’s see how it fares against the competiton.

2017 Tesla Model X electric Features

7.4/10

Trim

Tesla Model X 75D

Tesla Model X 100D

Tesla Model X P100D

Tesla Model X 90D

MSRP

  • $82,500
  • $98,500
  • $135,500
  • $93,500

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
  • Similar to other trims:
  • Nets you a 90-kWh battery that bumps up range to 257 miles. The 90D models are quicker still, hitting 60 mph in a claimed 4.8 seconds. It is limited available

The 2017 Tesla Model X SUV has four different trim levels and the number in the trim level denotes the battery size assigned to it. The 75D has a 75 kWh (kilowatt hour) battery, the 90D has a 90-kWh battery, and the 100D & P100D has a 100-kWh battery, the P standing for performance.

What we recommend

Among all the four trims of the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV, the 90D is the recommended one due to its fine balance of price and performance. It is advisable not to opt for the 22-inch wheel as it may hamper the ride quality. Add-ons like the High-Amperage Charge are a must for long distance travels.

2017 Tesla Model X electric Engine

8.4/10

Engine and Transmission

Under the hood of the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV is a high-efficiency battery depending on the trim level. The 75kWh battery provides a range of 237 miles with a horsepower of 518 and 387 pound-feet of torque. For the 90D trim, the 90kWh battery attains a top speed of 155 mph and covers a distance of 257 miles. The 100kWh battery of the P100D trim outputs 792 horsepower while having a range of 289 miles whereas the 100kWh battery of the 100D trim has the massive range of 295 miles.

The transmission for all the trims of the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV is a standard single speed automatic transmission with modes like Normal, Comfort and Sport that works very well with the front and rear powered battery to facilitate the maximum performance.

Models

Tesla Model X 75D

Porsche Cayenne SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI

MSRP

$82,500

$59,600

$68,750

$55,500

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

Tesla overshadows all other cars in the competition with its high performance. The car nearest to the Model X is the Merc GLS 450 that makes 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

Acceleration

Given the electrical engine and single speed transmission, the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV has an instantaneous and outstanding acceleration record. The 75D and the 90D reach from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and 3.5 seconds respectively. Even though the 100D has a greater range than the P100D, the latter dominates the former with a scorching acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in a mere 2.9 seconds, making it the fastest among the four trims.

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

NA

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)

NA

8.8

9.3

8.4

Greatly benefiting from its high-performance battery and leaving behind all its other rivals far behind, the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV has the best initial acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. The Audi Q7 is the second fastest as it hits 60 mph in 5.7 seconds followed by the Mercedes Benz and Porsche Cayenne with a 60 MPH hitting time of 6.5 seconds and 7.3 seconds respectively. However, over a quarter mile, the Porsche manages to recover from its poor initial acceleration and covers the distance in 13.8 seconds, the fastest among its rivals. It is followed by the Audi doing it in 14.9 seconds and the Mercedes reaching the distance in 16.5 seconds. The acceleration intensity of the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV reduces as the speed increases.

Another advantage of the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV is that being completely electrical it has no emissions of any kind, giving it a great environmental advantage over its competitors. The Mercedes is seen to be having the highest emission rate.

Handling and Steering

The 2017 Tesla Model X SUV displays an appropriately direct steering ability in the Normal and Comfort modes. The steering may feel a little stiff in the high speed enduring Sport Mode. Its remarkable adaptive cruise control and auto steering function keeps it on track in highways imbuing it with great stability and handling, without letting the massive weight of the SUV be any concerning factor at all.

Braking

The 2017 Tesla Model X SUV has a driver-selectable regenerative braking system is easy to operate and provides a smooth deceleration. Due to its rapid responsive rate, it brings the car at halt from 60 mph at just 111 feet. It has 14 inched front brake discs and 14.4 inched rear brake discs.

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

13.8

13.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5,271

4,486

5,335

4,916

60-0 MPH (ft.)

111

126

120

117.9

Once again displaying a brilliant performance, the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV achieves the best braking rates among the four, not to mention its second heaviest curb weight; its large brake discs contribute significantly in stopping the car at 111 feet when coming down from 60 to 0 mph. Up next, the Audi Q7 with the biggest front discs has the second-best deceleration rates by covering 117.9 feet in coming to a half from 60 mph; its second lightest curb weight helps it achieve this statistic. The Mercedes Benz being the heaviest in the lot comes after the Audi with a deceleration distance of 120 feet and lastly, and quite ironically, in spite of being the lightest among the others, the Porsche Cayenne halts at 126 feet while decelerating from 60 mph.

2017 Tesla Model X electric Fuel Economy

9.1/10

The 2017 Tesla Model X SUV being all electric is another massive plus point for it as it involves no fuel consumption of any kind, setting a very good example of alternative energy. In terms of its electrical efficiency, it has 90 MPGe in cities, 94 MPGe in highways and 92 MPGe as a combined rate.

Model

Tesla Model X 75D

Porsche Cayenne SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI

MPG (city)

90 (MPGe)

18

19

19

MPG (highway)

94 (MPGe)

24

22

25

MPG (combined)

92 (MPGe)

20

17

21

Being completely electrical makes the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV the most efficient among the four. However, in terms of fuel economy, the Audi Q7 is the most efficient among the three fuel-based cars with rates as 19 mpg for cities, 25 mpg for highway and a combined rate of 21 mpg. The Porsche comes next in terms of fuel efficiency with economy rates of 24 mpg and 20 mpg in highways and combined respectively and falls behind in cities with 18 mpg, where the Mercedes shares a 19-mpg rate in cities with the Audi, whereas in highways and combined, it is the least efficient with 22 mpg and 17 mpg respectively.

2017 Tesla Model X electric Interior

7.1/10

Seating and Comfort

The interior of the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV is extremely quiet and the seats are comfortably suitable for long trips. All the seats have heating and cooling features with supportive armrests. The air suspension provides minimal head tossing.

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.)

N/A N/A

38.9/50.5/35.0

35.9/49.4/29.2

The 2017 Tesla Model X SUV and the Porsche Cayenne have a passenger capacity of 5 whereas the Mercedes Benz and the Audi have a capacity of 7 passengers. In the case of front passengers, the Tesla has the largest headroom whereas the Porsche has the largest legroom. The Tesla also boasts spacious second-row passenger headroom whereas the Audi Q7 has the most legroom. As for the third two passengers, the Mercedes beats the Audi with more headroom and legroom area.

Interior Features

  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
  • Front and rear view camera
  • Electrochromatic rearview mirror
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Universal remote transmitter
  • Interior air filtration
  • Climate control
  • Multi-adjustable power seats

Infotainment

The 2017 Tesla Model X SUV has a large main touch screen with a topnotch display. It has a basic audio option with appealing sound quality and a standard navigation system. The screen displays a warning if there is an object in close proximity.

  • Bluetooth audio and phone
  • Smartphone integration
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • Rear view camera
  • HD and satellite radio
  • AM/FM Stereo

Cargo

The cargo space of the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV has a good height and depth. The additional front trunk space area is another bonus.

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

Among the four, the Mercedes Benz is the clear winner with the largest cargo area of 49 cubic feet when the second-row seats are up and it increases to a whopping 93.8 cubic feet when the second row  are folded. Even though the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV lags behind from the Audi Q7 when the rear seats are up, it significantly covers up when the seats are folded ending up with a more spacious area than the Audi. The Porsche has the least cargo area in both aspects.

For the addition third-row cargo area, the Mercedes beats the Audi once again with an area of 16 cubic feet against 14.8 cubic feet respectively.

Towing Capacity

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

The 2017 Tesla Model X SUV falls behind than the rest in towing capacity due to its battery-based powertrain with a respectable 5000 pounds. The Porsche has the maximum capacity of 7716 pounds followed by the Audi and the Mercedes with 7700 and 7500 pounds correspondingly.

2017 Tesla Model X electric Exterior

7.3/10

Dimensions and Weight

The 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan is quite small and compact for a regular Sedan class car. It does compensate the size with subtle styling and unexaggerated finishing.

Model

Tesla Model X 75D

Porsche Cayenne SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI

Curb weight (lbs.)

5,271

4,486

5,335

4,938

Length(in)

198.3

191.1

202.0

199.6

Width(in)

81.5

78.7

76.1

77.5

Height(in)

66.0

67.4

72.8

68.5

 Ground clearance (in) 

5.4

8.5

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

66.6/66.5

The Mercedes Benz other than being the heaviest, the lengthiest and the tallest also has a highest ground clearance and wheelbase. The Porsche Cayenne is the lightest and has the smallest wheelbase although it shares an equally large ground clearance with the Mercedes. The 2017 Tesla Model X SUV is the widest among the four and has the least ground clearance whereas the Audi Q7 has a fairly balanced dimensional figure.

Exterior Features

  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Power trunk lid
  • Interval wipers
  • Cargo area lighting
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Rear spoiler and fog lights
  • Daytime running lights

2017 Tesla Model X electric Safety

Safety Features

The 2017 Tesla Model X SUV comes studded with loads of safety features like traction control and stability systems, lane departure and blind spot warnings, automatic emergency braking, 360 degree sonar sensors and forward looking camera.

  • 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

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

 

2017 Tesla Model X electric Competition

Porsche Cayenne SUV vs Tesla Model X

The Porsche Cayenne is a well packed SUV with a powerful blend of luxury, sports car performance and off road abilities as well. Its power source is a 3.6 liter Premium Unleaded V6 engine which is supported by an 8-speed transmission and all wheel drive. It constitutes to be an ideal road trip car with comfortable leather seats and classy infotainment for navigation. However when compared to the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV, it lacks is engine performance, acceleration, braking and cargo spacing as well, putting it quite behind than the Tesla in the competition.

Mercedes Benz GLS 450 vs Tesla Model X

The Mercedes Benz GLS 450 is the luxury SUV that maintains the legacy of the locomotive company with its three rowed powerhouse with loads of techs and amenities installed in it. Under its hood is the 3L bi turbo v6 engine that generates power by coupling with the 9speed automatic transmission. Although factors like engine performance, acceleration, braking, and poor fuel economy puts it behind the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV, it does somewhat compensate with massive interior spacing and gigantic cargo area as well as a strong towing capacity.

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI vs Tesla Model X

Compared to the price tag attached to it, the Audi Q7 has so much more to offer making it worth every penny spent. With a 3L TFSI V6 engine, 8speed transmission, and all-wheel drive system, it puts up a strong performance. The additional smooth steering, air suspension, and adaptive dampers maintain the comfortable ride quality. It may be a little weaker in engine power and acceleration than the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV, but the spacious interiors and cargo space keep in the competition of SUVs.

2017 Tesla Model X electric Final Verdict

The first concern regarding the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV is high price tag and expensive options that come with it. The comparative lack of space than other rival SUVs is thought-provoking too. However, it does deliver immaculately in terms of performance and being totally electrical is highly beneficial as it omits any extra fuel costs. The 2017 Tesla Model X SUV is a one-time investment towards revolutionizing the trend of SUVs in the market. It is definitely tempting and given the range of facilities it has in store to offer, it will not disappoint the buyer at all.

Pros

Lightning fast acceleration for a heavy 3 row SUV

Exceptionally quiet during driving

Expansive and wide view through large windshield

Convenient and user-friendly tech

Cons

Few interior materials are outdated

No folding feature for second row seats

Rear doors have poor functionality and hinders entry

Rear visibility is poor

What's New?

No major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$82500

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

horsepower

518 hp

torque

387 lb.-ft.

transmission

single-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.4 in. ventilated disc brakes/14 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

116.7 in.

length

198.3 in.

width

81.5 in.

height

66 in.

curb weight

5271 lbs.

ground clearance

5.4 in.

capacity

cargo volume

26 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

91/92/95 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

8 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



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Solid Black

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Ratings

Features

7.4

Engine

8.4

Fuel Economy

9.1

Interior

7.1

Exterior

7.3

Comfort

8.0

Driving

7.8

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Tesla Model X electric 75D

75D

power
518 hp
fuel
Electric fuel
mpg
92 combined

$82,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
75D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) Starting at $82,500 MSRP (91/92/95) 518 hp, electric, electric fuel
See Full Specs
single-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Tesla Model X electric 90D

90D

power
417 hp
fuel
Electric fuel
mpg
91 combined

$93,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
90D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) Starting at $93,500 MSRP (90/91/94) 417 hp, electric, electric fuel
See Full Specs
single-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Tesla Model X electric 100D

100D

power
259 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Electric fuel
mpg
89 combined

$98,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
100D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) Starting at $98,500 MSRP (89/89/90) 259 hp @ 6100 rpm, electric, electric fuel
See Full Specs
single-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Tesla Model X electric P100D

P100D

power
503 hp @ 6150 rpm
fuel
Electric fuel
mpg
85 combined

$135,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
P100D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) Starting at $135,500 MSRP (81/85/92) 503 hp @ 6150 rpm, electric, electric fuel
See Full Specs
single-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

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