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Electric Car Awards 2020: Electric seven-seater

With electric cars now coming in all shapes and sizes – and available to suit every budget – we’ve named the best models in every class. Here we look at the best electric seven-seater...

Electric Car Awards - Tesla Model X

WINNER: Electric seven-seater

Tesla Model X

Best buy 7 seat List price £86,380 Target Price £86,380 Target PCP na 0-60mph 4.4sec Top speed 155mph Official range 314 miles CO2 emissions 0g/km

Okay, the competition competition for this award wasn’t exactly fierce, but a shortage of electric seven-seat rivals shouldn’t take anything away from Tesla’s achievement. In fact, since suggesting that a family of seven buys a car with five seats clearly isn’t going to fly, the Model X has an obvious and unique purpose in the world of electric cars.

Granted, it isn’t cheap: our favourite Long Range version costs more than £80k, so you won’t get any contribution from the Government towards the price. What you will get is an enormous, five-metre-long SUV with gullwing doors (think DeLorean), some of the best self-driving tech around and acceleration that can embarrass many sports cars.

Tesla Model X

You can have a five-seat version for slightly less cash or a six-seater for slightly more, but it’s the seven-seater that makes most sense, because its extra flexibility is something other electric SUVs such as the Audi E-tron and Jaguar I-Pace can’t match.

Those gullwing rear doors make getting into the third-row seats surprisingly easy, and although space back there isn’t exactly palatial, adults will fit. And when you don’t need to carry more than five people, the two rearmost seats can simply be folded away to boost boot space. Interior quality isn’t the X’s strongest suit, but it does at least look upmarket inside, partly thanks to the enormous, 17.0in touchscreen that controls most of the car’s systems (or you can use it to watch Netflix or play video games when you’re parked up).

On the road, the Model X is indecently quick when you want it to be, but it’s also super-easy to drive and not in the slightest bit intimidating. It’s more agile through corners than the E-tron and Mercedes EQC, and while it doesn’t ride quite as smoothly as those cars, it’s anything but a bone-shaker.

Used Tesla Model X 16-present

The gigantic, 100kWh battery can be charged from 10-80% in as little as 38 minutes using one of Tesla’s own Superchargers (there are around 500 of these around the UK), or you can just plug into a regular 7kW wallbox at home for an overnight charge. A full battery can officially get you more than 300 miles, although 230-250 miles is more realistic unless the weather is warm or you’re driving particularly gently.

The Model X has been continually updated with over-the-air software updates since its 2015 debut, so it doesn’t feel its age. Indeed, Euro NCAP gave it a glowing safety appraisal in 2019 – even compared with much newer alternatives.

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