Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Buying a Model X isn’t cheap; you'll pay more than you would for an Audi E-tron, BMW iX3, Jaguar I-Pace or Mercedes EQC. That's true no matter whether you're a cash buyer or you're signing up to a monthly finance agreement.
At least you get plenty of standard equipment including keyless entry, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, those electric 'falcon wing' doors, a powered tailgate and a tow bar. The range-topping Performance version adds a few extra interior garnishes and, of course, insane amounts of performance. Ultimately, though, we’d stick to the cheaper Long Range Plus.
We haven't put the latest Model X though our scientific Real Range tests yet, but based on the older P100 model (now off sale) you should easily be able to get more than 230 miles from a full charge in the Long Range Plus version – significantly more if the weather is warm or you take it really easy. The Performance won't get quite as far but should still comfortably manage more than 200 miles.
We don’t have specific reliability data for the Model X, but Tesla performed rather poorly in our 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey finishing 29th out of 31 brands – down considerably from its 4th place showing in 2019. At least you also get a four-year warranty (albeit with a 50,000-mile limit) on the car, while the battery and drive unit get their own eight-year unlimited-mileage warranty.
As for safety, the Model X scored an impressive five stars (out of five) when appraised by Euro NCAP in 2019. Adult occupant safety was a particular highlight, with child safety mostly good other than a note to say that neck protection of a 10-year-old was 'marginal' due to the forces exerted on the crash test dummy.
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