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Tesla Model X review

Category: Electric car

Section: Performance & drive

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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Like all electric cars, the Model X is really simple to drive. To set off, all you do is select 'Drive' by flicking a stalk behind the steering wheel and then squeeze the accelerator as you would in a traditional automatic car. What's more, there's only one gear, which means acceleration is incredibly smooth with no interruptions.

Where the Model X differs from most electric cars is in how quickly it can pick up speed. Opt for the range-topping Performance model and 0-60mph takes a scarcely believable 2.6sec. Even the cheaper Long Range Plus version can pin you and your passengers back in their seats with a 0-60mph time of 4.4sec.

The tidy handling also comes at the expense of ride comfort; you know when you’ve hit a rough surface, even if the car never crashes uncomfortably. Even on relatively smooth motorways, you still feel the Model X fidgeting underneath you, while pothole-strewn urban roads can become tiresome. The E-tron and EQC are far more relaxing alternatives.

Those rivals are much quieter cruisers, too, with less wind and road noise to disturb the peace. You also hear more of a whine from the Model X as it accelerates, although the sci-fi noise doesn’t irritate.

 

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