What's the used Tesla Model X hatchback like?
Any car manufacturer with an eye on financial success has an SUV on its fleet these days – so much so that even luxury and sporting brands such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Lamborghini all satisfy that particular raised ride-height itch.
Tesla started out producing an electric two-seat roadster that for a number of good reasons failed to win the firm any great financial success, but it didn’t take long to garner attention with its 2013 Model S, a large, all-electric executive car that – if you’ll forgive the pun – sparked something approaching a revolution.
Later versions post-2020 received a facelift and minor tweaks with Plaid AWD, Long Range AWD, Long Range and Performance power variants, and Long Range, Long Range Plus, Performance and Plaid trims.
This being a large and heavy vehicle, you might expect the ride and handling to suffer, but the Model X corners smoothly with little body lean. It’s not much fun, admittedly, but it is safe and stable. On rough surfaces, the ride can thump – perhaps not surprisingly given the enormous 21in wheels fitted – but it’s never uncomfortable.
Inside, the Model X looks suitably modern and luxurious. There’s a good driving position with plenty of electrical adjustment, as well as a comfortable and supportive seat. The dashboard is dominated by a digital instrument display in front of the driver and a huge 17.0in touchscreen that controls nearly every important function in the car. This looks futuristic but can be fiddly to use, especially on the move, and some of the icons are rather small. Alas, while the material quality looks good, there are noticeable areas where the interior feels a little too flexible and there are some gaps where neater shut lines might be expected.
On the matter of space, there’s plenty of it. You can opt for seven seats from new, and most buyers do, although the two flip-up rearmost seats are perhaps best suited to children. There’s plenty of room in the middle-row seats and access to them is through the spectacular-looking falcon-wing doors that also leave a large area for entry and egress. There are plenty of storage spaces and the boot is a good size in five-seat mode. You can also fold the middle-row seats down flat via a button on the touchscreen.