The Tesla Model X is like a spaceship and makes life better. The largeness, practicality, luxury, and automatic doors add a sense of futurism. Tesla’s signature hatchback shape adds an aerodynamic feel, Even for an SUV, and surprisingly, doesn’t steal headroom! This car is for families who want a Tesla but want a luxury minivan. Forget the Oldsmobile Silhouette; this is the car for you (by the way, it wasn’t even luxurious, sorry 80’s GM!).
The exterior lines of the vehicle are large and opulent. The Model X also includes incredible “Falcon-wing doors”, which can open in any condition. Frameless doors and mirrors auto-open and close front doors and. The Model X includes a massive windshield that extends from the front to the b-pillar of the car. The top portion is heavily tinted, which reduces cabin heat during summer.
In the interior of the X, There is an abundance of screens and Alcantara. Once you are inside, you can see how luxuriously technological it is. A large panoramic windscreen wraps the driver and wood adds warmth to the beige and black interiors; this is the future of family-hauling luxury. The black and white cabin is ultra-futuristic with black ash wood, and blinding-white seats. The driver seat has unlimited driver settings, positions, and memory, for all of your family members who want to drive your Tesla; Maybe not the little ones.
All Model X’s are Dual Motor or All-Wheel Drive. In the Long Range Plus and Performance models, you get the Premium options, one year of premium connectivity, floor mats, and heated rear seats for all passengers, including the middle rear seat, and third-row heating.
All Model X’s come with standard Autopilot. Autopilot is Tesla’s version of Adaptive cruise control. Although it is a good system, It is not full-self-driving. It accelerates, brakes when a car is in front, and steers within its lane. It does not stop in its lane if there isn’t a car in front, it cannot change lanes, and it cannot turn onto a different street. You also need full attention as the driver, all you have to do is hold the steering wheel, or just tap it every 10 seconds so the car knows you’re there. They are doing this so they can prevent sleeping or distracted drivers on the road. You could upgrade to Full-Self-Driving capability that can park, Summon, change lanes, navigate to its destination, and turn by itself. This option cost around $10,000 CAD. In the future, it will be able to drive fully autonomously; and it’s already almost there!
There are too many features in this vehicle to name. To find the full potential of your car, you have to see what’s in front of you inside the Model X. This “Control Centre” is loaded with tools and goodies. You can set your steering modes, acceleration, regen modes, and even make your car drive like an automatic car if you are transitioning into the EV trend. The screen also includes a toybox, like Celebration Mode, which blasts a song and dances, “Emissions Testing Mode”, Trax (a DJ app), Romance mode, which plays jazz and turns on the “fireplace” which heats the cabin, Santa Mode for the holidays, and Cowbell (because you’ve got to have more cowbell).
When in Park, the car gives you another menu. In climate, you can set ‘dog mode’, a setting for your dog if you need to get a quick item from the market, HEPA and air ionizer, and Camp mode, for camping!
Finally, we move to the Tesla Entertainment Centre, which includes Youtube, Netflix, Tesla tutorials, Twitch, a live game-streaming app, and Spotify. These things only work once connected to the internet or using Premium connectivity (which costs $10/month after your trial). But the Tesla Arcade does not need any type of connectivity.
The Tesla Arcade has games such as Fallout Shelter, Stardew Valley, Backgammon, Chess, 2048, Cuphead, BeachBuggy Racing Tesla Edition (a Tesla-themed racing game), and 80’s Atari Classics, including Lunar Lander, Centipede and Millipede, Super Breakout, Asteroids, and Tempest.
Prices for the Model X vary. For the Long Range Plus, It will cost around $115,000, and around $140,000 for the Performance version.
In conclusion, my verdict is that the Model X is an excellent road trip and hauling car for the electric car lover. If you want an SUV, and want to join the Tesla movement, this is the best car for you. If you prefer a sedan version, the Model S is extremely similar but smaller, and sportier.
Think you don’t like the very traditional look of the X? Go for the minimalistic Model Y, which is more like your conventional Tesla SUV, and it’s more affordable.
Santiago Bélanger for TeslaDrive Canada