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ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Autotrader May 2019

With an impressive range, the electric 2019 Tesla Model X combines the power and performance of the Model S sedan with a more family-friendly interior that includes a small but usable 3rd-row seat. The Model X isn't an SUV in the traditional sense as it can't venture off-road, nor does it posses much ground clearance beyond that of a normal car. Being a Tesla means being different, so in place of traditional rear doors that swing out, the Model X is equipped with a set of Falcon Wing doors that open up. The advantage is a much easier entry to the second and third-row seats. The disadvantage is you can't open the doors in tight or confining parking spaces or put a roof rack up top, and in heavy snow, the doors may dump the white stuff all over the interior if not cleared off first. The Model X also features optional captain's chair 2nd-row seats that don't fold down (although the 5- and 7-passenger bench seat does), severely limiting its cargo carrying ability. But if none of that bothers you, then the Model X promises thrilling performance, "look at me" styling and the joy of knowing you're not adding to the global climate change situation. Well, at least not directly.

What's New for 2019?

For 2019, Tesla has dropped the old 75D, 100D and P100D model designations and renamed them Model X Standard, Model X Long Range and Model X Performance. Range is enhanced this year and the enhanced Autopilot feature gets more features. Tesla continues to make running model year changes included a reported updated dash and interior that may appear late in the build cycle. See the 2019 Tesla Model X models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Real world driving range
  • Blistering acceleration with Ludicrous mode
  • Outstanding in-cabin technology
  • Good crash test scores

What We Don't

  • Questionable interior craftsmanship
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
  • 3rd-row seat comfort
  • Sometime problematic Falcon Wing doors

How Much?

$83,000-$138,000

Fuel Economy

As the Model X is powered solely by electricity, the EPA has a different measurement for its range calculated under the MPGe standard. The 2019 Model X Standard earns a 93 MPGe rating, meaning that on a single charge, it can travel 250 miles. The Long Range model bumps the distance up to 325 miles, while the Performance model can travel 305 miles. Charging times with a conventional 240V charger are around 8 to 10 hours, but at a Tesla Supercharging station, that time drops to about 75 minutes.

Standard Features & Options

The 2019 Tesla Model X comes in three trims: Standard, Long Range and Performance. Pricing on the window is firm, but some states are offering tax credits for electric vehicles, so depending on where you live, you may be able to shave a few thousand off the overall cost. As Tesla has now exceeded the government's 200,000 cars sold sales quota, the $7,500 federal tax credit for the Model X no longer applies. The tax credit for the first half of 2019 shrinks to $3,750, and then again to $1,875 in the second half of the year.

The Model X Standard ($83,000) includes full-time all-wheel drive, an adaptive air suspension, Autopilot (enables the car to steer, accelerate and brake for vehicles in its lane), a panoramic glass windshield, a 17-in touch-screen panel with voice control, mobile apps control, 12-way power front seats, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, heated side mirrors, heated washer nozzles, a wiper blade defroster, self presenting and closing front and rear doors, a rear backup camera, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, LED fog lights, navigation, faux leather seating, a HEPA air filtration system, a 17-speaker sound system, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and power operated rear Falcon Wing doors. Notable standard driver assists include automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning and blind-spot warning. Seating is for five passengers, with the option to upgrade to six- or seven-passenger seating. There's also an advanced $5,000 enhanced Autopilot upgrade that allows the car to navigate itself, auto lane change, auto park and summon itself. Later in the year, the system will recognize and respond to stop signs and traffic lights, as well as drive itself in city traffic. This system also includes a full self-driving computer that can be upgraded as laws and regulations change to allow for fully autonomous driving. Other options include various wheel design, paint colors and interior colors.

The Model X Long Range ($93,000) adds a longer driving range (325 versus 250 miles) and a slightly faster zero to 60 mph time (4.4 seconds versus 4.6 seconds).

The Model X Performance ($104,000) brings a slightly lower range (305 miles) and a 0-to-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds. For an additional $20,000, buyers can opt for Ludicrous mode that makes the Model S even faster, dropping the 0-to-60 mph time to a mere 2.7 seconds.

The Model X warranty covers 8-years or unlimited miles on the battery and drive unit, while the rest of the car comes with a 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.

Safety

Along with its long list of standard safety and driver-assist features, the Tesla Model X also enjoys excellent crash test result, scoring five stars in each of the government's crash tests to earn a 5-star overall rating.

Notable standard safety systems include forward emergency braking, blind zone alert, lane departure warning, electronic traction and stability control and eight airbags.

Behind the Wheel

Although many will claim it's all about being green, the immediate rush of speed created by the powerful electric motors and standard AWD is one of the real reasons people covet the Model X. While not as quick or long-ranged as the Model S sedan, the Model X is no slouch. A sub 5-second 0-to-60 mph time makes it one of the fastest SUVs money can buy, and that time drops down to under 3 seconds when equipped with Ludicrous mode. The steering feel is precise enough to help maneuver this big SUV through tight turns with ease, and the ride is remarkably smooth and controlled. Among the Model X's most impressive features, however, is the upgraded Autopilot that allows for varying degrees of self-driving. The Model X can take itself up on-ramps, navigate traffic, slow or stop the car and even self-park itself. With the Summon feature, owners can use a smartphone to call for the Model X, which will back itself out of a parking spot and come to them.

Seat comfort in the first two rows is notable, with good legroom for taller passengers provided no one is sitting behind them. The Model X's 3rd-row is barely usable for adults, with tight proportions and a big chunk of the hatchback's glass rear window above the occupant's heads. For the lucky one in the driver 's seat, the view is A1, with a massive panoramic windshield, large digital display and an enormous 17-in touchscreen control center that runs everything from the audio system to navigation. One can even play games on it. As for cargo space, the Model X has lots of it. Room behind the second row is decent, although if you opt for the 6-passenger version the seats don't fold flat as with the bench configuration in the 5- and 7-passenger model, limiting overall cargo space. There's also additional room in the spot where an engine should be, up to 6.6 cu ft. to be exact.

Other Cars to Consider

2019 Audi e-tron -- The e-tron offers the same 5-door configuration and AWD setup, but with a much more detailed and luxurious interior that can only seat five. The e-tron offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, however the Model X offers faster acceleration, longer range and a lot more cool features.

2019 Jaguar I-Pace -- The electric Jaguar I-Pace is a smaller vehicle, with a tight rear seat and small cargo area. Although it cost about $13,000 less than the Model X, its 234-mile range comes close to the Standard model's 250-mile range. The I-Pace is also a bit more fun to drive.

2019 Kia Niro EV -- The Niro EV isn't as luxurious, fast or impressive as the Model X, but it also isn't nearly as expensive. With 239 miles of range, the Niro comes closest to the Model X's range of any EV. It can't drive itself, but it does come with in impressive warranty, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Used Tesla Model X – If you can't swing a new Model X, try looking at an older version. The Model X first arrived in 2015 and older models had a bit less range and power, but many of the same features as the new one. The 2015 Model X 60D was the least expensive version, with only a 200-mile range.

Autotrader's Advice

We think most people will be quite happy with the Standard model, that comes with just about everything you'll need in a electric daily driver. The 250-mile range should be more than sufficient for most, however those who worry about running out of juice can pay an extra $10,000 for the Long Range version. The Ludicrous mode offered on the Performance version is a novelty everyone should experience at least once in their life, but it's not worth the $20,000 price increase. Find a Tesla Model X for sale

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