Tesla Model X Test Drive Review: Electric SUV Is “Mind Blowing” (w/video)

1 year ago by Eric Loveday 19

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X

The Tesla Model X test drive reviews are now pouring in.

This review comes via The Street who writes:

“The SUV is everything Tesla has claimed and then some. I spent about a half hour with the 6,000-pound SUV and while that wasn’t enough to do a full review, I can tell you, drivers are going to love it.”

“Not only does it handle like a dream, with suspension that automatically shifts depending on whether there are pot holes on the road, but it’s just so smooth, a very similar driving experience to the Model S, except you’re sitting up much higher.”

“From the Easter egg in the software to the Falcon Wing doors to the tires that are so high you’d think they were holding Mount Olympus up, the Model X really is an achievement in both aesthetics and engineering. Perhaps the most impressive part of the SUV, which starts at $80,000, is the panoramic sheet of glass in front.”

The Street even praises the Falcon Wing doors for ease of access:

“Unlike any other SUV or mini-van out there, getting access to the third row is a breeze.”

The reviewer concludes that the Model X is everything Tesla and Musk said it would be and oh so much more.

Source: The Street

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19 responses to "Tesla Model X Test Drive Review: Electric SUV Is “Mind Blowing” (w/video)"

  1. Sammy says:

    True luxury…love it.

    1. miggy says:

      Why is there no number plates on the front?

    1. Anon says:

      I think a metaphor can be found in, oddly enough, the Bible. Seems some folks didn’t appreciate this guy called, “Jesus”, when he was walking around, talking about his dad in new and novel ways… Breaking with tradition scares some folks, and they react to maintain the status quo.

      Let me be clear. I’m not religious. And I’m not saying the Model X is perfect (not even the universe is), but constantly harping about only the negative aspects of something as a source of personal fullfilment– actually diminishes the depth and quality of your brief existence.

      1. Three Electrics says:

        If you’re implying that some people look at Musk/Tesla/X as a Messiah figure–yes, I agree.

      2. sven says:

        Anon said:
        “. . . constantly harping about only the negative aspects of something as a source of personal fullfilmentโ€“ actually diminishes the depth and quality of your brief existence.”

        I’ll have to remember this comment next time you start harping about the negative aspects of the Volt and/or Bolt.

        1. ModernMarvelFan says:

          Anon will never stop bashing anything from GM…

          GM hating atoms are embedded in his genes and flowing in his veins…

        2. Anon says:

          Ah Sven.

          Let he who hath not blogged in spite, cast the first stone…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. Max S. says:

      “Pretty lame actually. I expected a slightly bigger thing from Tesla.”

      How is that even an objective opinion? Slightly bigger? The Model X has a curb weight of 5441 lbs!

    3. Richard Joash Tan says:

      Not me, because those who bash the Model X are BULL*****!

    4. Clif J says:

      Some perspective on perspective here: Chris Caccia is a very dedicated TSLA long since forever. That this effects his view is not illegal, immoral, or ill-willed. It simply is something to remember. Perhaps this sentence from his “review”, expressing what Brian Regan calls the epitome of hyperbole, helps to clarify his predisposition:

      “From the Easter egg in the software to the Falcon Wing doors to the tires that are so high you’d think they were holding Mount Olympus up, the Model X really is an achievement in both aesthetics and engineering.”

      Okey dokey, then, Chris: 22in wheels with low-profile tires are now Olympian accomplishments…

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Thanks for putting that into perspective, Clif.

        I’m a Tesla fanboy, but that comment about the tires having Olympic heights… Wow! Does he hype much? (That’s a big YES.)

        So far as I know, we’re still waiting for one of the major car review magazines or websites to give us an at least nominally objective review of the Model X. Or, you know, at least from a source which isn’t a financial investor website like The Street, Seeking Alpha, or Motley Fool.

        Apparently, from a remark I saw online the other day, Tesla isn’t yet loaning out any Model X’s to professional car reviewers because, with Model X production ramping up so slowly, they’re not trying to create more demand for the “X” at present.

  2. fotomoto says:

    I wonder how much that pano-windshield will cost to replace? And where will you get one?

    1. Joshua Burstyn says:

      Depends. How much is your deductible and where is your closest Tesla svc centre. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. TomArt says:

      Who cares?!? Being 6’4″, I wish every car had such windshields standard, particularly sedans. By the time I move the seat back far enough to accommodate my long legs, some traffic lights are not viewable unless I slouch (if I’m near the front of the line).

      Furthermore, every car is different. I am not aware of any two models on sale in the USA that share the exact same windshield. Some models are very common and in stock; most need to be ordered in anyway.

    3. sven says:

      The windshield on the Model S cost from $1,100 to $1,500 to replace, until last year when Tesla lowered the price to $600. A Tesla specialist at a Model X viewing event said the a windshield replacement will cost $3,800. You can speculate whether the cost of a new windshield will also go down in a couple of years like it did with the Model S.

      Model X price and Model S new price:
      http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/archive/index.php/t-61133.html

      Model S old price:
      http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/archive/index.php/t-38117.html

  3. ModernMarvelFan says:

    I am sure Model X is awesome onroad in terms of driving dynamic. After all, why are well expecting any less since it is based on awesome Model S?

    Now, I am just waiting for the first “off road review” of the Model X. =)

    Then again, most people aren’t going to take a $100K+ car off road anyway.

    1. sveno says:

      The very first thing I wanted to know after I saw the Model X was ground clearance ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Reminds me of a “Shoe” comic strip from several years back. This guy brings his macho SUV into the auto shop for some work. He and the mechanic stand around admiring the car for a bit, commenting on the off-road package including the bumper-mounted winch, bull bars, etc. Finally the mechanic asks “So, why did you bring it in?” “Oh, it has a little ding on the door, here…” ๐Ÿ˜€