Car And Driver Tests Tesla Model X P90DL


Car and Driver achieved 77 MPGe during a recent test of the Tesla Model X P90DL. The car contains the largest battery that Tesla currently offers, a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which is rated to go 250 miles on a single charge.

Inside The Tesla Model X

Inside The Tesla Model X

The Model X is AWD and boasts 463 hp. Add Ludicrous mode to the equation (a $10,000 bonus option) and the battery output is increased to get the horsepower up to 532 hp. At speeds up to 50 MPH, the maximum power is felt due to 713 pound-feet of torque. The 5,594 lb. SUV can achieve 0-60 in 3.3 seconds.

Car and Driver noted that the Falcon Wing doors are slow to open, and it isn’t difficult to hit your head on them if you aren’t careful. However, once they are open, the second and third row seats are very accessible.

The ride was described as “firm, yet comfortable”. The seats, “supportive” and upholstered with soft leather. The vehcile has the same 17-inch touch screen as the Model S, which controls most everything that the car has to offer.

While the electric drivetrain is nearly silent, realize that this means the driver will notice more wind and road noises that ICE vehicles tend to cover up. Despite this, Car and Driver was impressed by their decibel readings.

Once the battery pack begins to heat up, the car doesn’t perform at its best. Cooling fans aid in the situation, but are loud. Waiting it out is the only ultimate solution to get the car back to top specs. In real-life situations, most drivers won’t be doing multiple, rigorous racing runs, so the battery should’t be impacted like it was in Car and Driver’s testing.

Source: Car and Driver

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13 responses to "Car And Driver Tests Tesla Model X P90DL"
  1. ffbj says:

    I surmise that the x-wing doors are slow as to accommodate bumbling humans who don’t have enough sense to move out of the way as they open. If the doors opened more quickly there would be complaints like the following:
    ‘The x-wing door opened so fast that it was scratched by my watch, ring, something I was holding, a priceless vase, that was knocked out of my hands, and I want Tesla to pay for that.’
    Personally I have always tried to abide by the old saying: “Take care of your things and they will take care of you.”

    Sure being Car and Driver you push the car to its limits, but then why complain the car can’t take it. Hopefully most people will not abuse the vehicle, or any vehicle for that matter, and expect it perform at an optimum level.

  2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    From the Car & Driver review:

    “The Falcon Wing doors take five and a half seconds to open—six to close…”

    Honestly, I don’t get it. I really don’t. I timed the opening and closing of the rear power doors on our Town & Country minivan; it takes about half a second longer than what C&D is complaining about here. And yet I have never, ever read any review of a minivan which complained about the few seconds it takes to open and close the power doors.

    Maybe reviewers just have heightened expectations for those cool falcon-wing doors, and are disappointed when they don’t work much faster than other power doors?

    Now, that’s not to say there aren’t legitimate complaints to make about the FW doors. There have unfortunately been many complaints from Model X owners about the doors not closing properly, and even in one or two cases, opening in such a manner as to damage the doors.

    But seriously, complaining about the few seconds it takes for opening and closing? Bad form, C&D. We expect better from your reviewers. >:-(

    1. no comment says:

      with a minivan you don’t have to use the power doors; if you want to close the doors quickly, you do it manually. i don’t think you have that option with the falcon wing doors.

      i thought that the most unreasonable comment had to do with road noise. when you are at high speed, road and wind noises are always the primary noise sources – that is true of *ev as well as icev’s. the engine in an icev does not cover up road and wind noise unless the car has really good sound insulation (in which case you would also sound insulate against engine noise). where the engine in an icev is noisiest is on acceleration – that is where you tell the real difference between an *ev and an icev.

      1. Phil Trubey says:

        Exactly about door closing speed. Being able to manually close doors is very appreciated when you are in a hurry. The X doesnt even allow you to close the front doors without fighting with the door motor.

        1. Davis says:

          Have you tried closing a powered minivan wliding door. It’s almost impossible.

          1. Bryan says:

            Amen, I have been renting a mini-van for work for the last two weeks and the one thing I noticed is I have to wait for the power doors. You can’t just grab a door and manually close it. They are designed to be used in a powered fashion.
            Having said that,once I became accustomed to it there was never an issue.

    2. Four Electrics says:

      An Odyssey’s door takes five seconds to fully open, but because it’s horizontal, you can start to enter or exit through the rapidly opening portal almost immediately. Don’t try that with a FWD. Similarly, you can close the door before it has fully opened, but slow closing is not a big deal; that time can be overlapped with seat belting.

      1. Omar Sultan says:

        No different than the FWD – can an enter when its about half open.

        1. Four Electrics says:

          Often, trying to do that will result in triggering a sensor and thus an abort, requiring a full close cycle before the open can be reattemped. Most of the time is spent in the beginning of the open process, anyway.

  3. Mike says:

    It’s not like an ICE car’s performance isn’t affected by temperature

  4. Brian Rose says:

    My workplace has a minivan with auto sliding doors for transport from employee parking to our building.

    Trying to open the automatic sliding doors faster meets heavy resistance that I have never seen anyone overcome.

    Judging by the comments here and live experience matching a video of a FWD opening to a live demo of our minivan… well it’s essentially equal.

    However, the psychological affect is very different. The FWD opening FEELS longer… not to mention a Model X is ~$50,000 more expensive (comparing base prices).

    Elon Musk’s keen focus on engineering is a tremendous advantage in his ability to disrupt industries. It can ALSO be a disadvantage because it discounts the reality that human experience is heavily influenced, if not dictated by, the quandaries of perception.

    An ideal example that Elon must be aware of is that user experience is far higher if a loading screen has a moving image (like a circle of colored dots that move circularly) compared to a static image (like loading…) under identical load times.

    The physical reality is identical but the perception is radically different.

    Elon Musk has historically seen such considerations as taking advantage of flawed human perception. Instead of diverting resources toward researching what “load screens” generate more positive experiences he focuses on generating software/hardware to lower total load time.

    Traditional businesses, even within Silicon Valley, do cost comparison’s and realize that reducing load time by 15% will cost 5x as much as reducing PERCEPTION of load time by an equal amount.

    Musk sees well researched profit analysis like this as fundamentally flawed – it is a better investment for the company, but is a loss to society as a whole.

    This comment is not in approval or disapproval of his actions. It is simply to clarify HOW this came about.

    My general sense tells me that, over time, the FWDs will receive OTA updates that streamline FWD mechanics and both reduce glitches while also speeding up the time they take to open and close.

    This will come at the cost of public perception being “anchored” to (an important psychology term and reality) the current, initial verdict on “slow” opening. Even when/if the mechanics surpass the time of auto-sliding doors the perception will likely make it FEEL slower.

    Anyone have any thoughts on this?

    I think it ties heavily into Elon’s lack of funding into commercials/advertising… His thinking, for right or wrong, is why divert your companies limited talent, money, and time into a venture that does not fundamentally improve or advance the technology.

    I would argue that an “expensive” Super Bowl commercial that drives public awareness and interest would, through increased demand, allow for more rapid expansion of R&D.

    Then again, Tesla is, and has been, SUPPLY constrained not DEMAND constrained, so that pivot may lie in the future, and it is very likely something that Elon takes into consideration.

    Ultimately, I doubt that my deviation in thinking from Musk’s approach is of any value. Maybe I’m just a blind fanboy, but it seems hubristic for me to think I know better than the guy who, very intentionally, succeeded in landing a first stage rocket booster when the entire rocket industry said “yeah, that’s basically impossible, so good luck with that”.

    1. Doggydogworld says:

      I can’t overpower my minivan’s sliding doors, but I can start to drive while they’re closing. Not sure I’d try that with a Model X.

      Tesla doesn’t advertise because they want to capture the 25% of MSRP that goes toward sales and marketing expenses (ads, discounting, transport, dealer margin, inventory, etc.). If they can cut those costs to 10% that frees up 15% of MSRP. That’s $6,000 on a 40k car, almost enough to make an $8,000 battery cost-competitive with a $50 gas tank.

  5. sven says:

    Car and Driver said:
    “Wing door provides a large entry, but it’s still easy to smack your head on the tip of the wing.”

    I wonder if the C&D dudes bonked their heads when they were on standing on a sidewalk as opposed to standing on the asphalt of a parking lot, since for all intents and purposes the apparent open door height is about 6 to 9 inches lower when standing on a sidewalk. Also, since roads are crowned, the car is not level when parked next to the curb causing the tip of the an open wing will also be an inch or more lower than when on a level surface. It like when you open a regular car door and it starts to scrape the sidewalk only when it swings away from the car.

    This was probably the most harsh review of the falcon wing doors by a major car review website. Car and Driver called the falcon wing doors both silly and dumb.