Tesla Model X Doors Overview By Early Owner – Video

JAN 2 2016 BY MARK KANE 27

Tesla Model X Doors Overview

Tesla Model X Doors Overview

With Tesla ramping up Model X deliveries in late December, we are now getting more videos  featuring the electric SUV.

This is an overview of a 2016 Tesla Model X P90DL fully configured (6 seat version).

A lot of attention was put into the doors, which have push buttons (instead of retractable handles, as found in the Model S).

You can both open and close the doors automatically in several different ways (inside or outside buttons and touchscreen).

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Those door “handles” are….. special.

Does Tesla just not want anyone able to get into these when the power source is not present?


The power source is the battery under the car.


Why are larger wheels a thing, again? If I bought a $100,000+ vehicle (because I would if I could!) I’d still get the stock 19″.

Deez nuts

Logic: larger contact patch = faster acceleration.
Plus bigger wheels make the car stand out more.


Never get interested in Porsches. You might be disappointed by their approach to pricing even more…

Mark Smolinski

Time after time after time…I keep watching these new owner videos and waiting for ANY of them to show me the storage with 3rd row seats folded (since Elon promised and failed to deliver on 2nd row folding). I am starting to wonder if any Model X owners (at least the Founder and Signature buyers with lots of $$$) actually care about moving cargo in their sport UTILITY vehicles.

Will someone please make a video showing the UTILITY of the Model X??? (and the video of the guying towing a boat IN HIS DRIVEWAY doesn’t count)


Try google for a few minutes. I think this showed that guy towing “not” in his driveway.


Appalling production, even for an amateur video. Instead of apologizing repeatedly for the wholly inadequate lighting conditions, why didn’t he stop filming, back the car outside, and resume filming in sunlight?

Maybe he’s a vampire… 😉


The only thing I could not see in the video was the floor mat area between the two seats in the middle. I give the guy props for actually making it and giving some actual answers to some of the questions people have about the car.


Either you have the brightness cranked up on your monitor to a level not possible on mine, or else you’re simply ignoring the fact that for the last third of the video, during which the narrator repeatedly apologizes for it being so dark, most of the screen is entirely black most of the time. For example, the rear seats are never seen except for the shadow outline of the upper part, backlit thru the rear window. The right side 2nd row seat similarly remains almost entirely invisible in the blackness. At least, that’s what I see — or rather, don’t see — on my monitor.

Brian said:

“I give the guy props for actually making it…”

I believe that if a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing well. If his purpose is to film a video meant to be shared with the public, and he goes to the trouble of uploading it to YouTube, then IMHO he should have made an attempt to rectify a problem which he clearly recognized while making the video, instead of repeatedly apologizing for it.

As they say: “Your mileage may differ”.


Well, it would indeed not take a lot to grab a flashlight (which every car owner should carry with him anyway) and illuminate the interior with it. Although I personally do not upload a lot of videos, I would have redone this video before posting to the public. On this note, is there no simple switch or so to turn on the interior lightning? Every car I have seen has one…


We should be happy that people are doing it and sharing it. Your 100s of post are tiresome.


+1. Despite the dark visuals, he explained many details pretty thoroughly with a neutral tone. I felt more familiarity with the X after the video than I did before.


Although I agree with you about the wealth of information he gave us in the video, it was frustrating to me that I couldn’t see much by the end of the video. A simple flashlight would have done the trick. Maybe it’s just my enthusiasm for more info, but I felt like shaking and smacking this guy for not using extra light. 😉


It’s your enthusiasm for more info. ☻


It’s not like the dude had a high-power LED work light in his garage like the one seen @ 4:48 in the video. :-/

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I don’t like those door “handles” at all. That is clearly something that will start having issues after a while, probably not even a long while.


I would say the opposite.
Those handle door are the one that all model S should have installed.
It’s a simpler design that will last without any aerodynamic disadvantage at a lower cost and weight.

The more I see about the doors of the “X”, the more I’m convinced Musk’s hubrous got the best of him. There are so many downsides and limitations from them that the marginal advantages hardly meaningful. The only value that I can imagine for the front door automation is the ability to sense objects like another car close by and open the appropriate amount. Slower opening and closing than standard manual doors is a disadvantage. Extra cost is a disadvantage. A button handle that only works if pressed in particular areas a disadvantage (phone service support will want to murder Musk after their 100th call about the handles not working properly). Cost is also like a disadvantage. There are so many disadvantages to the Falcon Wing doors, it’s hard to list them all. Just from this video, I learned another two. The front door must be closed first and the rear windows onlyt go down 2/3. Sure hope they have programmed the car so that it prevents improper closures because they are going to be attempted often. The only value to these Albatross Wing doors is ease of ingress/egress and fiddling with child seats. Tesla could have had nearly the… Read more »


The front and rear wing doors can open/close at the same time without interference. The commentary in the video isn’t accurate. The concern that the Tesla employees are supposed to communicate to customers is having your hand on the back edge of the front door as the wing doors close since they can come very close if the front door happens to be in the wrong position as the wing door closes. Your hand could get pinched between the doors.


Those doors cost months of production time and millions of dollars of headaches for the design team. We shall see what happens now that they are in the wild and people doing crazy things in them.


“Albatross Wing doors”

LOL! Good one!


I wonder how they will differ on the Xs without the premium pkg? Will also be interesting to see how all these power opening/closing doors hold up in harsh winter environments.


Yeah, I’m anxious to see how the regular 2nd row seats are configured. These Signature edition “upgraded” seats are all we’ve seen, and unfortunately they neither fold nor are removable, which limits cargo space.

I’m still hoping that the regular 2nd row seats will fold, or at least that they’ll be removable. But I’ve seen no hints from Tesla or Musk that this will be so.

It’s going to be rather strange if the Model S “hatchback sedan” turns out to have a larger accessible cargo area than the Model X CUV!


Another fail for the 2nd-row seats is the lack of child seat anchors in the middle seat. If you have only one kid riding in a child seat, you can’t put him/her in the safest 2nd row seat, the middle seat. Instead you would put your child in the passenger-side 2nd row seat, which is more vulnerable in a passenger-side t-bone collision. After the recent Model S t-bone accident and death in Winnipeg, it’s obvious that Tesla made a mistake in not putting child seat anchor in the 2nd-row middle seat. Hopefully, Tesla will correct this design flaw.


while I do agree about the anchors, the Winnipeg accident is an outlier – it is pretty plain that the high bumpers of the dump truck ran over the top of the Model S there, i.e., nothing could have saved the passenger area in that freak accident.
I did try to find a follow-up to be Certain that that was the case, but haven’t found any further information about it. My supposition is based upon a near Lack of damage to the front of the dump truck.
I also wonder if the MS’ resistance to rollover actually made the Winnipeg accident Worse for the passenger, i.e. would a less grounded vehicle have bounced away, rather than ‘digging in its heels’?
No way to know, of course, but..


Perfect car for the 21st century first world family. Overpriced, overcomplicated, over heavy and under practical. I expect it to have a huge success.