The Tesla Model X Long Range Plus is billed in Australia as an SUV, but, as with most cars that assume the title, you won’t expect to see it off-road in any form. The Model X is perhaps closer to the definition of a crossover-SUV. Regardless, it almost certainly wins the (perhaps uncontested) accolade of being the coolest crossover on the market.
In fact, very few cars — regardless of their category — can boast the kind of tech and novelties the Tesla Model X can.
Firstly, not many family cars can accelerate to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds. That’s impressive for any seven-seat-capable vehicle, even though it’s Tesla’s second-slowest car offered down under. And if you want even greater acceleration, the Tesla Model X Performance will make the sprint in under three seconds.
Perhaps the best thing about the Tesla Model X Long Range is the practicality. This may not be the first seven-seat capable Tesla—there did exist an option that added rear-facing jump seats to the Model S. But, unlike that afterthought, this car has been designed with family life in mind.
The Model X, if optioned, is a genuine seven-seater. Unlike the child-only seats that most SUVs cram into the boot of their “seven-seaters”, the Model X can carry adults in the rear-most chairs without much complaint.
Despite being called the Long-Range Plus, the range isn’t quite as good as a Model S. Tesla claims their 100kWh battery is good for 630km, but real-world usage is likely to yield closer to 470km. However, that’s still 100km more than the Model X’s closest competitor on Australian Soil, the Mercedes-Benz EQC400. Plus, you get access to Tesla’s Supercharger network, which is expansive — if no longer free.
At $167,000 driveaway, the Model X isn’t cheap, and that’s before you begin adding options. While the extras on offer can be counted on one hand, they have the potential to add a chunk of change onto the Model X’s asking price.
Although the Tesla Model X is touted as a seven-seater, the seven seats are actually optional, with five seats as standard. To carry seven, you’ll have to fork out an extra $5,100, while the six-seat option is dearer still at $9,400.
Tesla’s critically acclaimed autonomous driving package is an additional $10,100, while any colour other than white starts from $2,200. However, despite the cost, the Model X is undoubtedly one of the most exciting family cars that has ever hit the market.
With a blend of decent EV range, good performance, and strong practicality, the Tesla Model X Long Range Plus should be considered, if you can afford it.