Tesla Model X range, battery & charging

The Tesla Model X has a decent real-world range of 200-280 miles, and access to Tesla’s Supercharger network is a boon for long-distance driving

Tesla has yet to publish official range figures achieved under the latest testing procedure, so the company’s claimed figures – which were achieved under a now-discontinued test – can seem overly optimistic. Even so, the real-world range is up there with the best rivals, and the Tesla has the significant advantage of access to the company's Supercharger network.

You plug the Tesla in using a port hidden in the corner of its rear light arrangement, which is great if you reverse into a charge point, but otherwise it means you’re likely to have cables trailing up the side of the car.

Tesla Model X range

The Tesla Model X has a decent claimed driving range of 259 miles for the 75D, 351 miles for the 100D and 336 miles for the P100D. However, these figures were achieved under a now-discontinued test procedure, with most rivals having been assessed under an updated system that's more reflective of real-world driving conditions.

So you can’t compare Tesla’s current claimed ranges with those of most rivals, but customer experience suggests you can expect to see around 200 miles out of the 75D (which has a 75kWh battery), and 280 from either the 100D models. The smaller and cheaper Jaguar I-Pace will do better than the 75D, but otherwise the Tesla will still go further to a charge than most electric cars and will be suitable for anyone wanting to take long journeys in their stride.

Charge time

Find one of the Tesla Superchargers, which will deliver a charge up to 120kW, and you can have an 80% charge in the Model X in around 30 minutes, while a 50kW rapid charger will do the same in around 90 minutes. A 22kW fast charger of the sort you often find in town centres will charge your Tesla up fully in three hours, while a 7kW home or workplace charger will take 11 hours. Anything slower than that, including 3kW chargers, and you’re measuring the charge time in days rather than hours.

Battery warranty

The Tesla Model X has a battery warranty of eight years, with no mileage limit. However, Tesla doesn’t guarantee the batteries against general degradation, so you can’t ask for a replacement battery if it drops below 70% of its as-new performance (i.e. the car’s maximum range drops to 70% or less than it was when new), as you can with many electric cars.

Battery lease

Tesla doesn’t offer a battery leasing program