Tesla Model X review: range, battery & charging
The Tesla Model X has great real-world range, and access to the brand's Supercharger network is a boon for long-distance driving
|Model||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|Model X||348 miles||15hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||30mins (10-80%, 250kW)|
|Model X Plaid||333 miles||15hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||30mins (10-80%, 250kW)|
The standard and Plaid variants of the Model X return 348 and 333 miles of range on a charge respectively. Those figures were once up there with the longest-range electric cars on sale, while owners also benefit from access to the company's Supercharger network – perfect for long motorway drives. What may be a little less than perfect is the fact you can now only buy a new Model X in left-hand drive, which isn't ideal for UK customers.
No matter, all Model Xs are plugged 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
As mentioned, the Tesla Model X has a claimed driving range of up to 348 miles. While this was impressive when the Model X first launched, newer rivals are beginning to catch up; the Mercedes EQS SUV is quoted to manage up to 365 miles, while the new Polestar 3 is said to be able to do 379 on a charge. Regardless, a range of 348 miles should be more than sufficient for most buyers and is in-line with the majority of premium electric SUVs such as the Audi Q8 e-tron and BMW iX.
Find a Tesla Supercharger, which can deliver power at up to 250kW – among the fastest chargers currently on offer in the UK – and you can charge the Model X from 10-80% in 30 minutes. A 50kW public rapid charger will do the same in around 90 minutes. Meanwhile, a 7kW home or workplace wallbox will take around 15 hours to fully top up the car.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Tesla Model X is a huge SUV with a variety of interior seating layouts, astonishing performance and extensive real-world range
- 2Range, battery & charging - currently readingThe Tesla Model X has great real-world range, and access to the brand's Supercharger network is a boon for long-distance driving
- 3Running costsThe Tesla Model X is inescapably expensive to buy and insure, but running costs should be lower than the equivalent petrol-powered SUV
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe Tesla Model X sets the benchmark for performance in an electric SUV, but rivals are more fun to drive
- 5Interior & comfortThe Tesla Model X's interior can only be described as a tech-feast; interior quality is lacking, though
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Tesla Model X is huge inside and can be specified with one of three different seating configurations
- 7Reliability & safetyWith cutting-edge safety aids, the Model X boasts great crash test results; build quality is a concern, though
- 8Owner reviewAnthony Wootton from Hampshire shares his ownership experience of the Tesla Model X