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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

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£98,480 - £131,080
Fuel Type:
Electric
ModelRangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
Model X348 miles15hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)30mins (10-80%, 250kW)
Model X Plaid333 miles15hrs 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.

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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.

Charge time

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.

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Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

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