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Tesla Model X range, battery & charging

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

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

4.5 out of 5

Price
£81,990 - £116,290
Fuel Type:
Electric
ModelRangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
Long Range360 miles14hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)23mins (10-80%, 250kW)
Plaid340 miles14hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)23mins (10-80%, 250kW)

An October 2020 update gave the Model X – as well as its Model S sibling – a range boost, with the Long Range Plus returning up to 348 miles on a charge. The Performance offers a little less range than the cheaper Long Range Plus, discarding some range in order to achieve its astounding turn of pace. Those models are now longer available to buy new; the 2022 Long Range and Plaid cars return 360 and 340 miles respectively – although deliveries of cars ordered now won't take place until late 2022.

In any case, the real-world range is up there with the best electric cars on sale, 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 348 miles for the Long Range Plus and 340 miles for the Performance. The smaller and cheaper Jaguar I-Pace can only manage a maximum of 292 miles, so the Tesla will go further on a charge than most electric cars and will be suitable for anyone wanting to take long journeys in their stride. The 2022 Model X offers even more range: 360 miles for the Long Range and 340 for the Plaid (which effectively replaces the Performance).

Charge time

Find one of the Tesla Superchargers, which will deliver a charge at up to 250kW, and you can have an 80% charge in the Model X in around 20 minutes, while a 50kW public rapid charger will do the same in around 90 minutes. Meanwhile, a 7kW home or workplace charger will take around 15 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.

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