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Tesla Model X review: running costs & insurance

The Tesla Model X is inescapably expensive to buy and insure, but running costs should be lower than the equivalent petrol-powered SUV

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Running costs rating

3.0 out of 5

£98,480 - £131,080
Fuel Type:
Insurance groupWarrantyService intervalsAnnual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
504yrs/50,000 miles1yr/12,500 milesFrom £412/£823

The Tesla Model X is an expensive car – that’s the long and short of it. Prices start at over £90,000, which is pricey for retail buyers, even by Range Rover standards. Monthly repayments aren’t cheap, either, and Tesla seldom offers interest-free finance.

Business users, however, might find the Tesla a more affordable proposition. For the lucky few whose company-car allowance will stretch to the Model X's lofty price, it’s well worth considering, if only for the huge savings you’ll make on company-car tax; the Tesla range-topper falls into the lowest 2% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) bracket. That's if you can convince your employer to take the plunge on a massive left-hand drive only electric SUV; Tesla decided to drop the right-hand drive Model X in May 2023.

Regardless, the Model X (like all EVs) is exempt from paying the London Congestion Charge and can enter the city’s Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) for no fee, too.

Tesla Model X insurance group

All versions of the Tesla Model X fall into the highest insurance group – as do many performance SUVs – and therefore will be expensive to insure. Make sure you get a quote before buying.


The Tesla Model X is covered by a four year/50,000-mile warranty, which is supplied by AXA insurance rather than Tesla itself, and it can be extended up to eight years. The batteries are covered by an eight-year/unlimited-mileage warranty.


A lot of electric cars have long service intervals, since there’s less to check, as their motors have far fewer moving parts than a diesel or petrol engine. However, Tesla recommends an inspection every 12,500 miles or 12 months; a routine interval for most combustion-engined cars.

Tesla also recommends that you connect the Model X to your home wi-fi in order to get the fastest download times for automatic software updates, which will see certain functions and systems in the car changing and improving overnight – just as your phone does when you update the operating system. 

Road tax

Like all fully electric cars, the Model X is currently exempt from road tax (VED) until 2025. After this it will probably be liable for a fee – including the "luxury" supplement for cars costing £40,000 or more.


According to the latest industry figures, the Tesla Model X will retain roughly 66% of its value over three years and 36,000 miles – though that figure may drop now Tesla has made the decision not to sell the Model X in right-hand drive. Either way, private buyers must be prepared to lose around £40,000 – if not more – over that period. The same is true of the Model X’s rivals, of course.

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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