NEW 2021 TESLA MODEL X The Grand Tour | Review Door, Interior, Exterior, & Driving.
Based on the brand’s iconic Model S sedan, the 2021 Tesla Model X SUV wows with its top-hinged rear doors and impresses with its long-range battery capacity. Two electric motors provide on-demand all-wheel drive and performance-car acceleration. Handling is surprisingly nimble for an SUV of this size, too. The added practicality of the Model X’s optional third row of seats should appeal to family-oriented buyers. Like other Teslas, the Model X is equipped with high-tech infotainment and driver-assistance features, and the cabin is stylish and comfortable—if not exactly luxurious.
What’s New for 2021?
The Model X’s mid-level Long Range model—which offered up to 325 miles of driving range—has been discontinued while the Long Range Plus model increases its estimated range to 371 miles per charge. The Performance model remains as the Model X’s top-spec trim and it too sees a range estimate improvement to 341 miles per charge.
The Performance model with Ludicrous mode—which delivers brutal acceleration—would surely be the most fun, but it’s mighty expensive. And its 341-mile estimated driving range isn’t as long as the less expensive Long Range Plus model, so we’d save the $20,000. The Long Range Plus model offers 30 more miles of estimated driving range and still feels mighty quick thanks to the immediacy of the electric motors’ power delivery.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
All Model Xs come standard with two electric motors—one at the front axle and one at the rear—which enables all-wheel-drive capability. The standard Long Range Plus model is plenty swift; and Tesla claims a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.4 seconds. A high-performance variant is also offered which comes with a 341-mile range and a claimed zero-to-60-mph time of 2.6 seconds when its Ludicrous Mode is engaged. Handling is respectable, but the Model X’s party trick is really the strong acceleration generated by its electric motors.