The one with the Falcon doors. It’s still hard to believe they’re not from a concept car, but here they are, able to open in 11 inches of space, with sensors to prevent knocks against pillars or squeezing children, the Model X’s signature feature.
They’re unique, something they have in common with the rest of Tesla’s biggest car. Because it’s not an easy one to pigeon hole. It’s 4WD and seats up to seven people, but it’s hardly a conventional SUV. Can you imagine one heading off across a muddy field? Exactly. And then there’s the way it looks. It’s more hatchback than conventional family wagon. Hardly a handsome hatch either.
Being hard to pin down is not necessarily a bad thing – in fact it’s stood Tesla in good stead, suiting the firm’s more disruptive nature. And it’s not as if buyers have given it a wide berth, as it’s firmly established in the upper reaches of the family car price bracket.
Ask most people what they know about how a Tesla drives and they’ll cite one of two things – it’s amazing acceleration or its self-driving ability. Both are stand-out features. Do you need the extra pace of the Performance version? Of course not. The Long Range is not only plenty fast enough, but ask yourself how the kids in the back are going to cope with crisps and drinks when an errant parent has just unleashed 0-60-in-2.9. Actually, scratch that, they’ll find it hilarious. It’ll be you that doesn’t when you’re on your hands and knees trying to clean it later.
The Model X is fast. But it’s also very, very smooth. Coming from an internal combustion car? That’s the biggest difference you’ll notice: no gearchanges, no engine vibration, barely any noise. The throttle is brilliantly well calibrated, so it creeps easily along with town traffic and despite its size, it moves well, responding instantly and crisply, giving you confidence in tight spots.