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The Top Gear car review:Tesla Model X
For:Drivetrain, ride comfort, operation of the Falcon Doors
Against:Material quality, cost, speed of the Falcon Doors
What is it?
The big Tesla. The one that seats seven and has every other firm on the planet that builds premium SUVs in a bit of a panic. Underneath, the architecture is similar to the Model S (massive battery pack, electric motors, aluminium chassis), but all Model X are four-wheel drive, so have twin electric motors, one driving each axle.
The flagship P100D costs £122,260. I’ll let you digest that for a second. So if you’re thinking that the Model X would be a perfect replacement for your Volvo XC90, you might want to consider the 90D (£87,335) or entry-level 75D (£76,880). And yes, that’s still more than an Audi SQ7, similar money to a Merc E63 wagon. It’s a hard car to nail down: visually akin to an overgrown hatchback, although the crossover tag probably suffices. Either way, not a car for going off road in, but onlookers absolutely love it. Rarely will getting in and out of the back of an SUV draw such a crowd.
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