2019 Tesla Model X Review
Which Model X does Edmunds recommend?
We recommend the midtier Long Range Model X. It doesn't come with any extra equipment, but the increase in range (to an estimated 325 miles) is significant. In our long-term test, we observed that the Model X eats through range at a quicker-than-expected rate, and you'll need all the juice you can get. We certainly understand the appeal of the Model X Performance and Ludicrous Mode, but it's up to you to look into your heart — and wallet — and decide how much the extra acceleration is worth. Whichever trim you get, we do highly recommend the Autopilot option.
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Instant and powerful acceleration
- Electric range is impressive
- Three-row seating is available
- No engine noise makes for a quiet cabin
- Finicky upward-swinging rear doors impede functionality
- More squeaks and rattles than other high-end luxury SUVs
- Rough, choppy ride with larger wheels
- Vast windshield lets far too much sun and heat into the cabin
- Revised trim-level lineup with greater range capability
- New Full Self-Driving Capability feature adds extra skills to Autopilot
- Part of the first Model X generation introduced for 2016
|Overall||7.6 / 10|
Acceleration is outstanding and instantaneous. Drivability is excellent even before you turn on the semiautomated features. The Model X can't hide its prodigious weight, but it handles like a vehicle that's 500 pounds lighter. An EV that can tow is unique, but range will be a factor.
The Model X is extremely quiet and equipped with seats that are suitable for long stints. It's heavy, but it manages its weight well. The ride quality overall is good except over broken or potholed surfaces where the heavy wheels and low-profile tires show their limits.
This is an SUV that's light on utility since the second-row seats do not fold and there is no provision for a roof rack. Visibility is terrific, and entry and exit are easy, though the rear doors can be infuriating. The second-row storage is lacking.
Utility takes a huge hit due to the compromised rear doors. The optional second-row captain's chairs (in the six-passenger configuration) do not fold, though the standard second-row bench does. There is no provision for a roof rack, and small-item storage is limited.
From its powertrain to gadgetry, the Model X is a rolling monument to technology. Its massive central control display will feel familiar to anyone who uses a tablet. But some of its driver assistance features, such as Autopilot, aren't as effective as you might expect.
Most helpful consumer reviews
100D 4dr SUV AWD w/Prod. End 1/19 (electric DD)
The review is based on almost 1000 miles on this SUV. Without Tesla world would not have known how good an electric car technology can be. Instant acceleration that would leave a Ferrari in shock, smooth quiet ride, outstanding autopilot, unbreakable motor and elimination of annoying car salesmen are some of the finest features of owning a Tesla. Car never feels old due to continuous over-the-air updates for software- just like iPhone. Range is impressive but suitable if your daily drive is less than 200 miles. Anything more and you would need some charging time. Interior is spartan, full of useful technology unlike many gadgety German cars. Rear doors are strange but kids love it. Supercharger network was fun to use and not busy at Barstow. 150 miles in 30 minutes, we got free overnight charge at hotel as well. After being introduced to this new world of driving experience, no Audi, BMW or MB will feel that good again.
Performance 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
i own 2019 model x. It is a $107K car brand new. We leased it. Unfortunately we are so unhappy with the vehicle. We cant drive the vehicle too far. When it says fully charged at 220 miles range. We are lucky to get 150 miles on the full charge. I almost ran out of charge on the road since I went to the Harrisburg airport. I drove only 150 miles and the full charge says i can drive 220 miles. Thats with no heat running today when I realized I was not going to make it home. I am stuck at a place to charge for almost 3 hours on 110 outlet. And the charge has increased from 5 miles to 16 miles in 3 hours. I cant even take the chance to leave until I have at least 20 miles charge. Yes the mighty tesla is a complete and utter failure in my eyes for a car that costs $107K. I would not buy this car again even if somebody gave it to me free. So to the executives of tesla you have failed miserably. Your battery charging system is horrible.
Long Range 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
Car is great but Tesla service needs lots of improvement
Long Range 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
I bought the X brand new in 2019, with the long distance range (approx. 320 miles). I purchased in Scottsdale, AZ. The Pros: Fast, HOV lane and no loud engine nose, obviously. Cons: The distance range is WAY off (about 35%-40% less than stated); driving on the freeway is LOUD, when I am on my blue tooth friends ask if I am driving my lifted 4x4, nope, just a loud cabin noise; poor interior quality for such an expensive car. Lacks luxury for the price. I paid $112,000.00 out the door. For the cost, the seats and interiors should have luxury and be very comfortable like BMW, Mercedes and others, heck like the Kia. lol I just seems cheap for such an expensive car. Thank God, I did not buy my wife one the same day I ordered my X. We almost bought 2, we are both glad we did not. Super charging stations are not abundant, and if you find one, hope they are not all full. You look like an idiot with nothing better to do than wait for them to charge and then it takes you 40 minutes to charge. I would rather gas up for 5 minutes and be on my way. No thanks. Did not like the X with the exception of the pros. Too many cons and really not worth it!
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Model X models:
- Provides enhanced lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control to reduce the driver's workload.
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Applies the brakes when it detects an imminent front crash.
- All-Wheel Drive
- Powers all four wheels to enhance traction in low-traction conditions.