2019 Tesla Model X Review
2019 Tesla Model X Review
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- 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
Tesla's Model X was the first electric SUV to come to market back in 2016. Other automakers are slowly coming out with competing models, but for now the 2019 Model X is still the most versatile all-electric SUV available.
Continue reading Edmunds Expert Rating below
2019 Tesla Model X EV Insights
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Estimated Range Based on Age
236 milesThe range for a used 2019 Tesla Model X is estimated to be 236 miles because electric cars typically experience 1-2% of range loss per year, with slightly faster degradation over the first 50,000 miles as the car settles into its long term state, according to Recurrent's study of 15,000 EVs.
EV batteries lose 1-2% of range per year. Est. range for this car is 236 miles.Electric cars typically experience 1-2% of range loss per year with slightly faster degradation over the first 50,000 miles as the car settles into its long term state, according to Recurrent's study of 15,000 EVs.
Estimated range mapThis map is a visual representation of the possible one-way and round-trips by this vehicle (on a full charge) from the geometric center of Ashburn, Virginia. The depicted ranges are based on the estimated new vehicle range value provided by the EPA, rounded down to miles for one-way and miles for round-trip. Actual range will vary depending on the condition of this vehicle’s battery pack, how you drive, driving conditions and other factors. from
Charging at Home
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Tesla SuperchargerProprietary Tesla charging standard. Supports Level 1, Level 2, and DC Fast charging.
EV Battery Warranty
8 yrs / Warranty mileage is unlimitedThe federal government requires that EV batteries be warrantied for a minimum of eight years or 100,000 miles. The EV battery warranty includes replacement if your battery capacity drops below a certain percentage of the original capacity.
Estimated battery warranty remaining is 4 years.Warranty remaining value is based on the vehicle year, and on driving 14,000 miles per year. Confirm exact warranty coverage for each vehicle with the dealers and the manufacturer before purchasing.
EV Tax Credits & Rebates
Available Rebates. Restrictions apply.
- Restrictions: Dominion Energy offers EV owners a rebate of up to $125 towards the cost of a Level 2 charging station.
To qualify for this rebate, the customer and/or charging station must meet the following requirements:
- Receive electricity from Dominion Energy.
- Have an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle.
- Networked/Smart charging capabilities to program the station to off-peak periods and respond to managed charging events
- You also earn a $40 e-gift card on the anniversary of your enrollment every year you remain enrolled.
Cost to Drive
Monthly estimates based on costs in Virginia
Am I Ready for an EV?
EV ownership works best if you can charge (240V) at home or at work This typically means a 240V home installation, but you could also have a similar setup at your office or other places your car is already parked for several hours each day. Don't expect a regular household outlet (120V) to suffice unless you've got a plug-in hybrid, in which case overnight charging at home is feasible.
If you can’t charge at home, charging at a charging station could take at least 10x longer than at a gas station With public charging infrastructure still in its infancy, the user experience can be maddeningly inconsistent. Tesla owners tend to rave about the reliability and speed of the company's proprietary Supercharger stations, but rival DC fast options have thus far been plagued by technical issues and overcrowding. It's an evolving landscape and our best advice is to do your research on the available options for the EV you want to buy.
Adding a 240V home charging system could cost up to $1,000 or more If your existing electrical service can handle the additional demands of EV charging, you may be able to add Level 2 charging at home for less than a grand, including installation. But your costs will multiply if you need to upgrade your electrical panel or add a dedicated circuit.
As with other Teslas, you get plenty of driving range — up to 295 miles in the Model X Extended Range model — and wicked-fast acceleration. There's also access to Tesla's Supercharger network, a robust set of driver assist features and a clean-looking cabin aesthetic. Specific to the Model X are its attention-grabbing swing-up doors, three rows of seating, and a 4,980-pound tow rating.
Drivers who frequently transport people in the back seats will find the falcon-wing doors to be more of an annoyance after the novelty wears off, however. They can be slow to open or won't open completely if you've parked in an area with a low ceiling. And forget about installing a traditional roof rack system. Another issue with the Model X is its rear seating area. The second-row captain's chairs, if you order them, don't fold down, which limits the vehicle's utility.
If maximum seating space isn't a priority, you might consider one of the rival electric vehicles that are coming out this year, such as Audi's e-tron or Jaguar's I-Pace. They're both functional five-seaters with an established dealer network. Then there is the multitude of traditional gasoline-powered SUVs, such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the Land Rover Range Rover, which feature similar towing performance and better utility.
Ultimately, though, if all you want is either the quickest-accelerating SUV or the one with the craziest doors, you'll no doubt be quite satisfied with the Model X.
Notably, we picked the 2019 Tesla Model X as one of Edmunds' Best Electric Cars for this year.
Also, we picked the 2019 Tesla Model X Performance as one of Edmunds' Fastest Electric SUVs for 2019.
What's it like to live with?
Edmunds' editorial team was one of the first to acquire and live with a 2016 Tesla Model X for a full year. The signature falcon-wing doors turned out to be more for style than utility. Still, we found the Model X to be impressively fast for a vehicle its size. To learn more about the Tesla Model X of this generation, read about our experiences from a full year of living with a 2016 Tesla Model X. We cover everything from seat comfort to real-world battery efficiency. There were only a few trim level changes for the 2019 Model X, so most of our observations still apply.
Edmunds' Expert Rating7.6 / 10
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our road test of the Tesla Model X P90D Signature.
NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2016, the current Model X has received minor ongoing revisions, including the deletion of various battery sizes and trim levels and the addition of fold-flat second-row seats. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Model X, however.
|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 launches like few other vehicles on the road, possessing powerful, instant thrust. The face-flattening intensity wanes (relatively) at higher speeds, but it's still quite quick. In our testing, the Model X covered 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds.
The regenerative braking is enough for modest deceleration — you'll rarely touch the pedal. When you do, it's easy to modulate. In our panic-stop test from 60 mph, our Model X (with the 22-inch sporty all-season tires) stopped in an impressive 111 feet.
The steering is appropriately direct, though it lacks feel. The effort in Sport mode is too high, though. Just stick with Normal or Comfort mode. The Model X tracks straight on the highway, and it's easy to stay within your lane.
The Model X handles turns with more stability and verve than you'd expect for an SUV weighing almost 5,500 pounds. It's hard to describe as agile, but it faithfully obeys inputs in routine driving.
The auto-steering function, switchable Creep mode and impressive adaptive cruise control amplify the Model X's friendly-to-use nature. The driver-selectable level of regenerative braking is a plus.
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.
It offers very good comfort on long drives. The seat and armrest padding is supportive. The heating and cooling functions for all three rows are impressive. Lateral support is modest but appropriate for the type of vehicle.
The sense of mass is inescapable, but there is no float and little head toss thanks to the air suspension. Body control is composed. The heavy wheels and the low-profile tires chop on most roads, but the base 20-inch wheels may provide a smoother ride.
Noise & vibration9.0
The cabin is peaceful and hushed thanks to the lack of powertrain noise. Wind noise is low at freeway speeds. The road noise is the most prominent aspect, with some tire thumps and hum.
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.
Ease of use7.5
Nearly all secondary controls are controlled via the tall touchscreen, which works well for the topmost controls. But for the HVAC functions at the bottom, this format isn't ideal. The instrument cluster is very clear. The stalks and the steering wheel controls work well.
Getting in/getting out8.0
A low step-in height and a tall roof help with ingress and egress. The rear doors provide a large opening in typical parking spots but not in tight ones the way a sliding door would. Garages with low ceilings are problematic, too. Plus, the doors just don't open very quickly.
There's ample space up front. The headroom is respectable in the second row because of the door's skylight windows. But the second-row legroom could be better, and the front seatback is hard and knee-unfriendly. The third-row seating is tight and best for children only.
The panoramic windshield and expansive side windows offer a broad view, though some may not like having the sun always overhead. The wide-view backup camera works well, as do the excellent cluster display and the proximity sensors.
Inconsistent panel gaps, some paint and rubber gasket quality issues, and a few stray cabin noises from time to time reduce the quality feeling of our test vehicle. A Mercedes-Benz it's not.
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.
Storage options are sparse for the front passengers, and second-row doors have no storage (otherwise you'd be dumping drinks on yourself when you opened them). There are no hooks to hang dry-cleaned clothes.
The second-row seats do not fold, limiting large-object hauling. (For 2018, the five- and seven-passenger versions do fold flat.) The articulating rear doors preclude bike racks or cargo boxes. The rear cargo hold has good height and depth, but it is on the narrow side. The front trunk is a bonus at least.
The Model X's 3,500-pound tow rating with 22-inch wheels is modest for an SUV; the 5,000-pound rating with 20-inch wheels is closer to others. The pre-wiring for the trailer brake controller is a plus. But the impact on range and incompatibility with Superchargers make long-distance towing impractical.
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.
Audio & navigation7.0
The main touchscreen is huge, and it responds well to your inputs, though the control menus are complex. The audio system options are basic, but the premium system has an appealing sound quality. Internet radio, scrolling and playlist creation are all well-executed. Navigation is unreliable.
It's easy to pair up your phone using Bluetooth. But at the time of our evaluation, the Model X lacked additional smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The screen depicting the proximity of objects near you when parking is industry-leading. The large backup camera display is very helpful, too. We also like the adaptive cruise control, but Autopilot is a mixed bag and should never be used without full attention.
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.
2019 Tesla Model X models
Tesla often changes up its products at unexpected times, so what is true today may change tomorrow. Adding to the confusion is that the company has altered the Model X's trim designations and stopped referring to the X based on battery size. On the plus side, the new names are easier to understand.
The 2019 Model X was initially available in two performance levels: the standard Model X and the quicker Model X Performance, and each level came with an additional subtrim. Midyear changes reduced the range of the standard Model X and increased the range of its subtrim level. Whichever version you get, all-wheel drive comes standard, and multiple seating configurations are available.
At the beginning of the model year, the standard Model X featured 270 miles of range, with a battery pack that powered the Model X from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Keeping the ride somewhat comfortable is an air suspension system that is standard on every Model X. Also standard are keyless entry and start, heated front seats, a power liftgate, navigation, a towing package, and advanced driver safety features such as forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. For more range, opt for the Model X Extended Range that adds 25 miles of range, making it 295 miles. Performance is otherwise identical.
Midway through the model year, Tesla tweaked the trim levels slightly. The base Model X was renamed Standard Range, and estimated range dropped to 250 miles (with a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds). The Extended Range model was renamed Long Range, and range increased significantly to 325 miles (with a 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds). Soon after this, Tesla discontinued the Standard Range variant.
Performance enthusiasts can opt for the Model X Performance model, which Tesla says rips to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. The available Ludicrous Mode option (which Tesla later made standard) drops the 0-60 time further to a mind-bending 2.7 seconds but otherwise doesn't change any of the other metrics.
It goes without saying, but don't expect to come close to these range figures if you're dabbling with these acceleration times.
After choosing your desired performance level, there are only two more options to select. First is seating configuration. Normally, the Model X comes with five-passenger seating, but you can get a six-passenger configuration with two captain's chairs in the second row and a third-row bench, or a seven-passenger configuration with two rows of benches.
Finally, you can opt for Enhanced Autopilot, which includes additional cameras, adaptive cruise control, and the ability to self-center in a lane and change lanes. (Note that this package is simply referred to as Autopilot on vehicles produced later in the year.) Also available is the Full Self-Driving Capability feature, which adds automated parallel and perpendicular parking, additional fine-tuning to the way Autopilot behaves on the highway, and a summon feature that calls the Model X to your location in a parking lot.
4.0 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
5 out of 5 stars
Not for everyone
2018 Tesla Model X 75D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
Model X is unique. Either you like be it or hate it. To me, it is like buying your first iPhone. You won’t find the key pad. Things may be working today but won’t tomorrow due to the latest patch. You won’t be happy if you think you are buying a car. You will be very happy if you want to buy a technology. It is a toy that can be driven and it is fun.
5 out of 5 stars
No room?? No way!
James P, 06/16/2019
2018 Tesla Model X 75D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
Someone in March had written a review about being 6’4 and not fitting. I’m 6’8 and fit extremely well, room to spare! Found it very comfortable and roomy. For the taller folk, like myself, you have to drop the seat a bit as you do in every vehicle when that’s an option. Zero fit and finish issues. The technology, acceleration and everything else about this car was on par for what can … be expected. Wait, that’s not true, it exceeded all expectations. I have driven and owned many various cars and suvs in my life and the Tesla experience is by far the most fun and rewarding. I can’t see driving anything else from here on out. If you’re unsure if this is the right vehicle for you, or any vehicle you’re considering, rent one for a few days. That’s a low cost way to make sure you’ll love it prior to a major purchase.
5 out of 5 stars
Wow what a ride for an SUV
2018 Tesla Model X 100D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
We have owned this car for just over a year near. It is nearly the best car I have ever owned (first is our Model S). The car has a unique design. it is incredibly fast and handles well. the software is regularly updated and the new autopilot with navigation software is incredible. Once on the interstate the car basically drives itself. so much easier than having to deal with … traffic etc. the touch screen is huge. the cameras give crisp clear images. Recharging via the tesla supercharger network is even faster and "refueling" rates are starting to approach gas tank refills. I am really looking forward to the continued upgrades in the autopilot! I will never buy another fossil vehicle again.
5 out of 5 stars
Dallen Ormond , 12/31/2017
2017 Tesla Model X P100D 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
In the past 12 years I have owned 18 different vehicles. I purchased the model X 100D 2 months ago. It accelerates faster than my Golf R, Nismo 350 Z, or Infinity M class. The car is as luxurious as my MB E63 AMG and rides as well as my Cadillac CTS-V. Recently I had to take it off-road. I live in the mountains and had to pick up a sick child. The roads were unplowed and recommended … chains only. I simply raised the suspension and easily drove miles and miles in 2 feet of snow. It handles as well off road as my Toyota Tacoma. Then driving down the canyon I didn’t have to hit my brakes once because of how the vehicle torque charging works. The canyon is a 65 mph 5-6% grade for 20 miles. Finally, because of the torque charging my battery charged on the way down the canyon. I can’t express how impressive this vehicle is. Elan Musk not only built a competitor he built a game changer. After 1 year this is simply the most amazing vehicle I have ever owned. My opinion is even better than last year. 2 years down. The only maintenance has been tire rotation. 7/1/20 - Great Car!!! I love the software upgrades, and even better they update like my iphone updates. The vehicle feels new all of the time. 3 1/2 years, very few issues, zero OOP maintenance. Runs great, still fast, and sleek. I love the updates that automatically download. Four years down, not a single dollar spent in maintenance other than tires. Tesla changed the game.
We have a limited number of reviews for the 2019 Tesla Model X, so we've included reviews for other years of the Model X since its last redesign.
2019 Model X Highlights
|EV Tax Credits & Rebates||$125|
|EPA Electric Range||255 miles|
|Cargo Capacity |
All Seats In Place
|Drivetrain||all wheel drive|
|Warranty||4 years / 50,000 miles|
|EV Battery Warranty||8 years / unlimited miles|
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.