When Tesla first started selling cars in the US, the novelty of owning an electric vehicle was one of the big reasons people were buying, but the EV manufacturer has since proven that it can build serious cars. The 2020 Tesla Model X reaffirms that, and then some. The first generation Model X is based on the same underpinnings as the Model S sedan and is an electric crossover SUV that is not only brilliantly practical but disgustingly fast and filled to the brim with advanced modern technology. The 2020 Model X is powered by a pair of electric motors that push out over 500 horsepower combined and allow this family-friendly SUV to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds in this base guise. There is a Performance derivative that is even quicker, but we review that 2020 Tesla Model X variant separately. The 5-door Model X goes up against other electric SUV competitors such as the Jaguar I-Pace.
Figuring out what's new on a Tesla is a tricky task since slight changes and updates are regularly introduced and Elon Musk doesn't prescribe to the traditional model year format. However, Tesla has promised that the motors are more efficient than we had access to a year ago. We are also promised better chargers that allow for faster charging and standard adaptive air suspension. There is no longer a Long Range model, as the regular Model X is now not available as a reduced-range variant and is essentially only a Long-Range Plus model as the base variant. Leather is also no longer available as an upholstery option, with only synthetic leatherette to choose from.
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The 2020 Model X delivers explosive performance from its twin electric motors mated to a 100 kWh battery pack. Both the front and rear axles get permanent magnet motors, resulting in an impressive 534 hp and 557 lb-ft of torque. With one motor per axle, the Model X is classified as an all-wheel drive vehicle, but as an EV, there's no traditional gearbox to speak of. Power delivery is smooth and progressive when not pushing, but expect to lose your lunch when flooring the Model X from a standstill. At higher speeds, acceleration becomes less intense, but this is still indecently quick for an SUV. The Model X boasts a towing capacity of up to 4,960 lbs.
As for charging, the Model X is now able to use V3 Superchargers, catering to a 200 kW charge rate and 115 miles of range in 15 minutes. The overall range is 305 miles on a full charge.
Far from being a gimmick, the Model X electric SUV delivers a truly unique package that is yet to be genuinely rivaled. The Model X is a cool-looking machine that offers all the high-tech features you'd expect from a car out of Elon Musk's stable but offers so much more. There's a ton of cargo space on offer, an available 3rd row of seats, and it's seriously safe to boot with Tesla's Autopilot semi-autonomous suite still one of the best of its ilk available. The infotainment system offers all kinds of nice-to-haves and hidden abilities, although it can become distracting, and the standard features list includes most of the contemporary tech you'd ever need. It helps that the options list isn't massively expensive either. In terms of performance, the Model X blows other performance SUVs out of the water, gas or electric, and has a practical range that makes it a viable daily driver. Unfortunately, the Model X is still plagued by build quality issues, which doesn't inspire confidence in its reliability, but if you can overlook some misaligned body panels, you're left with an excellent EV SUV.
The 2020 Model X is an impressive car in any guise, and most will be happy with a bone stock version, but we would recommend looking at some optional extras. Firstly, the so-called Full Self-Driving package is a must-have as it will be continually upgraded with the latest tech and largely contributes to the full five-star NHTSA safety rating. If you're looking to cart around a bunch of people, then the seven-seater option will be a good choice. We'd avoid the optional 22-inch wheels, as it doesn't do the ride quality or towing capacity any good and impacts the mileage ratings, too. Other than that, choose a color you like, and you're all set. The price of the 2020 Tesla Model X electric SUV starts $84,990, but a range of incentives make it more affordable than that number might suggest.
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