Consumer, Vehicle Test | Tesla Test: The crazy, slightly annoying super SUV

Consumer, Vehicle Test |  Tesla Test: The crazy, slightly annoying super SUV

The Tesla Model X debuted on the Norwegian market in 2016, three years after the Model S. In the years since, it has been one of the best-selling cars in the country. But now that its smaller siblings, the Model 3 and Model Y, hit stores, the two biggest Teslas are now bracketed in the brand’s sales stats.

For a few years, the two models completely disappeared from the storefront, only to reappear, slightly updated, this year. Externally, nothing has happened to the Model X since last time, but the interior has been updated, including a new screen in the middle and slightly thinner materials than before. It looks pretty good, but there are many car brands that are better at interior design than Tesla.

Technically, there are also some significant improvements, with CCS connectivity and charging speed increased from 150 kW to 250 kW.

wild effect

This makes the Model X more relevant, even if it’s not a car that sells very often. In contrast, it should be a figurehead for smaller models. Not least in the version we’re testing here, the Model X Plaid.

The car has an insane power of 1020 horsepower. Whether anyone ever asked for this is questionable. But the biggest goal of Tesla’s biggest models has always been to show what an electric car can actually do. This time means the massive 2.5-ton SUV does zero to one hundred in 2.6 seconds. In Kjøretøydata’s stats, there are two cars that do it a tenth faster, the Ferrari SF90 and Lamborghini Revuelto super sports cars, and then there’s one even faster than that again, the Model S Plaid. Completes the exercise in 2.1 seconds.

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It is not recommended to test it with children and young people in the car.

However, the Model X is primarily a large family car. It can be delivered with six or seven seats, and if you fold the rear row of seats, there is plenty of room for luggage. In addition, there is a large underground room in the back and a deep bed in front.

The car can tow a 2,250-kilogram trailer, which very few other electric car models can do, but it’s not a bad idea to hit the pedal to the floor with a cart towing either.

On the road it’s a comfortable machine. At the same time, the driving experience is a bit special. The car is too heavy to feel sporty, but what a ridiculous acceleration. The X Plaid model is impressive in this regard, but the model also has a number of annoying elements.

does not work

The novelty for the Model X is the steering wheel version. It can either be delivered with a “yoke” reminiscent of something found in an airplane, or with a conventional steering wheel. In either case, the functions previously placed on levers are located on the steering column as push buttons on the steering wheel.

As for the windshield wipers, that’s perfectly fine, but the turn signal buttons are just rubbish. On the rotors, I’m completely hopeless of finding the buttons again when the steering wheel has turned a half turn, and they don’t work logically either. Over time, you will probably get used to it a bit, but it will never become smart.

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It can also be pointed out that the windshield wipers are not quite as reliable as in other Tesla models. Why Tesla didn’t do anything about the dropper is a mystery.

The A-pillars take up a lot of the vision leaning forward. Backward visibility is nothing to brag about. And if the unique Falcon doors open when wet, water runs down the rear seats. These doors also make it impossible for anything to be on the roof.

Exquisite craft

Power consumption is higher than what you’re used to from other Tesla models, with the Model 3 and Y in particular able to show impressive mileage. After a 60-mile trip, with a good deal of highway driving, the car reported an average consumption of 2.1 kWh per mile. It agrees well with the numbers quoted and gives a realistic range of 50 miles. Not bad at all, but the long-range Model S manages over 65 miles.

The weight, volume and effect of the plaid yarn are of course the culprits here. On the plus side, the car charges quickly. We saw 250 kW, even though the car was still on 30 percent battery when we started.

The X Plaid is a nice craft, but not without its annoyances. It appears to be Tesla’s least significant model, with quite a few ridiculous inventions that don’t actually work very well. It’s also not likely that many people will opt for the car, as the Model Y can offer good family space for about a third of the price. But there’s no denying that it’s still cool that Tesla makes crazy cars.

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Technical data: Tesla Model X Plaid

price: 1,416,750 Norwegian kroner

car test price: 1,516,740 NOK

engine: Three electric motors. 1020 hp. 750 Nm

battery: 100 kW

Maximum charging speed: 250 kW

ranges: 543 kilometers

consumption: 2.14 kWh/mile

maximum speed: 261 km / h

0-100: 2.6 seconds

Dimensions (LxWxH): 5052/2017/1684 mm

luggage space: 425/935/2614 liters

Weight: 2464 kilos

vec trailerR: 2250 kilos

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Hanisi Anenih

Hanisi Anenih

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