Combine the first perfectly sunny day with the grand opening of the much larger all-new and relocated Splash carwash, you get long long lines and quite a wait, but the wait was worth it because this sweet Tesla Model X got lots of oooh and aaahs from the customers and lots of pampering from the attendants.
The woman who owns it was sitting on the bench and as soon as she said it was hers, many of us had 1001 questions.
These are HER answers so her usage etc.
How far does it go on a charge? About 260 miles.
What was the cost for the at-home charging station? A couple of thousand.
How does it drive? Like a dream, very tight turning radius, very peppy, very smooth and comfortable ride.
Are the falcon* doors ever a problem? No, they open and close smoothly with a button, as do all the doors.
Is there much storage? Surprisingly yes, she said. Under the front hood is the most. Then she added she doesn’t use the Tesla as her primary teen-carrying vehicle, all of whom are into sports – that she said was a Suburban.
I thought the car was stunning, especially the red color – not cherry red but not burgundy. Just a good red red. The price $80k, give or take.
Then I looked at the Car and Driver review. Interesting, and not so complimentary. I’ve only cut and paste two paragraphs so head to the link for the full review and more photos.
It’s called the Tesla Model X, but it should probably be called “Elon’s Headache.” Behold, finally, Tesla’s two-and-a-half-ton electric sport-utility vehicle that shows, in Elon Musk’s own words, that “I think we got a little carried away.” There are those much-ballyhooed “falcon wing” motorized doors with their multiple hinges and a brace of ultrasonic and capacitive sensors to prevent disaster; the self-opening and -closing front doors; the “monoposto” middle-row seats that put their passengers on stout, movable pedestals; a massive wrap-over windshield that necessitated the world’s most unnecessarily complicated sun visors; and a HEPA cabin filter that, says company founder Elon, creates “hospital operating room cleanliness in the car.”
How does the X drive? Like the Tesla Model S on which much of the parts below the floor are based. Spear-sharp steering and governed body roll make for a grace that utterly belies the extra thousand pounds on the Model X’s back. Owners of a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S would recognize the way the car’s acceleration squishes all six (or seven, depending on the configuration) passengers into their seats—and the way it seems to flaunt physics.
All of the doors, from the front to the hatchback, open and close at the push of a button. The falcon doors, attached to a massive magnesium spine for rollover protection, motor in a leisurely fashion, rising in an arc determined by the proximity of obstacles as detected by the many sensors. Even when there are no cars or people or posts around, it’s not a fast movement, so your entrance is like that of a Broadway star waiting for the curtain to rise. Tesla says the doors extend outward by just 11.8 inches. We weren’t able to take the X on the freeway or open the doors in a downpour to see how well they seal. Tesla is leaving that to the car’s first beta testers . . . er, customers.
*Question for you car peeps: Must Tesla call them *falcon doors because gullwing is proprietary term to Mercedes?
I think I could own this car but I’m not sure how comfortable it is for a granny to get in and out. The woman who owns it was young and lithe. Duh.
Who’s going to order one?? Cobra, is that you with your hand up?