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2021 Tesla Model X electric Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 20, 2020
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We live in a day and age in which it’s hard or some might even say impossible to imagine electric cars without Tesla striking your mind. Such has been its reputation since its inspection with its new concept of EVs which the other heavyweights are slowly adapting. While Tesla as a company is a torchbearer in most ways, it is also clever at adopting the market trends. Hence going by the market demand it launched the Model X in 2015 in the most popular segment of the US market, the SUV segment. Fast forward to 2020, all eyes are on the 2021 Tesla Model X which is rumored to be launched next year.

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Pros

Exceptional acceleration and speed

A proper 7 seater SUV

Best in class driver aides

Huge cargo area

Cons

The build quality leaves a lot to be desired

Towing hampers the range

What's New?

No updates have been announced by Tesla

Most changes will come throughout the year in the form of software updates


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

2021 Tesla Model X electric in Deep Blue Metallic color 2021 Tesla Model X electric in Midnight Silver Metallic color 2021 Tesla Model X electric in Pearl White Multi-Coat color 2021 Tesla Model X electric in Pearl White Multi-Coat color
Deep Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Tesla Model X electric Long Range

Long Range

power
617 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Electric
mpg
85 combined

$84,990


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Long Range 4dr Crossover AWD (electric DD) Starting at $84,990 MSRP (83/85/89) 617 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4.4 L, electric, electric
1-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Tesla Model X electric Long Range Plus

Long Range Plus

power
617 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$84,990


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Long Range Plus 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) Starting at $84,990 MSRP TBD 617 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4.4 L, V-8,
1-speed direct drive all wheel drive 5

2021 Tesla Model X electric Performance

Performance

power
617 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Electric
mpg
85 combined

$104,990


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Performance 4dr Crossover AWD (electric DD) Starting at $104,990 MSRP (83/85/89) 617 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4.4 L, electric, electric
1-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

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While it may take some time for other EVs to come on par with Tesla, the Model X is most widely known for its falcon-wing doors. Developed from the full-sized sedan platform of the Tesla Model S, the Model X is also built at Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. It currently offers two trims, the Long Range Plus and the Performance which are priced at $79,690 and $99,690 respectively. Both the trims offer the same dual 3 phase 4 pole induction motor with copper rotors engine. The EV generates 417 hp of power and 487 lb-ft of torque and is offered only in an AWD set up.

The Tesla Model X locks horns with EVs such as the Polestar 2, Jaguar I-Pace S, and the Audi e-Tron Sportback. In comparison to its rivals, its better safety, handling, and interior features somewhat compensates for its simple exterior design, average infotainment features. But with the 2021 model what all you could expect is right here in our review.

 

2021 Tesla Model X Front View
2021 Tesla Model X Rear View

 
 
 
 
 
 

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2021 Tesla Model X electric Features

The 2021 Tesla Model X will follow the same trim line-up and we do not expect any changes to be made here. The current model comes in two trims namely, Long Range Plus and Performance with a price tag of $20,000 separating the two. The Performance trim being the superior one offers better performance and but a shorter range. It is sure to leave a lot of people flabbergasted with its best-in-class acceleration and speed. Apart from having many common features like the 17” touchscreen, heated front seats, and LED Interior Lighting, the Performance offers some extra interior features which are sure to keep you satiated.

Trim

Long Range Plus

Performance

MSRP

$84,990 (est)

$$104,990 (est)

Key Features

LED Ambient Interior Lighting and Voice Activated Controls

In addition to or replaces Base trim features with:

 

351 miles range

305 miles range

 

Heated Front Seats with Memory and Driver Profile

Luxurious advanced interior styling

 

HEPA air filtration system

 
 

3 position Dynamic LED Turning Lights with LED Fog lamps

 

If you crave an adrenaline rush, you should not be hesitant to go for the Performance for the most obvious reasons, the Ludicrous mode! Hence if you want to send your friends for frenzy inside your Model X you ought to opt for the Performance trim. Apart from that it also offers better interiors and some feel-good features which make it worth the upgrade.

Expected Price and Release Date of the 2021 Tesla Model X

The Long Range Plus is estimated to come at a price of $84,990 and the better Performance version is speculated to be priced at $104,990. The redesigned interior coupled with the superfast charging will make it even more desirable. It is not clear when the Tesla Model X will set its foot in the market owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but we expect it to be released somewhere around the fall of 2021.

2021 Tesla Model X electric Engine and Performance

There is not much information available right now about the powertrain options of the 2021 Tesla Model X but we predict that it shall ship with the same battery pack but with faster-charging technology. The current Model X comes with a dual 3 phase 4 pole induction motor and is expected to be the same this year around. Being a heavy SUV it is offered in an all-wheel-drive setup only. 

The electric setup consists of a 100-kWh lithium-ion battery which powers two electric motors. This battery pack has been carry forwarded from the Model S. The Long Range trim, put out 259 horsepower from each motor. Whereas, the Performance trim gets a bigger rear motor which develops 503-hp.  In terms of performance, Tesla has no match in the segment. It offers a spirited driving and offers impressive acceleration under tap. It offers a smooth drive and a super silent cabin. If you are used to the engine noise you would certainly require some time getting used to the silence inside. Overall, the powertrain options are quite capable of taking on the city as well as highway ride and you would not be left wanting for more even if you opt for the long-range version.

Models

2021 Tesla Model X (expected)

2020 Polestar 2

2020 Jaguar I-Pace S

2020 Audi e-Tron Sportback

MSRP

$84,990(est.)

$59,900

$71,450

$77,500

Engine

Dual 3 phase 4 pole induction motor with copper rotors

Dual electric motors (front and rear)

Dual electric motors (integrated front and rear)

Dual asynchronous electric motors

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Power (hp)

503

402 

395 

402

Torque (lb-ft)

487

487 

513

490

Tesla’s battery pack is impressive and better than the others in terms of power. However, in terms of torque, its rivals win over the Model X. Jaguar I-Pace has the highest torque among the competition and is certain to be a tire burner.

How quick is the 2021 Tesla Model X?

Tesla might have changes in its stock to make the 2021 Model X even more aerodynamic. Currently, as well, no other rival even comes close when Tesla Model X is in the picture. After all, it is one of the most famous features of Tesla namely the “Ludicrous” mode. It goes from 0-60 mph in a jaw-dropping time of just 2.6 seconds and it is an SUV. Let that sink in. It’s counts as a serious mean machine since its closest rival Audi e-Tron Sportback is 0.9s behind, a large difference indeed. Its quarter-mile speed is 11.28 s and clocks a top speed of 130 mph.

2021 Tesla Model X Accelerate 0-60 MPH in just 2.6 sec

Models

2021 Tesla Model X (expected)

2020 Polestar 2

2020 Jaguar I-Pace S

2020 Audi e-Tron Sportback

0-60 MPH

2.6 s

4.7 s

4.5 s

3.5 s

Quarter mile

11.28 s

12.0 s

12.6 s

13.9 s

Top Speed

130 mph

155 mph

124 mph

124 mph

Engine

Dual 3 phase 4 pole induction motor with copper rotors

Dual electric motors (front and rear)

Dual electric motors (integrated front and rear)

Dual asynchronous electric motors

Again, it is the fastest to cover a quarter-mile distance given its impeccable record in the 0-60 mph segment. Yes, it becomes a bit slow when covering a quarter-mile distance yet it is ahead of its counterparts but the Polestar 2 is the outright winner when top speed comes into play. But considering that even flagship SUVs like the Lamborghini Urus, and Porsche Cayenne Turbo cannot keep up with the Model X, if performance is wanting you need, there is no better option.

How well does the 2021 Tesla Model X brake?

Not much knowledge is there about the braking specifications of the 2021 Tesla Model X but what we do know is that the current model comes to halt from 60 mph in 109 feet. It has an astounding curb weight of 5421 lbs which high even according to SUV standards. The brake pedal response is direct and its smooth braking system is a real pleasure to operate. The brakes provide a progressive bite and it comes to halt without any hiccups.

2021 Tesla Model X Brake

Model

2021 Tesla Model X (expected)

2020 Polestar 2

2020 Jaguar I-Pace S

2020 Audi e-Tron Sportback

Brake Front (in)

N/A

N/A

13.8

14.8

Brake Rear (in)

N/A

N/A

12.8

13.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

5421

5242

4784

5643

60-0 MPH (ft.)

109

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Model X remains one of the heaviest SUVs with the lowest weight position being grabbed by the Jaguar I-Pace S. On the other the Audi e-Tron even beats the Model X to become the heaviest electric SUV you can get. Coming to the brakes, the 2021 Tesla Model X will outpower them all with its unique single-pedal operation and regenerative braking system.

How well does the 2021 Tesla Model X Handle?

The 2021 Model X shall get the same suspension and steering set up as the 2020 model. The current model gets 20-inch wheels and the adaptive air suspension in both the trims. It is near perfect for handling according to SUV standards and its performance is smooth no matter what the road. It can be a bit stiff sometimes but it does a great job of absorbing the bumps and potholes, be it in the city or on the highways. 

2021 Tesla Model X Handling

Thanks to its no vibration, smooth ride, zero noise the passengers get to experience utter comfort. All of these combine to make it a perfect electric SUV. Tesla has also tuned its steering quite well which gives adequate feedback and offering confident handling. It is best suited for those who are fond of speed as its superfast performance on the tracks is well aided by its other handling and ride factors. The only drawback is that it is quite agile and the steering is a tad too responsive sometimes. However, the lower center of gravity has its own benefits and it ensures that the car is always under control.

2021 Tesla Model X electric Fuel Economy

The 2021 Model X is expected to receive a faster charging technology and a longe range. The current Model X takes just 15 minutes recharging for running 115 miles. Tesla’s Supercharger stations are not tough to find in this day and age and hence there is no headache about that. Also, it can be charged in a normal household with 120 V or 240 V. An Overnight charge of the SUV would be enough to provide you a range for a long drive. The EPA rates the Long Range model at 96 MPGe combined and the Performance model at 90 MPGe combined. 

Models

2021 Tesla Model X (expected)

2020 Polestar 2

2020 Jaguar I-Pace S

2020 Audi e-Tron Sportback

MPGE (City)

93

N/A

80

76

MPGE (Highway)

99

N/A

72

78

MPGE (Combined)

96

N/A

76

77

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

-

-

-

-

Range ( in Miles)

328

275

298

248.5

No other SUV can yet match the frugality of the Model X. Its regenerative braking works fantastically. The Jaguar I-Pace takes the second spot which is slightly better than the Polestar 2. However, in terms of range, the Supercharging stations for Tesla are plenty and hence offer a greater peace of mind.

2021 Tesla Model X electric Interior

The 2021 Tesla Mode X is rumored to come with some subtle changes inside its cabin. We could see Tesla change the whole dashboard layout to give it a fresh feel and look. The interior of the current Tesla Model X comprises of the largest all-glass panoramic windshield, Falcon wing rear doors along with perfectly stitched seats and an interior fully surrounded by full black artwork. The extra 2 seats on the stylish SUV makes it even more feasible for large families though only children can fit in comfortably in the third row. The interior feels high-tech but a bit basic. The central 17-inch touchscreen is a typical Tesla unit and handles most vehicle functions and also is the infotainment unit. 

2021 Tesla Model X Front View

The fit and finish is good but not the best as Tesla seems to be still working on the interior quality. The overall visibility is good and the seats are quite comfortable but easy to soil. The second row may seem a little small for very tall adults but overall the cabin is spacious and relaxing. The headroom and legroom space are above average to make you content. The 2021 Model X is expected to have slightly improved interior design and features over the 2020 model.

Models

2021 Tesla Model X (expected)

2020 Polestar 2

2020 Jaguar I-Pace S

2020 Audi e-Tron Sportback

Seating Capacity

7

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

41.7/60.7/41.2

N/A

39.9/57.6/40.9

39.8/58.6/40.8

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.9/56.8/38.4

N/A

38.1/54.6/35.0

38.6/57.2/39.1

Tesla’s headroom and legroom space both in the front and the second row come second to none. It is simply the most spacious car in its segment. The Jaguar I-Pace S and the Audi e-Tron are spacious cars too but do not yet offer seating for 7 people.

Interior Features-

  • LED Interior Ambient Lighting
  • Auto-Dimming IRVM
  • Heated Steering wheel
  • 12 Way power-adjustable front seats with memory and driver profile
  • Center Armrest with 2 cup holders

What about the infotainment system of the 2021 Tesla Model X?

Tesla scores high in the infotainment aspect. Starting from the 17” touchscreen display and the driver display to the 17 speaker audio system, it has it all. Other standard features include Bluetooth, USB, Wi-Fi Hotspot, and Navigation. It is an absolute delight to use it but does require some time getting used to especially if you are upgrading from a non-electric car.

2021 Tesla Model X Infotainment Screen

A major area where it lags behind is its absence of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Its total dominance in some aspects and complete whitewash in some others is what makes Tesla unpredictable.

Key infotainment features-

  • XM satellite radio capability
  • 17" Touchscreen Display with navigation
  • Mobile App Remote Control
  • Voice Activated Controls
  • Audio system involving 17 speakers
  • Bluetooth Hands-Free and Media Streaming

How much cargo can the 2021 Tesla Model X carry?

Talk about long-distance journeys, the Model X can haul it all! It offers the best in class car space of 28.5 cubic feet which can hold all your essentials and heavy luggage. The third-row seats are foldable making room for some more space but the second-row seats are not foldable. The boot comes with smart features like the automatic tailgate opening and closing.

2021 Tesla Model X Cargo Space

Models

2021 Tesla Model X (expected)

2020 Polestar 2

2020 Jaguar I-Pace S

2020 Audi e-Tron Sportback

Standard Cargo Capacity (ft³)

28.5

15.5

23.1

21.7

Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft³)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Tesla Model X has the highest cargo space among its competitors with the Jaguar I-Pace S coming a distant second. On the other hand, the Polestar 2 is just disappointing with some lower segment cars offering better cargo space. 

What are the other storage spaces on the inside?

The center console storage is ample and the glovebox is decent and suitable for carrying the essentials you need. The third-row seats can be folded if you desire more space and can be added to the already large cargo space.

2021 Tesla Model X Interior
2021 Tesla Model X Interior
2021 Tesla Model X Front Seats
2021 Tesla Model X Rear Seats
2021 Tesla Model X Seating Layout

2021 Tesla Model X electric Exterior

On the outside, the 2021 Model X is expected to carry a sleeker look with some additional features. Tesla’s distinctive design grabs attention instantly and Model X is no different without a grille, glossy exteriors, and a large size. Much of it resembles the Tesla Model S but both can be distinguished when having a closer look. If you are looking for flamboyancy you won’t find it here, as the Model X offers minimalist looks. The front part of the Model X has been carried over from the Model S and Model 3. The flush door handles offer a super clean look and the car looks more of a crossover than a proper full-grown SUV.

2021 Tesla Model X Front Angle View

It can look a bit too boring on the outside for some with its simple and rounded design language. Its tall height and long overhangs do not help it either and it looks a bit awkward, unlike the other Teslas. However, the wind-shield and the falcon-wing rear doors demand attention and make it complete. No major changes are expected next year around with the 2021 Tesla Model X.

Models

2021 Tesla Model X (expected)

2020 Polestar 2

2020 Jaguar I-Pace S

2020 Audi e-Tron Sportback

Curb Weight (lbs)

5421

5242

4784

5643

Length (inches)

198.3

181.4

184.3

193

Width (inches)

81.5

70.9

74.6

76.3

Height (inches)

66

58.3

61.3

65.5

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.4

5.7

5.6

6.9

Wheelbase (inches)

116.7

107.8

117.7

115.1

The Model X is the longest car in this comparison but it does a good job of hiding its big physical dimensions. Though the ground clearance is low, its wheelbase is one of the highest amongst all. It is also the widest car amongst all which makes it feel quite spacious from the inside.

Key exterior features-

  • Falcon wing rear doors
  • LED fog lights
  • Heated and Power adjustable ORVMs
  • Keyless Entry
  • Self-Presenting Front door
2021 Tesla Model X Front
2021 Tesla Model X Rear
2021 Tesla Model X Side Angle View
2021 Tesla Model X Side Angle View
2021 Tesla Model X Wheel

2021 Tesla Model X electric Safety

Tesla has always kept safety as one of its top priorities throughout and has many features to back it like Automatic emergency braking, collision avoidance, lane keep assist, automatic parking, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, and an Autopilot system. Due to its unmatchable performance in the safety domain, it has received 5-star ratings from the NHTSA. IIHS has not rated it yet.

Key safety features-

  • Acoustic front-row safety belt warning
  • Four-wheel antilock disc brakes with an electronic parking brake
  • Four LATCH attachments for child seat installations in 6-seat and 7-seat configurations
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Electronic stability and traction control

2021 Tesla Model X electric Competition

9.0/10

2021 Tesla Model X vs. 2020 Polestar 2

Since much information is there on the market about the Polestar 2 but the Tesla is ahead of the Polestar on the exterior design, seating and on the safety fronts. The only criterion where the Polestar is ahead of the Tesla is its speed.

2020 Polestar 2

Tesla is the obvious choice but it comes at a way higher price than the Polestar but the features offered are worth the money spent.

2021 Tesla Model X vs. 2020 Jaguar I-Pace S

One point we cannot deny about the Jaguar is its top-notch exterior design. It looks more compact and attractive than Tesla but the latter beats the Jaguar marginally in almost all aspects. The safety features in both the SUVs give a tough fight to each other.

2020 Jaguar I-Pace S

If you are more into the interior and performance features, Tesla is your choice but if the exterior looks to make you happy, Jaguar I-Pace is your choice.

2021 Tesla Model X vs. 2020 Audi e-Tron Sportback

Audi e-Tron is the most competitive one with eye-catching exterior design with headlights. More or less, they both have the same features but Tesla has the edge when interior space, comfortability, and safety come into play.

2020 Audi e-Tron Sportback

With not much price difference, Tesla should be your ideal choice but Audi’s exteriors are not so easy to get your eyes off it.

2021 Tesla Model X electric Final Verdict

The Tesla Model X has numerous features up its sleeve like the best cargo space, ample interior, and infotainment features along with a very capable autopilot system. Its power, torque, smooth handling, and especially its thunderous acceleration are all beyond the world of an ordinary SUV. However, what it does not offer is the excellent build quality than some of its rivals do and the absence of some features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay has not gone down well with the customers. But none of this is a deal-breaker and the Model X is the best electric SUV you can get in the market today. Hence, undoubtedly the 2021 Tesla Model X should be the go-to choice for EV lovers when released.

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