Singapore - Along with my earlier test-drive of the Tesla Model S, Hong Seh Motors were kind enough to bring along their Model X as well for a blast around our island. Seeing which this would probably be my only opportunity to try out the Tesla, Falcon doors and all, I jumped at the chance!
Now the Model X has been around since 2013, and when it first came out it was a pioneer on all fronts. It combined everything we know and loved about the Model S and gave it a massive ‘seven people-hauling’ SUV/MPV body plus the addition of those Falcon-wing opening rear doors for over-the-top access and presence.
Following the latest versions of Teslas to roll out of the factory, the Model X features a minimalist grille with zero air inlets, a massive 2.3 ton body that makes its 20-inch wheels seem rather conventional in terms of size. The emphasis of the Model X of course is one of practicality with increased refinement and the cabin literally screams that with a variety of seating configurations plus an optional third row if needed. The seats themselves can be manually folded and moved around giving the Model X 2,108-litres of cargo space!
Without the third row bench, the boot itself is cavernous, not forgetting there’s another boot upfront under the bonnet. As mentioned earlier, the Model X is a super-sized Model S and in the driving department the two are pretty similar, just think of the latter with more height and weight and you are pretty much there.
Just like the S, the X offers up a relatively firm ride and blazing acceleration (there is no insane mode in the 75D variant but its available in the P100D model), you don’t feel that 2.3 ton heft at all throughout. Again, its pretty entertaining to drive something this big and go that fast while being absolutely silent.
Of course if the blistering quick pick-up is not your cup of tea, you could always swipe it back to Chill mode for a more laid-back cruise on that same massive 17-inch touchscreen panel that controls just about everything in the Model X.
One thing to note though, unlike the Model S, the X’s infotainment system features a variety of additional options over the sedan due to it being a newer OS updated in the Model X. Just like the Model S as well, the X handles just like a regular car without that EV home-appliance convolution plaguing so many other brands.
Personally I preferred leaving the steering in its Sportier mode as that feels the most natural and adds heft to the wheel for a more satisfying experience. Unfortunately as with the case of the Model S as well, fully autonomous driving is not allowed yet in Singapore due to regulations from our authorities, as such the function cannot be accessed in either of the cars.
Charging the Model X requires a Type 2 charger (the most widely available charger here in Singapore), just like the S, whereby buyers will be provided with a charging unit which they can chose to either install it at home or at their workplace, a typical charge from 5% to full will take just 4-5 hours and the Model X has a range of over 400km when driven normally.
In case you were wondering, the Model X 75D (that comes equipped with a 75kW battery) makes 518hp and 525Nm of torque putting all that power down to all four wheels. It will do the century sprint in a heady 5.2 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 210km/h. The Model X also has higher performance variants with larger battery capacities that will go even faster!
To sum it up, if a Model S is a tad too small for you why not try out the Model X, its huge cabin will not disappoint, coupled with the fact that it drives almost as well as its smaller brethren scores highly with this editor.
This plus those Falcon rear doors, helicopter-inspired front panoramic windscreen, automatic-opening and closing front doors make the Tesla Model X a worthy option if you need an EV that will move mountains of people at warp speed in absolute bliss!