2022 Tesla Model X Review
The new 2022 Model X has all-wheel drive as standard and two electric motors with a combined output of 670 horsepower. The Plaid, a three-motor variant, is capable of an incredible 1020 horsepower and is claimed to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 2.5 seconds.
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According to Tesla, the mega-motor version will be accessible by the end of 2022. The Model X is fairly agile considering its size and weight, albeit it isn’t as agile as the virtually identical Model S sedan.
A massive screen that dominates the dashboard and offers touch-sensitive access to the majority of the Model X’s capabilities makes the interior a study in modernity. The entire family may fit comfortably in the third row of seats, and captain’s chairs can be specified for the second row.
What has changed for the new 2022 model?
The Long Range model from last year is now simply known as Model X, and its estimated range decreases from 363 to 351 miles per charge. The high-performance Plaid variant, which debuted last year, now estimates a driving range of 335 miles per charge rather than 340. The uncomfortable rectangular (yoke-style) steering wheel from last year is still in use.
Which one should you buy Model X or Model X Plaid?
The Plaid variant has three electric motors and is guaranteed to accelerate quickly, but it is quite pricey. We would save money because its 335-mile projected driving range is shorter than that of the standard model, which costs less. Due to the immediateness of the electric motors’ power delivery, the basic Model X nevertheless feels incredibly rapid while having an estimated driving range of up to 351 miles.
EV Performance, Power, and Motor
Two electric motors, one at each axle of the front and back wheels of the basic Model X, are included as standard equipment and allow for all-wheel drive. With this configuration, the Tesla boasts a 3.8-second zero-to-60 mph performance. We haven’t yet confirmed the acceleration times of the 1020-hp, three-motor Plaid high-performance model at our test track, despite claims that it would accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in 2.5 seconds. The Model S Plaid, the Model X’s platform-mate sedan, scored an unbelievable 2.1-second zero-to-60-mph performance when we tested it. Although the Model X has admirable handling, its standout feature is the powerful acceleration produced by its electric motors.
Battery Life, Charging, and Range
A battery big enough to support the Model X’s promised 351-mile driving range is included as standard; upgrading to the faster Plaid model reduces the projected driving range to 335 miles. One of Tesla’s Superchargers, which are spread out across the nation, may be quickly recharged. Tesla provides in-home charging equipment for purchase. Charging at home using a 240V or 120V connection will be slower, but certainly more convenient for owners.
Fuel efficiency and actual MPGe
The Model X has the greatest MPGe ratings from the EPA among comparable
SUVs that are the same size but are fully electric. Long Range versions received MPGe ratings of 105 combined, 109 combined highway, and 101 combined city. Even the Plaid model surpasses significant rivals like the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-Tron SUVs in this rating, giving up some economy for quicker acceleration.
Cargo, Comfort, and the Interior
Tesla has always had interior designs that are austere and almost button-free. The distinctive yoke-style steering controller and digital gauge display that the driver uses are frequently irritating to operate and hard to get used to. The windshield/glass roof of the Model X is also distinctive because it runs continuously from the bottom of the hood up and over the front-seat occupants giving a practically unbroken view of what lies ahead and what lies above. Despite these cutting-edge capabilities, the Model X’s interior leaves plenty to be desired, especially given that its price may well exceed six figures. It has unattractive air vents, misaligned panels, and flat-backed chairs with insufficient adjustability options.
Connectivity and Information
The dashboard is dominated by a large touchscreen infotainment system that operates almost all of the Model X’s functions and settings. The gauge cluster is a supplemental digital readout located in front of the driver. Although Tesla’s infotainment system is undoubtedly cutting edge, neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto is supported. The little display provided to rear-seat passengers offers amusement and, presumably, some control over the car’s functions.
Features for Driver Assistance and Safety
However, the majority of purchasers are more interested in technology features than luxury, and the Model X may be ordered with the feature that is perhaps the most talked-about: Autopilot. Several cameras, several sensors, and radars are used by Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving mode to identify objects, people, and other cars and utilize them to steer the Model X on its own.
The Model X also has a Summon feature, which appears gimmicky but was made essential by the ridiculous top-hinged doors. It enables the user to park or retrieve the SUV from confined spaces while standing outside.
Coverage for Warranties and Maintenance
The powertrain and hybrid components of the Model X are covered by a comprehensive warranty package from Tesla, but it doesn’t have the same extensive bumper-to-bumper coverage or free periodic maintenance programs as the I-Pace.
- 4 years or 50,000 miles are covered by the limited warranty.
- 8 years of powertrain warranty coverage, regardless of mileage.
- There is no free scheduled maintenance.