In-depth reviews

Tesla Model X review - Interior, design and technology

The styling isn’t as cohesive as that of the Model S, though the interior is smart

While the Tesla Model X is certainly distinctive to look at, with its rounded nose, swooping roofline and raised stance, we’d argue that it isn’t as slick as the Model S it’s based on. It looks more like a jacked-up saloon than a true SUV, and the blank nose looks oddly unfinished. 

A refresh for 2021 brought slight changes to the exterior with a redesigned bumper and diffuser, as well as new 22-inch alloy wheels. Interior updates added a revised digital gauge cluster, a 17-inch infotainment system and four wireless smartphone charging pads. Passengers in the rear also benefit from a screen mounted in the central tunnel, so they can play video games or watch films.

Of course the most unusual detail about the Model X is the rear doors, which open outwards and upwards in a ‘falcon wing’ shape. It’s certainly a unique design choice, and some will love the oddball arrangement, but it does seem slightly out of place on a car like this.

Inside you’ll find the huge touchscreen display in portrait orientation on the dashboard, plus some Mercedes switchgear and a plush set of seats. There’s lots of room inside and the materials used look good, but the design is very plain. There’s none of the flair you’ll find in a Mercedes, despite some of the same parts being used here.

The large panoramic windscreen gives you a great view of the road and sky ahead, extending almost over the driver’s head. A special tint means there’s only slightly more glare from the sun than in a normal SUV, too.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The central screen is easy to use, and you control a huge amount of the car’s functions with it - including opening and closing all of the doors, moving the seats and changing the climate control. Doing so on the move is a pain, though, and we prefer using buttons and switches in that situation. There are almost no buttons inside the car, in fact - and that frustrates when the screen is booting up and you want to set up the air-conditioning straight away.

Sat-nav gets real-time traffic information, and there are regular over-the-air updates from Tesla to keep things up to date. In some cases these updates even add new features to the car. You can pair your phone with the quick-connect system in the centre console, too. 

A large and powerful stereo system stretches across the top of the dash, and it sounds good - but on sunny days the perforations reflect onto the huge windscreen and reduce visibility.

Next Steps

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    Long Range AWD 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £81,990

Most Economical

  • Name
    Performance Ludicrous AWD 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £101,990

Fastest

  • Name
    Plaid AWD 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £109,990

Most Popular

New 2022 Range Rover arrives with plug-in hybrid power and seven seats
Range Rover - front
Land Rover Range Rover

New 2022 Range Rover arrives with plug-in hybrid power and seven seats

The new Range Rover luxury SUV has been unveiled with two PHEV powertrains and seven-seat capability
27 Oct 2021
New Kia EV6 2021 review
Kia EV6 front tracking
Kia EV6

New Kia EV6 2021 review

With a sporty drive, 300-plus miles of range and plenty of tech - could the new Kia EV6 be one of the best electric cars on sale?
19 Oct 2021
The best 0% finance car deals 2021
Best 0% finance car deals - header
Best cars & vans

The best 0% finance car deals 2021

Tempted by a 0% APR deal? Here are our best 0% finance deals starting from only £145...
21 Oct 2021