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Tesla Model X review - Range, charging and running costs

No fuel costs to worry about, and the Tesla Supercharger network is growing

As there’s not so much as a piston or camshaft in sight in the all-electric Tesla Model X, owners won’t have to worry about mpg fuel economy figures or CO2, as both are nil at the point of use. Of course, charging up at home will incur some electricity costs, but it’s estimated to only be a few pounds for a full charge.

The real figure to look into with electric cars is the range - and the Model X has a very impressive battery set-up. The Plaid manages a claimed 340 miles - which isn’t bad considering it can also hit 60mph from rest in just 2.5 seconds. The slightly slower Long Range model manages 360 miles according to Tesla.

Those figures are excellent, and mean the Model X will manage most commutes easily – and for several days on the trot without a recharge, in many cases. If you’re going on a longer trip, there’s also an increasing number of Tesla Superchargers around the country, which are charging stations that provide up to 175 miles of range in as little as 15 minutes. The infrastructure needs work still, with some areas still not serviced by a fast charger, but it’s getting better every week.

There’s also a home charger available, which will keep your car topped up overnight ready for the next day’s drive to work or school. While they’re not as fast as the Superchargers, they’re still useful for making electric car ownership more practical.

Insurance groups

With every model in the range offering incredible performance, at a high price, with plenty of new technology on board, it’s no surprise that the Tesla Model X follows the Model S in being insurance group 50 across the board. That means it costs a lot to insure, which could offset some of the running cost savings compared to a less powerful diesel or hybrid SUV.


Data suggests that the Tesla Model X will be a strong performer on the used market. The luxury SUV should hold onto around 64% of its list price over three years and 36,000 miles.

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