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The Tesla Model X is the second car to come from Silicon Valley start-up Tesla, and bills itself as a family-friendly electric SUV.
It's a bold claim for a company that has already upset the established order of high-end luxury vehicles with its first car, the Model S.
Unlike most other cars in this class, though, the Model X doesn't have an internal combustion engine (ICE). Instead, it uses lithium-ion batteries and an electric motor to power its wheels. The result? A car that produces zero CO2 emissions and has no engine noise at all when you're driving it around town or on country roads.
The Model X features some interesting design touches; for instance, the rear doors swing up rather than outwards. This makes it easier to get in and out of the car in tight parking spaces and when there are passengers sitting in the middle of the rear seats.
Unfortunately, they're also very large, so you'll find yourself having to squeeze your way into a lot more parking spots than you would with a conventional SUV.
It's not just about moving around inside the vehicle though; these falcon-wing doors are also great at promoting safety as well as practicality. Thanks to their unique design, they help protect against side impacts by directing airbags away from your head when they deploy.
The Tesla Model X is an impressive car. It's fast, it's comfortable and it feels special to drive. But at the end of the day, this is a luxury car that costs well over £100,000. That makes it very expensive in comparison with other SUVs and even Teslas themselves. That's why finding one on subscription might the best option.
If you're looking for something more affordable, check out the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 electric cars.
The Model X might be worth considering if you’re looking to buy a new car, but it’s not without its problems. For one thing, the falcon-wing doors are very large and may cause problems in narrow parking spaces. It also comes with a price tag that puts it out of reach for many people. Still, if you can afford a monthly all-inclusive subscription (instead of a car lease) and want something different from the crowd then this could very well be your next ride!
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