The 2019 Tesla Model X has abundant standard equipment, a sharp, responsive 17-inch touchscreen system, and the unmatched Autopilot suite of driver’s aids and active-safety features. That adds up to 8 points out of 10, and the lack of many choices or options is all that keeps us from adding yet another point. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
The list of options for the Tesla Model X has been streamlined compared to what it was a couple of years ago. In addition to a set of colors, wheels, and a choice of five-, six-, or seven-passenger seating layouts, the biggest choices are perhaps whether to check the boxes for Autopilot and Full Self-Driving.
Both are feature sets that can be chosen when you order the vehicle, or later, albeit at a higher cost. Both include future upgrades and potentially new features as they roll out, provided they’re compatible with present hardware. Autopilot costs $3,000 when bought with the car or $4,000 later. Autopilot is required before opting for Full Self-Driving—and the latter upgrade alone costs $5,000 when bought with the car, or $7,000 later.
Autopilot is fundamentally a driver aid that maintains a set distance and speed for the car while watching for pedestrians. The driver must keep alert and put their hands on the wheel periodically.
Those who’ve opted for Full Self-Driving get “Navigate on Autopilot,” which allows the car to follow ramps on its own or change lanes, either automatically or with driver confirmation. Automatic parking is included, as is a Summon feature that will call your vehicle over to you for a short distance in a parking lot..
Tesla has periodically teased that the Full Self-Driving package will get an expanded set of automated-driving features, although those haven’t arrived.
Prices for Tesla vehicles have fluctuated this year, as well as changes in what’s included in the carmaker’s Autopilot package. Tesla Model X starts at $93,700 and runs up to nearly $145,000 for a Performance model with the $20,000 Ludicrous Mode option.
Although prices have definitely come up from where they used to be, all Model X versions now include heated seats for every passenger, a heated steering wheel, wiper-blade defrosters and nozzle heaters, and Tesla’s HEPA air filtration system.
The nine-speaker 240-watt sound system in the Model X is now XM compatible, and Tesla provides streaming audio options unique to its vehicles, via TuneIn and the vehicle’s built-in data connection. That’s also the basis for periodic over-the-air updates for the vehicle.
Tesla’s Supercharger network is a tremendous asset in the Model X’s appeal and overall usability. It’s integrated with the Model X’s navigation system, and owners can plug in to Superchargers for 30 minutes for up to 170 miles of range. New V3 versions of Supercharger hardware, due later this year, will charge faster.
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