The Model X’s best bit is also its biggest problem. Those gull-wing doors that turn heads whenever the rear seats are required just don’t work as good as they look.
Apart from findlng the right spot to press on the the rather fiddly, ‘Tesla-shaped’ fob, the doors that fly simply don’t open fast enough. And once you’ve got over the wow factor, it’s annoying.
So much so that I took to piling some shoppping bags in the rear via the front doors. I guess you get used to it but after four days I’m struggling.
Some front seat passengers didn’t ‘get’ the windscreen that reaches far back into the roof. They complained that in bright sunlight, the heavily tinted glass didn’t work well enough. Personally, I love the feeling of space and being able to see the clouds.
I also giggled at being able to burn off a Ferrari from the traffic lights. Although to be fair, being a Ferrari driver, he was probably admiring himself in the vanity mirror.
Still loving the Tesla. If only Elon Musk could build a car we could all afford…
I love a big V8. The sound, the rumble – the drama. If I was buying a car tomorrow that’s what I’d choose – Something seriously meaty that I probably couldn’t afford.
The problem is, the Model X is so much cooler than anything I have driven in a long time. The Lambos, the Porsches, nothing makes me feel smugger than this Tesla.
I’ve just driven back from interviewing explorer Levison Wood in central London. The Tesla is made for this type of urban gig but it’s what the Model X did outside of the capital that impressed me.
Sure, the Range Rover Sport and BMW X5 handle better, the Volvo XC90 T6 hybrid is quite fast too and looks smart but the Model X just raises the bar soooo much higher.
I can’t deny the price is whopping – with a few extras it easy tops £100,000. The gull-wing rear doors aren’t quick enough and I still keep a constant eye on the range calculator.
But this is still a super comfortable, seven-set machine that carries six in total comfort. The enormous iPad-style screen is simple to use and , well, I’ll stop gushing now and try to find one reason why you shouldn’t buy this instead of a Land Rover/BMW/Mercedes…
Fab styling, great interior – the 500X looks a smart buy. Based on the top-selling 500 supermini, it has the pedigree and chic to be a massive hit. Along the same lines as the Mini Countryman but cheaper, the Fiat is available with either two or four-wheel drive. Our 1.6 diesel Cross is near the top of the range at £21,055 but you could opt for the faster 1.4 Multiair or 2.0 diesel version which both cost even more. 0-60mph is dispatched in a modest 10.5 seconds but the economy is an impressive 68.9mpg (combined). A puffed up handbag or a serious crossover car? Join us for a week to find out…