Unusually for an electric car, the Model X can be fitted with a tow bar, and while it’s not going to be able to wade across a swamp, it does have all-wheel-drive to help keep you moving on slippery road surfaces.
But perhaps the most impressive part of the Model X is the ferocious performance. If the mood takes you, the Performance version (with an amusingly-named Ludicrous mode) will leave Ferraris and Lamborghinis trailing in its wake – in a straight line at least. The Model X’s twin motors produce 795bhp – that’s two and a half times as much as the most powerful Land Rover Discovery.
There’s a less-muscular, cheaper Longer Range version if that seems a little excessive, but even that has 560bhp – more than an AMG Mercedes GLE.
If all that power in an SUV seems a little inadvisable, there is little need to worry. The Model X has been judged as one of the safest cars on the road, with a technology package which makes crashes less likely in the first place. Having the heavy battery pack low down in the car makes it more stable than a ‘normal’ SUV, cameras and radar detect any possible threats and the structure around the passengers is immensely strong too.
All of those sensors also give the Model X the ability to drive itself in certain situations, such as on motorways and A-roads. If you tick a box for the expensive full Self Drive function, it will also be able to park itself, navigate on and off motorways and bring itself to you in a car park with no driver. You’ll have to wait for it to be allowed in this country though; its expected within a few months.
Like all of the Tesla software updates, you won’t need to visit a dealer to get your car upgraded. Instead it is constantly receiving data over the airwaves, bringing you everything from more performance to a light and sound show at Christmas.
There is one downside to all this though, and that’s the price. Tesla’s strange strategy means the cost of a Model X fluctuates all of the time, but it’s never cheap. Add a few options and even the least-expensive model is going to be close to £100,000.