Tesla Model Sw is the original cool electric car, characterized by a sleek and stylish design and capable of huge speeds. But there is another premium car in Tesla’s lineup that is also very fast and also offers a lot more space. The Tesla Model X has the same design aesthetic as other Tesla cars, as well as a heavy-duty electric motor and some other features that you won’t find in any other Tesla car.
But that doesn’t mean it’s better than the Model S. In fact, it’s not – they’re just different. But which is the better option for your needs? Let’s take a look at these two cars and what makes them different – or the same.
Perhaps the most noticeable difference between these two cars is their design. The Model S is a more compact sedan, while the Model X is positioned as an SUV (though perhaps more of a crossover). Regardless of the marketing, however, the Model X is, in fact, much larger than the Model S.
Nevertheless, they do have similarities. Both cars share a similar overall design approach, meaning they exemplify Tesla’s minimalist design language that is common across all of its vehicles. Both cars have relatively thin headlights both front and rear, as well as a glass roof that allows the driver to easily see the top of the car. Both cars look quite nice, even though their design is getting a bit old.
However, the Model X has some other design touches as well. For example, the Model X’s rear doors are what’s known as “gull wings,” meaning they open upward instead of outward. This makes the aperture much larger, which means more room to get in and out of the car, as well as to install child seats. Besides, it just looks cool.
Despite the cool features, the Model X doesn’t necessarily offer a radically different design than the Model S. There’s a tie here.
Interior and Technology.
The cars’ interior designs are also fairly similar – except for obvious differences, such as the extra space in the Model X. The minimalist approach is maintained inside the cars as well, with sleek dashboard lines and an almost complete lack of physical controls like climate control and multimedia playback. Both cars can be equipped with a traditional steering wheel or steering yoke.
As you would expect from Tesla, the car is very technologically advanced. As mentioned, most of the car’s controls are built into the infotainment system, including things like air conditioning. Some feel that a sleeker dashboard is worth the cost of having these controls built into the software, while others prefer to be able to turn a knob to control the infotainment system. Tesla’s built-in maps, media controls, and even apps like Netflix can be accessed through the infotainment system (while the car is charging, of course). Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not offered in these cars, so Tesla’s own software will have to be used.
Both cars offer access to Tesla’s autonomous technology, though you’ll have to pay for basic features like lane alignment and adaptive cruise control. The price for these features is the same for both cars.
Both cars have a very similar approach to interior and technology, so that’s another draw.
Electric cars in general benefit from instantaneous response times, and the Model S and Model X are among the best electric cars to date.
At the time of writing, the Model X was available in two variants – the standard Model X and the Model X Plaid. The standard Model X with two motors and all-wheel drive accelerates to 60 mph in an impressive 3.8 seconds. The three-engine Model X Plaid, on the other hand, gets to 60 mph in an incredible 2.5 seconds. That’s very fast.
But not as fast as the fastest Model S. The Model S also comes standard and the Model S Plaid, with two or three engines, respectively. The standard Model S accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, while the Model S Plaid accelerates in 1.99 seconds. By that metric, it’s literally the fastest production car to date.
Range and charging.
Tesla doesn’t boast the longest range among electric cars – that title currently belongs to the Lucid Air. But overall, its cars are at the top of the list of electric cars with the best range. The Model X has a range of 348 miles for the standard Model X or 333 for the Model X Plaid.
But, again, the Model S bumps that figure up a bit. The Model S Plaid has a 396-mile range, which is excellent, but the base Model S has an even better 405-mile range. Again, this is one of the longest-lasting electric cars.
Both cars can charge at up to 250 kW, which is pretty fast – though not as fast as cars like the Kia EV6 or Hyundai Ioniq 5. You’ll be able to charge the Model S and Model X in about 30 minutes on a Supercharger that supports a 250 kW charging rate.
Price and availability.
Both the Tesla Model S and Model X are available right now, so you can get one for yourself if you want. Admittedly, their prices are slightly different.
The Model S starts at $71,090 for the standard Model S or the more expensive $86,090 for the Model S Plaid. The base Model X is slightly more expensive than the base Model S at $76,090, but the Model X Plaid costs the same as the Model S Plaid at $86,090. So if you’re willing to shell out the money for the super-fast Plaid, you’ll have to choose between the extra space and higher speed, but not the different price.
Still, since the base Model S costs less, it gets the win.
Overall winner: the Tesla Model S.
The Tesla Model S is faster and cheaper than the Model X, but that doesn’t mean it should be chosen over the Model X. I recommend going based on what size car you need, not things like speed. At the end of the day, both cars are still very fast. If you need a little more space – for example, if you have a family – then you should probably choose the Model X over the Model S. But if you don’t need a lot of space and can save a little money, the Tesla Model S might be a better option.