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Tesla Model X is “Flawed” and “Largely Disappoints”: Consumer Reports

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Tesla Motors Inc Model X – the much celebrated SUV – is a ‘fast and flawed’ vehicle, as per a report in Consumer Reports magazine. The report noted that the all-wheel-drive Model X 90D has several features that “largely disappoint” such as rear doors that pause and stop often, and second–row seats that cannot be folded. Also, the SUV has much less cargo space than required, as per the magazine.

A Bumpy Ride For Tesla?

Consumer Report said the panoramic, helicopter like windshield could also not win hearts of the consumers. Consumer Reports mentions that the glass is not tinted enough to prevent the brightness of a sunny day. Further, the price of $110,000 is not justified as the car offers a ride ‘too firm’ and ‘choppy.’

“But beyond the brag-worthy magic, the all-wheel-drive Model X 90D largely disappoints,” the magazine said.

On the positive side, the Consumer Reports said the Model X is not short of exciting features such as “warp speed thrust” hitting 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds, and its 90-kWh battery can cover around 230 miles of range when “driven sedately.”

It’s the same Consumer Reports magazine that assigned the Model S sedan an off the chart rating of 103 out of 100. Back in August 2015, the magazine said that it modified the way in which the scoring is done in order to reflect the car’s stellar performance. However, two months later, Tesla Motors Inc was at the receiving end, when the magazine stated that Model S is too unreliable to get magazine’s approval.

Will it impact sales?

Though Consumer Reports has given negative reviews to the Model X, there are good chances that it may affect Tesla’s popularity much. Back in October 2015, the magazine in its rather shocking report questioned various features such as drive train, charging and power equipment, the LED control screen and even the sunroof of the Model S after surveying 1,400 respondents.

Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Model X
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But, this didn’t stop the automaker to beat its quarterly sales targets for the Model S. However, some analysts are already sighting the report as a hard-hitting one that can affect the sales of Tesla, and in turn, prevent the company from achieving a target of 80,000-90,000 vehicles.

Model X – a popular Tesla vehicle

Tesla Motors Inc Model X production numbers are on rise, and the vehicle is on the list of luxury vehicle segment. In the last month, the Model X captured 6% of the US large SUV market, and number was number 8 in the large luxury SUV market, outperforming Porsche’s Macan and Cayenne, the Land Rover R-R Sport and the Infiniti’s QX80, notes Teslarati.

It must be noted that the Model X owners have witnessed around 92% drop in the reliability concerns after the car maker made available various over-the-air updates to address the faulty doors. The vehicle was recently awarded the ‘Golden Steering Wheel’ for the best SUV.

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Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both marketing and Finance side. He has work as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, playing PC games and cricket.