Why did you reserve a Model X?

Why did you reserve a Model X?

I just put down a deposit, and it may be helpful for others to understand why. I'd like to start a thread for reservation holders to chime in on what features sold them.

We are currently driving a three series BMW, which was bought new and is now almost 10 years old. My wife and I have one boy, and identical twins on the way and as a result have test driven a number of vehicles that would allow three car seats in the second row. These types of vehicles are quite limited, even within the minivan market, and others are simply enormous (Yukon). It is expected the Model X will be able to fit three car seats. The falcon doors give us a ridiculous amount of headroom to better be able to strap in the middle car seat. The amount of STUFF one needs to bring along with just one child is high, with three I feel like we need a trailer. The larger cargo area will come in handy. It is a highly functional and useful design for our lifestyle.

My test-drive with the roadster was amazing. Driving purely electric is a completely different and preferable driving experience for me. I feel the same amount of driving passion as I did the first time I sat in an M3. Never having to breathe in gasoline fumes at a gas station and being able to juice-up (am I the first person to say juice-up instead of tank-up?) from home are obvious and often repeated benefits as well. Lots of other reasons but the ones I listed were the major ones. I intend to keep this car at least as long as the BMW.

Why did you reserve?

Volker.Berlin | October 12, 2012

I did not reserve a Model X so I cannot comment on this one, but maybe you want to take some inspiration from similar threads that refer to the Model S. I'm pretty sure many of the reasons are the same:

philiparnason | October 12, 2012

Ah yes thanks, that seems to be getting a lot more attention since the S is actually in production. The S is a great car, but I think the X and S target different demographics. I would never have considered an SUV before the X came along.

Fruher aus Altdorf, Deutschland | October 12, 2012

I reserved a Model X because I wanted more cargo space, and when I drive, I enjoy sitting up higher.


BarryInBoulder | October 12, 2012

I was going to reserve an S, but then the X came along. I live in Colorado, and there are occasionally weeks in the winter when you either have to huddle indoors, or break out the 4-wheel drive and go have some fun. The X got that. I need the 85 kWh battery to make it to the ski areas and back, and the performance version to shore up my fading manhood as middle age approaches. The X allows 4 passengers in total comfort, or six if they don't mind a little crowding. You can cart a serious amount of crap around if you need to. I am also assuming that they will come up with a good solution for a roof rack. In short, once the SuperCharging network is up, I can get the X, and pretty much never need another vehicle.

Brian H | October 12, 2012

Excellent thread! Keep 'em coming.
How many specifically want the Dual Motors?

earthling | October 13, 2012

I live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. I have always had four-wheel drive vehicles, so when the Model X was announced, it was a no brainer for me. There is nothing like driving past all the cars that are pulled over just to chain up when I go driving in the snow.

Cheers! =)

adiggs | October 13, 2012

I currently drive a Honda CRX, or as I like to think of it, a 2 person station wagon. Little bitty car, but with a huge amount of cargo space.

I see the X as similar to my CRX, but on steroids (in the very bestest ways). A key determinant in whether I actually conclude the purchase will be whether I can fold or remove the rear seats, and turn the middle and back of the X into one big flat cargo area. In that configuration, the X becomes a bigger better CRX for me.

In the extreme case, I hope to put an air mattress in the back of the X and do some road trips / camping; 2 person camper / RV!

More comfortable, more efficient, better acceleration, much much more cargo space, handles well, (and more)... The only compromise is that the X will fill out a parking spot more completely than the CRX :)

And AWD, not because I actually need it now, but because I keep cars for a long time (the CRX is at 21 years now), and I don't want today's car choice to limit where I live in the future (snow, hills, those sorts of considerations).

Oh - and switching to electric plus installing a solar array at home, and I can be net-positive for the energy needed for my transportation. I probably won't be able to achieve full independence from the existing energy generation systems, but I can make a good effort. That's good for the planet.

And besides, in the event of the zombie apocalypse, what other car (plus solar array back home), could possibly be better?

X Sig #184

Brian H | October 13, 2012

But when you become a zombie, will you still be able to drive?

adiggs | October 13, 2012

Probably not. Clearly, the preparations are only helpful if I'm one of the ones that is fending off the zombies :)

pgeerlofs | October 29, 2012

Just reserved an X. We currently own and adore a 1012 Leaf. I'm totally sold on electric, but want more range, and want a bit of luxury plus the higher perspective of the BMWX5 I traded in on the Leaf :)

We decided to go for the Signature, in part because we had some cash earning nothing in interest, and thought it might as well sit at Tesla helping them out. This feels like voting for Tesla with my feet. I really want this company and electric cars to succeed. It's a little like angel investing, only with a really cool car at the end.

X Sig #205

the bonnie | October 30, 2012

Because my three large dogs don't fit in my Roadster :).

X Sig #2

Brian H | October 31, 2012

Much cheaper to trade them in on lap dogs and a wicker basket!

Femi | November 1, 2012

My wife and I both ordered Model X vehicles. First, we want very much for Tesla to succeed in their goal to move the world towards electric cars. We support this for all the reasons everyone here knows well (eliminate dependence on oil, opportunity to use renewable energy in solar, etc.) We also like to sit up high and having the room is wonderful. Finally, the anticipated performance is exciting.

We had ordered the Model S before we knew what all the available options would be. Unfortunately, all wheel drive is a must for us (we live at the top of a very steep hill, impossible to navigate in the winter without all wheel drive ) and so we will take delivery on the Model X and forgo the Model S. If in the future they make an all wheel drive option available for the Model S we might seriously entertain it in addition.

Brian H | November 2, 2012

Don't be so sure. I guess it would be hard to get a test drive on your hill in winter, but Tesla traction control and the very precise powerful drive train (plus winter tires) can work miracles, even with RWD.

RDoc | November 4, 2012

We got the X rather than the X because we do a fair bit of multiple hour drives with friends and think the upright seating will be more comfortable for the middle seat passengers.

I'm hoping they will offer a luxury middle seat option.

RDoc | November 4, 2012

I meant to say we got the X rather than the S ...

It would be nice to have an edit feature in this forum!

Femi | November 5, 2012

Brian H;
You are right that the best way to know if the Model S would make it up our hill in the winter is to try it. We surmised that it wouldn't work because no RWD vehicle has made it up our hill in the ice and snow (even the ones with traction control)!Everyone up here owns a 4 wheel or AWD vehicle.

It was very painful to cancel my Model S order, but I will make up for that dreadful feeling with the exhilaration I expect to feel when I take delivery of my Model X in 2014. I just have to be patient!

shiffty | November 5, 2012

I thought the model s looked great, but have 4 kids and frequently transport more. I love the idea of getting away from ICE both from a cost of ownership standpoint and for the future of my kids. I have a 50 mile daily R/T commute on both suburban streets and highways - perfect for regen and efficient battery use. Last, my oldest will turn 16 in February 2014 so can inherit my 2006 Highlander Hybrid. It should be nicely broken in by then at about 125k miles. Plus, once the kids saw the falcon wings they insisted I reserve one. If I can keep the family happy and get an awesome new car to boot, I think I'm doing pretty well.

Timo | November 5, 2012

Reports I have heard about Roadster in ice have been rather impressive. I saw a video of one with Roadster and Subaru taking same short road trip and Roadster could keep up the same pace with Subaru in road that was almost too much for most 4WD vehicles. Electric motor torque/traction control is from different world compared to ICE TC.

Considering that Roadster didn't have studded tires and you can get studded tires for Model S, I would be quite surprised if it can't climb that hill. Snow might be bigger problem than ice (enough loose snow and front tires work like snow plower if they have no drive).

ar | November 12, 2012

My main reason for reserving the Model X is to have the possibility to fit 7 grown up people in it. Most of the time though it will only be me, my wife and 2 kids, but then with plenty of room for other luggage and things. It just feels more convenient than the Model S as a family car. 4 wheel drive will also be good to have during the winter months.

I also prefered to have all the little mini problems solved over the Model S and since Model X is built on the same platform probably wont be there.

Brian H | November 12, 2012

Yes, I think many have the same thoughts. But note that the S also will be refining and evolving over the next year or two. New "variants" and options to be announced next year (Q1?).

ar | November 13, 2012

Brian, I totally agree. One part of me would love to switch my order to a Model S, it is really a beautiful car! If the money was there tomorrow, I wouldn't blink before I put down an order. But one Tesla will have to be enough for now, and it is the Model X that would fit me the best.

Brian H | November 13, 2012

What about the upcoming (?) S-pick-up or van?
Less comfortable for your passengers, of course ...

vogel.peter | November 23, 2012

I reserved the X rather than the S because I need more cargo space for my RC planes and I love the idea of being able to travel to competitions around the state for, effectively, free in an electric vehicle. All my planes are electric, so having an electric car is an obvious choice for me :-) I'll sell my Prius V when the X becomes available. Still considering an upgrade to the signature, I like the reasoning someone else mentioned of 40K sitting in a savings account earning essentially nothing, putting it to work @Tesla seems like a good choice...


Brian H | November 24, 2012

Yes, interesting; in effect, the negligible savings rate, which starves standard investment pools of capital, at the same time encourages alternate uses of the money.

phb | November 30, 2012

I made a Model X reservation because my wife needs to be able to drive around our two kids and because we're planning on a third. Her current vehicle, a Land Rover LR3 has a third row of seats that is inaccessible if there are child seats in the middle row and it also uses a ton of premium gas. We'll be getting the AWD model because we enjoy skiing and need something to take us from home in Eugene, OR to Bend, OR (Sunriver). Needless to say, we'll be getting the big battery pack.

Oh, and I'm worried that my wife is going to take my Model S once it gets here.

Benz | January 29, 2013

@Brian H
Regarding your post on 12 november 2012: New "variants" and options to be announced next year (Q1?).

Can you already tell us any news yet about this?

anton.arnesen | January 29, 2013

First and last give-away from the tax-thristy Norwegian government ever.

No cartax (normally based on HP,weight, emission etc.)
No VAT (25% on top of the sales price pluss car tax)

This in addition to all the benefits that come along with the Tesla X.

Benz | January 29, 2013

No VAT? That's great.
That means that a Tesla Model X is less expensive than for somebody who lives in The Netherlands?

Brian H | January 29, 2013

The variants idea is from early Model S days, and Elon has indicated that upgrades and variants will be revealed this quarter. But all that "news" is being saved for the shareholders' call, I think.

mvbf | February 1, 2013

I have been on what now feels like a quest to get a fuel efficient AWD vehicle for over 10 years. My best stab at it was to buy one of the first Highlander Hybrids in 2006 which I still have. One of the features I like best and worst about the vehicle is the third row seat. I use it about 1 out of every 9 days which is plenty to justify it. However it is difficult to get in. Add to that the AWD is all that good, the mpg are not all that good, and the handling is pretty bad as are almost all high center of gravity vehicles and you could say I feel luke warm about the vehicle. However, without going for a gas guzzler or something that does even worse in the snow and road ruts there has been nothing to replace it. The Model X solves all my problems. It blows away every other car I have had or considered for my needs. My two hopes when it comes out is that it has reasonable ground clearance at speed and they do not raise the price so much that I can not afford a duel motor version. Oh yeah, and I wouldn't mind an option for sliding doors at all. I would pay extra for them!

NorwegianX | February 1, 2013

anton.arnesen | 29. Januar 2013

First and last give-away from the tax-thristy Norwegian government ever.

No cartax (normally based on HP,weight, emission etc.)
No VAT (25% on top of the sales price pluss car tax)

This in addition to all the benefits that come along with the Tesla X.

For all other than Norwegians, this is impossible to understand.

Here is an example of an similar diesel car:

Sale price $120.000,-
VAT (25%) $30.000,-
Car tax based on HP, weight, CO, NOx etc -> $133.000,-
Totals -> $283.000,-

EV are without VAT & tax for a limited period as an incentive.
Politically agreed to last until 2017, but I think it will end before. It is too good to be true…

Benz | February 2, 2013

Wow, that is a lot of money. All Norwegian people should make a reservation for a Model S/X as soon as possible. As it will be too expensive later on.

STEVEZ | February 4, 2013

I love my S and will probably keep it, but the AWD X solves my snow-day issues: the S is not nearly the secure winter driver that my Acura RDX has been. If Tesla announces an AWD version of the S before I finalize my order for the X, I may go with that, instead. Either way, I get to say goodbye to the RDX.

Benz | February 4, 2013

Another reason to say goodbye to your Acura RDX is that it is not an EV.

alexander | March 9, 2013

I wanted first to buy the S but our "kids" 15 and 19 years do not fit comfortably in the rear seats. The X will hopefully have more space in the second row. Since I live in Norway I hope Tesla will make the falcon doors optional so that snow on the roof and ski rack mounting are no issues. If Tesla add a trailer hook on the X the car will be perfect for an active outdoor oriented lifestyle. The deposit is for me a ticket in the Line for a next gen. Car. If Tesla delay the X launch in Europe until mid 2015 i will at some point most probably reclaim the deposit and buy something else

ian | March 9, 2013

Go ahead and buy something else then as it has indeed been pushed back to 2015. US production might happen in late 2014. We'll see about that though, I'm not confident.

Biricon | March 10, 2013

After in Austria we have a Tesla Company and a service point i will reserve one. Before its not the best idea to buy a car without availible service. Without a Supercharger its not possible for me and my driving style to drive to the next one in germany and if the car does not drive anymore noone will help me now . . . so its time for wait....

Bubba2000 | June 6, 2013

Reserved a SigX. I think it will be much better than the Model S:
1. Sitting straight and higher is comfortable, improved visibility.
2. Passenger capacity of 7 adults is important when I have guests.
3. Larger luggage capacity is necessary with kids. Got to take 4+ suitcases, large ice cooler, bikes, etc.
4. AWD is important here with wet slippery roads
5. Electric doors is important for kids. Otherwise, they do not shut them, or is shut partially. Drive by the school and just open the door with a button, drop the kid, and close the door, without getting out. Easy to get it or out, unlike a regular SUV.

I had reservations about range even with the 85 KW-hr battery. However, with the Supercharger network will be deployed by the time I get the Model X. Would pay for a larger battery. Always helps.

Biricon | June 6, 2013

The Model X has more cargo space, without the last 2 rows, you can transport every equipment, that i need in my business. For example to deliver a rack-enclosures to my customers. In my Toyota Avensis its no big Problem to put it in, the back door is open hole the time, but the point is, i must be able to deliver it. In the Model S there is no way. The loading size have to be 29.8" (756mm) x 47.2" (1200mm) x 89.5" (2273mm), 351 lbs (159 kg) and if the back door must be open, this is no problem for me. In case of this kind of heavy size i deliver in not more then 30km.

Before i make my final order, i will check this loading space and the removable back seats. Without that i have to chancel by reservation.

perditac | July 2, 2013

1)I will be trading in my minivan
2)the pending demise of the gas auto will be obvious to everyone in the USA by the end of 2014 when supercharging stations will cover 98% of the country.
3)I live in the state of texas and not everyone here likes big oil and dumb politics

rdalcanto | July 3, 2013

Need an AWD SUV to replace the dying Suburban, and after going electric with a Model S, there is no other choice....

AlMc | July 5, 2013

+1 Rdalcanto, just replacing a different gas guzzling SUV

jdb | July 18, 2013

I ordered Model X soon after received our Signature Model S last year. My wife and I alternate driving the Model S (whichever of us drives further that day gets the Model S), so with Model X she can drive Model S and the Dual Motor AWD vehicle will be mine.

Tesla Monster | July 18, 2013

Reserved my model X, I want a big SUV / Crossover type vehicle with space,comfort, speed and cool factor.

earlyretirement | September 21, 2013

I haven't yet reserved the Model X. Call me crazy but I actually need to test drive a car and see it in person before I buy it.

I know it will be fabulous but when I haven't seen it and I don't know how much it is, I'll wait to see those things.

But I definitely plan to replace my Audi Q7 TDI that we have with the Model X.

cloroxbb | September 21, 2013

I would "reserve" it, just to save a spot in the production line, and then when its available to see and test drive, make the decision to continue with the purchase process, or ask for my money back. If you have $5000 (or $40,000, or whatever it is), to keep tied up for over a year.

That is what I am probably going to do tbh. Only the $5000 line though.

earlyretirement | September 21, 2013

Now you can call me crazy! LOL.

NEVER in my life did I ever think I'd reserve/order a car without test driving it! Well, I guess there is a first time for everything.

Just put down my deposit for the X. Reservation # 5,874.

In speaking to a few friends that DID see the car in person they raved about it. Almost all of them said that they didn't think they would like it or want to like it they did. And some said they liked it more than their S!

I totally am in love with the drive experience of the S. The X will be for my wife as we have an Audi Q7 TDI that we really have enjoyed and it's been trouble free. But as Elon mentioned in his presentation when he presented the X, there is almost no space in the rear when you have the third row up. The 3rd row does fit our young kids ok but it leaves NO room in the back.

Elon pretty much nailed it when he said there is no room in the back with the 3rd row. I also believe if I'm not mistaken Elon also owns a Q7 like I do so he speaks from experience as well.

I hope some things are optional. For example, I'd rather not have the falcon wing doors. Yeah, they are cool but for an SUV, we use the optional roof rack when we go up to Lake Tahoe. It seems like a shame to make it so you can't use optional roof racks when you go up in the mountains for skis, etc. If you use the third row there won't be room for skis, etc. So hopefully they make that optional.

I also believe that Tesla will learn a thing or two based on complaints from the Model S. They REALLY need to add in these things standard:

- Center Console
- REAL cup holders (and not an afterthought) for the 2nd and 3rd row passengers
- Lighted vanity mirrors
- Grab handles in the front and back for passengers to get in and out and dry cleaning, etc.
- More storage via the side doors which is wasted space

I'd have to believe they will drastically improve some of these things and learn things from complaints/problems in the S.

Brian H | September 21, 2013

TM engineers have leaked that they have a secret brilliant innovation to cope with skiis.

earlyretirement | September 21, 2013

@ Brian.

Oh great! I haven't followed any of these threads on Model X to be honest. I'll start now. Wow it will be painful waiting until 2015 which sounds like realistically when these will come out.

But that's GREAT news about the roof rack. That was one of the only big negatives for the SUV I could think of. If they can solve that (plus add in some more range on the battery) that would be fantastic!