Model X looks like crap

Model X looks like crap

The S looks great, the X- not so much. They should scrap the X and come out with the third gen. The Honda Fit EV is way more practical than another expensive tesla.

Alex K | January 23, 2013

@SMahindra21 | JANUARY 23, 2013: The S looks great, the X- not so much.

I don't know how you got "crap" from determining it doesn't look as good as the Model S. I think part of the problem is the color choice they had at the Detroit auto show. The black nose cone really stands out on a white car. Also, the Model X is bulbulous in comparison to the Model S, which makes it look like they inflated a Model S. The advantage of the Model X over the S is that it will be available with AWD, have seating for 7, higher driving position and more storage.

David70 | January 23, 2013


They need to wait until battery and production costs get low enough to do the Gen III.

Brian H | January 23, 2013

Expect a flurry of variations on the 'S', and maybe a few on the 'X'. From pickup or van to cabriolet to ...

Brian H | January 23, 2013

Could be that "making room" for such variants is partly behind the TM push to drive down the outstanding reservation list ...

SMahindra21 | January 23, 2013

Who really need falcon wing doors. also the touch screen looks out of place. We need more models to choose from. The X should have a longer wheel base and better options. I say scrap the doors and make it a bit longer and add dynamic cruise, heated and cool seat w/ massage, etc. I mean there are more things they can do. Lastly change the shape; it looks weird. I cant wait for gen III or other companies to come out with a more practical car. Either way my next car will be electric, i just hate waiting.

Timo | January 23, 2013

@SMahindra21, you should search for videos about the X, it looks a lot better with people moving next to it than what it does in pictures, it gives you better perspective of what it really is.

You want to make X bigger and same time talk about GenIII being more practical? FYI GenIII platform is smaller than Model S platform. There is plenty of room in X, there is already huge amount of space in Model S, and X is bigger.

IMO falcon doors are cool. Not practical for everyone, but for most.

Brian H | January 24, 2013

And when they motorize the middle joint, the X can fly. Honest.

MCB | February 6, 2013

Gents, Even if the falcon wing doors were to be cancelled in the future, the X is just amazing to look at and a must-have car!! 4WD or AWD is an interesting discussion, but not essential to the end user. The design of this car is a tease for designers around the world!! The car is beautiful!! The dash, is much nicer than ever seen before. ** Elon, Please keep the dash of the launch vehicle exactly the way it looks this time, then i`l make a reservation, even if you decide to drop the fog lights to the bottom of the front bumper. The changes made to the S made me want to wait for the X instead. The X is a beauty and hope to be my next car in Norway for 2014/15. I was seriously considering the BMW 5 series Gran Turismo for 2014 (coming from a 2004 BMW 5 series), but now i`l wait for the "real thing"!!! = Model X!! PS. Norwegian government has "frozen" the EV privileges to customers (No VAT, No BHP/weight taxes etc) only to jan 2017, so please please please have it ready before then. :)

Benz | February 6, 2013

Till December 2012 I would have made a reservation for the Tesla Model S. But I didn't, and I am glad I didn't, because the Tesla Model X is more practical to use, 7 adults can sit in it. And the seats are located higher from the ground (than the Tesla Model S). More space inside the car. And it will have the AWD option as well. But only those Falcon Wing doors is what I am thinking about. Will they be causing practical problems (or not)? Will there be safety issue's? I don't know, I need to know more about that. Only then I shall make a reservation for a Tesla Model X.

MCB | February 6, 2013

First thing, please change the title of this thread to "MODEL X LOOKS AMAZING" :)
I agree with you! The car is more practical, and it gives you the SUV feeling like BMW X5 or high-end luxury SUV on the market. I honestly believe the falcon wing doors will not be approved in Europe, due to accidents resulting in cars flipping over. The doors could then jam, and trap second & third row passengers. A 45 degree sliding door option would be interesting to see though ;). If the current design and its promised performance continues to production issues, i will get it no matter what, even if the car is AWD/ 4WD or even 2WD!! Driving in Norway, heavy snow and bad weather/strong winds, we are not relying on 4WD cars, even if we are going up mountains every weekend. Rear wheel drive and a good balanced traction control does the trick! If your stuck on a hill, use a metalgrip ;) Front wheel drive steals grip from the front wheels, resulting in understeer in corners. Rear wheel provides you with a better option, comfortable oversteer, as long as you are not too heavy on the throttle ;) The X proofs that the EV revolutions has no limits, in regards to size and comfort. But, the real selling point to me, is the design.

Benz | February 6, 2013


"MODEL X LOOKS AMAZING", sounds great to me too.

But I am more interested in your next quote: "I honestly believe the falcon wing doors will not be approved in Europe, due to accidents resulting in cars flipping over."

That would mean that Tesla Motors shall have to design a Model X without the Falcon Wing doors!!! Is that correct?

Brian H | February 6, 2013

The top hinge of the doors releases after an accident, and the doors just fall away. Groan.

Benz | February 6, 2013

Well, it seems that the Tesla Engineers had already thought about that. Good to know this, I feel more comfortable about the Tesla Model X. That means that the people will not get stuck in the car (after an accident), they can easily get out of the car. Good thinking. And very important. Tesla Motors should tell everybody about this feature. I think this is a great selling point. And I think that the people who are anxious about the Falcon Wing doors, will surely get less anxious about it.

MCB | February 10, 2013

For me too, thats good news. The doors look great! In all cars, a safety/break-away hammer is always an option when breaking through windows in a emergency situation. There is a possibility that i might not wait that long for the X, and get the S first. My trusty old BMW sedan will be ok for 1 more year. We are expecting second child in 4 months and could use the extra space on the road.... If tesla announce Europe deliveries soon, i will be able to finalize my choice. Thanks for input.

Pong.c.Chang | April 5, 2013

I really wanted to like the model X. I have always been a fan of specialized high powered SUV's since they satisfy my crave HP/uniqueness as well as the family's need for practicality. I just cannot get past how much of the design cues look like a honda civic though which is a big turn off for me. (especially the tail lights). Guess I'll have to wait a few more years before I upgrade.

Objective1 | April 5, 2013

Having seen the Model S in the wild now, I was shocked at how low and bulbously wide it looks to me, at least from behind.

This gives me hope that the taller Model X will actually look more like I imagined the Model S to look like. Which would mean the most Aston-Martin-ish minivan in the world.

gibbs | April 7, 2013

If the Model X is ugly, then what would be considered a good looking SUV?

Roamer@AZ USA | April 9, 2013

I love the look and am excited to try the falcon wing doors.

Next model release should be a short bed crew cab pick up truck model with 4 wheel drive and a 100 kw battery pack.

I have one S and two Xs on order to replace my two Nissan Leaf's. The Leafs get handed down to the kids. With solar on all our Arizona houses, that makes more electricity than we use, these will run at 3.6 cents per kWH. That's the current utility buy back rate.

carlgo | June 3, 2013

It has the Emergency Turtle Flip Technology (EFT). The doors on one side are forced open quickly, thus flipping the car right side up. It keeps doing this until it is successful, or it runs out of power.

Brian H | June 4, 2013

Just make sure your seat belt is fastened during ETFT operation.

K123b | March 22, 2016

After waiting one year and a deposit later... I'm Disappointed with the X's appearance in comparison with the model S. The body of the X could have more lines in its design; meanwhile, the inside console looks inexpensive for an expensive vehicle. The appointments, leather and stitching could be more detailed. I'd love to be on Elon's design team to revamp this well equipped machine, we'd sell more cars! However, as a consumer I want a "good looking" vehicle, hands down the S leads that category; while the X could be compared to a Honda CrV, translation...boring.
i really wanted to like the X.

pvetesla | March 22, 2016

As much as I think the title is just trolling for reactions....I will admit my wife and I were concerned with the look so we waited to confirm our order.

Once you see it in person, and especially drive the X, I promise you will have a different opinion.

Pictures just don't do the X justice.

rossRallen | March 22, 2016

@SMah... - I like the looks of the X and everything about it. That's why I bought it.

Who cares what you don't like? This is a forum for enthusiasts, not complainers and naysayers. No one is going to do anything about what you don't like.

Be Happy - Buy a KIA.

carlk | March 22, 2016

I saw X for the first time last Friday at the Fremont customer delivery center. I agree the car looks much nicer in person than in pictures. It's a beautiful SUV for sure.

If anyone hasn't noticed it yet it's a three year old thread and op wasn't talking about current X.

Triggerplz | March 22, 2016

Vperi where you at? I think we need a few complaint forms passed out here

Red Sage ca us | March 22, 2016

K123b: Ah. The old 'crafted' versus 'engineered' argument again, eh? The expense of a Model X is in its drivetrain. I'm sure a lot more is spent on the crafted interior of a Cayenne Turbo S, which cost $15,000 more. The presumption is that if someone wants to spend $157,300 for the base Cayenne Turbo S then they must believe they are getting something for the value of their money, other than the ability to look at the tail lights of a Model X in a 1/4 mile run.

eric.zucker | March 23, 2016

I really like the X too, especially now that I've seen in in person. Agree the pictures don't do it justice. The new front is just brilliant, I never was a fan of the S's nosecone. The inside is really nice, nothing excessive, elegant and classy. I hope the materials will stand the test of time. Certainly survived well the crowds of Geneva Motor show for nearly two weeks of abuse.

EU Sig P90DL confirmed order. DS assigned. Still waiting for my VIN. Checking every hour.

sra | March 23, 2016

I saw the blue X from the Geneva show in Oslo yesterday. An amasing car. Look forward to get mine in June/July after confirming order at the beginning of Marts. I have had contact with my DS, and hope for my VIN ASAP.

thomas | March 23, 2016

@Svein Same here. Confirmed order. What did (Christine?) say about delivery?

darlin | March 23, 2016

The X looks so much better than the S. That nose cone on the S looks cheap, plastic and not needed. IF you think the X looks like crap, don't buy one. Why are you even posting here? This forum is for X owners and soon to be owners. Not bashers with no skin in.

MrBuffer | March 23, 2016

I was not a fan of the X design in the front. But when you see it in person it's somehow gorgeous from every angle. | March 23, 2016

@K123: You must be an archaeologist to have incovered this lame old chestnut of a thread. Nobody cares what anyone else thinks about the looks of a car. Beauty is in the eye... Looks OK to me. I want a Tesla with 7 seats.
That sounds like an X and looks like an X. Wouldn't have it any other way, except maybe with folding second row. But that's another story.:-)). I miss Brian H.

aesculus | March 23, 2016

I think the car has to grow on you. The MS looks great instantly and then the grill starts bothering you. With the MX it's just about the opposite for me. The front looks weird at first but after awhile I suspect I might even find it attractive.

jpboyerva | March 23, 2016

Smahindra21 thanks for sharing your opinion on the Model X. I wish you had offers it before I closed
On my order. I truly appreciate your opinion so much I probably would have changed or dropped
My order if you had posted sooner. If I pass you on the road I hope my crap car doesn't offend you
Too much but if I detect it IS you I will leave you in the dust as rapidly as possible so you will not be offended
For too long. You do have a nice Spring though.

rossRallen | March 23, 2016

Maybe we should start a thread called "{insert name} looks like crap"?

Anyway, this is a zombie thread from 2013 and I will ignore it henceforth. Let it die!

The OP probably never had any skin in the game.

rossRallen | March 23, 2016

Where's @vperl now that we really need him?

ernie | March 24, 2016

@rossRallen...a SECOND one flew over the cuckoo's nest...might be the answer to your rhetorical but interesting question. Please define "need"...well, don't are inviting trouble!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MyXinTx | March 24, 2016

What a waste of a thread...Next!!!

ken | March 24, 2016

In short, I have owned 3 MB's, a Corvette, a couple of Lexus', a Cadillac, and others, the MX is the best looking car of all of them and by far the best to drive, and amazing vehicle and after 1,000+ miles of driving, I wouldn't change much, if anything, with the car. Truly an amazing vehicle!

jeffpoel | March 27, 2016

I guess that all those heads snapping around when I'm driving and all those people running up to me in the parking lot to see my red P90D L with black wheels is all cuz it's so crappy looking. Yep, I knew it. What buyer's remorse I'm feeling.

Triggerplz | March 27, 2016

Everybody slow your roll this was posted in 2013. That being said It actually looked better back then, the seats looked better plus No Shiney seat backs and the seats folded.. I wish I could have bought that model but I'll settle for the current version.

jamesmd | March 27, 2016

I must admit, when the first images of the X came out, I was a bit disappointed but remained interested given the practicality of it. The new front has impressed me since its release. Albeit, not a panty dropper like a Maserati or Lamborghini, it sure appeals to the technophile in me. I still haven't received mine but I've been anticipating this vehicle more so than any of my others (BMWs, Porsche). And although the X doesn't seem to be noticed as much as the S, IMO it still looks better.

Triggerplz | March 27, 2016

@james u right the front end does better now