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9 Cars Similar to Tesla Model X

The luxurious and cool Tesla Model X Plaid in 3D illustration in a desert.

Cars Similar to the Tesla Model X

My favorite THREE cars similar to the Rivian R1S are the:

  • 2022 Model S
  • 2022 Jaguar I Pace
  • 2022 Rivian R1S

The Tesla Model X is a high-tech, look-at-me battery electric mid-size luxury crossover that has been in production since 2015. Coming with falcon/seagull-wing rear doors, this almost unconventionally-styled crossover is sedan-smooth from nose to tail. The Model X’s exterior is made unique by a seamless windshield/glass roof that runs from the base of the hood and up and over the front-seat passengers. Giving them a nearly uninterrupted view of what’s ahead and what’s above.

Open the door and you are met by a yoke-style (rectangular) steering wheel and a giant screen on the dashboard. The latter provides touch-sensitive access to most of the Model X’s features.  Modernist both externally and internally, this crossover is a glimpse of greater things to come in our space-age future.

The base Model X is powered by two standard electric motors—one at the front axle and one at the rear—enabling all-wheel-drive capability. In turn, the motors make for a total of 670 horsepower. A three-motor version, the Plaid, comes with a whopping 1020 horsepower.

The Model X’s setup makes it capable of a zero-to-60-mph time of 3.8 seconds. Conversely, the Plaid three-motor high-performance variant can shoot for 0-60 mph in just 2.5 seconds.

The first deliveries of the Model X began in September 2015. After one full year on the market, in 2016, the Model X ranked seventh among the world’s best-selling plug-in cars. For 2022, the standard trim is priced at $122,400, while the plaid is at $140,400.

The Model X’s battery capacity has a claimed 351-mile driving range. Upgrade to the faster Plaid model and your estimated driving range drops to 335 miles. Recharging is, however, quick via one of Tesla’s Superchargers located all across the country. 

The Model X has an EPA size class as an SUV. Its  MPGe ratings earned from the EPA are 109 city, 101 highway, and 105 MPGe combined. 

With a third row of seats, the Model X has a 5-7 seat combination. As such, it is capable of seating up to a maximum of seven passengers-enough room for a family of four and three extended family members. The second row can be ordered with captain’s chairs.

Just how much the Model X can tow is yet to be ascertained.

Electric Vehicles Similar to the Model X

The Model X’s features and specs put it in comparative competition with its key EV rivals of the…

1. 2022 Model S

A Tesla Model S is parked in front of a contemporary structure.

Developed from the full-sized sedan platform of the Tesla Model S, the Model X shares around 30 percent of its content with its stable mate. Both the Model X and Model S are produced in the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. Both come with Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance system, which can be used to control the vehicle on highways and during off-road driving.

Like the Model X, the Model S is also practical. It comes equipped with a large rear cargo area and a secondary front trunk for extra space. However, the Model X weighs about 10 percent more than the Model S.

Almost as externally similar as two peas in a pod, however, although the Model X’s interior is smart, its interior styling isn’t as cohesive as that of the Model S. Like the Model X, the Model S too comes with a unique yoke-style steering wheel and a beastly 1020-hp Plaid performance model. Versatile and spacious, the Model X and Model S are amongst the most practical EVs out there.

With an electric motor dedicated to each of the front and rear axles, the Model S, like the Model X, offers full-time all-wheel drive.  All versions of the Model S have four-wheel drive and have plenty of traction. While standard trim delivers not less than 469hp, the Plaid model boasts a third electric motor that boosts a combined output to deliver 1020 horsepower of supercar-like acceleration.

Given its size and weight, the Model X’s agility does not match that of the Model S sedan. Speed-wise, the Model S, delivers a blistering 2.4-second zero-to-60-mph time and 0 to 60 mph in just 2.1 seconds for the Model S Plaid version.

And how much will you pay? Well, the standard Model S will set you back from, $106, 400 while the Model S Plaid demands around $137,400-$31,000 more. Both are within the price range of the Model X.

The Model S is ahead of the Model X when it comes to long-distance usability. It is a better alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles. While driving range and acceleration performance vary from model to model, the base version’s battery provides up to a 412-mile range while the Plaid model offers up to 390. The base model MPGe ratings are higher than that of the Model X at 121 city and 112 highway—the S can easily be used for long drives.

The 2022 Model S’ trims are generally five-passenger seaters-whereas the X goes up to 7 passengers.

Related: Tesla Model S vs Audi e-tron GT

2. 2022 Jaguar I-Pace

All new Jaguar I-pace in a red orange colorway photographed at Turkey.

Although the Jaguar I-Pace is more SUV in its execution, its dimensions show that there’s not too much difference in footprint between it and the Model X. Similar to the Model X, the I-Pace sits on its stable platform-Jaguar’s D7e platform, which it developed for electric vehicles from its D7 family.

Similarly, the 2022 Jaguar I-Pace is a fascinating all-electric crossover that looks good. At 2,208kg, it’s as, if not heavier than the Tesla. Both cars’ high kerb weights are a result of their big battery packs mounted low down in the chassis between the axles to centralize mass and keep the center of gravity down.

 It has been said that the Jaguar I-Pace “isn’t just a great EV, it’s a brilliant car, full stop.” They could be right. The interior is of a higher quality than the Model X’s. Its materials have a more expensive feel and the build is much more solid. The seats and touchpoints, such as the steering wheel, are simply of better quality. However, it’s not quite as spacious as the Model X.

Both EVs are powered by dual electric motors and All-Wheel-Drive that produce a combined 394 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque. More horsepower than that of the standard Model X. 

When it comes to speed, the I-Pace is not as quick as the Model X, accelerating from 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds-0.6 seconds slower than the X. 

The 2022 I-Pace 400 AWD is now only offered in the previously top-of-the-line HSE trim. It starts at a comparatively cheaper $71,100-less expensive price than the Model X.

Every I-Pace features a 90.0-kWh battery pack that provides an EPA-rated driving range of 253 miles and a real-world range of 213- less than the Model X. The EPA estimates the 2022 I-Pace will do 80 MPGe in the city, 72 MPGe on the highway, and 76 MPGe combined. While those ratings are similar to the e-Tron’s, they’re significantly lower than the Model X’s.

Like the Model X, the I-Pace is a five-seat crossover that also comes with ample passenger space.

3. 2022 Rivian R1S

Electric off-roaders will love the Rivian R1S Adventure, 3D illustration.

The R1S is  Rivian Automotive‘s attempt at getting a share of the so far Tesla-dominated electric car emerging market. It is an all-electric, full-sized off-road SUV and capable of going on and off-road. Like the Model X, it is also a revolutionary electric vehicle designed to be not only environmentally friendly but also an exciting and practical way to get around.

The R1S comes with a 128.9-kWh battery pack and a quad-motor powertrain that makes 835 horsepower.  Like the Model X, it is an all-wheel-drive-every 2022 R1S has an electric motor at each wheel that provides all-wheel drive and remarkable off-road ability.

Releasing 835 horses on tap, the R1S accelerates a little faster than the Model X  to hit 0-60 mph in give or take 3.2 seconds. However, the R1S does not cost as much a premium as the Model X.  It can be yours starting from $91,000-compared to the Model X’s $122,000 plus.

The EPA estimates that the 128.9-kWh pack provides a range of 316 miles and will deliver 73 MPGe city, 65 MPGe highway, and 69 MPGe combined. These stats are not quite as impressive as those of the Model X.

Coming with a third row of seating, like the Model X, the R1S is one of a few three-row EVs that can seat up to seven passengers. This makes them both perfect vehicles for any family that wants to go electric and get around with ease.

Just how much the Model X can tow is yet to be ascertained. However, equipped with all-wheel drive, and an electric motor at each wheel, the  R1S is capable of towing more than 7700 pounds. It has a payload capacity of 1800 pounds.

4. 2022 BMW iX

Front view of a metallic pink BMW iX isolated on a white background.

While the Model X has electric SUVs similar to it, very few of them fall within its price range. However, one that comes close is the BMW iX. Like the Model X, it too comes endowed with a relatively beautiful futuristic frontal facade.

Coming with carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body panels that help save weight, the iX’s cabin is also quite spacious. It has ample modern technological features on display. These include a slick, large curved touchscreen instrument panel and a hexagonal-shaped steering wheel.

Like the Model X, the BMW also offers a large panoramic sunroof featuring electrochromic shading as an option. Power front seats can also be heated and feature integrated speakers for the iX’s stereo system. 

Similar to the Model X, two electric motors also provide full-time all-wheel drive in the BMW ix. Like the Model X, all-wheel drive is standard. Powered by a pair of electric motors that combine to make 516 hp-less than the Model X.

Consequently, when accelerated, the iX sprints to 60 mph at just 4.0 seconds- 0.2 slower than the Model X.

Starting from $84,000, the iX’s xDrive50 is relatively affordable. It is, however, way less than the Model X.

Based on EPA estimates, the iX’s large 105.2-kWh battery pack can offer up to 324 milesa driving range per charge. When equipped with the standard 20-inch wheels, the iX’s ratings are 86 MPGe city and 87 MPGe highway. These figures are far below those of the Model X.

The iX offers seats for five passengers. Seating and off-road capability is one other area the Model X has an advantage over many of its rivals.

Just how much the Model X can tow is yet to be ascertained. However, the BMW IX’s towing capacity ranges from 2100kg to 2500kg.

5. 2022 Rivian R1T (Adventure)

Close-up shot of Rivian R1T car at the auto show, front view.

For most, the Tesla Model X best typifies the R1S and its stable mate-the Rivian R1T. Although the R1T is a truck and not an SUV.

Unlike the two motor Model X, each wheel of the Rivian is powered by an electric motor. The result of which is an equally whopping 600 horsepower to 835 horsepower and all-wheel drive. As a result, the R1T leaps to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds-just 0.5 of a second faster than the Model X.

Despite its faster speed, however, the R1T’s entry-level base starts from $80,000, while its premium model, the Adventure, climbs to $85,000. Still, its prices are way less than the Model X’s.

Like the Model X, the R1T comes equipped with a 128.9-kWh “Large” battery pack. Its EPA-rated driving range of 314 miles-not considerably less than the Model X . EPA fuel economy ratings for the quad-motor R1T are 74 MPGe city, 66 MPGe highway, and 70 MPGe combined- close to those of the R1S.

Seating comes standard at five passengers, two fewer than on the R1S.

While just how much the Model X can tow is yet to be ascertained,  Rivian informs us that every R1T can tow 11,000 pounds. The pickup offers a payload capacity of 1760 pounds.

6. 2023 Lucid Air

A picture of 2023 Lucid Air car photographed at deserted place.

While not as strikingly pretty as the Model X,  I have included the Lucid Air here because of its similar price range and humongous horsepower to the X. In addition, inside the  Air, is an outfitted relatively sophisticated infotainment, a large upper touch screen, and a tablet-like lower touch screen that can be retracted into the dashboard.

Currently touted as the: “World’s longest electric driving range, spacious and modern cabin, blistering acceleration”, like the Model X, the  2023 Air comes with some big horses. The entry-level Air, Pure model, features a single electric motor that drives the rear wheels and produces 480 horsepower.

However, like the Model X, the rest of the lineup uses dual electric motors that provide all-wheel drive and a variety of horsepower ratings-some close to and others above that of the Model X. Notably, the Touring model generates 620 horses, while the Grand Touring makes 1050. On the other hand, limited edition cars called the Dream Edition and Dream Edition Performance generate 933 horsepower and 1111 horsepower, respectively. All of the latter are more or less the same horses as the Model X’s Plaid.

Consequently, the top Grand Touring Performance model can gallop to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds. Both Tesla and Lucid Motors must be commended for creating one of the fastest, most powerful, and technologically advanced cars on the planet.

However, unlike the Model X, the Air’s base model, the Pure only starts at $90,000, while its apex model, the Grand Touring  Performance, outreaches the X’s Plaid trim by starting at around $181,000.

The Air packs a 112.0-kWh battery that comes with DC fast-charging capability. Plugged into a fast charger, the sedan can reportedly recoup 300 miles of range in 21 minutes.

According to EPA estimates, the 2023 Air has the longest range of any electric vehicle currently on the market. Its Dream Edition Range model impressively goes for 520 miles on a single charge, while the Dream Edition Performance travels around 471 miles. Both are much longer than the Model X’s range.

The most efficient Air is EPA rated at 131 MPGe combined, and the Performance version is rated at 111 MPGe combined. This is slightly better than the Model X.

With five-passenger seating, the 2023 Air matches the standard Model X. While the X’s spacious standard rear seating is said to be comfortable for up to three adults, the Air’s Executive Rear Seating option can also add a recline function for ultimate comfort.

7. 2022 Audi e-tron GT

Szczecin,Poland-May 2022:electric Audi E-Tron GT RS.3d illustration.

Like the Model X, this city-sleeker electric car also bears some similarities to the Model X.   Similar to the Audi e-tron GT, it has a front end like that of the Audi.

While inside, the Model X borders on start, fit and finish. However, the e-tron is more elegant and technologically advanced. High-end materials beautify the interior, as do high-tech features. 

An innovative two-speed transmission enables the RS e-tron GT breathtaking take-offs of 0-60mph between  2.9  for the RS and 3.9 seconds for the regular. Both accelerations are notably 0.9 and 0.1 of a second faster and slower than the Model X.

Like the Model X, the e-tron GT is also available with all-wheel steering. Depending on the model, like the Model X, the e-tron GT has dual electric motors, which assisted produce between 522 and 637 horsepower-the regular e-tron GT generates up to 522 horsepower while the RS version peaks at 637 ponies. Both models’ horses surpass the standard X trim but not the Plaid.  

The entry-level Premium Plus can be yours for $104,000, while the high-end RS will set you back at about $144,000. The Premium Plus is less expensive than the standard Model X, while its most expensive Audi e-tron trim level is more expensive than the X by some $4,000.

Depending on the trim level, like and unlike the Model X, the e-tron GT comes with seating for five and four doors-where the X can go up to seven seats.

Similar to the Model X, beneath the hood of every e-tron GT features an 85.0-kWh lithium-ion battery. A complex cooling system means its battery pack can handle repeated runs without the typical signs of heat-related degradation.

The regular model is rated at 238 miles of range and the RS is somewhat lower at 232 miles. Of the two, both are no way closer to the Model X’s 351 miles range.

The 2022 e-tron GT is rated at 82 MPGe combined, with the RS version delivering 83 MPGe. Both are significantly somewhat less efficient than the Model X.

8. 2022 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo/Sport Turismo

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, 3D Illustration, in the middle of a picturesque sunset in the parking lot.

Almost, if not sleeker and more sophisticated than the Model X, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo/Sport Turismo is to some extent similar to the former. This is in so far as the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo aligns itself well with it in terms of looks, price range, and speed for the X.  That is highlighted, however, it is considered a four-door wagon and not an SUV or crossover.

Aside from the above, and the fact that both the Taycan Cross Turismo and the Model X are motivated exclusively by electricity, like the Model X, the Cross Turismo also comes standard with all-wheel drive.

When it comes to horsepower, both the Model X and the Sport Turismo compare favorably. Although joining the Sport Turismo lineup is a new 590-hp GTS Sport Turismo model and a 562-hp 4S model, both cannot march the Model X Plaid’s horses of over 1000.

At  60 mph in 3.5 seconds the Sport Turismo, however, slightly surpasses the Model X on acceleration by a mere 0.3 of a second.

The base Cross Turismo comes affordable from $91,000-well below that of the Model X. However, the Cross Turismo then climbs to as much as $189,000 for the Turbo S. The price ranges are both below and well beyond that of the Model X.

However, the same cannot be said for the Taycan Cross Turismo’s range ratings. Coming with a relatively smaller 83.7-kWh battery, the Cross Turismo’s range is significantly less than that of the Model X at 227 miles.

The Cross Turismo’s seating does not similarly compare. Conventional at five passengers, it is 2 passengers short of the Model X.

9. 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

Side view shot of a white Mercedes Benz EQS against the city background.

Also considered the flagship of its respective manufacturer, the Mercedes-Benz EQS is the brand’s electrified future. Like the Model X, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan is one of the fanciest EVs yet. Its curvaceous body and luxurious interior somewhat remind you of the Model X. Like the latter, it too boasts luxurious state-of-the-art features.

Some of the EQS’ attractive features include the extensive interior lighting, headrest pillows for front and rear passengers, an Executive Rear Seat package of adjustable back seats with massage functions, neck, and shoulder heating, and an individual tablet to control the MBUX infotainment system.  Add to this the Model X-like huge Hyperscreen,  and the Mercedes EQS becomes a plusher rival to the Model X, Tesla Model S, and Lucid Air.

According to Mercedes-Benz’s estimates, the rear-drive variant accelerates from zero to 60 mph 5.5 seconds. Whereas the more powerful i7 twin, the EQS580 does 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds-0.1 seconds faster than the Model X.

Similar to the Model X, the sizable EQS EV sedans are offered with either a 329-hp, rear-drive powertrain (EQS450+) or a 516-hp, all-wheel-drive setup (EQS580 4Matic). As such, the EQS450+ features an electric motor mounted on its rear axle that generates 329 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. While more like the i7 Series, the EQS580 4Matic equally has an electric motor on each axle, which translates to all-wheel drive and a total system output of 516 horsepower and 611 pound-feet of torque.

Of these, the EQS EV’s output is more similar to the standard Model X. With a price range between $103,000 to $148,000, both the base and premium trims are well within the price range of the Model X. Although they are hatchbacks, the EQS450 and EQS580 are 5-passenger, 4-door -like the standard Model X.

Like the Model X, both the EQS450 and EQS580 utilize a large 107.8-kWh battery that’s rated at up to 350 miles of range. Both EQS models feature a lithium-ion battery pack with a usable capacity of 107.8 kWh. The EPA rates the EQS450+ at 350 miles of range and the EQS580 at 340 miles closer to that of the Model X than most.

According to the EPA, the most efficient EQS model is the EQS450+, which earned ratings of 97 MPGe city, 97 MPGe highway, and 97 MPGe combined. Going with the EQS580 drops the city figure to 92 MPGe city but increases the highway estimate to 99 MPGe, for a combined average rating of 95 MPGe. None is as efficient as the Model X.

In case the list above is still not exhaustive enough for you, you might also investigate the following electric vehicles similar to the R1S which, time permitting, I would have loved to discuss.:

2022 Porsche Taycan (Cost range:$99,150), 2022 Porsche Panamera (Cost range:$90,000), 2022 Genesis Electrified G80 (Cost range:$75,000) 2022 Tesla Model Y  (Cost range:$67,000); 2022 Cadillac Lyriq (Cost range:$65,000),

 In the meantime, below are some frequently asked questions relating to the R1S you might be interested in too.

Model X Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Tesla Model X with cloudy sky.

Q: How do Tesla cars work?

A: It’s a popular barbecue or front bar topic of discussion: How do Tesla cars work? Fundamentally, it’s pretty simple; they work like any other car, but they use an electric motor in place of an internal combustion engine. And instead of filling them with petrol, you recharge the batteries with electricity. There are other differences, too, but that’s the simplest definition of what a Tesla is, and the one that allows it to operate on fully renewable energy in some cases.

Q: What is the real-world range of the Tesla Model X Standard Range?

A: The real world range (city + highway) in summer is ≈242 mi.

The real-world range (city + highway) in winter is 204 mi.

Real-life figures may differ significantly depending on weather conditions and driving style.

Q: What is the towing and cargo capacity of the Tesla Model X Standard Range?

A: The vehicle can tow up to 5000 lb.

The vehicle’s total cargo volume with the seats unfolded is 88 ft3.