Report: Five Alternatives For The Tesla Model X

Interesting | October 1st, 2015 by 21
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Even though the Tesla Model X has yet to arrive on the market, the hype for the newest addition to the Tesla electric car family …

Even though the Tesla Model X has yet to arrive on the market, the hype for the newest addition to the Tesla electric car family is at its highest peak. Everyone seems to be interested in the unique SUV, despite its price tag. Today, we’ve decided to take an unconventional approach and look at some viable alternatives to the $132,000 fully electric SUV. We looked at SUVs that are luxurious, provide plenty of space, performance, thrills and still go easy on the environment.

1. BMW X5 eDrive40e xDrive

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Permanent all-wheel drive and the BMW EfficientDynamics eDrive technology endow the BMW X5 xDrive40e with sensational sportiness and supreme poise on one hand and outstanding efficiency on the other. The premium hybrid SUV comes with a total system output of 230 kW/313 hp generated by a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor.

The car accelerates from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 6.8 seconds. This is accomplished thanks to a max torque of 184lb-ft available from 0 rpm from the electric motor. Top speed is electronically limited to 130mph (210mph) or 75mph (130km/h) when running on electric power.

2. Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid

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The Volvo XC90 took the automotive world by storm, as it’s one of the most appealing SUV’s on the market today. It also comes with plenty of performance, a good comfort level and an amazing offering of safety systems. Powered by a 400 hp Direct-Injected Turbo and Supercharged Engine (87 hp Electric Motor), the XC90 also provides the owners with great performance while being fuel efficient.

3. Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid


Even Porsche offers a hybrid SUV today. Under the hood of the Cayenne S E-Hybrid crossover is a 333-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V6 with a 95-hp synchronous electric motor sandwiched between it and an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. The clutched powertrain allows pure combustion, pure electric or a combination of both to drive all four wheels through Porsche’s permanent all-wheel-drive system. The 10.8-kWh lithium-ion battery delivers an estimated pure-electric driving range of up to 22 miles at speeds of up to 78 miles per hour. Not bad for an SUV of this size.

4. BMW 225xe Active Tourer Plug-In Hybrid


The 2 Series Active Tourer is really not an SUV, but with its high driving position and all-wheel drive system it can certainly substitute many sports utility vehicles. Using BMW’s latest eDrive technology coupled with a 1.5 liter three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the new 225xe Active Tourer makes it possible to enjoy both all-electric driving and unrestricted motoring mobility.

With a maximum electric range of 41 kilometers (25 miles), zero-local-emission driving, the plug-in hybrid can be a silent daily driver in the city and a long-distance runner outside the city gates. Driving the rear wheels with the electric motor and the front wheels with the combustion engine’s power furthermore produces an electrified all-wheel-drive system with great traction in all weathers, and especially in adverse conditions. The plug-in hybrid drive has an overall system output of 165 kW/224 hp. Average fuel consumption (combined) in the BMW 225xe is 2.1–2.0 liters/100 km

5. Audi Q5 Hybrid


Starting at $52,500, the Audi Q5 Hybrid offers the unique combination of sportiness and comfort. At its core, the Q5 hybrid is more of a smaller crossover than a large people carrier, but thanks to its cleverly designed and concocted interior, performance aspect and beautiful design it is clearly a great option for younger families. The vehicle comes with a 2.0 TFSI engine, delivering 245 horsepower, connected to an Eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and it features a quattro all-wheel drive system. Thanks to a 266-volt, 72-cell, lithium-ion battery system, it can run 30 miles on electric power alone.

21 responses to “Report: Five Alternatives For The Tesla Model X”

  1. Christian says:

    If I had that kind of money, it would be the model X hands down.

  2. John says:

    Wait, none of those are even remotely an alternative! A 2 series? Really? This is a terrible article. Wake me up when you actually find some comparable vehicles that are shipping today.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      They are the closest to an alternative than one can find. I mean, there are really no other options out there.

    • iDriver says:

      Indeed. If anything, the article confirms there are no real alternatives on the market today for the Model X. In addition to being fully electric (with over 250 miles of range), it introduces at least two other useful innovations that no other main stream car brand has been able to deliver in a mass production vehicle (falcon wing doors and medical grade air filter). Not to mention the acceleration performance, which is unrivalled for a SUV. Even X5M and X6M are slower from 0-60 mph!

      • Uhhh? says:

        ” it introduces at least two other useful innovations that no other main stream car brand has been able to deliver in a mass production vehicle (falcon wing doors and medical grade air filter).”

        Tesla marketing… hook, line, and sinker. I just get a kick out of people who fall for this crap.

        You do realize it takes zero effort to retrofit HEPA filters for other filters, right? The bioweapon defense mode is complete childish BS. Must even explained it wrong on stage that what he claimed it does broke the laws of physics. You can’t maintain positive pressure without a source. Another indicator showing that he’s neither an engineer, scientist, or genius. He is, however, a marketing mastermind.. perhaps even surpassing Steve Jobs (also not a scientist or engineer, but a shrewd businessman).

        Don’t confuse “inability” with “lack of need.” Falcon doors are gimmicky. Any manufacturer can do that but it costs money and frankly, isn’t needed. But, it kind of shows you that Tesla is essentially targeting “soccer moms” with the Model X.

  3. CDspeed says:

    The only alternative will arrive in 2018, the Audi Q6 e-tron. Hybrids don’t even come close to the Model X or any other electric car, especially the 2-Series Active Tourer.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      No one said they will. Hopefully we will see more electric SUVs.

      • CDspeed says:

        Well Audi said 2018 we’ll still have to wait and see, but why not do a piece comparing the Model X directly to the X5. Sure the powertrains aren’t the same, but they both have AWD, seat up to seven passengers, and could be compared on general road performance.

      • Chris Llana says:

        Hopefully we’ll see some small AWD electric sports cars (hot hatch?), versus more 5000-pound SUVs.

    • timmy says:

      Tesla was created for government money. Yes, there are no alternatives because nobody except Tesla is building cars for government money.

      • CDspeed says:

        That’s ridiculous and you know it, the actual reason they can build such a good electric cars is they are solely focused on electric cars. Most major automakers don’t want to jump in to electrics because they have too much time and money wrapped up in the cars they already produce. So they produce hybrids in a half assed attempt to keep producing their engines and various components.

        • timmy says:

          Tesla loses money on each one sold car. Go to google and look for informations about it. Elon Musk got a lot of money from government and tax relief. Car automakers dont want to jump in electrics cars because people dont want them. People want car that they can quickly refuel. People dont want to waste time on charging battery. Eletric Vehicles are unprofitable. Hydrogen cars are more profitable but not perfect. I think that electric vehicle is not future. Im not saying that conventional cars are, but i think that future is something like synthetic fuel. Look for Audi e-benzin and e-diesel.

          • CDspeed says:

            You really aren’t up on real electric car information are you, all I hear is propaganda in your reply. Electric cars are fantastic to drive, and the charge time isn’t a problem, I drive my i3 all day and it charges when I’m at home, it doesn’t matter how long it takes. The other thing you have to take into account is that they are relatively new, and the technology will continue to evolve, if you base your opinion on today’s EV s your missing the bigger picture. I don’t have to google a single thing, I’ve stayed well read on EV tech since 2007, you should search for owners reviews, read something written by someone who has first hand electric car experience.

          • timmy says:

            Im not base opinion on today’s EV. Im base my opinion on facts. I have a lot of magazines from 1980, 1990 and i remember that there are a lot of predictions about flying cars, big batteries, discover care for a cuncer. And how many of this things we have? 0. Why are you sure that my informations are propaganda? maybe you informations are propaganda? you sounds like electric fetishist. You drive i3 but you dont do many of kilometetrs daily. I do. BMW i3 have 130km range. It is to little for me. I dont want in half of work back to home to recharge car and back again to work.

          • CDspeed says:

            In the 1980’s and 1990’s the iPhone wasn’t even possible, I have magazines that I bought for the electric car articles that date back from 1910 to about 1935. Like your 80’s magazines they are fun to read but aren’t relevant. With quick charging I’ve put 200 miles on my i3 in a single day, but I do understand that some people have greater range demands. The thing you have to realize is most electric cars on the market are early days electric cars, or the first generation. Most new technologies cost a lot when they’re new, and don’t work as perfectly as people imagine that they should. For example, the first flat panel tv I ever saw was 46 inches, it didn’t come with speakers, and could not achieve high definition, it was priced at just under $24,000. USD. Today’s tvs are 4K, 3D, connected to the Internet, and cost a lot less even though they do a lot more. The current Nissan Leaf had a range figure similar to the i3, but the second generation Leaf is on its way with a range said to be over 200 miles. The second generation electric cars seem to be coming pretty soon, if they don’t work for you now, they might work for if you give some time for the technology to mature.

      • mckillio says:

        Exactly what government money are you referring to? The rebate that the drivers get that Tesla doesn’t or the energy department loan that they paid off years ahead of time with full interest?

  4. Kriss says:

    Tesla the ugliest cars in the world. These cars looks like cheap imitation from China

  5. steven75 says:

    These are alternatives to the Model X in the same way a radio is an “alternative” to a TV.

    –Signed, all existing BEV drivers from any brand

  6. Me says:

    I can’t find any info on the Q5 Hybrid capability to be driven in pure EV mode. Are you sure that’s right?

    Also… I know not necessarily a luxury vehicle, but the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV finally supposed to go on sale May 2016.

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