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Model X vs S

Discussion in 'Model X' started by rainforest, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. rainforest

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    I just got a loaner Model S P90D today, and first impression is that both cars drive similarly, though of course the Model S is much lower and handles better. Two obvious things stood out in the first 30 minutes I drove it: regenerative braking is not as strong as in the X, and the stock sound system in the X is much better and immediately noticeable. I'm not a big fan of the S low profile tires as they don't feel very forgiving, but they do look good.
     
  2. DougH

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    I have had several S's since 2013 and I really liked them, then I grew up and got fat. Model X is a blast to drive and the windshield is amazing and all the space inside. I don't think I would ever go back to an S.
     
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  3. Mark Z

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    Just took delivery of a Model S 90D (19" wheels) with all options except rear facing seats. I am impressed with the quieter interior sound level on noisy concrete freeways compared with my 2012 Signature P85. It has great acceleration and handling with a similar luxury feel like Model X. Before the purchase, I decided that Model S was a better fit for me for the style, efficiency, and convenience. It also helped when friends who were driven in both Model S and Model X decided they enjoyed riding in Model S. They may have a different attitude today with the 5 seat Model X that I think everyone should consider since it has very practical Model S style fold down seat functionality.

    While I loved the Big Sky windshield of Model X, having the sun blocked more often with Model S is enjoyable. Now I only have to wear a visor band if the sun is at a bad angle with the sunroof.

    Above all, everyone considering Model S or X should sit in the driver's seat and attach the seatbelt for awhile. Adjust the seats and see if the non-moveable Model S seatbelt is too high. If it is, then consider an older used Model S with the lower shoulder seat belt position or try Model X with the adjustable shoulder seat belt.

    Choose what is best for you and your passengers to enjoy the pleasure of driving a Tesla electric vehicle.
     
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  4. NikeWings

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    I love them both, and like any two cars, they each have their "bests". (Low profile tires on both.)
    But, I take the S because I love the open pano, unless its rainy or cold when I love being in the X especially with a storm overhead.

    If I had to pick one, it would be the S without hesitation.
     
  5. P85DBeast

    P85DBeast Side tEsLa

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    Personally I like the Model S design better. The X looks kinda weird but that doesn't mean I wouldn't own one.:D
     
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    @rainforest you didn't mention soc of either vehicle so it may simply be the model x charge was more full. That would account for the different regen feel - in addition to weight difference. We've had both & notice no difference.
     
  7. DougH

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    I thought it looked weird too, until I saw a black one with black 22"s.....:D
     
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  8. rainforest

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    Oh - you're right. Service Centre charged the S to 100%.
     
  9. HabitualUser

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    I prefer the X for the height - easier to get in/out for my old self. And I like sitting higher while driving, it feels safer to me.
     
  10. Peteybabes

    Peteybabes redneck drivin' a tesla...

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    honestly the S looks a bit better to me, but i'm a big dude and the X spoils me :)
     
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  11. MTOman

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    Coming from a single motor S to a dual motor X I can tell a huge difference in regen, the X is much stronger, I love it. I suspect this is due to the dual motor because I felt the same thing with a dual motor loaner S.

    I was super worried about moving from the S to the X, I obsessed over it for months. I really loved my S and couldn't imagine loving another vehicle as much. I was worried the X wouldn't drive the same, would feel cumbersome and not nimble, I was worried it was too ugly (the pictures on the order page aren't the most flattering, IMHO), I was worried it wouldn't have enough storage space, I was worried I was going to miss things about my S like the sunroof.

    In the end, I love the X even more than the S! It's noticeably faster than my S was and I actually prefer the slightly more cushioned feeling of the X on standard height, when put it on the low settings it feels more like my S used to. I don't think it's ugly in person, though the S is still a better looking vehicle. I will say this, the X definitely draws a bigger crowd than my S when those FW doors open :D I absolutely love the windshield and would take it any day over a sunroof I only occasionally used. All in all I'm very happy I made the switch, though occasionally a tear still collects in the side of my eye when I think about my old S :p
     
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  12. bak_phy

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    I've owned both and the X is really better in just about every possible way. The one big downside is that it looks like the fat version of the sexy S.
     
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  13. GoTzillaR

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    I had an S90D for a little bit over a month as a loaner. The regen was harsher and the standard suspension was bouncing way more than the air suspension in X. Although I like the front end on an S better, I'd never get an S to be my own car.
     
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    I can so relate. I love my S, but I'm getting too old and my leg bothers me getting in and out of such a low car. I'm about to switch to an X for the height, and the general tone of this thread bolsters my decision. Of course, it's probably to be expected, given this the Model X forum, but still....
     
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    #15 DougH, Apr 1, 2017
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    You will love the X. No more bending down to look at traffic lights, no more hitting the B pillar, gorgeoue windshield, cooled seats, Falcon doors, auto front door. The X's is an amazing vehicle.
     
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    Tend to agree with you, but the cooled seats are not offered any more. Maybe the leather will be less wrinkled without the holes.
     
  17. MTOman

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    Getting in and out of the X is sooo much easier than the S! My dad told me misses how beautiful my S was but loves the X because he can get in and out of it so easily. I like that I don't hit my head anymore getting in and out, something I was doing on a regular basis in my S :confused:
     
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    Your name wouldn't be Ludvig by any chance? ;)
     
  19. P85DBeast

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    We should really rent an X for a week to see if we agree with all of these quirks. That you dont get in the S. If my wife likes it then..........HEY! She's going to get a 100D X. It might be good to give our garage some diversity. lol:D
     
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  20. DougH

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    wow really?, that sucks!. My X for sale just got better!
     

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