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Best Tesla Model X alternatives

Tesla’s Model X is a strong contender in the luxury electric SUV segment. Offered in three configurations, you can hop in a long-range model providing you with up to 360-miles of range, or opt for the performance variant with a 163 mph top speed and a 0-60 mph rating of 2.5-seconds. However, there are other options to consider; if you desire an electric crossover or similar-style vehicle, these are the best Tesla Model X alternatives that you can purchase:

Be sure to also check out our roundup of the best electric SUVs on the market.

Audi e-tron

The first purely electric SUV from Audi, the e-tron offers a level of supreme luxury starting at $65,900. The e-tron is a fast vehicle but doesn’t meet the top performance specs of the Tesla Model X; it sports an acceleration of 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds. The range is decent at 222 miles per battery charge, but we wish it were a bit longer. The true reason to go for the Audi e-tron is its unbridled luxury; Audi trades top performance specs for Valcona/Milano leather upholstery seats and natural wood inlays. There’s also quite a bit of technology inside the Audi e-tron, and we can’t help but feel in love with the vehicle’s virtual cockpit experience and floating heads-up display. Audi also features wireless CarPlay so that you can connect your iPhone with ease.

Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace

It’s a Jaguar and an impressive one at that. The Jaguar I-Pace offers another luxury option for those with a bit of pocket cash — starting at $69,850. Configured with a battery allowing a range of up to 234 miles and featuring an acceleration of 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, the I-Pace is an excellent way to enter the world of EVs and zero tailpipe emissions. The Jaguar I-Pace also offers a comfortable ride thanks to its adaptive dynamics system, which monitors the vehicle up to 500 times a second, adjusting dampers for a great ride experience. As you would imagine, the I-Pace also offers a beautiful interior that you can warp in fine 10-way grained leather to your heart’s content.

Mercedes-Benz EQC

Mercedes-Benz’s entry into this segment is called EQC 400. Designed exclusively with battery power in mind, it’s one of the most high-tech cars the innovative German firm has ever released, and it will join Tesla’s growing list of nightmares when it goes on sale. We drove it in Europe and praised its straight-line performance, its comfortable ride, and its energy management features. It’s a serious contender in the electric car segment.

At launch, Mercedes-Benz will offer a single variant of the model, named EQC 400. It’s powered by an electric motor mounted over each axle. They draw electricity from an 80-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack to provide 402 horsepower — hence the 400 part of the nameplate — and 564 pound-feet of torque.

Mercedes-Benz will launch the EQC in America during the first half of 2021, so we expect the first examples will begin arriving in showrooms in the coming months. Pricing starts at $67,900 excluding a $995 destination charge and available incentives, like the one-time $7,500 tax credit some buyers can claim from the federal government.

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