Tesla Model X camper
|Boot door type|
|Boot length (cm)||
|Boot height (cm)||
|Boot width [wheel arches] (cm)||
|Consumption MPG (UK)||
|EV Battery (kWh)|
|EV Efficiency (Wh/km)||
|EV Range (km)||
|EV Fuel equivalent consumption (l/100km)||
|EV NextGreenCar rating (lower=better)||
|NimbleCamper rating (out of max 5)|
- boot height with boot floor removed(cm): 95 (only for storage – two huge storage compartments in the 5 seater, one in the 7 seater)
- this storage isn’t usual in other (combustion engine) cars, giving the Tesla a plus point – you could just put a mattress onto the folded seats and store your stuff in this storage. Nothing too big, but good for a short camping trip
- storage room in the front (where you’ll usually find an engine)
- Model X owner’s manual
- NCAP safety rating: 5/5
- ADAC autotest (lower = better): 1.9
Standard rating (not focused on car camping):
Average rating: 3.7/5
An interesting fact: Whatcar.com and Carbuyer.co.uk have rated the Tesla Model X exactly the same as Toyota Prius, and Autoexpress rated the Prius even higher. Considering the price difference and slightly bigger size, the Prius is a better option if you are looking for an electric camper.
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- Average used price, GBP (2015) – I use Carsite.co.uk‘s price aggregates from 2015 (or the nearest possible year if not available), or, if not found, from autoscout24.com. For new cars, I specify the closest possible match (i.e. if released this year, it’s the new price, if released two years ago, it’s the 2-years old price etc). It’s here to give you a benchmark comparison (- a like for like, an apple with an apple) of the value of each car and for filtering purposes. It’s not meant to be used as an accurate estimate of used car value – it is updated once a year, so make sure you know what the car should cost at the time of purchase if you decide to buy one.
- Boot dimensions – taken from various sources across the web, starting with official, supplemented with other reliable websites (like ridc.org.uk), supplemented by user-generated content – images of measurements from forums or social networks. It’s also used for filtering, comparison and to give you a good idea of the car’s suitability for camping.
- Comfort rating – a benchmark used to simplify the car’s comfort & driving score based on equipment, furnishings, handling, safety, and costs ratings from external sources like whatcar.com, carwow.co.uk, autocar.co.uk etc. It gives you an indication of whether the car will drive and feel like a van (low rating) or offer better interior & handling (higher rating). A simple van-like car, for example, a Renault Kangoo is 0.5, a well equipped and comfortable car like a Ford S-Max is a 2. No hard math behind it, just an indicator, f.e. 0.5= basic car that does the job, 1.5 = hey, that’s nice to have!, 2 = oooh, comfyyyy.
- Consumption – I take the average 2017 consumption or closest match from Fuelly.com, or if none is available, from other sources like honestjohn.co.uk. If there are not enough cars for a single year, an average for several years is calculated.
- NimbleCamper rating – a weighted score of boot length (45% weight), boot height (40%), consumption (10%) and comfort (5%). The logic of weighing length & height higher than consumption and comfort is – headroom is important when you sleep in the back of the car, so is the length. A comfy ride is a factor, but you can sleep in a big car that’s not that comfy, however, it’s much harder to camp/sleep in a comfy car that’s too small. Read more about the NimbleCamper rating and criteria here.
- a note for EVs (electric vehicles) – for consumption, I am using the Fuel Equivalent Consumption estimate by ev-database.org. It is usually much lower than combustion engines, giving EVs an advantage – which I think is fair. They do have a small disadvantage in terms of having to plan your trips around charging stations + longer waiting time, but that will get better over time. More charging stations, faster chargers and better batteries. Therefore I am not adjusting the calculation for EVs in any way.
- EV stats – taken from ev-database.org
- NGC rating – The NGC Rating expresses a vehicle’s environmental impact as a score ranging from 0 for the greenest vehicles to 100+ for the most polluting, taken from nextgreencar.com