In theory, this question should only have one answer, and despite the somewhat similar price, size and performance between the two, the Model X and the Taycan in the Cross Turismo version are very different, but almost identical when all the cards are on the table. .
Let’s imagine for a moment that we’re not talking about a Porsche and a Tesla, but two random performance crossovers powered by electrons, which both models are.
Based on the same platform as the Model S sedan, the Model X is an odd thing that combines the interior space and easy access of a minivan with the ride height and traction of a SUV.
The gimmick represented by the “falcon doors” is just that, a gimmick, the same as the not always reliable and not yet 100% ready FSD system, but is enough to set it apart even more from other SUVs of similar size, while the efficiency of its two motors is undoubtedly a huge quality compared to other electric vehicles with similar performance.
I have to remind you that until we talk about crazy versions like the Plaid or the previous Ludicrous, Tesla was in the top spots in the EPA. VE list of tracks.
Of course, the Lucid Air has completely revamped that list, now occupying the top six spots, but Tesla can still hold out.
On the other hand, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is a magnificent five-door sports car, with much less interior space and luggage than the Model X, but which offers no compromise in performance, both straight or winding.
Essentially a shooting brake on the stilted version of the low-slung Taycan, its demographics fall far short of those of the Model X, no matter how many drag races you’ll see in between.
All of the above is theory, but not many people will dispute this, and it’s likely that most will agree that if you’re in the market for a Porsche, you’ll never look at a Tesla, or vice versa.
In short, if you are looking for a specific mode of transport, it is not uncommon to start some form of exclusive arrangement with the brand you have chosen from then on.
But is it 100% true? Will a Church member of Elon Musk ever look at another automaker after buying a Tesla? Is a Porschephille now stuck with Zuffenhausen products after realizing that no other car manufacturer can deliver the same kind of driving pleasure?
A rather short but rather revealing test drive with a Porsche Taycan 4S completely rewired my brain recently, and I’ll try to explain how it managed to do it.
For some reason, almost everyone and their uncle decided that the Taycan is a great sports car that doesn’t have most of the qualities of a Tesla, and then left it at that.
I was also one of those people, judging the electric sedan in the context of interior space and luggage, comfort and electric range, things which, according to official figures and common opinion, aren’t really great, are they?
Sure, it has a frunk, just like a Tesla, but you can only fit a few small backpacks in it, and despite the long wheelbase, the interior looks more like a long 911 with two extra doors instead of one. full-size sedan or an SUV, as does the Model X.
Comfort shouldn’t have been high on the engineers list when they developed the Taycan, either, right?
Well, like I said, this whole theory becomes something else after you drive Porsche’s first electric production car.
I have to remind everyone that we live in a time when a family of crickets are likely to sound louder than a V8-powered luxury sedan that has been fitted with a gas particulate filter, so the Spaceship noises emitted by an electric car are not annoying but actually welcomed.
The Taycan is more comfortable than you might think, with the three-chamber air suspension filtering out most road imperfections, interior space is more than enough for four grown-ups, and total luggage space is limited. not unlike that of a Porsche Macan if we ‘look at the Cross Turismo version.
Plus, despite much lower official range ratings compared to a Telsa, in the real world it’s actually one of the most efficient electric cars you can currently own, especially in the context of performance it can offer.
On the flip side, a Tesla Model X is considered a drag strip king that will swallow a big family and their luggage, but can’t hold a candle on the Porsche around the corners, right?
Well, this is where I get to the point of the story, and this short test drive from Taycan managed to make more sense than reading or looking at dozens of reviews, official specs and more. trivial information, which can make someone like or dislike any product before they even see it in person.
My conclusion is that, with money not being an issue, the modern perfect garage can not only include two electric cars, but two that are essentially the vehicular embodiments of the two main characters from the movie Step Brothers.
Yes, the future is here, and you can drive it. And choosing to buy a Tesla Model X and see it as the perfect, eco-friendly family car shouldn’t come at the expense of a Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, or vice versa. Zuffenhausen’s electric crossover / shooting brake can be almost as family-friendly and efficient while delivering that old-fashioned Porsche feeling that no car other than a Porsche can.
For trips where you need (a lot) more space for indoor activities and better access to both the trunk and the interior of the car, the Model X will do just fine. deal, offering slightly better range than the Porsche as well and without losing any of that crazy straight-line performance.
So, as we are currently witnessing the slow – and perhaps painful for some – death of the internal combustion engine, why not take advantage of the best that electric cars can offer? And the two that offer the best money can buy, at least until other automakers or startups like Lucid come along, are Tesla and Porsche, hands down.