Kia EV9 vs Tesla Model X Specs and Features Comparison

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This is a comprehensive comparison of the specs and features between the most popular 7 seat electric SUV options - the Tesla Model X and a recent entrant to the electric SUV market - the Kia EV9.

This comparison focuses on the comparable AWD variants of each model:

Price and Incentives

The Model X Long Range is considerably more expensive than the Kia EV9 AWD.

The Tesla Model X is currently not available for sale in the Australian market. As of the latest reported MSRP, the Tesla Model X Long Range costs $36,875 more than the Kia EV9 GT-Line AWD.

The Kia EV9 GT-Line AWD will miss out on most of the state government incentives and the FBT exemption due to its starting price of $121,000 which exceeds the LCT. So will the Tesla Model X Long Range which has a starting price of $157,875.

For an estimated driveaway price and total cost of ownership - use the zecar cost of ownership calculator.

Size and Dimensions

The Model X and EV9 sit in the large SUVs segment and are similar in size.

Both EVs are considered to be practical for their class. They are both built on a dedicated EV platform which allows for greater interior space relative to the external footprint. Size-wise both vehicles are similar in size to popular large petrol SUVs such as the Land Rover Range Rover (5052 mm), Toyota Land Cruiser (4995 mm), and BMW X5 (4935 mm).

Both vehicles are similarly sized when compared to each other. The Tesla Model X is slightly longer (+21 mm) and wider (+19 mm), while the Kia EV9 is taller (+96 mm).

The Kia EV9 has a longer wheelbase (+135 mm) which likely translates to more passenger interior space.

The Model X is the lighter vehicle, weighing 284 kg less than the EV9. This is likely the main reason for its superior claimed energy efficiency.

The Kia EV9 GT-Line AWD has a higher towing capacity, rated to tow at 2500 kg braked, whereas the Model X is rated to tow 2250 kg braked.

Range and Performance

The Model X offers more range and acceleration than the EV9.

On paper, the Model X offers slightly more claimed WLTP range (+75 km) while also being more efficient than the EV9, due to being 284 kg lighter.

The Model X offers faster acceleration than the EV9, hitting 0 to 100 km/hr in just 3.9 seconds. This is due its lower weight and more powerful motor.

Battery and Charging

The Model X and EV9 offer comparable DC fast charging speeds.

The Tesla Model X (250 kW DC) offers slightly faster DC charging than the Kia EV9 (240 kW DC). Both models feature a three-phase onboard charger which are capable of AC charging rates from 11 kW (EV9) to 17kW (Model X).

Only the Kia EV9 offers V2L which allows you to use the car's battery as a mobile power bank. The V2L feature could be useful for camping, road-trips and potentially in the event of a blackout.

Calculate your personal charging costs and times for each model using this calculator.

Driver Technology

The EV9 offers more driver-assist features than the Tesla Model X

The Kia EV9 on paper offers slightly more driver-assist technology features than the Tesla Model X.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The Model X features a superior infotainment systems compared to the EV9.

The Model X is considered to have a superior infotainment and connectivity offering highlighted by its sharp 17.0 inch centre screen, snappy user-friendly interface and high quality sound system.

The Kia EV9 however features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which the Model X lacks.

Both models feature mobile apps which allow functionalities such as remote lock, pre-heating/cooling and charge monitoring.

Other Features

The EV9 comes with a sunroof as standard whereas the Model X comes with a panoramic glass roof.

Both vehicles offer similar additional features such as heat pump and glass panoramic roof as standard.

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Danny Thai

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Danny is a consultant and entrepreneur working at the cutting edge of the electric vehicle and energy transition. He is passionate about educating and helping consumers make better decisions through data. He is the founder of zecar and is currently the EV Innovation Manager at Endeavour Energy.

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