In the second row, passengers get electrically operated ‘commander’ seats that each have an embedded USB port. Touch the door panel and an array of control then appear, including for the climate control, seat heating, seat cooling and massage functions. 

As for driving what is, by any standards, an enormous car, you can easily forget just how big the X is. Unlike with the Nio ES8, which constantly reminds you of its bulk, only in tight spaces do you truly feel the X’s size. There’s no doubt that the four-wheel steering feeds into its ease of use.

In Sports mode, acceleration is blisteringly quick, as you would expect with around 600bhp on tap. Along with Comfort and Eco, there’s also a configurable Individual mode. Like in many Chinese EVs, however, the highest energy recuperation setting isn’t particularly aggressive. 

Air suspension provides stability and helps the X remain impressively flat even though tighter corners yet gives a cosseting ride over bumps. The steering, meanwhile, is well weighted but lacks any real feedback. 

The biggest problem on the road doesn’t come from the dynamics. Instead, it’s that in strong sunlight, glare from the central screen reflects straight into the driver’s eyes, and the glass panel in the roof doesn’t have a blind to rectify this. 



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