today I want to let you know about my first experiences with the new i-Pace which I drive for about three weeks now.
In- and Outside:
perfect luxury inside, miles away from plastic Teslas Interieur.
Enough space to sit with 5 persons (backside 3 Kids 11,15,17)
if it is not toooo far and toooo long to drive but OK that is always a problem if you don`t
drive a big SUV. Compared with the F-Pace - which i also drive - the i-Pace brings
the feeling of more space on the back seats. Perfect for 2+2.
+ Performance on the street is a unique adventure, just tip the accelerator and
the car you overtake is behind you in the mirror. Driving this car makes driving
a really enjoying pleasure again.
I drove about 900km until now on town roads, streets outside towns and also
Highways (Autobahn) with sometimes 202km/h maximum speed.
With the mix of about 50% town (max. 50km/h), outside (40% (max. 100km/h)
and 10% Autobahn (2-3% full speed) I could drive a distance of about 300km if I would have
driven down to 0% (what you are not going to try out :-))
I guess I could achieve about 400km (summer) if I drive only short distances and not faster
than 100km/h, not tooo much overtaking speedups (but it makes so much fun !!!!).
Will try this out if possible but I think, fun and soon winter tires may cut this plan.
Charging (german version)
The car just came with the Type2 cable, JAG stoppt to add the normal 3,7KW household cable,
they say it is less efficent to charge with a simple household electricity spot. For me this is no
problem, because I either charge with my 7,4kw wallbox or at a local public 50KW charger just
1km away from my home and next to a coffee stop
. 100km for 1 coffee (charging is for free)
Apple car play works perfect. Sound is incredible (HSE Version). Using of displays easy to learn.
HuD more flexible than in F-Pace, you can change positions and lightness.
Matrix LED light is really really top, you always have a perfect light on and next to the street without
blending other drivers.
Driving almost without using brake is a new experience but due to recuperation a really good thing.
You learn very fast how to drive and take the foot from the accelerator to slow down.
Some negative things
- wind sound from outside if you drive 170km/h or faster is loud inside if you don`t have any
other noise such as radio or music on. If you drive slower it is no problem, but ok, I guess all other cars
also make wind noise when driven so fast, maybe motor noise overlays wind in this case.
- when car comes to a complete stand (when you have to use the brake) it gives you some mechanical noises back
Maybe I have to use the brakes little more to stop this. Will call dealer next week to ask about this noise.
All in all this car is a wonderful designed and high quality product which also has its very good and not so good sites and I am still convinced that I made the right decision to order this electric car instead of the one from the US.
electrifying greetings from Germany
… more to come ...