Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: California, USA
1 year and 15,300 miles later...
After one year of ownership and driving over 15,300 miles these are my observations of the I-PACE:
With the the H264 update, I think I have a better car now than when I bought it a year ago. My I-PACE is the lowest "S" tier with the Drive Pack, leather seats, configurable dynamics, and ADSR. It had a built date of 11/13/2018, and I took delivery on 1/16/2019. I don't have HUD or power lift-gate or any of those niceties. Not even heated seats (who needs them in SoCal?).
The following campaigns and recall were performed to the car: regenerative brake recall, the front hood latch campaign, the various software updates done at the dealer and over the air, with more recently the H264 and instrument cluster update. The only other repair that was performed to the car was replacement of front air struts because of a known rattling issue.
I have had 3 accident-related repair work to the car. The rear bumper and components were replaced and repaired twice. And the front bumper and right front wheel, including steering gear & linkage, hub & bearing, etc, were replaced and repaired.
The InControl Touch Duo infotainment software still has bugs in it, but I can live with them. The Navigation selection is painfully slow compared to Audi's system. But CarPlay takes care of that.
We frequently drive to San Diego, Palm Springs and Morro Bay so we've figured out where and when to charge when travelling.
My daily commute involves 50 miles of Los Angeles traffic, but the I-PACE makes it enjoyable.
Prior to the I-PACE, I had an Audi A3 e-tron. In fact, my cars in the last 15 years have been Audis. I planned on getting the Audi e-tron as a replacement to that car, but Audi released the car too late for me. I have now test driven the Audi e-tron SUV, and I can honestly say I would still buy the I-PACE over it.
I have never had the experience of a car buyback and it's unfortunate to hear the stories of owners here in the forum.