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New Zealand based here, and about to confirm my final build spec, following my firm order being placed in December 2018.

There are a couple of items I'm wavering on whether to spec or not.

Air Suspension - my gut feel is yes to this. Smoother ride, ability to raise and lower if needed, although 90% of my driving is city based with 10% open road.

Adaptive Dynamics and Adaptive surface response - I don't see the need for this. I'm almost never driving in challenging conditions other than wet roads and don't see what benefit I'll get for the cost.

Heads up display - I've not had this before in a car and have only had an hour of driving the I-PACE with it so unsure. Largely I'm a CarPlay user and the information from that is limited through the HUD from what I can see.

Welcome thoughts/feedback from those who have these features.

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Wheels are the 5068 gloss black 5 spokes.
To go with Santorini Black and the black pack.
 

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I like the HUD a lot. I wish all our cars had them.

ADSR is overkill unless you drive in some rough conditions or off road. Our road gets mud slides now and again, and I'd like to have no trouble getting home in those situations.

Air suspension is smooth. Standard suspensions cannot compete. For a non-track car, air suspension and similar high-tech offerings are the way to go. They can break eventually and are expensive to repair. Still worth it.
 

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I have air on 18" and took the car out yesterday for one of my favorite very bumpy country roads (Carmel Valley east). Sure-footed and very comfortable.
If you anticipate similar driving, I'd recommend air. I also agree that ADSR is an unnecessary add-on.
 

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I find the HUD useful on the Jaguar since it shows the posted speed limit, NAV instructions, and status of the Adaptive Cruise Control and Steering Assist features.
And it has a speedometer reading and the next song coming up.

I love the suspension on my Jaguar, which is air and dynamic, but I don't have anything to compare it to. It's nicer than our $80k Cadillac. It feels like a heavy sportscar but is not harsh.
 

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I find the HUD useful on the Jaguar since it shows the posted speed limit, NAV instructions, and status of the Adaptive Cruise Control and Steering Assist features.
And it has a speedometer reading and the next song coming up.

I love the suspension on my Jaguar, which is air and dynamic, but I don't have anything to compare it to. It's nicer than our $80k Cadillac. It feels like a heavy sportscar but is not harsh.
I agree with what everyone is saying about HUD display. This is my first and it is nice to have information on the windshield, much more than just speed and limit. Call, Navigation information also nice to see as well as driver assistance features for LKA and adaptive cruise.

With your type of driving the suspension may not be utilized. The active dynamics will provide for more spicy driving slightly but if you are in city most of time, that may not be something you can take advantage of with tighter turns or speedier drives.

Make your decision and don't look back, enjoy your new ride.
 

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I have never had HUD and it seems like it might be distracting to me. I don't need the information it provides on a continuous basis. ie speed limits are posted if you are watching the road.

Most of us here are US based where air suspension is standard. The air suspension seems nice but I have not driven a Jaguar on springs either. Test drive for personal preference and price would come into play here.

I passed on the adaptive dynamics and surface response option. The I-Pace handles great as is and while it may provide an edge of improvement it is not needed for my needs. Your call.
 

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#andy, you didn't specify your trim level (S/SE/HSE), but if budget is a concern I'd spend on air suspension and skip the HUD and the AD/ASR. I have 22s and with proper tire inflation (37psi, light load setting) and the air suspension I have no issue with the ride - its fantastic, and if I need to go over a tall curb (i.e., to park at an outdoor event) I can 'jack up' the height.

This is my first car with HUD and frankly I can take it or leave it. It's nice, but I got the FE with all the trimmings, so wasn't a decision I really had to make. I leave the HUD on because its useful, but I could live without it. Lastly, I agree with you on the AD/ASR... I rarely drive on surfaces that can take advantage of those.
My strongest recommendation is to avoid the heated windshield. I'm working on getting mine replaced - its that difficult/dangerous at night (and even annoying during the daylight). Probably not needed for the temperate climate of NZ anyway.
 

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Agreed on the heated windshield. I really don't like it.

Are you trying to get the dealer to do it? Free??
 

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Personally I love the heated windshield. I have had three Jags now and they all have the same wires in the glass, so it isn’t a big deal to me at all. No complaints about the decreases in visibility you mention. If you are aware of them and fixate on them then yes they will drive you crazy. I guess i have trained my eyeballs to ‘look through’ them as if they aren’t there. I would wait a year to switch out the glass and enjoy the frost free driving if in a northern climate.
 

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Heated windshield cooked this AM. :D We had freezing rain last night, and I had parked outside. All the glass was iced over. In under 15 minutes the glass was just wet, and the car was toasty warm inside.
 

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I am a big fan of air suspension. I have it in my Touareg and it's awesome. In the US, standard suspension is not available on the iPace so I have no basis for comparison but the air suspension feels amazing (and I don't even use the raising and lowering options much). On my A3 etron the standard suspension was also very very good. Bottom line, you probably can't go wrong either way.

Also: if you can afford it, get the performance seats ...
 

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So update following all the feedback here, and after having just spent the morning with Jaguar at their "The Art of Performance" track day which included race laps in an I-PACE.

I've got the HSE as my base configuration.

Items I was unsure about...
HUD - I'm confirmed on that.
Air Suspension - confirmed

Having read more fully about the Adaptive Dynamics, I've decided to spec that also. When I'm on the open road in New Zealand they are generally two lane roads, and often fairly twisty. I have a few favourite driving roads not far from where I live, and I do like the idea of AD when out having fun driving.

In NZ, the up-spec to get the Adaptive Surface Response is NZ$300, so given the overall cost, this is modest and I've added it too.

I haven't specified the winter items such as heated screen, heated steering wheel etc. I live in Auckland which has a sub-tropical climate most of the year and in winter I can expect to have a little touch of frost on my car on 3-4 mornings a year at worst.

Now I have the long wait. Build next month, delivery late May/early June.

Thanks all for your insights.
 

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So exciting, my spinal spec date is next month 3/6 , you must be right in front of me on the line. Ma 29 is my delivery date, Can’t wait. My birthday is June 2 so Ya!!
 

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So exciting, my spinal spec date is next month 3/6 , you must be right in front of me on the line. Ma 29 is my delivery date, Can’t wait. My birthday is June 2 so Ya!!
Perhaps in front of you on build date, but behind you on delivery most likely. It's a long way from Austria to New Zealand!
 

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I have never had HUD and it seems like it might be distracting to me. I don't need the information it provides on a continuous basis. ie speed limits are posted if you are watching the road.
You can customize what it does. Ours is set for speed and driving aids.

My strongest recommendation is to avoid the heated windshield. I'm working on getting mine replaced - its that difficult/dangerous at night (and even annoying during the daylight). Probably not needed for the temperate climate of NZ anyway.
I notice it more during the day, when it makes the windshield look a bit dusty at certain angles. It doesn't block vision significantly. As for nighttime, the only difference between it and a normal windshield is that the glare has texture. I had to look at the windshield instead of through it to notice this.
 

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Perhaps in front of you on build date, but behind you on delivery most likely. It's a long way from Austria to New Zealand!
The race is on lol
 

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Also my BMW 650 and X5 both have HUD, I just got my wife. Range Rover without it. It is helpful with navigation, nice having a green arrow point you to TN now on the windshield. Also, the windshield display of the current speed limit may help you avoid bein more familiar with the local PD
 
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