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Bjørn Nyland has uploaded another video, this time his first impressions and various things he tried


Can't guarantee that you'll like Bjørn's style, or the video length :), but I found some interesting things (both positive and negative) in there.
 

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If you have a HUD combined with steering wheel controls and an instrument cluster, you don't need to monkey with your ashtray controls except for initial setup.

I'm assuming you have a 17" screen on your cellphone? Otherwise you'll be REALLY sad.

If his test was correct, Tesla has a noise system you cannot turn off. 65db is about as quiet as cars get in the rain. You can pay $250,000 but you not going to get lower sound levels. Teslas are all in the 70's on dry pavement. Big difference between 65 and 70, it's logarithmic.
 
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Bjorn's theory that the i-Pace is small inside is his personal taste. The fact he didn't mention ingress or egress was probably not an oversight. The i-Pace is plenty roomy for me in all 4 seats, and WAY simpler to get in and out of than a Tesla Model S, which is one of the most clumsy non-sports cars sold.
When he said there was no room inside the i-Pace he forgot to mention the underseat storage trays and pockets that are omitted on Teslas.

Although he did mention something that is important. 0-60mph numbers are good for advertising. But anything 8 seconds or quicker is safe in traffic.
What IS important is passing time. How quick can you perform a pass? That's safety. Sounds like the i-Pace has the power where it's needed.
Odd he didn't mention the lag when passing where it's important. Is there no lag in passing? Only from a dead stop where it's not important except for magazine numbers?
 

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Can't guarantee that you'll like Bjørn's style.
I got less than 3 minutes into the video and stopped watching. He did not know what he was doing and I was not interested in watching him fumble around.


I do appreciate, however, any comments that have extracted anything useful that Bjørn may have said.
 

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Bjorn's theory that the i-Pace is small inside is his personal taste.
The fact he didn't mention ingress or egress was probably not an oversight.
[having seen lots of Bjorn's reviews of various other makes] I don't think he's biased, but his daily-driver is a Model-X so that would be his natural comparison. I think far more likely he's young, small, and got in and out easily, he won't think getting in/out of a Model-X is a problem, and thus had nothing to say on the matter. My elderly in-laws find getting out of Model-S (no air-suspension on my car) very hard work.

He's a small guy, so the driver seat would not have been far back, but even so it did not look "roomy" in the rear. I've seen the numbers which indicate plenty of space, and I have NOT seen one in the flesh so no actual personal experience.

Odd he didn't mention the lag when passing where it's important. Is there no lag in passing? Only from a dead stop where it's not important except for magazine numbers?
That's my understanding (from other reviews too). No lag on Passing. Also I read someone suggest (might have been here, in which case my apologies) that the lag is to be a closer simulation of ICE-launch. But I can't imagine why one would simulate that (without making it a configurable-option). If you can launch off-the-line because it is EV, then I can't think of a good reason to de-tune that ability

Agree pAssing far more important than Launch. The only time I use Launch is when I'm mucking about ...
 

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I got less than 3 minutes into the video and stopped watching. He did not know what he was doing and I was not interested in watching him fumble around.
He was starting from a standing-start without having read the manual, much like a large percentage of the people who will own it :) He found things on the screen far faster than I spotted them in the Video, so I would have spent even longer faffing around

... and in the process found that after changing the language [to US English] that some of the screens were still in Norwegian; a noticeable LAG on the Infotainment; and a variety of useful and not-so-useful features (such as an animated 3D of the car showing energy flowing out-of / in-to the battery depending on acceleration / regen).

Therefore representative of an unfamiliar user. When we had our house redone and put into Home Automation and all sorts of gadgets a primary objective of mine was that my elderly, utterly-Luddite, Mother-in-law would be able to use it. I also did not want to have to spend hours telling house guests how everything worked ... same if I lend them (or a tire-replacement specialist, or Valet parking, etc.) my car ... so on that basis an "unboxing video" is of benefit I think. But it answered a different question to the ones that folk here are probably most interested in.

But, yeah, I too am surprised his fans want to sit through such lengthy presentations ...

I do appreciate, however, any comments that have extracted anything useful that Bjørn may have said
Bjørn's main plus points were

  • Easy to enter address in navigation
  • Very good soundproofing
  • Comfortable suspension
  • Very good and sharp steering
  • Very good acceleration from 50+ km/h
  • Head up display
  • Audio system
 

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I played with the infotainment system in the I-Pace. It is not as quick as the systems in Audi or VW but it is alright. Once you get familiar with it is not bad. It's not exceptional but it's alright. My main gripe with tablet screens like the Tesla systems is I need to use my reading glasses to use them. I don't want to use my reading glasses when driving. At least with physical buttons, I don't need to use them to change controls.

There is plenty of room inside the car compared to my A3 e-tron. He's probably comparing it to the minivan sized Model X.

Getting in and out of the I-Pace is easier than a sedan or a hatchback because of the height.

My main concern is still range of battery. I'll be happy with anything over 200 without sacrifice of creature comforts. I would like to be able to drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs (and hopefully back) without recharging.
 

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If you have a HUD combined with steering wheel controls and an instrument cluster, you don't need to monkey with your ashtray controls except for initial setup.

I'm assuming you have a 17" screen on your cellphone? Otherwise you'll be REALLY sad.

If his test was correct, Tesla has a noise system you cannot turn off. 65db is about as quiet as cars get in the rain. You can pay $250,000 but you not going to get lower sound levels. Teslas are all in the 70's on dry pavement. Big difference between 65 and 70, it's logarithmic.
LOL. He's using an 12-inch iPad Pro sized mobile phone.
 

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My main gripe with tablet screens like the Tesla systems is I need to use my reading glasses to use them.
I agree - some sort of "large print" version would be helpful to a lot of people. I use reading glasses, but I manage with the screen, but my wife has difficulty (she wears glasses to drive) depending on which half of the screen the content is in, so definitely a problem looking for a solution.

My expectation would have been that everything "useful" / "important" would have been voice-enabled ... but it aint. Yet :)
 
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