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Hello together,

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:
WOW
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.

Driving
+ 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.

Battery

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 :laugh:. 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 ...

Steini
 

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Thank you for the review, I am looking at getting an I Pace and this is very helpful. Glad you are enjoying you car!

As an owner of multiple electric cars I will tell you the wind noise is always there, as you pointed out you are just used to having the engine noise mask it. The I Pace has a low drag coefficient so wind drag is low, and even in my i8 you start hearing the wind noise rise around 60 mph. Usually the tire noise dominates depending on the car and tires.
 

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Hello Steini,

I may be wrong but my understanding is that when you press firmly on the brake pedal while stopped, the automatic parking brake engage. Could that be the noise you hear?
 

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- 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.

Steini
Do you have to use the brake to bring the car to a complete stop? Some electric cars can produce a full stop with regeneration alone, and do not require the brake. I've seen conflicting reports on whether the I-Pace is capable of full stop without brake. (If it is, I think it would be with high-regeneration setting only).

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If you have CREEP off, and HIGH regen braking on ... then the car will come to a complete stop if you let off the accelerator pedal on a level street. But, if you just tap the break pedal for a second, the car will apply the brakes and keep you still (supposedly even on a hill) and not let you roll forward or backward ... until you press the accelerator. Then, it smoothly releases the brake and lets you take off.

So, I LOVE the one-pedal driving. You have to learn to NOT pull your foot clean off the pedal and think you'll "coast". You won't. You'll make your passengers woozy until you learn to use the pedal smoothly. Once learned, it's great!! I usually come to basically a complete stop without moving my foot until I'm down to 1 or 2 MPH (yes, I'm an American). Then, I just tap the brake to hold me still if I need it. But, there's never a need to "stay on" the brake pedal waiting through a light.
 

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If you have to tap the brake to hold a stop, then it is TWO-pedal driving. The Chevy Bolt will hold the stop without the brake pedal (except if the road is inclined severely downward).

The I-Pace behaved for me exactly the way you describe.
 

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Actually, today - I "tapped the brake", and it rolled forward on me. I had read in the manual that the brake auto-holds, but I also drive mostly where it's very flat. So, I may be been deluding myself. Gonna go back to the manual and look that up again.

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Page 141 of the manual:

"Brake hold automatically activates when using the brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop on an incline. The feature operates in Drive (D) and Reverse (R), holding the brakes on until the accelerator pedal is applied."

I wasn't on an incline, but the car started to creep forward (and CREEP is off) ... maybe into a small depression in the pavement.
 

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Actually, today - I "tapped the brake", and it rolled forward on me. I had read in the manual that the brake auto-holds, but I also drive mostly where it's very flat. So, I may be been deluding myself. Gonna go back to the manual and look that up again.

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Page 141 of the manual:

"Brake hold automatically activates when using the brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop on an incline. The feature operates in Drive (D) and Reverse (R), holding the brakes on until the accelerator pedal is applied."

I wasn't on an incline, but the car started to creep forward (and CREEP is off) ... maybe into a small depression in the pavement.
I believe the "hill hold" only works to prevent the car from rolling back if you come to stop on an incline. It will still roll forward even if you "tap the brakes" and the road surface slopes down. There is a discussion thread on this at the UK I-Pace forum.
 

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If you have CREEP off, and HIGH regen braking on ... then the car will come to a complete stop if you let off the accelerator pedal on a level street. But, if you just tap the break pedal for a second, the car will apply the brakes and keep you still (supposedly even on a hill) and not let you roll forward or backward ... until you press the accelerator. Then, it smoothly releases the brake and lets you take off.

So, I LOVE the one-pedal driving. You have to learn to NOT pull your foot clean off the pedal and think you'll "coast". You won't. You'll make your passengers woozy until you learn to use the pedal smoothly. Once learned, it's great!! I usually come to basically a complete stop without moving my foot until I'm down to 1 or 2 MPH (yes, I'm an American). Then, I just tap the brake to hold me still if I need it. But, there's never a need to "stay on" the brake pedal waiting through a light.
When do the brake lights turn on with one-pedal driving? I am worried the person behind will not realize that this beautiful I-Pace in front of them is slowing down, and so they will hit me! :surprise: I know that is their technical fault, but that doesn't help when they always crash into my car! If you coast to a complete stop, do the brake lights ever come on? I hear the regen is as powerful as braking, and so in dense traffic brake lights are really necessary.
 

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Actually, today - I "tapped the brake", and it rolled forward on me. I had read in the manual that the brake auto-holds, but I also drive mostly where it's very flat. So, I may be been deluding myself. Gonna go back to the manual and look that up again.
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Page 141 of the manual:

"Brake hold automatically activates when using the brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop on an incline. The feature operates in Drive (D) and Reverse (R), holding the brakes on until the accelerator pedal is applied."

I wasn't on an incline, but the car started to creep forward (and CREEP is off) ... maybe into a small depression in the pavement.
Maybe because you did not use "the brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop", but just tapped after it was already stopped? That would be a strange approach, but it is literally what the manual says, I guess.

Too bad. A little automatic hold upon one-pedal stopping would be cool, as it is in the Bolt. Not a huge deal, I suppose.
 

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When do the brake lights turn on with one-pedal driving? I am worried the person behind will not realize that this beautiful I-Pace in front of them is slowing down, and so they will hit me! :surprise: I know that is their technical fault, but that doesn't help when they always crash into my car! If you coast to a complete stop, do the brake lights ever come on? I hear the regen is as powerful as braking, and so in dense traffic brake lights are really necessary.
Yes, the brake lights do come on when the rate of retardation is above a pre-defined value. Here is a discussion thread on that.
 

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Maybe because you did not use "the brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop", but just tapped after it was already stopped? That would be a strange approach, but it is literally what the manual says, I guess.

Too bad. A little automatic hold upon one-pedal stopping would be cool, as it is in the Bolt. Not a huge deal, I suppose.
The manual says "incline", not "decline" :smile2: Here's the exact verbiage - "BRAKE HOLD Brake hold automatically activates when using the brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop on an incline. The feature operates in Drive (D) and Reverse (R), holding the brakes on until the accelerator pedal is applied. As the accelerator pedal is applied, the system automatically releases the brakes for a smooth pull away." So if coming to stop on a decline the vehicle will roll forward unless the brake pedal is held down.
 

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The manual says "incline", not "decline" :smile2: Here's the exact verbiage - "BRAKE HOLD Brake hold automatically activates when using the brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop on an incline. The feature operates in Drive (D) and Reverse (R), holding the brakes on until the accelerator pedal is applied. As the accelerator pedal is applied, the system automatically releases the brakes for a smooth pull away." So if coming to stop on a decline the vehicle will roll forward unless the brake pedal is held down.
Does anyone thing that's a good way to design the hold feature?
 

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The manual says "incline", not "decline" :smile2: Here's the exact verbiage - "BRAKE HOLD Brake hold automatically activates when using the brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop on an incline. The feature operates in Drive (D) and Reverse (R), holding the brakes on until the accelerator pedal is applied. As the accelerator pedal is applied, the system automatically releases the brakes for a smooth pull away." So if coming to stop on a decline the vehicle will roll forward unless the brake pedal is held down.

Sorry to revisit the topic this much later, but I'm new here and just seeing the thread now.


Declines ARE inclines, generically (if not in common usage). Or one car's incline is another one's decline (in the opposite direction). It's just that the angle from horizontal is a negative number instead of a positive number (in that direction).

And if the 'incline hold' is done by a brake hold once depressed, it should hold whether the road tilt is up or down compared to the car's forward direction.


Brakes are brakes, and should resist a roll in either direction the same way with the same force. My theory, anyway.
 

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I am envious of your Autobahn and the ability to let the old girl run wild for a few minutes. I received a speeding ticket for doing a whopping 74km/h in a 60 so no top speed test for me. :(
 
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