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Finally got a chance to test drive the I-Pace today and it was amazing as expected! The only issue was my two kids in the back seat said they felt boxed in and didn't like that the rear windows barely opened and the roof was blazing hot (the sun was shining down). So on balance they were a bit freaked out. Has anyone used this as a family car with passengers - any advice?
 

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I can't feel the heat from the roof. Literally. None of the passengers ever complained about it either. It often exceeds 100°F here. We were stuck in the desert in 113°F heat due to construction, and we were comfy the whole time. You would think heat would come through the glass, but it doesn't.
My back seats have individual A/C controls but they aren't cooled seats. It's always good to turn on the A/C with your phone 15 minutes before departure if you are parked in the sun, regardless of whether the car has a sunroof or not.

But more importantly, unless you have the world's best behaved children you don't want them opening the windows/doors. Most cars have lockouts for this. My kids are older and know not to open windows while I'm driving.

You did not say what age your kids are, but for 0-15, nothing beats a minivan.
 
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I chose the I-Pace as our family SUV after 2 MLs and 2 GLs over the past 15 years. I now have a 10 and a 12 year old and live in SW Florida. It's pretty warm all year 'round and has been in the 90s most of July - even hotter than normal. Sun through the glass sunroof has never been an issue. Ever. (side windows are another story so I'm still exploring tint options) I came from a GL550 that had much more room but no one has complained about space in the I-Pace. Might be an issue if you have 3 kids (vs. 2) since the back middle would be much tighter than in the ML or GL series.

What do you mean "rear windows barely opened"?? Mine open all the way but the last 1" or so of glass showing...? Unless your kids are giants I don't know how they can feel boxed in while in the rear? I'm 6'2" 210 and I can sit very comfortably in back, even with the front seat exactly where I left it when I drove. Only issue I've ever had is that with the roofline sloping lower in the back, taller (over 6') rear passengers must be careful to tilt head forward/down getting in as the doorframe shortens toward the rear of the opening, but plenty of headroom once inside the car.
 

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It's as family friendly as any crossover of its size. I bet it can fit a double stroller. It's not going to take the kids and grandparents on a trip to Montana for a month. That's what a Suburban is for.
 

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Finally got a chance to test drive the I-Pace today and it was amazing as expected! The only issue was my two kids in the back seat said they felt boxed in and didn't like that the rear windows barely opened and the roof was blazing hot (the sun was shining down). So on balance they were a bit freaked out. Has anyone used this as a family car with passengers - any advice?
The first stab at the button for the rear windows only open them a couple inches. But if you push it again or simply hold it down for a bit the windows roll all the way down.

I have had any issues with the glass roof being too hot.

I have 4 kids under the age of 10, a full size car seat and a booster seat in the back and don’t have any issues with 3 in the back.
 

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Many miles in the desert with people in the back, no issues with the sunroof.

The glass of the roof does not let short or long wave radiation through, but the glass itself does heat up and because there's no insulation to the cabin, it radiates a bit of heat. Can be mitigated by A/C.
 

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3 year old (booster seat) and 9 month old (car seat) in back, fits fine. Glass doesn’t overheat. I actually emailed jaguar about the roof since our 9 month old is facing up - they say the roof is equivalent to about SPF 40.
It’s our family daily driver. Perfectly fine for groceries, swimming lesson trips, etc. Use the GLE for longer road trips.
 

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Great feedback thanks everyone. Glad to know about the roof and windows etc. Now I'm confident they can make the adjustment!
 

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Definitely fits the Britax double stroller. It's especially roomy for the back passengers if you have the performance seats since they are "thinner"
 

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Nobody mentioned that high brake regen is a good vomit inducer for all the passengers :)
My wife hates it when I engage in any kind of 'spirited' driving.

Hmmm, recipe for hate-squared: wife doesn't like it to begin with, and toddler barfs. Unhappiness all around. Better stay away from the i-Pace! Not family-friendly!
 

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In conventional sedans, I have made certain people nauseous in less than 40 seconds (AutoX), and luckily they didn't puke in the car. List:
CTS-V - 2 occupants.
ATS-V - 2 occupants.
CT6 - 4 occupants.
Volt - 3 occupants.
I-Pace - 4 occupants.


Coupe:
C5/C6 Corvettes - passengers range from smiling, to nauseous, to terrified where I have had to slow down.
Ferrari - ditto
Lambo - ditto.

Full road course? More than 50% of ride-alongs are terrified to the point of requesting I slow down, even in base level slow cars.

On public roads EVs seem to bring on the effects quicker, especially when using highest regen available. But I'm not driving anywhere near 100%, I'm driving with a huge safety margin.
 

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My wife and children all get car sickness. Haven't had a single problem in the I-Pace. It's all in how you drive it - by myself, default dynamic mode and more aggressive driving and braking, much more gentle with the kiddos.

I wonder if the extended visibility of the glass roof might make car sickness less likely, too?
 

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If passengers are reading their phones or books, it will induce car sickness easier.
My wife and daughter suffer from it. My daughter outgrew it, not my wife.
I have to drive really gentle in any car in the mountains, but perhaps less in the I-Pace since there is less body-roll than most cars/trucks.

It's so bad I don't enjoy a nice mountain road at legal speeds with passengers.

Odd thing - My wife has driven up to 140 mph driving on Daytona, Circuit of the Americas, and Spring Mountain, and is professionally trained. She can't do the passenger thing.
 

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Nobody mentioned that high brake regen is a good vomit inducer for all the passengers :)
It most definitely is, unless you're super smooth.

In conventional sedans, I have made certain people nauseous in less than 40 seconds (AutoX), and luckily they didn't puke in the car. List:
I usually puked at track days, generally towards the end of the day. I'm not meant to be a fighter pilot.
 
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