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I fell in love with the i-Pace when I first saw it in pictures. The pictures don't do it justice, it's even better looking in the flesh - aluminium? :smile2:

Finally got a chance to take one on a test drive yesterday. As luck would have it, the Jaguar and Audi dealerships are right next door to each other and there was a eTron sitting outside so I got a chance to drive both back to back.
Both cars are on my list as potential replacements for my 2015 i3 once I decide to get rid of it.

Exteriors:
First impressions of the eTron? How can I say this politely? Boring. Probably exactly what Audi were going for, but boring none the less. It looks just like any other smallish SUV.
The Jag....it's a Jaaaaaag. Gorgeous. Nice hips, great roofline, love the vent in the hood. It looks fast sitting still. There is not an angle on the i-Pace that isn't awesome!
Score 1 to Jag for first impressions.

Interiors
Both interiors are upmarket. The buttons for P/N/D in the Jag are functional, but uninspired. The P/N/D selector on the Audi is just weird. Unnecessarily big and very non-intuitive.
The dash layouts on both cars are functional and upscale. I have an e-Pace, so the infotainment system in the Jag is familiar to me. It works, but it's not the prettiest. The Audi's looks prettier, but both were easy to use.
The interiors are both nice and upscale. I really disliked the fake wood effect trim in the Audi. What were they thinking?

Seats
I *love* the look and feel of the seats in the i-Pace. Comfy, supportive and they look great! (way better than the seats in my e-Pace and comfier than the boards that BMW passes off as seats in my i3). The Audi seats are comfy, but a little bland and not as supportive as the Jags.

Steering wheels
The i-Pace wheel just looks and feels better to the touch. Both are festooned with buttons that would take a little to get used to.

Interior Space
The Audi feels big. No, the Audi feels huge. It's a little longer and taller than the Jag, but it feels so much bigger! Cargo capacity is 3 cu.ft. more and that is very obvious when you look under the rear hatch. Even though externally the Audi is narrower than the Jag, the interior feels a lot bigger.
The i-Pace feels cozy, not cramped just cozy. I liked it. It felt a good place to be. In the Audi I felt like I was driving a huge SUV. In the Jag, other than the higher viewpoint, it felt like I was in a sports sedan.

Driving
The make or break category for me. I did not like the way the Audi drove. It felt big and cumbersome. You can really feel that extra 1000lbs it's carrying over the i-Pace. By default, single pedal driving is turned off. Audi have done a ton of work to make the eTron drive like a "normal" car. It coasts when you let of the gas, and the brake pedal increases the regen level the harder you push until the friction brakes cut in. The transition from regen to friction was completely seamless. I had no idea if I was using the friction brakes or just regen. As a current EV driver, I *love* the single pedal driving and really missed it in the Audi. I guess there is a menu item buried deep in the system that allows you to turn single pedal driving on, but I couldn't find it in the short time I was in the car. I understand why they did this, but I still don't like it.
The i-Pace driving experience however was amazing. Just as I would hope for a Jag. It felt light and nimble - no mean feat for a 4700lb car. The steering weight was spot on and it just felt *right*. Acceleration was amazing. Yes, it has the equivalent of almost 400bhp, but it also weighs 4700lbs! The Audi's acceleration by comparison just felt OK.

Bottom line, I'm excited that the i-Pace lived up to my expectations and equally happy the eTron did not. I thought I was going to have a tough decision to make with what car to replace my i3 with, but the Audi was so disappointing it's a no-brainer.
I'll be a 2 Jag family soon :laugh:
 

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Some have complained about the placement of the P/R/D buttons on the iPace. But in reality, you don't need the P at all if you follow the protocol of once you are at your destination, just hit the off button, then the iPace will go into P and engage the parking brake. Then it makes sense that P is is placed at the bottom.
 

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The button placement means nothing. I just wish a lighter food on the pedal would let the power start. SOmetimes I have to hjit start twice or three times.
 

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The button placement means nothing. I just wish a lighter food on the pedal would let the power start. SOmetimes I have to hjit start twice or three times.
Same here, but apparently this is one of the "fixed" items in one of the updates. I thought I was just being an idiot until I realize it really missed the press!
 

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Things you can get on the e-tron but not on the I-Pace include MASSAGING seats and the headlights that turn when you turn your steering wheel. The latter is the one I missed the most from my A3 e-tron.
 

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Things you can get on the e-tron but not on the I-Pace include MASSAGING seats and the headlights that turn when you turn your steering wheel. The latter is the one I missed the most from my A3 e-tron.
It comes with a very nice portable L2 EVSE, has a cable release button at the charge port, power close doors and towing capabilities as well
 

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The interiors are both nice and upscale. I really disliked the fake wood effect trim in the Audi. What were they thinking?
The one I looked at had real wood trim. I haven’t spent any time reviewing them closely, but is real wood just an option?
 

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It comes with a very nice portable L2 EVSE, has a cable release button at the charge port, power close doors and towing capabilities as well
Apparently, Audi went the cheap route with the supplied EVSE, it doesn't have digital display like the ones provided with the A3 e-tron (which is similar to the one Porsche supplies). The default setting the EVSE uses is half the power for most users for some reason. So there's no way to switch to full power like in the old EVSE with digital display.
 

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Things you can get on the e-tron but not on the I-Pace include MASSAGING seats and the headlights that turn when you turn your steering wheel. The latter is the one I missed the most from my A3 e-tron.

I've never had a massaging seat, car or otherwise. Anybody actually use/like that feature?

I've had a 550i with turning headlights, and I live on a rural, twisty road. I never found it more useful than any good set of headlights. The ipace FE headlights are plenty good. I don't know about the standard ones.

Towing 2000 lbs or so would be nice, but I imagine I could just add a hitch and do it anyway. For now, at least, I have two other vehicles for towing.
 

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I've never had a massaging seat, car or otherwise. Anybody actually use/like that feature?

I've had a 550i with turning headlights, and I live on a rural, twisty road. I never found it more useful than any good set of headlights. The ipace FE headlights are plenty good. I don't know about the standard ones.
Like every other option, it is a personal preference, but massaging seats are awesome. I miss my massaging seats and turning headlights.
 

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Apparently, Audi went the cheap route with the supplied EVSE, it doesn't have digital display like the ones provided with the A3 e-tron (which is similar to the one Porsche supplies). The default setting the EVSE uses is half the power for most users for some reason. So there's no way to switch to full power like in the old EVSE with digital display.
It comes with two a 110v and a 240v, but I do not recall if it had a digital display or just status lights. According to Audi the supplied (40A) is capable of charging at 9.6kW
 

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Like every other option, it is a personal preference, but massaging seats are awesome. I miss my massaging seats and turning headlights.

It would never have occurred to me to order massaging seats with my 2019 Q7 but they came with a package I wanted for other reasons. Now I gotta say that I find them really useful on long drives. When my back starts to ache, I turn on one of the several massage programs and, voila, back problem solved!


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I've never had a massaging seat, car or otherwise. Anybody actually use/like that feature?

I've had a 550i with turning headlights, and I live on a rural, twisty road. I never found it more useful than any good set of headlights. The ipace FE headlights are plenty good. I don't know about the standard ones.

Towing 2000 lbs or so would be nice, but I imagine I could just add a hitch and do it anyway. For now, at least, I have two other vehicles for towing.
My wife likes the massage seats, but I find it distracting. The rear reclining, cooled, massage seats, with individual HDTVs (retractable) with wireless sound, 270° privacy curtains, ashtrays, 120v power, private sunroof for rear, has seldom been used.
The thermal imaging is handy if you live where there are no streetlights.

I'm not sure what the complaint is about the I-Pace headlights, but I have no problem at high speed mountain roads in pitch blackness. The are pretty good. I did not like the aiming beams on our CTS-V, they point in too close. I'm looking further way.
 
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I'm not sure what the complaint is about the I-Pace headlights.
I haven’t heard any complaints. But it would be nice if they had the turning feature. I find it helpful at low speeds, especially in less developed areas.
 

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Great review. My wife got to test drive a dealer trainer model of the etron here in Canada. We really wanted to like it as the cargo volume was what we were looking for coming from Volvo Wagons. But it just was not an inspired drive. Pickup off the line was ok but it handled like the much bigger Q8. Similarly, the ipace sports seats were way more comfortable. These are all big heavy cars but JLR managed to make the Ipace feel much smaller.
 
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