Having about two weeks experience with my new I-Pace, the early verdict: it's amazing and I'm quite happy that I took the plunge. Save for some "guestimator" software issues on range, the car has been flawless. And so fun to drive. For pre-acquisition background, here's my previous thread.
Again, I'm quite thrilled with my I-Pace.
- I have put 556 miles in 10 days.
- Trips include: Boston - White Mountains, White Mountains to Maine Coast, Maine Coast to Boston. Plus a lot of 5-10 mile local, non-highway trips
- I generally drive in Comfort mode. I mistakenly left it in Dynamic on my first trip to NH and it ATE the miles until I figured out how to put it in ECO. While in Dynamic I'd say it was at best 50% accurate (i.e. 2+ miles used for 1 mile actual traveled). However on my trip to Maine in ECO, my eyes said it was 95%+ accurate (both confirmed on the Journey's app).
- Easily fit two golf bags and clothes for the Maine weekend trip with space to spare.
- My NH JuiceBox worked flawlessly (including the app)
- My MA Flo box worked, but until yesterday the app would not connect (according to Flo, it was configured for the Canadian grid.....)
- Comfort & performance - both have exceeded expectations. The pick-up, especially in Dynamic mode, is thrilling. So much torque! Enough that I'm truly wondering whether it would beat my 911, at least on short distances. On looks, several "Wows!", "What's that!?" and thumbs-up at stop lights. Interestingly, people seems to get that it's an EV upon first glance. Seats are very comfortable, adjust in every way, and heat/cool quite well.
- The much debated telematics system has performed well. In fact, had I not read these forums I don't think I would have said anything. There is occasionally some lag (especially with Sirius "Favorites"), but overall no issues (note: I have not set up any personal settings). Occasionally on fast starts (i.e. not allowing 10 seconds before starting), we have seen some weird stuff like blank screens, unexpected camera angles, etc. But each time a Stop-Wait-Restart-Wait-10s worked. Navigation system has worked well. I doubt I'll keep the AT&T system, so it'll be interesting to see what I lose without wireless data. I plan to try the Apple CarPlay soon.
- Regen has worked so well that I now have to adjust to two-pedal driving in my ICEs. No use for Creep Mode.
- The Jaguar Remote app has been useful - overall an asset. Interestingly on the range issue described below, it has provided a different (and I believe more accurate) Range Estimator than the car's software.
- A shout-out to the team at Peabody Jaguar - first-class all-the-way.
- The only significant glitch I observed involved the car's Range estimator. After being quite reliable and predictable, it went off-track the final 50 mile leg of the Maine-to-Boston trip. We left in ECO with a range of 103 miles for a 50 mile trip. Once on the highway it suddenly dropped to 60 for several miles, then back up to 100, then back to 60.....with about 45 miles to go. Interestingly the "battery tank indicator" on the main dash (and the percent estimator in My EV) stayed as predicted. With about 20 miles to go and 29 on the estimator, I decided that we had to find a charger. Sitting in traffic we then figured out how to put it in a Low Power mode -- which allowed us to complete the final 10 miles with the estimator stuck on 23 mile range the entire time. And to add another twist, once home I checked the range on the Remote app, which read 51, about what I would have predicted. So my takeaway - the car's Guestimator algorithm still has some kinks, but the Battery % reserve and the Remote app appear to be a better basis to infer just how much further one can go.
- Truly, nothing else to complain about. And if this is the only issue then all my concerns leading up to now were groundless. This is not to make short of the real concerns people have expressed -- I too would be quite upset -- but for my experience, so far, so good.
- The frunk is a head-scratcher given its small size. Maybe I'll just keep the charging cable there? Also, sometimes it doesn't latch upon first push, and takes a few tries to lock it.
- There is so much data and options that I still don't know what several icons mean.
- One surprise - the sidedoor "Jaguar" light projected on the ground. A bit over-the-top......would prefer there were no branding to literally step on (and be made fun of by my family).
- The sound system is OK. I would have opted for a premium one if that had been an option. Still playing around with it......
- We've also played around with the "engine soundtrack" -- neither annoying nor exciting, just there. The spaceship sounding pulse at low speeds is a bit odd - I think I'd prefer an engine sound to be broadcast.
- I've connected to my home WiFi and checked for software updates yesterday -- nothing yet.
Again, I'm quite thrilled with my I-Pace.
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