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As an I-Pace owner, would you recommend the car to friends and family?

Im an advocate for the car and strongly recommend it, but I also set the expectations based on its quirks.
Depending on the person I might steer them towards an E-Tron or Taycan
 
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100% recommend. I sold it so hard to our next door neighbor, he bought a new Yulong Metallic SE about a month ago, and thank god (LOL) it has been perfect. He came out of two Tesla Model S, and he says it does everything better than Tesla and the build quality and materials are out of this world, especially compared to Tesla!
 

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I also highly recommend ASSUMING I know a BEV will fit them (second car, no need for range, budget, want a luxury brand). Honestly the two I recommend are either a Chevy Bolt (band for buck, FWD, no need for extreme driving conditions, no need for luxury) or I-Pace. I don’t recommend Audi even to Audi fans, its too boring and not worth it. Taycan is nice, but honestly even the 4S doesn’t have anything that is worth the price differential to the I-Pace. Only other caveat is if the infotainment quality is paramount fo the buyer, and they can use CarPlay/AA, I steer them away from I-Pace.
 

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I also highly recommend ASSUMING I know a BEV will fit them (second car, no need for range, budget, want a luxury brand). Honestly the two I recommend are either a Chevy Bolt (band for buck, FWD, no need for extreme driving conditions, no need for luxury) or I-Pace. I don’t recommend Audi even to Audi fans, its too boring and not worth it. Taycan is nice, but honestly even the 4S doesn’t have anything that is worth the price differential to the I-Pace. Only other caveat is if the infotainment quality is paramount fo the buyer, and they can use CarPlay/AA, I steer them away from I-Pace.
Im looking for another EV so test drove the Bolt the other day. It's a great drive train and range, but the interior is absolutely atrocious and a deal breaker for me.
The Kona EV was far superior to it
 

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Im looking for another EV so test drove the Bolt the other day. It's a great drive train and range, but the interior is absolutely atrocious and a deal breaker for me.
The Kona EV was far superior to it
Actually that is a very good point, I have test driven the Kona and the Ioniq and they are also very nice EVs, and I do like Hyundai interiors. Good alternatives.
 

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As an I-Pace owner, would you recommend the car to friends and family?

Im an advocate for the car and strongly recommend it, but I also set the expectations based on its quirks.
Depending on the person I might steer them towards an E-Tron or Taycan
you say etron or Tycan but those cars are also first generation and could have quirks just like IPACE.
 

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The e-Tron definitely has some problems. I still follow on audiworld.com, and they've basically had the same type of issues we have, with the added one of the charging cable not properly releasing from L3 chargers. Sounds like they had a software update to fix that, but required a visit to do so.
 

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you say etron or Tycan but those cars are also first generation and could have quirks just like IPACE.
This is true, but most people are hung up on infotainment which the Audi family has done a better job on. I personally really like the I-Pace infotainment
Audi also seems to support the cars better than JLR. From my experience, the dealers are at war with JLR for what we think should be covered under warranty.
 
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I've had my I-Pace for more than 5 months now. It may be my favorite drive ever. As others have said, it is far from perfect. The infotainment is slow. Better than it was originally with the software updates, but still slow. And buggy, see my post from earlier today. Still my favorite drive. I love not having to go to the gas station or hunt for a charger. I charge at night almost exclusively. It is very fast and handles well. It makes my daily commute (a slog in LA traffic) fun. The price is high, but for those in that price range or close, I recommend it highly.
 

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I was ready to trade in my 2017 A4 to an E-tron when I tried the I-Pace. I ordered an I-Pace the next day and no regrets here. While I love the design of Audi I feel I would be dissapointed to drive an E-tron instead of the I-pace.
My reasons are

* In 3 years of ownership of A4 there was not a single software update available for the system. It was mostly stable, well tested but Audi software is rarely improved. The line assist could use some improvement - but it was never fixed or acknowledged by Audi. I-Pace may have/had some bugs, but there is some sense of responsibility of the company to fix things.

* In Europe, Audi selling the short range version the E-tron 50, with the promise that the shorter range is good enough since their Ionity fast chargers are now everywhere. A month ago Ionity just raised the prices of electricity by 500%, about 1EUR/Kwh.

* The I-pace is more fun car to drive. It is like owning a piece of the future.

From a practical point of view, getting from A to B - I think Tesla may be a better and more economical choice.
The interior and the build quality just doesn't work for me.
 

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Funny you said that. That was my immediate reaction to test driving the I-Pace last summer.
5 months into ownership, I still feel that way. (Bugs aside.)
Bugs inside is the way I describe it too and the more I drive it, the more I love it.

I really show people what the car is capable of as a selling point. The car is not only beautiful, but a performer.
I had 2 people in the car the other night, was driving calm till I saw a Mustang at a light, switched to dynamic mode, launched it, pinned everyone in their seats and we were at 95mph in a 35mph street. They thought it was a luxury car "space ship interior" but couldn't believe what they experienced
 

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I've owned my I-PACE since February of 2019. While I've only driven it about 8,000 miles, what an amazing 8,000 miles they have been! Coming from a 2013 LEAF and a 2016 Tesla Model X:

Pros (for me): Instant torque, "full tank" each morning, knobs and buttons for features I use every time I drive, CarPlay, luxury interior. Rapid charging network is currently sufficient for my needs and is still expanding quickly, and I never have to wait to charge when on a road trip.

Cons (for me): Understeers through hard corners. Poor braking performance. Fails miserably at the "moose test." Backup camera lags enough to make it dangerous to depend on it. Infotainment is useless (thank the gods for CarPlay). Lost value more quickly in the first year than a lot of other cars in its class. No "SoC glide" software feature to let me know what to expect on a road trip, which is a big deal for me because I try to arrive at rapid charging stations with 5-10% SoC, and I need to know how to adjust my speed to achieve that (are you listening, WattCat?).
 

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I am currently at about 4,000 miles and ownership since November. This is my daily driver and I actually look forward to going to work and driving home, even in traffic. Always hoping to be the first one stopped at the traffic light, so I can see everyone else in the rear view mirror. I do not usually speed excessively, so the aggressive drivers who got left in the dust like to scream past me a few miles down the road as if they have accomplished something. LOL
 

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Yep, I would certainly recommend the I-Pace within the caveats of charging infrastructure and the infotainment niggles but first I would need to meet someone who is interested in an EV. There are so few EVs in general around my town, a few Teslas, a Bolt every blue moon or so. Despite the interest that the car draws when I'm in public I never hear anyone mention that they're considering an EV purchase. If EVs are the wave of the future, my community will still be in the stone ages. :confused:
 
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