I picked up the new fam­i­ly wheel­s, a 2019 Jaguar I-Pace, on Jan­uary 12th. Cur­rent plans are for this blog frag­ment to get up­dates for the next cou­ple of week­s, through a planned road trip, per the “diary” part of the se­ries ti­tle.

The wait · I’d re­served a spot in March and or­dered the car in Ju­ly, so it’s been a wait, and I’ve been in a sort of Gatsby-and-the-green-light mod­e. It’s not as sim­ple as ex­pec­ta­tions be­ing high, al­though the car’s won loads of awards; the ear­ly ship­ments have not been problem-free, and the car has picked up a le­gion of haters  —  chiefly $TSLA longs, but stil­l.

JLR fail · Dur­ing the 5-month wait for the car, the num­ber of times Jaguar con­tact­ed me: ze­ro. The num­ber of sta­tus up­dates they gave me: ze­ro. The typ­i­cal de­lay when I emailed ask­ing what was up: Days. Mind you, I was deal­ing with sales­peo­ple and, from their point of view, the sale was al­ready made.

Maybe I’m just deal­ing with a par­tic­u­lar­ly lame sales­per­son or deal­er­ship, but in the event that I want to con­sid­er an­oth­er JLR pro­duc­t, you can bet I am not go­ing back to Jaguar Van­cou­ver and I wouldn’t par­tic­u­lar­ly rec­om­mend them.

In fair­ness, they han­dled the Big Day pro­cess­es of pa­per­work shuf­fling, in­sur­ance cov­er­age, tak­ing my mon­ey, get­ting the remote-control app set up, and ex­plain­ing the car’s work­ings, with per­fect com­pe­tence.

Jaguar I-Pace close-up

About as ex­pect­ed · First im­por­tant find­ing: If you’ve been track­ing the on­line traf­fic about the I-Pace, which I sum­ma­rized in Jag Diary 3: What We Know, get­ting in the car and driv­ing it around won’t present that many sur­pris­es. It is more or less what it says on the box, and what the In­ter­net said about the box.

So I’m go­ing to try to re­strict my­self in this space to find­ings that are new or re­fresh­ing or sur­pris­ing, which prob­a­bly means of spe­cif­ic rel­e­vance to those who are some com­bi­na­tion of Pa­cif­ic North­west­ern­er­s, In­ter­net geek­s, ur­ban dweller­s, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist­s, and par­ents of teenager­s.

Journey 1

Day 1 im­pres­sions · We picked up the car in the morn­ing, then drove from Van­cou­ver down to Steve­ston for lunch, then back home with stops for pho­tog­ra­phy and shop­ping. To the right, the Jour­ney graph­ic from the I-Pace re­mote ap­p, which gets scathing re­views on Google Play.

  1. It’s small­er than you’d think. My carport’s still un­der con­struc­tion so the Jag’s parked on the street in front of the house, and it’s not one of the larg­er cars along the block. The con­trast be­tween small out­side and spa­cious in­side is shock­ing.

  2. It’s nim­ble! That electric-motor ac­cel­er­a­tion is awe­some; Un­less you’ve stomped the ac­cel­er­a­tor in a Tes­la or I-Pace you just can’t imag­ine what it feels like. But in prac­tice, it means that if you’re try­ing to get out of the su­per­mar­ket park­ing lot across a cou­ple lanes of on­com­ing traf­fic you can Just Do It, it feels like tele­por­ta­tion.

  3. The seats are just awe­some­ly com­fort­able  —  I sprung for the upscale-but-not-racing lev­el, with some huge num­ber of ad­just­ments, and it feels like I’m be­ing cra­dled by a huge warm benev­o­lent be­ing.

  4. The Merid­i­an au­dio, at first lis­ten, is un­der­whelm­ing, the bass sound­ing un­nat­u­ral­ly light to my ears. Will re­port back af­ter fur­ther ad­just­men­t.

  5. The re­gen brak­ing is fun, but when Lau­ren was driv­ing and I was pas­sen­g­ing, I found it a lit­tle un­com­fort­able. Per­haps a com­bi­na­tion of us de­vel­op­ing bet­ter one-pedal driv­ing skills and pas­sen­gers just get­ting used to it will change this find­ing. But in the on­line I-Pace fo­rum­s, a lot of peo­ple are rec­om­mend­ing low-regen for com­fort, es­pe­cial­ly on the high­way.

  6. Lau­ren, who’s 5’5" with a light build, found the driv­ing po­si­tion per­fect­ly com­fort­able and loved the han­dling. She’s right  —  this car loves to warp around a cor­ner at speed.

  7. Park­ing takes some get­ting used to. It has lots of sen­sors and alarms which moan piteous­ly if you get any­where near the curb or cars fore and af­t. My first at­tempt left it halfway out in the street, and crooked.


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From: David Taylor (Jan 14 2019, at 13:54)

Looks like fun. How are you intending to charge it?

Fair disclosure: Tesla Model 3 owner. I chose Tesla because of the SuperCharger network.


From: Serge (Jan 15 2019, at 19:33)

Congrats on joining the electrical revolution. Enjoy your teleportation device... :-)

Fair disclosure: Tesla Model S owner, for 6 years next month. I chose Tesla because of the SuperCharger network.


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