XPeng P7 Sedan — First Impression

After a 12 months of preparations, XPeng is able to begin deliveries of its automobiles in Europe. Initially, there was a cautious begin in Norway with the XPeng P7 sedan and the XPeng G9 SUV. Now, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg are subsequent. The remainder of Europe will observe, however in every nation, a gross sales and repair infrastructure should be organized.

To organize the launch, a variety of journalists from these nations have been invited to Amsterdam, the European centre of XPeng logistics, to get acquainted with the fashions for the European markets. XPeng is beginning with its high fashions, the SUV G9 and the sedan P7. The corporate has smaller fashions obtainable on the Chinese language market as nicely, and new fashions on a model new platform are in growth.

XPeng P7 Intro

Like many others, XPeng has selected a toolbox structure, like VW’s MEB. It’s known as the “Sensible Electrical Platform Structure,” SEPA2.0. This allows a far higher vary of variants than a traditional platform with a set chassis. The primary mannequin on this new platform, the G6 SUV, was proven on the current Shanghai Auto Present.

What’s now supplied in Europe are the most recent fashions of the primary era of BEVs designed by the corporate. Every mannequin did have clear enhancements over the earlier one. The P7 nonetheless has a 400V powertrain structure, whereas the G9 is already on 800V. Moreover technical variations the motive force will hardly discover, a 400V structure has a sensible max charging capability of 175 kW and an 800V structure that may cost with 350kW (and even 400kW with some chargers).

The day began for me, after the espresso and tour of the ability, with a check drive of the G9 in the direction of our lunch vacation spot. That overview has its personal article. After the lunch, a P7 was assigned to me.

Description of the P7

The P7 is a pleasant, huge sedan within the E-segment. It’s too huge for my style, however that’s not the automobile’s fault. It isn’t solely huge, with the legroom within the again for a working govt, but in addition luxurious. The seats haven’t simply heating, but in addition a therapeutic massage operate. It’s in fact obtainable to the chief within the again, not only for the chauffeur within the entrance and the assistant using shotgun.

As with all fashionable electrical vehicles, it has a variety of driving modes. They’re sporty, regular, eco, and one-pedal. The present crop of totally electrical vehicles is so good at driving that there’s nothing to check in regular each day visitors. For many who wish to understand how good it’s at taking a nook at pace, go to a race circuit. The capacities are far exterior what may be examined on public roads in a secure approach.

The excellence these days is on the Superior Driver Help Programs (ADAS). Probably the most used are one-pedal-driving and cruise-control. Each ought to be trimmed to the motive force’s style. Different necessary options are blind-spot warning, lane maintaining help, driver consideration, beside a variety of security options that I hope by no means to check.

For actually testing all of the ADAS features, the test-drive of about 2 hours was too quick. I did expertise they labored, I did really feel it enhanced my security and made driving simpler. However I couldn’t check all or attempt to tune them to my liking and driving type. I’ll ask for an extended testing interval later this 12 months.

The P7 is obtainable in three variations. There’s a lengthy vary model, a efficiency one, and a WOW, showcase, impress the women/guys model with wing doorways. There was not a winged automobile obtainable for us journalists, and personally I don’t see the distinction between normal efficiency and additional efficiency. Each have extra energy below the hood than is usable in regular visitors.

Specs at EV-Database.org for the XPeng P7:

  • Battery — 82.7 kWh with about 500 km/311 miles of vary on a full cost.
  • Motor — 202 kW and 440 Nm rear-wheel drive. (Lengthy Vary)
  • Motor — 348 kW and 757 Nm all-wheel drive. (Winged, Efficiency)
  • Charging — 175 kW DC and 11 kW AC.
  • Curb Weight — 2,020 kg / 4,453 lb) Lengthy Vary
  • Curb Weight — 2,140 kg/4,718 lb Efficiency
  • Curb Weight — 2,180 kg/4,806 lb Winged Efficiency
  • Towing not permitted
  • Euro NCAP not but examined
  • Wheelbase (2998mm/118”)
  • Size * Width * Peak — (4888mm/192”) * (1896mm/74.6”) * (1450mm/57.1”)

Observations concerning the P7

Let me begin with the seats. They don’t seem to be good; they’re nice. They’re electrically positioned and adjusted in any approach the motive force or passenger likes. They provide not solely heating but in addition a therapeutic massage operate. It was defined to me as a option to hold me awake whereas driving, however it might probably put me to sleep. It is vitally stress-free. The great colour and end additionally deserves a point out. The steering wheel may be adjusted with a lever beneath the console, identical to practically each different steering wheel.

Even when doing a check drive, keep in mind to save lots of the configuration of your seat, as a result of the seat will withdraw backwards to make it simpler so that you can get out of the automobile. If not saved, it’s a must to place the seat once more. Maybe there’s a operate to recall the final place, however it’s not automated and I didn’t search for it.

I didn’t use the parking help. Maybe I ought to have, as a result of I’m turning into horrible at parking, however when parking backwards, the location mirrors reposition downwards to see the road and different vehicles. Good contact. I typically do it manually, however then I’ve to place them again once more when driving regular.

The again seat head rests block the view within the rear-view mirror only a bit. When overtaking, I exploit the rearview mirror to test the space to the automobile I simply handed. Utilizing the location mirrors could make you misjudge the space, as a result of they aren’t flat however convex. Maybe I ought to have appeared for a digital rear view mirror operate. With the variety of sensors and cameras maintaining monitor of the environment of the automobile, it ought to be obtainable.

Whereas the rear bench/seats are formally huge sufficient for 3 adults, I’ll invite no person for an extended drive sitting on the middle place — no less than not with my kind of huge physique. It’s extra a bridge between the 2 seating positions than a 3rd seating place. It’s tougher and has much less leg room and place to your ft.

An govt sitting within the again and having a nap or working is unlikely to complain concerning the leg room. And the seats are heated identical to within the entrance. The cupholders and USB plugs are what you possibly can anticipate from a automobile on this class.

All in all, it’s an important cabin with an important sound system … that I didn’t check. My ears aren’t working correctly anymore, and with out my listening to aids, I’ve issue following a dialog. I like it when it’s silent in a automobile, and the P7 has sufficient soundproofing to make it snug for me. Even half deaf, many vehicles have an excessive amount of street and driving noise within the cabin to my liking.

Going all the way in which to the rear of the automobile, the trunk was an enormous as chances are you’ll anticipate of a automobile this dimension.

When driving, I hardly discover the remainder of the cabin, however I’m very a lot in touch with the person interface. With fashionable electrical vehicles, there’s a new approach of designing the way in which drivers work together with the automobile. There’s a huge touchscreen, and there are hardly any bodily knobs and switches in any respect. Not the perfect interface for somebody like me who likes to maintain his eyes on the street and work together with the automobile by contact. It turns into worse if you want studying glasses for the display screen however can’t have glasses on when driving.

The person interface is just not as dangerous as some fashionable vehicles, however I might recognize extra that I can do by contact with out the necessity to take a look at the display screen, deciphering advanced menu buildings. To not point out that my outdated parchment pores and skin is usually not observed by the touchscreen.

Managing a automobile by way of a touchscreen is difficult. Don’t begin about getting used to it — I’ve a automobile with a contact display screen, and touchscreens have been the explanation I stayed with my Nokia 3310 till having a battery electrical automobile pressured me to transition. I now have a Samsung S21 5G top-of-the-line mannequin, not an affordable one thing with third charge elements, and after over three years with a smartphone, I nonetheless assume the Nokia 3310 was a greater device to make voice calls.

Good touchscreens are OK when configuring the automobile when parked and having the guide in your knees. For something that may (or must) be completed whereas driving, I feel bodily knobs and switches are superior.

And now the ADAS suite:

  • Adaptive Cruise Management
  • Automated Velocity limiter
  • Adaptive Flip Management?
  • Ahead Distance Monitor
  • Ahead Collision Warning
  • Auto Emergency Braking
  • Visitors Signal Recognition
  • Velocity Assistant System?
  • Clever Excessive Beam
  • Blind Spot Detection
  • Energetic Lane Change
  • Lane Coordination Management?
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Maintain Help
  • Enhanced Lane Maintain
  • Rear Collision Warning
  • Rear Cross Visitors Help
  • Door Open Warning
  • Autonomous Parking
  • Driver State Monitoring
  • Parking help with 360° digital camera

I didn’t check all of those. To be trustworthy, I didn’t discover or contact most of those.

The driving force state monitoring was most likely the supply of repeated warnings to concentrate to the street, particularly once I was targeting troublesome driving conditions. There was a voice commenting on my driving, a sound sign, and my seatbelt was tightened just a few occasions. If I used to be falling asleep, very efficient intervention. On this drive, it was a distraction.

I used adaptive cruise management (ACC) to drive about 100 kilometers on 100 km/h highways and 80 km/h roads. Rush hour was simply beginning, and plenty of different drivers didn’t just like the relaxed approach of driving of the ACC. I feel the ACC was configured for a driving atmosphere with a keep-your-lane system. In Europe, we’ve got a keep-to-the-right regulation. This creates totally different driving habits that have been dealt with sub-optimally.

Lane hold was good. Visitors signal recognition labored, however when there was a pace restrict for an off-ramp, it utilized it to the principle street, warning me I used to be driving too quick.

All in all, the XPeng P7 is a good automobile. It wants some tuning to the idiosyncrasies of Dutch (European) driving. However with over-the-air (OTA) updates doable, it’s going to probably get lots higher over time.

For these driving lots of kilometers professionally, typically exterior rush hour, the worth and vary will make this a really engaging automobile. I can see lots of taxi corporations changing their Mercedes E-Class diesels (now the preferred cab in some European nations) with this automobile. The combo of luxurious, vary, and value is good. The Mercedes EQE sedan lacks leg room and head room within the rear seats for preferrred use as a taxi cab. The EQE SUV does supply extra, however is in one other value class.

Rereading what I’ve written, it is extremely vital and doesn’t replicate my enthusiasm for this automobile. It’s a mistake I typically make when discussing the standard, and execs and cons, of a product. Jack Scarlett of Totally Charged voices how I really feel concerning the P7 much better than I can do myself. His video is price your time.

All photos by Maarten Vinkhuyzen or XPeng.


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