CAN _IT _LIFESTYLE?
Ionce lost a BMW X5 in Bucklebury ford. OK, it’s not that deep. But it was deep enough for the X5 to ingest water through the intake, and that didn’t end well. When we arrive in the I-Pace there’s a huge flatbed recovery truck 100 metres up the lane, on its back a 7.5-tonne truck with water dripping from it. Some horses wade through. One of the riders reckons she’s helped tow a dozen cars out of here in the last 10 years. We try to work out if one of them was me.
Electricity and water are not happy bedfellows, but if electric cars were vulnerable to ionised water they wouldn’t be catching on so fast, would they? Even a Californian Tesla driver must have encountered a puddle before. This is just TOPGEAR taking it to the next level. Still, it’s with a certain sense of trepidation that I nose the I-Pace down the ramp into 18-inch-deep water – I remember how the shark was offed at the end of Jaws 2. I watch the screen as water bubbles up over the front camera and with a gulp I tentatively head for the far shore…
Eight passes later, it’s a rather different matter: the I-Pace bellyflops in, water fountains up. The car splashes about like a toddler in a paddling pool and then goes off for a run around the garden. Figuratively speaking. The I-Pace certainly isn’t scared of water. Sure, I raised the suspension up to off-road height, but the 4WD system hasn’t lost traction, and aside from an undertray coming loose – revealing a thick orange cable that would have been totally immersed in water – the I-Pace has shrugged off bathtime with ease.
I’ve really done this the wrong way round. Usually you get dirty first and then head off to clean up. My next stop is
I-Pace carries every accessory for the acute midlife crisis