New XPeng G9 2023 assessment


It’s not precisely bursting with dynamic sparkle, and we’d most likely forego the additional motor of this Efficiency model, however the XPeng G9 continues to be one of the spectacular all-electric SUVs we’ve tried just lately. It has loads of area and oodles of in-car tech, is rather well completed, and has the efficiency, vary and charging speeds to go face to face with rivals from Korea, Germany and even California. All it actually wants is XPeng to commit to creating it in right-hand drive and get on with establishing a vendor community right here. The automotive is able to discover UK clients, we’d argue.

Chinese language manufacturers are racing in the direction of Europe proper now, and plenty of have the UK of their sights. We’ve already seen the affect that the likes of the revitalised MG and newcomers BYD and Ora can have – and Shanghai firm XPeng is hoping that it may faucet into the burgeoning marketplace for EVs within the area too. The G9 flagship SUV could be an apparent candidate for UK showrooms, and that is our first likelihood to see the way it stacks up, albeit in very late pre-production type and on Dutch roads.

We have been fairly impressed with the packaging, appear and feel of the G9 once we noticed it at a static presentation earlier at first of this yr. To recap, it’s a 4.8-metre-long, five-seat SUV that’s barely longer, each total and in wheelbase, than the likes of the BMW X3. It sits on XPeng’s personal bespoke EV structure, charmingly known as Edward, and is available in three configurations, beginning with a smaller-battery version with a single rear motor producing 308bhp and a 75kWh LFP-chemistry pack delivering 286 miles of vary.

There are then two extended-range variations, which have extra energy-dense NMC chemistry and 93kWh (internet) capacities. One has the identical rear-drive set-up because the Commonplace Vary, and manages as much as 354 miles on a single cost; the opposite will get an additional motor for a mixed output of 543bhp – sufficient for a 0-62mph time of three.9 seconds – however sacrifices a bit of vary within the title of efficiency, at 323 miles.

XPeng is making daring claims on charging, too. The smaller-battery version can handle DC charges of as much as 260kW however the 93kWh fashions crank this as much as 300kW – sufficient, XPeng says, for the automotive so as to add 60 miles of vary in simply 5 minutes when hooked as much as a quick sufficient charging level.

The vary providing is refreshingly easy, too. All automobiles get a warmth pump, a full-length panoramic glass roof, heated and ventilated entrance seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel and soft-close doorways as commonplace. There’s no phrase but on UK pricing – XPeng continues to be engaged on the marketing strategy for right-hand drive, it says, despite the fact that the sensible cash is on a debut right here in late 2024 or early 2025 – however the automotive has already been launched within the Netherlands, with costs starting from round £51,000 to £62,500. 

Climbing aboard, these numbers appear fairly reasonable, as a result of there’s valuable little contained in the G9 to present away the truth that it’s a automobile designed and manufactured in China. The supplies and finishes are deeply spectacular, with neatly stitched leather-based on the seats and soft-touch finishes in the entire proper locations. There are metallic parts on the centre console and delicate ambient lighting means that you can personalise the cabin once you’re on the transfer.

The one ‘inform’ on the automotive’s origins is its know-how, as a result of it arguably has an excessive amount of. The ten.25-inch digital instrument panel is par for the course however the pin-sharp 14.96-inch central infotainment show is matched by an equivalent panel designed for the entrance passenger’s use. It has pixel filtering tech that’s designed to permit a film to be watched – in a traffic-clogged Shanghai rush hour, you think – with out the motive force’s being distracted by it; in reality, it’s a little bit of tech overkill that established European manufacturers would resist.  

We’re driving the AWD Efficiency at the moment and positive sufficient, it has fairly stunning acceleration for one thing with the G9’s dimensions, to not point out its 2.3-tonne kerbweight. Certainly, ought to you choose Sport mode for optimum tempo, it really turns into exhausting to modulate the throttle pedal inputs, such is the automotive’s desperation to react to the smallest of them. The left-hand pedal will also be a difficult buyer, though when you’re by the early a part of retardation, and the bleed-off between power recuperation and the (Brembo) discs and pads is resolved, you’ll discover it straightforward sufficient to come back to a easy cease in metropolis visitors. There’s additionally a selectable single-pedal mode that can deliver the automotive right down to a extremely gradual creep – once more, helpful in heavy visitors.

Regardless of its dimension, actually, the G9 is nicely suited to city routes. The steering is gentle and persistently weighted (although devoid of really feel, you received’t be stunned to listen to), and there’s respectable visibility, assisted by a plethora of cameras whose photographs are relayed to the central display screen to assist get rid of blind spots. Efficiency editions get air suspension as commonplace and it does job of soothing out side-street ripples.

It’s completed on motorways, too, the place the spectacular electric-motor refinement mixes with a reasonably soothing trip (solely troubled by the sharpest and deepest bridge-expansion joints) to make sure a cushty expertise. There’s a little bit of low-frequency resonance transmitted up from chosen highway surfaces however typically, the worst offenders for noise at velocity are the chunky aspect mirrors.

We had valuable little alternative to discover the G9’s limits on roads that combined velocity with tighter corners or camber modifications, however the total set-up would lead us to count on that it might nicely require a bit of persistence in corners, lest the powertrain overwhelm the tall physique and the comfort-focused suspension beneath it.

As for the in-car tech, it’s nonetheless present process remaining tweaks – the fantastic thing about software program over {hardware}, we’re informed – however there are wise (non-haptic) switches on the steering wheel that management a number of key features, together with the cabin temperature, and shortcuts positioned on the highest of the large central display screen for options just like the windscreen de-mister. 

It’s a disgrace, although, that you just nonetheless want no less than two display screen prods to vary the automobile’s driving mode or its degree of brake power recuperation – though XPeng’s voice assistant can have a stab at reducing this out for those who’re ready to speak to it. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are lacking, too – not unusual from Chinese language manufacturers, however XPeng ought to understand that European clients are eager on utilizing their telephones as a substitute of, for instance, built-in navigation.

The G9 is a sensible factor, with commonplace recline on the rear seats (that are heated, bear in mind), luggage of legroom for back-seat passengers and a 660-litre boot that expands to 1,576 litres when the 60/40-split second row is folded down. There’s an extra 71-litre frunk beneath the bonnet for cable storage, and XPeng even sells a self-inflating sleep package that may flip the rear cabin into in a single day lodging.


XPeng G9 AWD Efficiency


€71,990 (£62,500) (Netherlands)


2x e-motor, 93kWh batt. (internet)

Energy/torque: 543bhp/717Nm

Single-speed computerized, four-wheel drive

0-62mph: 3.9 seconds
High velocity: 124mph
Vary: 323 miles
Max charging:

300kW (10-80% in 20mins)

On sale: 2025 (est.)

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