Perceived material quality is also of a high standard throughout, as is the level of finishing, although the ergonomics could be better. Both driver and passenger get electrically adjustable seats but only the driver’s is adjustable for height and this reviewer couldn’t get comfortable on a short trip in the passenger seat. Equipment levels are generous, at least, and our range-topping test car has taken a leaf out of Mercedes’ book with a fragrance dispenser.
Elsewhere, Xpeng has managed to load the P5 with every bit of optional paraphernalia the brand offers. The front seats fold flat to meet the rear bench and create a ‘sleep mode’ and Xpeng can even supply an air mattress, complete with pump. There’s also a film mode, where you have an optional projector mounted on the parcel shelf and powered from the 12V outlet located behind the middle headrest. The film projects onto a fold-down screen that attaches over the front dashboard. All the headrests are also the wide, airline-style type.
Although the P5 is not as dynamically capable as its bigger P7 sibling, roadholding proves fine on twisting country roads and the car’s ride on passive suspension is generally soft. The steering is well geared and seems more precise than that of previous Xpeng cars. Regeneratvie braking force appears to have been increased, too, although true one-pedal driving is still not possible because the car won’t come to a complete stop without using the physical brakes.
Like most Chinese EVs, the P5 does not have Tesla performance levels as it musters a relatively modest 205bhp and 229lb ft in front-wheel-drive form. Four-wheel drive is technically possible, but given that the G3 crossover upon which the P5 is based remains only front driven, there’s no guarantee that a rear rear axle will arrive for Xpeng’s new mid-size saloon. As it stands, the sprint to 62mph takes 7.5sec, which puts the P5 roughly on par with BMW’s 320i saloon.
As for driving range, the P5 line-up will contain several options, with battery sizes from 55.9kWh to 71.4kWh. NEDC range spans 286 miles to 373 miles, and all versions can fast-charge their batteries from 30% capacity to 80% in 40 minutes.
The final judgement on this car will be weighted by how good the self-driving function is, something that’s unavailable at launch. However, as it stands, the P5 offers a spacious interior together with a smart operating system that really supports the driver. On the road, while not class-leading, it provides a reasonably engaging drive coupled with a respectable range, and more than adequate performance for the role of a family saloon.