Xpeng P5 is a good choice for a family of four

Xpeng P5 front


Xpeng is listed on the New York Stock Exchange but does not offer cars in the United States. The G6 and G9 SUVs (the links lead us to our experience with the two models) are the brand's best sellers in China, but the P5 and P7 sedans are equally important in its global expansion. Recently, I had a chance to check out the Xpengng P5's design, interior, comfort, features, and technology. Here is what I found:

Design

The Xpeng P5 has a modern design characterized by the “X Robot Face,” which includes LED headlights and a wide tail light line. The car's aerodynamic profile includes hidden door handles and a ducktail spoiler, resulting in a low drag coefficient of 0.223 Cd. These design steps, in turn, serve both aesthetics and functionality.

In profile, the Xpeng P5 features a smooth roofline, which flows smoothly into the rear spoiler. Folding door handles not only look modern but also improve aerodynamics, with specially designed wheels that reduce drag. Large windows flood the cabin with natural light and provide excellent visibility.

At the rear, a striking full-width LED light bar echoes the front design, ensuring a cohesive look. The rear bumper is softly sculpted with an integrated spoiler, adding a sporty flair. This combination of elements results in a simple and highly functional design. My overall impression of the P5 is one of simplicity and functionality.

Interior and features

The interior of the Xpeng P5 is designed with spaciousness and comfort in mind, perfect for a family of four. The cabinet is finished with soft-touch materials, giving it a premium feel. Rear passengers have 991 mm (39 inches) of legroom, and the center console includes USB and USB-C ports, as well as air-conditioning, providing extra comfort in the summer.

The infotainment setup boasts a 15.6″ central control screen paired with a 12.3″ digital dashboard, featuring apps like DAB radio, Spotify, smart navigation, and other camera apps. The “Hey XPENG” voice assistant improves user-friendliness by managing various vehicle command functions.

Notable features include surround sound system, noise reduction technology, panoramic sunroof with electric sunshade, and Xfreebreath air purification system. The car's trunk can hold up to 520 liters (18.4 cu.ft), split between a 450-liter (15.9 cu.ft) main compartment and another 70 liters (2.5 cu.ft) underneath.

Ingress

Xpeng P5 front seats

Approaching the P5, I was impressed by its pop-out, non-electric handles. As for getting into the car, it's not extremely comfortable, given my six-foot frame, due to the low roofline.

Front seats

The front seats are electrically adjustable but do not have headrests. Once I sat in the car, it looked good. The electric sedan has a nice glass roof on top, which is useful for improving the cabin atmosphere.

Headroom is average, but the seats are very supportive with good shoulder and under-thigh support. The quality of the materials is notable, with a nice faux wood trim finish and a white finish on the top. There is a prominent vertical screen and a large instrument cluster display. The steering wheel has scrollers and buttons that feel functional, not the best quality but functional. The power window switches are on the door handles, and there are adjustable airvents which I find very convenient, instead of searching for them on the touch screen.

Back seat

Xpeng P5 back seat

When the front seat is adjusted for a six-foot-tall person, the back is almost flat. Sitting in the back seat, it's comfortable, although it raises the knees a little, which may be a problem for people with long legs. Large rear windows and quarter glass let in plenty of light. The cabin has small LED ceiling lights and rear ACs. There is a central lounge and additional ACs at the rear, which help keep the cabin comfortable.

Xpeng P5 rear AC vent

For an entry-level sedan, the P5 does really well with ample knee room, good headroom, and comfortable seats that wrap around the pillars, offering a good posture. Overall, the rear seat on the Xpeng P5 offers a comfortable and spacious experience.

Details

The Xpeng P5 is equipped with a 66 kWh battery, offering a front-wheel-drive setup and a range of up to 465 km (289 miles, WLTP). It comes with a single engine that produces 155 kW (208 hp) and 310 Nm (229 lb.ft) of torque, enabling it to accelerate from 0-100 kph (0-62 mph) in 7.5 seconds. It supports CCS2 charging, and the heat pump air conditioner is designed to reduce energy consumption, especially in winter. Xpeng claims the P5 has a DC fast charge (30% to 80%) time of about 30 minutes.

The car includes XPILOT 2.5 Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and Xmart OS in-car operating system. XPILOT 2.5 uses various sensors and cameras to support driving, parking, and safety features. This includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Centering Control (LCC), Adaptive Turning Cruise (ATC), and Active Lane Change (ALC). The Intelligent Parking Assist feature enables fully automatic parking under the supervision of the driver.

Xpeng P5 on the back

Even a few minutes behind the wheel is enough to ensure that the Xpengng P5 has a comfortable setup to bring comfort and ease of driving. The electric motor provides quick, direct acceleration, while the suspension easily absorbs road imperfections. An adjustable regenerative braking system allows for one-pedal driving during the daily commute.

For future iterations, I would like to see Xpeng develop a performance version with an emphasis on sports handling.

Price and Availability

In April 2022, Xpeng had announced the P5 for Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway, to put the plans on the backburner, renewing its focus on SUV models. In China, the 2024 Xpeng P5 is priced at RMB 174,900 (USD 24,123).



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