Along with the capacious boot, under the bonnet is a small storage compartment that’s large enough for a backpack.
All versions of the P7 get a 263bhp electric motor driving the rear wheels, to which the Performance version adds a 161bhp motor to the front. Our test car was the single-motor Super Long Range model, which uses an 81kWh battery pack capable of delivering 439 miles – albeit miles measured by the generous NEDC standard, rather than Europe’s stricter WLTP procedure.
As with many Chinese EVs, our P7 was geared towards range rather than performance, but a 0-62mph of 6.7sec (this drops to 4.3sec for the dual-motor Performance model) is certainly brisk enough for most, with enough acceleration to leave in its wake many similarly priced petrol cars.
While the level of kinetic energy regeneration is adjustable, it’s not as strong as in many EVs, and as a result you need to use the physical brakes more.
The steering is – for once in a Chinese car – reasonably well weighted, which perhaps isn’t so surprising, considering the P7’s chassis was developed in conjunction with Porsche. The ride quality is also tauter than you might expect and more sporting.
We also had the opportunity to test a beta version of NGP on a P7 Performance. A highway-based autonomous driving system, it functions more effectively than that of the Chinese-built Teslas when merging onto the highway and cruising at the speed limit. The Xpeng system also needs far less input from the driver. It is, however, less aggressive than Tesla’s system when it comes to overtaking.