I dunno, after PLs were added leveling STILL seemed slow in XIV... part of it is just how boring it was, but really if they made leveling even slower in XIV I think they would be killing any chance they have to make the game good.
Part of one day with a PL is still not fast enough for you? People need to realize that a grind for gear is no different than a grind for exp.; an MMORPG is what you make of it. Do you really think that sitting around town waiting to run through the same pieces of content time after time is some sort of pleasure dome in contrast to the previous activities, which consist of essentially the same activities but with lower numbers?
I dunno I was in a PL party for a few hours and got maybe 4 or 5 levels? It wasn't really faster than the same levels (35ish to 39 or 40) in XI, and in XI a PL is not needed to get those levels, making it WAY more fun. Translation:
I would rather get fast exp without a powerlevel than with a powerlevel. Needing a powerlevel makes it more tedious, especially if you're used to playing a game where you can get levels just as fast without leeching.
As for gear grind, um, yeah - how about I'd like to level more classes and do quests and stuff? Fact is I was always too low to do most of the content in XIV - maybe if there was something to do before the late 40s I wouldn't be in such a hurry, but one class quest every 5-10 levels isn't really enough to make one want to take the slow road. Nevermind that I already wasted months of my life taking the scenic route though XIV. I mean, I guess I could have a level 50 run me through the level 25 dungeon (since that's the only thing I see happening - no one really does it at level) but that is also pretty boring.
So yeah, if there is nothing but fetch quests and a small pittance of other missions and NO real events available before the final levels, then no, the leveling shouldn't be slowed down, and it should, in fact be sped up for people NOT using a powerlevel in order to make it easier for people to actually play the game rather than standing around while someone else plays it for them.