Not too long ago, if you fancied an electric car, the choices were pretty dour – in many cases the choice was down to either a G-Wiz or something even more dreary – a milk float, maybe. Not anymore! Tesla spearheaded the electric car revolution and has been making desirable EVs for some time now. Recently, Jaguar also entered the game with its I-Pace – a 400hp sporty SUV that’s slightly smaller but also more affordable than the Tesla Model X.
So, what better way to compare the Jaguar with the Tesla than through the medium of racing. In the hopes of showing an unbiased review, we got two versions of the Tesla Model X to compete against the I-Pace. The Model X 100D is the closest to the Jaguar on price, even if the I-Pace is cheaper still. We also brought the bonkers Model X P100D mainly to please all the Tesla fans but also because we couldn’t refuse having another go in this 671hp family car.
The first out of three challenges was a simple acceleration race over a quarter mile from a standing start. Admittedly, the 100D was a smidge slower to react on the get go and as soon as the Jaguar got ahead it stayed there for the rest of the race. As for the P100D, it leapt from the start like a startled rabbit and trounced the Jaguar by a considerable margin – 11.4 seconds vs 12.8. And the 100D? It finished in a still respectable 13.2 seconds. That’s 1:0 for Tesla then.
The next challenge is a rolling start race, which tests the efficiency of the drivetrain more so than the outright power of the car. That’s why, even though the I-Pace has more pulling power than the 100D, the Tesla was able to pull away and gain a pretty decent lead over the Jaguar. The P100D, on the other hand, left the 100D from the beginning and itself gained a considerable lead. This makes the result 2:0 for Tesla.
Performing an emergency stop in the shortest distance possible is of the utmost importance when it comes to safety so a good score here can translate to obvious benefits in everyday driving. The Jaguar has an advantage – it weighs roughly 500kg less than the Model X and even if the brake test results are extremely close, the I-Pace stopped in a shorter distance than the 100D. The Jaguar also beat the P100D with it’s upgraded performance brakes, but only by a whisker.
|Tesla Model X 100D||417hp||13.2s|
|Tesla Model X P100D||671hp||11.4s|
So, the final result is pretty clear – it’s 2:1 for the Tesla Model X even though the Jaguar I-Pace put out a valiant effort as the new kid on the block and the fact it’s more affordable than the Model X is another feather in its cap.