Jaguar I-Pace Review

The Jaguar I-Pace is a pure electric car and sportier alternative to the Tesla Model X SUV. It’s great to drive and luxurious inside, but does cost a fair amount to buy versus alternatives. 

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What's good

  • Fun to drive
  • Good sized boot
  • Plush, high-tech cabin

What's not so good

  • Expensive to buy
  • Tyre noise at speed
  • Tesla Model X has a better range

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Is the Jaguar I-Pace a good car?

As an electric, five-seat SUV, the Jaguar I-Pace has a tricky brief to fill. After all, some people like their Jaguars to be smooth, quiet limousines, whereas others want their Jag to be rapid, with the growl of large performance engine. Preferably V8.

The good news is that the I-Pace is a bit like a big cat that’s lost its voice. It’ll still outrun sports cars and turn heads, but it does it without growling.

In terms of straight-line speed or going around corners, it’s great. In fact, it’s more fun to drive than an Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC or Tesla Model X.

But where the Tesla comes with one vast portrait touchscreen, the Jaguar I-Pace has three smaller displays. There’s one behind the steering wheel replaces conventional analogue dials while the two on the centre console control all the car’s climate control, satellite navigation and media playback functions.

Its screens are all bright and responsive to use, with easily navigable menus, although the way the dash-mounted ones are angled means they can reflect sunlight quite badly, making them difficult to see clearly while driving. Still, at least sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are all included.

And the I-Pace’s interior is futuristic but also genuinely plush – something you couldn’t honestly say about a Tesla – with lashings of leather, cool brushed aluminium and soft plastic trims dotted around its cabin.

There’s loads of adjustment – including low down at the lumbar – in the front seats to help you get comfortable and plenty of headroom so you won’t feel cramped, even if you’re very tall. Space in the back is also pretty generous for two adults, however three adults sat across the rear seats is more of a squeeze.

At least the Jaguar’s boot is impressively roomy – it’ll happily swallow 100 litres more luggage than an Audi Q5, BMW X3 or Mercedes GLC, easily managing a couple of large suitcases or a large pushchair.

The I-Pace is faster than some sports cars and its taller body means there’s enough space inside to bring a few friends along for the ride.

Mat Watson
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Even with four passengers onboard and a boot full of luggage, the Jaguar I-Pace drives more like a sports car than a high-riding SUV. Its two electric motors drive the front and rear wheels kicking out 400hp, helping it accelerate from 0-60mph in a scorching 4.5 seconds. That’s faster than a Porsche Cayman sports car.

Plus, the Jaguar’s heavy batteries are tucked neatly under the floor which stops its tall body from leaning excessively in tight corners. In fact, the I-Pace is genuinely good fun to drive, with well-weighted steering and an eagerness to change direction. That does come at the expense of some comfort on bumpy roads at low speeds, but it’s much smoother on the motorway and certainly never crashes into ruts and potholes.

The I-Pace isn’t all about speed, though – Jaguar claims it’ll do up to 298 miles between charges. That’s not quite as much as the Tesla but more than enough for the daily commute.

As things stand with our charging infrastructure, spending 60 minutes using a public 50KW fast-charger is enough for a 168-mile range, while a full charge takes around 13 hours from a 7KW household wall charger and cost you roughly £13. Use a standard three-pin socket and a full charge will take considerably longer. We’re talking days, not hours. If you are concerned where you can charge an I-Pace, take a look at our electric car charging points map.

That impressive range means the Jaguar I-Pace is suitable for long-distance motorway drives, so it’s good to see it comes with bundles of safety kit and (in top-spec HSE models) advanced autonomous driving features that’ll accelerate, brake and even steer for you on motorways – perfect for taking the sting out of rush hour on the M25. It’s just a shame there’s quite a bit of tyre roar kicked up at these higher speeds to be put up with.

So, if you’re looking for a practical electric family car that’s packed full of tech and fast enough to put a big grin on your face then the Jaguar I-Pace deserves your full attention. Head over to our Jaguar deals for the very best prices.

How practical is it?

The Jaguar I-Pace has generous space for four adults and a boot big enough to handle all their luggage too. That said, a Tesla Model X is even bigger and more practical inside. 

Boot (seats up)
656 litres
Boot (seats down)
1,453 litres

There’s loads of adjustment for the I-Pace’s driver – including low down at the lumbar – in the front seats to help you get comfortable and plenty of headroom so you won’t feel cramped, even if you’re very tall. Even entry-level models have 8-way electric seats, but HSE models get 18-way seat including a memory function.

Space in the back is also pretty generous. You can carry two adults in the rear without anyone having to fight over shoulder room, but three adults sat across the rear seats is more of a squeeze.

The middle passenger has good legroom but poor headroom, while the outside passengers will find their head forced sideways against the ceiling, too. And you can’t get the Jaguar I-Pace with a third row of seats in the back like the Tesla Model X.

The Jaguar I-Pace has numerous handy storage solutions, such as generous door bins on all four doors, two cup holders in the front and two on the rear armrest, as well as a smartphone slot between the front seats and iPad shelf beneath the rear bench.

The Jaguar I-Pace’s boot is impressively roomy – it’ll happily swallow 100 litres more luggage than traditional petrol and diesel SUVs like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 or Mercedes GLC, but is also bigger than other EVs’ such as the Mercedes EQC.

As such, it’ll manage a couple of large suitcases or a large pushchair, but so will an Audi e-tron, while folding down the I-Pace’s rear seats leaves less space than the cavernous Tesla Model X for those trips to the tip.

 

What's it like to drive?

Being fast in a straight line is nothing new when it comes to being an EV. It’s more difficult to be fun, because of the weight of the batteries. The Jaguar I-Pace manages to be both, though. 

Even with four passengers onboard and a boot full of luggage, the Jaguar I-Pace drives more like a sports car than a high-riding SUV. Its two electric motors drive the front and rear wheels kicking out 400hp, helping it accelerate from 0-60mph in a scorching 4.5 seconds. That’s faster than a Porsche Cayman sports car.

The I-Pace isn’t all about speed, though – Jaguar claims it’ll do up to 298 miles between charges. That’s not quite as much as the Tesla but more than enough for the daily commute.

As things stand with our charging infrastructure, spending 60 minutes using a public 50KW fast-charger is enough for a 168-mile range, while a full charge takes around 13 hours from a 7KW household wall charger. Use a standard three-pin socket and a full charge will take considerably longer. We’re talking days, not hours.

The Jaguar’s heavy battery pack is tucked neatly under the floor which stops its tall body from leaning excessively in tight corners. In fact, the I-Pace is genuinely good fun to drive, with well-weighted steering and an eagerness to change direction. That does come at the expense of some comfort on bumpy roads at low speeds, but it’s much smoother on the motorway and certainly never crashes into ruts and potholes.

Its 298-mile range means the Jaguar I-Pace is suitable for long-distance motorway drives, so it’s good to see it comes with bundles of safety kit and (in top-spec HSE models) advanced autonomous driving features that’ll accelerate, brake and even steer for you on motorways – perfect for taking the sting out of rush hour on the M25.

It’s just a shame there’s quite a bit of tyre roar kicked up at these higher speeds to be put up with. All told, though, the I-Pace is easily one of the best EVs to drive.

What's it like inside?

The Jaguar I-Pace’s interior looks and feels plusher than a Tesla’s, and its infotainment system is much improved over early efforts.

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