The electric SUV market is more growing larger and larger, and one of the newcomers is the Jaguar I-Pace.
It’s a futuristic-looking zero-emission crossoverthat uses two electric motors, one on each axle, for a total output of 395 hp (400 PS / 294 kW) and 512 lb-ft (696 Nm) of torque.
The I-Pace sprints to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.5 seconds (0-62 mph / 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds) and maxes out at 124 mph (200 km/h). But, more importantly, it has a total range of 298 miles (480 km), in the WLTP cycle, which drops to 253 miles (407 km) in the real world, according to WhatCar’s review – a number that’s still more than respectable.
Charging the batteries to 80 percent takes only 40 minutes via a 100 kW charger. Use the high-capacity public ones and that time doubles, but if you want to do it from a standard wall charger, you’ll probably plug it in when you get home and let it charge overnight, as it takes 10 hours.
Even though some plastics feel cheap, the interior build quality is superior to the E-Pace and F-Pace. There are sufficient storage spaces, rear legroom and headroom is decent, and there are loads of standard features even in the entry-level model.
Front visibility is good, but due to the thick rear pillars, it’s not ideal when reversing into tight spaces. Still, the standard rear view camera will ease this process, although you may want to take it slow, as it’s a bit laggy.
The I-Pace is rather fun to drive. The steering is engaging, the standard suspension does a good job at absorbing bumps in the road, so there’s apparently no need to choose the optional air suspension, and there’s barely any wind and tire noise coming into the cockpit. However, the reviewer pointed out that the standard suspension can be a bit noisy at certain times.
With a £63,495 ($80,360/€70,292) starting price in the UK, which goes up to at £81,495 ($103,141/€90,219) for the First Edition, the I-Pace may be more affordable than the Tesla Model X, but it’s still not aimed at the masses. Is it worth paying that kind of money? This following review might help you decide.