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Jaguar I Pace EV400 HSE Review

What is it?

According to the bosses at Jaguar this is the most important car they made since the E Type, it’s a bold statement but as the first all-electric Jaguar they may be right. Last month the I Pace was named World Car of the Year, World Green Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year for 2019. So needless to say this car is possibly one of the most perfect electric vehicles and a serious contender to the Tesla Model S.

The I-Pace isn’t a cheap car, it’s not an EV for the masses in the same way as the $35,000 Tesla Model 3 is. It remains a premium vehicle that’s priced accordingly. However, it is an electric car that you’ll actually want to own and the interior is far more luxurious than rivals such as the Tesla, which still uses cheap feeling plastics.

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So how does it drive?

The I-Pace is powered by a 90kWh battery (8-year/100,000-mile warranty), which drives two electric motors to give four-wheel drive. The system develops 396bhp and 696Nm of torque – enough for 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds and a range of 298 miles of ‘real world driving’. Charging takes a little longer – 10 hours to top it up from 0–80 per cent with a 7kW home charger, or 45 minutes if you can find a 100kW DC supply.

As with all electric cars, all of the torque is available from the minute you press the accelerator, instead of having to wait for the revs to rise, as you do with a petrol or diesel engine. The rapid power delivery is addictive, you’re never caught in the wrong gear, never off-boost, whether waiting at the lights, or hovering at 70.

Individuality is an issue because, acceleration aside, all EVs feel similar to drive. Strip away the vibrations from the engine, a gearbox to interact with, exhaust noise or turbo rush and you’re left with something more homogenous than in the past.

But what marks the I-Pace out against the rest of the EV pack is its steering and rock solid body control. This may be a 2.2-tonne SUV, but in truth it feels more like a sports car with the way it twists and slaloms down tight and technical roads.

This could finally be the electric car to convert the stubborn petrol head.

 

 

What’s it like on the inside?

I Pace interior
After you see the futurist shape of the exterior, the interior suddenly feels a lot more familiar. The infotainment double screen set up is the same as you would find in the Range Rover Velar and the facelifted Range Rover Sport with the top dealing with your standard Sat Nav and media. The lower screen deals with the climate control, drive settings and seat settings on high trim levels. The downside of touch-sensitive buttons is that they tend to be distracting to use while driving, by forcing you to take your eyes off the road to find the correct area to hit.

There are new modern features however, the analogue instrument dials have been replaced with a 12.3 inch digital display which lets the driver decide exactly what information they want to be directly in front of them. The automatic gearbox dial has been replaced with line of buttons to choose your gear.

The I-Pace feels relatively classy inside with materials that are a step up from those in the F-Pace, and are very impressive by the standard of the electric car class. The standard sports seats in the front look great and offer lots of support that aids comfort over long distances. Forward visibility is good, but thick rear pillars and a shallow rear window restrict your view of what’s behind.

Space-wise, the I-Pace excels.  It has the interior space of a Porsche Cayenne, but the footprint of a Macan. As well as a 27-litre cubby in the Jag’s front trunk, there’s roughly the same boot space (577/1,453 litres seats up/seats down) as a 3-Series estate.

 

 

What’s the final verdict?

The I-Pace isn’t as cheap as the Hyundai Kona and Kia E-Niro will be. It remains a premium vehicle that’s priced accordingly and undercuts the Tesla Model S and Model X. It is an electric car that you’ll actually want to own and a real-world 200-mile range will comfortably cover the needs of the majority of buyers. It’s also comfortable, quiet, spacious and well-built which makes it perfect for day-to-day use.

 

Engine

90 kWh Battery

0 – 60 mph

4.5s

Top speed

124mph

CO2

0g/km

Transmission

Automatic

Range

258 miles

Insurance Group

50

Price (as tested)

£77,430

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