4.2 out of 5 4.2
Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

Jaguar's first electric car drives keenly but is beginning to feel its age

Jaguar I-Pace SUV (18 on) - rated 4.2 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £65,245 - £76,695
Lease from new From £852 p/m View lease deals
Used price £36,320 - £71,790
Fuel Economy 1.8 - 2.8 miles/kWh
Insurance group 47 - 50 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Claimed range of up to 292 miles
  • Rapid charge times, roomy interior
  • Impressive handling and performance

CONS

  • Prices north of £65,000, so not cheap 
  • Wallbox charger a necessity
  • Real-world range is nowhere near claim, despite improvements

Written by Murray Scullion on

Is the Jaguar I-Pace any good?

The luxury vehicle world is changing and Jaguar has embraced the electric challenge with this bespoke car. In doing so, it beat all of its German premium rivals to market with a viable challenger to the Tesla Model S and Model X. It's also telling about the way the car market is changing that the I-Pace became the first electric vehicle to win the coveted European Car of the Year award back in 2019.

So yes, out of context the I-Pace is very good. But since its inception the luxury electric car landscape has changed. Other car manufacturers have caught up. Direct rivals to the I-Pace now include the Polestar 2Audi E-Tron and Mercedes-Benz EQC, as well as the significantly larger Tesla Model X.

Read the Jaguar I-Pace verdict 

What's it like inside?

The I-Pace's design features two big eye-catching screens, but also cleverly integrates traditional buttons for the most important controls like the heating and suspension settings. Oh, and the gearbox. That's right, there's no traditional-style gearbox here, simply four buttons. D for drive, N for neutral, R for reverse, and P for park.

Where some button-free techfest dashboards can be a bit of a pain to navigate, the Jaguar's system is very intuitive and it doesn't take long before you acclimatise to its layout.

Jaguar's Pivi Pro infotainment system is designed to work like a smartphone. It's spot on too, and anyone who regularly uses a modern phone will find it easy to use.

Elsewhere the I-Pace boasts some high quality leather and wood trims, with swathes of bright metal to help raise the overall ambiance.

Read more about the Jaguar I-Pace's interior

What's it like to drive?

The construction of the I-Pace is 94% aluminium, and uses suspension familiar from Jaguar XE, XF and F-Pace models. But it’s the all-electric drivetrain that makes this a Jaguar unlike any other.

A 90kWh lithium-ion battery sits between the front and rear wheels. Twin electric motors provide power, with one at each axle to provide permanent all-wheel drive. A single-speed transmission means there’s no need to change gear. Jaguar claims 400hp with 696Nm of torque, figures comparable to a high-performance saloon.

The electric power gives the I-Pace zero tailpipe emissions of course. But it also gives the car a shockingly fast turn of speed. The I-Pace also has strong levels of grip, pin-sharp body control and entertaining chassis. It might not challenge a traditional rear-wheel drive sports car but in comparison with its competition, it's a very fine steer indeed.

Read more about how the Jaguar I-Pace drives

What models and trims are available?

There's only one power unit on offer. So the different trim levels simply add the bells and whistles.

The standard S comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, a Meridian sound system, Pivi Pro infotainment, and a raft of driver assistance aids.

SE changes into 20-inch wheels while adding a powered tailgate, heated mirrors, and the Blind Spot Assist pack.

Black, you've guessed it, adds black wheels and exterior detailing.

HSE was top-of-the-line until the Black editions came along. HSE cars get 20-inch wheels, 3D surround sound system, and adaptive cruise control with steering assist.

HSE Black is the newest top-level Jaguar I-Pace. It's basically a HSE with all the 'Black' accoutrements added.

What else should I know?

There was a medium size update in 2021. The biggest improvement was adding a new infotainment system called Pivi Pro. Faster charging was added too, which means the I-Pace is now capable of charging at 33 miles per hour from a domestic wall box.

Black trim levels were added at the same time. Unsurprisingly, they get 20-inch black wheels, privacy glass, and black grilles and door mirrors.

Continue reading about the Jaguar I-Pace review, including its practicality and how much it costs to run.