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Jaguar’s first electric SUV takes aim at Tesla and out-drives it

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

New price £64,495 - £74,995
Used price £40,630 - £62,480
Fuel Economy 2.5 - 2.8 miles/kWh
Insurance group 49 - 50 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Claimed range of up to 298 miles
  • Rapid charge times, roomy interior
  • Impressive handling and performance
  • Hushed electric refinement

CONS

  • Prices north of £60,000, so not cheap 
  • At 2.2 tonnes, it's a heavy car
  • Wallbox charger a necessity
  • Real-world range is nowhere near claim, despite recent improvement

Written by Keith WR Jones on

Welcome to a brave new world for this most iconic of British carmakers: the electric Jaguar I-Pace SUV. The luxury car world is changing, and Jaguar has embraced the electric vehicle challenge with this bespoke new car – and in doing so, has beaten 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 for 2019.

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That the Jaguar I-Pace exists – and on sale now – is not in itself a surprise, as Jaguar has previewed the Austrian-built battery electric vehicle (BEV) with concept cars of the same name since 2016.

Make no mistake though, the I-Pace is a gamechanger for Jaguar – and for the car market generally. As such, it currently has few direct rivals except for the Polestar 2, Audi E-Tron and Mercedes-Benz EQC, and the significantly larger Tesla Model X.

Futuristic interior

The I-Pace moves Jaguar's cabin design on significantly, with two big screens making the use of traditional buttons and switches largely redundant, and a digital cockpit replacing the analogue dials.

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're acclimatised to its layout.

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

What's the Jaguar I-Pace's technical specification?

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 695Nm of torque, figures comparable to a high-performance saloon.

The battery is covered by an eight-year warranty, and the I-Pace requires a service every two years or 21,000 miles.

Class-leading handling

Electric cars are shaking off the association of being bought for entirely ecological reasons - where before it was acceptable to pitch your battery model to drivers on its range and zero tailpipe emissions alone, more and more people are considering the move from petrol or diesel for performance reasons.

Cars like the Tesla Model S have always been shockingly fast in a straight line but not particularly entertaining on a winding country road. The I-Pace is the answer to this problem thanks to its 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.

Is the Jaguar I-Pace the electric car to convince you into battery powered motoring? Read on to find out.