Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

Should you buy a Jaguar I-Pace?

The I-Pace is a very impressive performer, with a smooth ride, near-narcotic levels of acceleration, and a big boot. You should buy one if you're in the market for a plush, well put-together electric car from a manufacturer with a distinguished back catalogue.

If you're not too fussed about driving a car from a traditional manufacturer, there's Polestar and Tesla too. The Polestar 2 is a halfway house between a crossover and a saloon, and while lovely, might not come with the right badge appeal if you're looking at a Jaguar. Teslas come with superior range and charging infrastructure, but aren't as well finished.

Then there's the Porsche's Taycan saloon. It's a touch more performance-oriented but isn't as practical as the I-Pace.

What we like

Inside, the quality is good. If you're a traditional Jaguar buyer you won't feel like you're missing out on anything, despite the I-Pace being built in Austria. The electronic dashboard is easy to use and eye catching. While the roomy interior will satisfy those who regularly carry people in the rear as well as the front.

It's also really fun to drive, which is another genuine surprise, given the largely two-dimensional nature of electric cars with this kind of performance. They're generally all-wheel drive and although very grippy, not particularly entertaining. The I-Pace breaks this mould with a chassis that feels alive to your inputs and always ready to tuck its nose in while cornering.

What we don't like

It's an expensive car, and the manufacturer-backed PCP finance deals aren't that competitive. But shop around for good lease deals (if that's your thing), and the I-Pace becomes a reasonably competitive monthly proposition. 

The public charging set-up doesn't compete with Tesla's Supercharger network. Which is a shame, because the I-Pace really is a desirable electric car. If you rarely need to charge in public, this is much less of an issue.

Which version is best for you?

With no engines to choose from the differentiators in the I-Pace range are the trim levels. Good news, there's not a dud one to pick.

Unless you're a sucker for big wheels, premium LED headlights and powered tailgates we'd recommend the base level S. You can always spec a few technology packs.

We'd steer clear of the black editions as they offer little additional kit for the extra money they cost.

Further reading

Find out more about all electric cars here