Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

The Parkers VerdictThe Parkers Verdict

The signs are good for Jaguar's entry into the electric car market. In terms of driving on UK roads, it's a very impressive performer, with a smooth ride on coils or air suspension, and near-narcotic levels of acceleration.

Inside, the quality is good, which after the disappointment of the XE and XF in this area, is a genuine surprise. The electronic dashboard and Range Rover Velar-like centre console controls work really well, 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.

It is an expensive car, and the factory PCP finance deals aren't that competitive, but shop around for good lease deals (if that's your thing), and the I-Pace is a reasonably competitive monthly proposition. Besides, for many buyers, the desirability of the I-Pace may well transcend its monthly payment cost.

But until there's a public charging set-up that matches the Tesla's Supercharger network, we'll fight shy of giving the I-Pace an unreserved thumbs-up. Which is a shame, because it really is a desirable electric car. So, if you're not too affected by the public charging aspect of ownership, you'll have a whale of a time in an I-Pace.

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