2019 Jaguar I-Pace

Styling

Inspired by Jaguar’s 2010 C-X75 supercar concept, the I-Pace is considered an SUV—but it’s lower, meaner, and more aerodynamic than you might expect from a sport utility.

With a footprint similar to the F-Pace compact SUV, the I-Pace’s passengers do not assume a high, commanding perch. The I-Pace is barely bigger than Jaguar’s XE compact car. EV drivers familiar with the Chevy Bolt’s dimensions should note that the I-Pace is 1.5-inches shorter, although six inches wider.

The vehicle’s profile is characterized by a cab-forward design—pushing front-passengers toward a relatively short hood while the bulk of the vehicle’s body trails behind. The wheels are placed in the corners. Jaguar designers went for an aggressive, low stance on the outside while creating as much as space as you’d find a larger sedan, like the Jaguar XJ.

2019 Jaguar I-Pace

The vehicle’s striking impression is similar to its sibling, the gas-powered F-Pace. The two vehicles share the same signature grille design, sloping muscular hood (with air scoop), coupe-like roofline, distinctive daytime running lights, and squared-off back end. The I-Pace also gains clean body lines via door handles that are flush, until they are touched or opened via the key fob.

Performance

The all-wheel-drive I-Pace gets its considerable power from a pair of Jaguar-developed motors, one mounted on each axle. The powertrain delivers 392 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque, enough juice to launch the I-PACE from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in about 4.5 seconds. The I-Pace’s top speed is 124 mph. Jaguar claims that the I-Pace’s relatively long wheelbase not only yields generous interior space but provides superb handling—with immediate steering response and distribution of torque (via its single-speed transmission and differential) that’s superior to internal-combustion vehicles.

Jaguar added other tech—such as standard air suspension and available variable shock absorbers—to further enhance agility. The steering wheel is light to the touch. Reviewers believe that, except for the ultra-quiet ride, the electric I-Pace drives and handles like other cars in the Jaguar lineup.

EV aficionados will appreciate the I-Pace’s ability to select high or levels of regenerative braking, providing the option to deploy single-pedal driving. Vehicle creep (movement when you lift your foot off the pedals) can be turned off for a complete electric-car experience. At the same time, these modes can be left alone to create a driving experience that’s familiar to drivers of gas-powered cars.

Efficiency & Range

Given the size of the I-Pace’s 90-kilowatt-hour battery pack—and a curb weight of 4,700 pounds—the Jaguar EV is not nearly the most efficient EV on the market. But what’s more important is the total driving range, 234 miles on a single charge. (That adds up to 2.6 miles per kWh compared to most electric cars achieving between three to four miles per kWh.)

In real-world driving, the distinction in range between the growing list of long-range EVs is negligible. You’ll be able to accomplish all local and regional driving without any concern about range. Like the competition, multi-day road trips require planning and some likely compromise on routing.

Smart aerodynamic design helps the I-Pace maximize efficiency. The vehicle’s respectably low drag coefficient of 0.29 Cd comes courtesy of an active grille that opens only when required (for cooling the battery pack). Similarly, the door handles remain flush until needed. A small aerodynamic benefit is gained from the I-Pace’s standard air-suspension system, which can lower the vehicle by nearly a half-inch at speeds above 65 mph.

2019 Jaguar I-Pace

Charging

The I-Pace’s charging gear is standard fare at 7 kilowatts. That means drivers using a 240-volt home charging station will add between about 20 and 25 miles of range for every hour plugged in. The 90-kilowatt-hour pack is hefty (especially compared to the Bolt’s 60-kWh pack and the Tesla Model 3's 54-kWh pack, both offering greater range). As a result, it would take a full night (perhaps nine or 10 hours) to go all the way from empty to full. Of course, it’s extremely rare to pull into your driveway with zero remaining range.

Jaguar champions the I-Pace’s quick-charge capability—to recharge from empty to 80-percent (around 190 miles) in about 40 minutes via a 100-kW DC fast charger. However, the latest generation of CCS equipment provides juice all the way up to 150 kilowatts. That leaves the I-Pace slightly behind the curve. Expect about an hour of highway public charging to add approximately 135 miles of range.

For nearly every day of the year, home charging the I-Pace will be effortless and provide way more range than you’ll need. If you plan to make frequent multi-day road trips, Tesla currently still has the advantage due to its 120-kW quick charging and several hundred Supercharger locations across the United States.

Passenger & Cargo Room

Jaguar says the I-Pace’s interior volume is similar to what’s found in the long-wheelbase Jaguar XJ. The legroom in front and back is generous, while space in the rear luggage compartment, at 25.3 cubic feet, is larger than most midsize SUVs. And it increases to 51 cubes with the seat folded.

Despite the vehicle’s low seating position and sloping roofline, there is plenty of headroom. The sense of space is expanded by the standard glass panoramic roof that runs the length of the car.

2019 Jaguar I-Pace

The I-Pace replaces Jaguar’s usual rotary drive selector with three silver buttons—for Reverse, Neutral, and Drive—with a black button for Park. As we mentioned, drivers can use an easily accessible toggle-button to choose between high and low levels of regen. The I-Pace uses Jaguar's “InControl Touch Pro Duo” infotainment system featuring 10-inch upper and 5.5-inch lower touchscreens. A full-color head-up display is also available.

Reviews of the interior quality are mixed. Some believe that the I-Pace is far superior to competing Tesla models while others believe that the savings of about $10,000 grand compared to Tesla models comes at the expense of a plastic feel.

Price

The Jaguar I-Pace is priced from $70,500 before incentives, including the company’s $995 destination/handling charge. If you’re cross-shopping with the Tesla Model S or X, keep in mind that federal $7,500 tax credits is no longer available on Tesla models. So depending on your desired trim level, the Jaguar I-Pace’s net price starting in the low- to mid-$60,000 range, could be considerably lower than a Tesla.

2019 Jaguar I-Pace

The I-PACE will be available in two trim levels. The base trim, beginning at $70,500, features include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, LuxTex sport seats, a touchscreen infotainment system with a 10-inch touchscreen and a lower 5.5-inch touchscreen, a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot and a Meridian™ sound system. Step up to the SE trim, starting at $75,850, to add 20-inch alloy wheels, premium LED headlights, signature Daytime Running Lights, premium leather interior, and a memory function. The so-called Drive Package provides Blind Spot Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go technology, and High-Speed Emergency Braking.

The I-Pace First Edition, starting at $86,900, brings goodies such as Photon Red paint and 20" split-spoke alloy wheels in Technical Grey with Polished finish. High specification exterior features include Premium LED headlights with Jaguar signature Daytime Running Lights. Inside a choice of colorways, Ebony or Light Oyster, are available with an exclusive combination of a suede cloth headlining, Gloss Charcoal Ash First Edition veneer, Extended Windsor Leather upgrade, and First Edition branded metal treadplates. The First Edition adds a long list of exterior, interior, and driving enhancements.

All models come with the Jaguar EliteCare eight-year/100,000 mile battery warranty up to 70-percent of its capacity, as well as five-year, 60,000-mile limited warranty, complimentary scheduled maintenance, and 24/7 roadside assistance. It’s considered one of the most comprehensive warranties on the market.

All of Jaguar’s 165 or so franchises are taking orders for the I-Pace.

Jaguar I-Pace specifications

Availability: Now
Base MSRP: $71000
Est. tax credit: $7500
Technology: Electric Vehicle
Body type: SUV
Seats: 5
EPA Range: 234 miles pure electric
Battery size: 90 kWh
Charging rate: 7.0 kW

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