Review: Jaguar I-Pace (2018)

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High performance electric SUV has 400PS and a range of 310 miles. Very impressive.

Not cheap. Prices from £63,495 to £81,495. Technical issues and teething problems led to delivery delays in last half of 2018.

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23 November 2018

Independently judged to be 2018 Professional Driver Car of the Year. Read more

12 September 2018

Jaguar I-Pace now fully in production but heavy order book means an I-Pace ordered in September 2018 will not arrive until March 2019. Prices from £63,495 to £81,495 are before the £4,500... Read more

17 August 2018

Word arrived of significant delivery delays due to "technical issues and teething problems" Read more

Jaguar I-Pace (2018): At A Glance

The I-Pace is a fully-electric high performance SUV with 400PS and a range of 310 miles. Originally billed as a concept car, the production I-Pace is very similar.

That means a design that rivals the much-delayed Tesla Model X.

Performance figures make for impressive reading with twin-electric motors producing 400PS with 700Nm torque and a 500 kilometre/310 mile range. The I-Pace is four-wheel drive and can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 4.0 seconds. 

The choice of high performance electric-only cars was previously limited to the Tesla range, with the Model S selling strongly. However, Audi is planning to launch its Q6 e-tron in 2018.

Jaguar is billing the I-Pace as offering 'precise, agile driving dynamics as yet unseen on an electric vehicle'. Although we're sure Tesla would argue with that. 

Despite the influence of F-Pace in both the design and name, Jaguar says the I-Pace has been designed from a clean sheet of paper on a new platform.

The electric motors and 90kWh lithium-ion battery have both been developed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover. A full charge from a rapid charging point takes around two hours and gives between a 220 mile and 330 mile range - depending on whether you look at the US or European tests.

The interior features a virtual dash display, rotary controllers and a push button gear selector, along with natural wood finishes. There are also Jaguar paw prints stitched into the seams of the leather and Alcantara seats. Those wacky characters at Jaguar...

The dash has a 12-inch high res touchscreen that's designed to blend into the panel. The virtual full-colour instrument cluster can be configured in various displays and there's also a head-up display.

Jaguar's I-Pace is practical too with a 530-litre boot along with an large 8-litre storage area in the centre console, helped by the absence of a traditional gear lever or transmission tunnel.

Jaguar I-Pace 2018 Road Test

What does a Jaguar I-Pace (2018) cost?

List Price from £64,495
Buy new from £57,485
Contract hire from £479.64 per month
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What's the Jaguar I-Pace (2018) like to drive?

The Jaguar i-Pace is outstanding to drive. Very sporty seating position. Small steering wheel. Nicely appointed. Intuitive to get on with (you don't need any special instructions). Great instruments. Quiet and smooth with excellent ride quality despite ridiculous 255/40 R22 tyres. Lovely steering and handling. Extremely impressive acceleration.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
EV400 - 4.8 s -

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Should I replace my diesel car with a hybrid or electric vehicle and, if so, which one?

I own a Skoda Yeti diesel, which I have used for towing a caravan for the past six years. Due to our advancing years, we have decided to give up caravanning and no longer need a diesel car. We will probably pass the Yeti onto a family member and are now in the position of trying to decide on a replacement, but there is no rush. In the electric car range, the Kia e-Niro looks to be the front runner, but are like the proverbial hen's teeth. The Jaguar I-Pace is lovely but out of my price bracket. We need a car that can do mainly local journeys but can also cope with a regular 130 mile trip to Cumbria but (hopefully) without an hour's stop to charge it. Should I hang onto the Yeti for a while and wait for a wider choice of electric cars or can you suggest a suitable alternative such as a hybrid?
A Kia e-Niro sounds like a good choice and should easily be able to cover a 130 mile trip to Cumbria but, like you say, actually getting one is tricky. A Hyundai Ioniq Electric would be another strong choice, with an official range of 194 miles. Also consider the MG ZS EV - it's an affordable electric crossover, officially capable of covering 163 miles on a full charge. Alternatively, it might be worth waiting for the new Volkswagen ID.3, which will go on sale next year: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/new-cars/2019-09/volkswagen-id3-electric-car-revealed/
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