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.

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.

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.

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

List Price from £64,495
Buy new from £59,581
Contract hire from £550.94 per month

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 -

What have we been asked about the Jaguar I-Pace (2018)?

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Should I keep or swap my diesel car for an electric model?

The lease on my Mercedes-Benz GLC is up in a few months and I’m tempted to buy it at £23,000 with only 30,000 on the clock. Before, it would still be worth something in another three years time. But given current views of diesel, would it hold any value? Would I be better looking at a new I-Pace in the hope battery range will increase within a couple of years?
It depends what you use your car for, really. We wouldn't recommend changing your GLC for an i-Pace if you cover lots of long motorway journeys. Equally, it might be wise to change your car if you cover lots of short journeys which aren't suited to a diesel. It's difficult to say what's going to happen to residual values for diesel cars but, if anything, the drop in new diesels being bought today might mean there's more demand for second-hand examples in the future. As a compromise, we'd suggest swapping your GLC for a newer version, perhaps with a petrol engine.
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