Jaguar I-Pace Review logo

Jaguar I-Pace Review

hello
hello
hello
hello
hello
hello
hello
hello
hello
hello
hello

1/10

hello

2/10

hello

3/10

hello

4/10

hello

5/10

hello

6/10

hello

7/10

hello

8/10

hello

9/10

hello

10/10

1 / 10

heycar review

      Launch year
      2018
      Body type
      Crossover
      Fuel type
      EV
heycar editorial team

Written by

heycar editorial team

00/10
heycar rating
“Jaguar’s trailblazing all-electric SUV”

Best bits

  • The most enjoyable car of its type to drive
  • Lots of standard equipment provided
  • Good driving range between charges

Not so great

  • Road noise means it’s not as peaceful as some rivals
  • Ride isn’t as settled as an Audi E-Tron’s
  • Infotainment system can be fiddly

Read by

Jaguar I-Pace frontleft exterior

Overall verdict

Jaguar I-Pace front interior

On the inside

Jaguar I-Pace frontright exterior

Driving

Jaguar I-Pace refuel

How much does it cost to run

Jaguar I-Pace backright exterior

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"If we were asked to name the two areas of most rapid growth for the car market these days, our answer would be simple: SUVs and EVs (or Electric Vehicles). So, as an all-electric luxury SUV, the Jaguar I-Pace looks to have it made. Talk about capturing the zeitgeist…"

Jaguar I-Pace frontleft exterior

However desirable it is, though, the Jaguar I-Pace isn’t about to have the masses ditching the combustion engine entirely and going electric. It’s too expensive for mass adoption on that scale. It has succeeded, though, in injecting some extra coolness and fun into electric motoring.


Fun in particular. That’s because the I-Pace is without doubt one of the most enjoyable cars of its type to drive. It handles sharply, steers sweetly, and although it never quite shakes off its considerable weight, it’s still great fun to thread around your favourite country road. It’s also blisteringly quick. The twin electric motors combine to punt out a sports-car-worrying 400PS, and the muscle is never further than a quick flex of your right ankle away.


A pretty comfortable ride also makes the I-Pace family-friendly, as does the roomy cabin and big boot. The build quality can’t match the best-in-class, perhaps, with one or two trim pieces that don’t quite match up to the standards of the rest, but it’s still a very pleasant environment in which to spend time. Lots of luxury kit comes as standard, meanwhile, and it’s well stocked on the safety front, too.


And importantly for lots of electric car buyers, it has an impressively long driving range, longer than most EVs and longer than the direct rivals from Audi and Mercedes with which it competes. This will make it a realistic proposition for more would-be EV drivers.


True, EVs don’t come with as many financial incentives as they once did, but there are still some very handy savings to be made, particularly if you’re a company car driver.


So the I-Pace manages to take the style and practicality of an SUV, and the feel-good-factor and low running costs of an EV, and wrap it all up in one package that’s fun to drive and a pleasure to live with. If you’re after a family EV, and you’ve got a few quid to spend on it, the I-Pace is definitely worthy of your consideration.

Is the Jaguar I-Pace right for you?

If you’ve narrowed down your choice to an all-electric premium SUV, then you’re probably already pretty clear on what you want from your next car. The fact is, though, that each buyer will want something slightly different, and depending on what that is, their choice of the few models available will be pivotal.


Every offering in this class offers something a little different. The Audi E-Tron is the one that feels more like a luxury car thanks to its gorgeous interior and its plush ride, while the Mercedes EQC’s impressive infotainment system makes it the tech-head’s choice. The Tesla Model X, meanwhile, is the one that offers seven-seat practicality and theatrical Falcon Wing doors, provided you can afford the extra it costs.


Meanwhile, the I-Pace - like all Jaguars - aims to be the sportiest car in the segment, and it certainly delivers that. The barnstorming performance and neat handling make it truly enjoyable to drive, so if you want your electric SUV to give you motoring that’s care-free - as well as emissions-free and guilt-free - then the I-Pace is the car for you.

What's the best Jaguar I-Pace model/engine to choose?

All I-Paces are powered by the same combination of electric motors and batteries, so there are no choices to be made there. Nope, your only choice will be what trim level you want.


Here, we’d choose the entry-level S version, and not just because it provides you with all the kit you really need while keeping prices down. Which it does. It also gives you a greater range figure due to its smaller wheels and lighter weight. That’s super-important in an EV.


That kit list includes creature comforts including climate control, 360-degree parking sensors and leather-effect upholstery, and while the other versions add more, it’s all stuff you can live without, and the I-Pace still looks and feels special without it.


What other cars are similar the car Jaguar I-Pace?

The market isn’t exactly bulging with all-electric premium SUVs at the moment, so those that are offered have to be considered rivals regardless of size or price. Nevertheless, the I-Pace’s most direct rival for buyers’ affections will be the similarly sized Mercedes EQC, with the slightly larger Audi e-tron also firmly in the mix. Buyers might well also be considering the Tesla Model X despite the fact it’s bigger, pricier and has seven seats. If the ‘premium’ bit of the equation is less important to you, there are cheaper electric SUV alternatives, such as the Kia e-Niro and the Hyundai Kona Electric.

Learn more

Jaguar I-Pace front interior

On the inside

Jaguar I-Pace frontright exterior

Driving

Jaguar I-Pace refuel

How much does it cost to run

Jaguar I-Pace backright exterior

Prices, versions and specification