The most unique part of the Jaguar I-PACE is its drivetrain. Electric motors come in a wider range of shapes and sizes than a traditional gasoline engine, and Jaguar has found that the most efficient way of packaging their new vehicle involved having an electric motor for each axle. Jaguar claims a combined output of 394 horsepower and 512 lb. ft of torque: the latter number available seemingly whenever and at any rev range. Acceleration is incredibly fast with 0-60 coming in just 4.5 seconds. There is no sensation of switching gears since there is no transmission in the traditional sense. The center of gravity is low due to much of the weight of the vehicle coming from the batteries, while weight is balanced evenly front to aft.
The standard I-PACE is loaded with technology and the list of standard features is extremely long. The I-PACE comes standard with a panoramic roof, LED headlights and taillights, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, rain sensing wipers, an auto dimming rearview mirror, ambient interior lighting, dual zone front climate control, a HomeLink garage door opener, Bluetooth connectivity, six USB ports, SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 380W Meridian Sound System with 11 speakers, an emergency braking system, a lane keep assist system, a rear camera, a Smart Key system with push button start and much more.
The SE ditches the 18-inch wheels in favor of a 20-inch design, while the LED headlights get swapped for nicer projector beam versions and include a washer for the headlights. The SE also gets a powered rear lift gate, auto dimming heated power folding door mirrors, 8-way power driver and passenger seats, leather seating surfaces with a 3-position memory function for both the driver and front passenger seats, Blind Spot Monitoring and High Speed Emergency Braking.
The HSE has an even nicer 20-inch wheel design, a powered tailgate that responds to gesture commands, Windsor leather seating surfaces with 12-way power adjustment for the front seats, heated and cooled front seats, an 825W Meridian sound system with 15 speakers, adaptive cruise control with steering assist and a 360 degree surround-view camera.
Driving a Photon Red 2019 Jaguar I-Pace for a week will have you fielding all sorts of questions. What is that thing? How much does it cost? What's it like to drive?
Yet the question that comes up more than any other is the one you're probably wondering, yourself: Is it better than a Tesla?
The I-Pace is Jaguar's first fully electric production vehicle, a crossover that boasts usable interior space and more than 200 miles of driving range. It's a key rival to Tesla's family of electric vehicles, but it's also the first of many new EVs to launch from European automakers over the next few years.
The Good Jaguar's first electric car is attractively styled and boasts the company's hallmark handling capabilities that go together well with a potent electric powertrain.
The Bad Real-world driving range seems to fall short of EPA estimates. Touch Pro Duo infotainment system is slow to respond to commands and switch between menu screens.
The Bottom Line Luxury electric vehicle shoppers now have an enticing alternative to Tesla.
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The XE is out after this year, which makes the E-Pace more important than ever.
The outside's changes are minor, but inside looks pretty swell.
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The company believes would-be XE buyers will be better served with an XF sedan or E-Pace SUV.
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