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, an emergency braking system, a lane keep assist system, a rear camera, a Smart Key system with push button start and much more.
Other standard features include 20-inch wheels, a powered tailgate, 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, and adaptive cruise control with steering assist.
I must confess, before reviewing this car, I forgot all about the Jaguar I-Pace. I can't remember the last time I saw one at an auto show, much less on public roads, which is a terrible shame because this all-electric SUV not only looks amazing, but it drives well and is surprisingly functional. If you're shopping for an upscale, battery-powered utility vehicle -- something like an , or maybe even a higher-end -- you should absolutely consider this super-chic Jag.
Even though it's no longer the new hotness, the I-Pace still looks like a concept car that escaped an advanced design studio. The vehicle's rounded, rectangular grille is all Jaguar all the time, and a familiar face for first-time EV buyers that may find more unconventionally styled rivals too avant-garde. But those arcing front fenders, that almost impossibly short hood, the unadorned body sides and squared-off rump make this SUV both beautiful and unmistakable. I especially love the pop-out exterior door handles. They feel sturdy and built to last, yet look so cool when retracted, allowing the vehicle's flanks to flow uninterrupted from wheel arch to wheel arch.
Leering LED headlamps, a $750 Portofino Blue Metallic paint job and the standard, two-tone 20-inch wheels complete this I-Pace's ensemble. If you're feeling frivolous and don't mind a likely degraded ride, you can spend a little more and get this SUV with 22s, which should really make a statement.
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