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2020 Jaguar I-Pace Review

The 2020 Jaguar I-Pace delivers vigorous acceleration, sharp handling, and a cushioned ride. Add an impressive 234-mile all-electric range, and it’s easy to see why the I-Pace earns a top position in our luxury hybrid and electric SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet, strong powertrain
  • Thrilling handling and comfortable ride
  • Good all-electric range
  • Roomy and posh cabin
  • Infotainment system responds slowly
  • Driving range diminishes quickly under hard acceleration




Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 9.3
Interior: 6.4
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
This model has never been fully tested for reliability. Its overall score is being calculated without reliability.

 Is the Jaguar I-Pace a Good SUV?

The all-electric 2020 Jaguar I-Pace is a very good choice among luxury hybrid and electric SUVs with two rows. The I-Pace's cabin is a quiet environment with a good amount of passenger space and comfortable seats. This Jaguar boasts impressive performance, with good corner-carving abilities and an adaptive suspension that can raise the SUV for light off-roading or lower it for better handling poise. While it isn’t the fastest or most opulent crossover in the class, the I-Pace is quick and upscale enough for most luxury-car shoppers.

As good as it is, though, the I-Pace is not flawless. Jaguar is new to electric vehicles, and when the I-Pace is pushed to its limits, the range seems to drop quicker than most EVs. Also, the brakes feel unrefined, and the infotainment system can be buggy.  

Should I Buy the Jaguar I-Pace?

You should buy the 2020 I-Pace if you want an all-electric SUV that doesn’t skimp on luxury or thrills. It features a solid power output, a good all-electric range, and a ton of standard features. The cabin is also fairly roomy and very comfortable. With a starting price of nearly $70,000, the I-Pace is not the lowest-priced model in the class, but few competitors can match its driving dynamics and long list of standard features.

If you like the I-Pace’s handling and power but not its price tag, have a look at the Porsche Macan and the Lexus RX Hybrid, which start at $50,900 and $46,750, respectively.

Compare the I-Pace, Macan, and RX Hybrid »

Should I Buy a New or Used Jaguar I-Pace?

Production of the I-Pace started with the 2019 model year. Jaguar made no major changes for 2020, so you may want to consider a 2019 model to potentially save some money.

We Did the Research for You: 13 Reviews Analyzed

Our Jaguar I-Pace review is based on research and opinions from multiple sources. We collected professional evaluations from 13 authorities and combined them with data like fuel economy estimates, safety scores and features, and performance specs to help you make an educated buying decision.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current I-Pace generation, which includes the 2019 and 2020 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking and reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. We care about cars as much as we care more about providing our readers with useful and accurate consumer advice. To ensure our impartiality, a third party takes care of our advertising, and our editorial team doesn’t accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Does the Jaguar I-Pace Cost?

At the time of writing, pricing for the 2020 I-Pace is not available. The 2019 model starts at $69,500, while the top trim stretches to $80,500. Many luxury hybrid and electric SUVs cost considerably less, but the I-Pace is the lowest priced all-electric vehicle among them.

In addition to available federal and local tax incentives, you can save money at your local Jaguar dealer with our U.S. News Best Price Program.

Jaguar I-Pace Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Jaguar I-Pace or Tesla Model X?

If you like the I-Pace’s all-electric range, consider the Tesla Model X. It has a maximum range of 325 miles, and unlike any of its rivals, it has space-age features like falcon wing doors that open vertically. Tesla owners also have access to the automaker's network of public superchargers. The Model X is larger than the I-Pace, and it offers seven-passenger seating. However, there are some issues with this Tesla. With a starting price of $84,990 (not including incentives), it's more expensive than the I-Pace. The Model X also has a tight third row, less-than-stellar fit and finish, and a stiff ride. There’s no denying the Model X’s modern looks and enticing gadgetry, but the I-Pace is the better and more-practical SUV in this comparison.

Which Is Better: Jaguar I-Pace or Porsche Cayenne Hybrid?

The Porsche Cayenne Hybrid and Jaguar I-Pace are nearly neck and neck in our luxury hybrid and electric SUV rankings. Both SUVs are excellent performers with standard all-wheel drive, but they shine in different ways. The Cayenne Hybrid has a hybrid powertrain – not all-electric like the I-Pace – that puts the focus on power, producing a strapping 455 horsepower compared to the I-Pace’s 354-horsepower output. The Porsche also achieves a higher level of interior opulence, with nicer cabin materials and a user-friendly infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay. The Porsche Cayenne Hybrid may be a little faster and more upscale overall, but the larger cargo area of the I-Pace makes it more practical. It also has a lower starting price by about $10,000.

Compare the I-Pace, Model X, and Cayenne Hybrid »

I-Pace Interior

How Many People Does the I-Pace Seat?

The I-Pace seats five people in two rows. The cabin is roomy and comfortable for most people, with well-contoured seats that provide good support, both in the front and back. Still, the seats are mounted low, which limits knee room for long-limbed passengers hinders outward visibility for the driver. 

I-Pace and Car Seats

For installing child safety seats, the 2020 I-Pace has a full set of LATCH connectors in each of the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether anchor for the middle seat.

I-Pace Interior Quality

The I-Pace lives up to Jaguar’s reputation for sophistication with sleek interior styling elements like ambient lighting and quality interior materials such as standard synthetic leather upholstery.

Upscale options include genuine leather upholstery, 18-way power-adjustable front seats, and a suede headliner. Still, shoppers seeking the pinnacle of luxury may want to consider German rivals like the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid and Audi e-tron.

I-Pace Cargo Space

The I-Pace has 25.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats, which expands to 51 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That’s similar to the storage space offered by hatchbacks and luxury subcompact SUVs. There are several handy in-cabin storage spaces, including a deep center console separating the front seats. Under the hood, there's even a tiny compartment with just enough space for a small bag.

A power liftgate and a hands-free power liftgate are available.

I-Pace Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include smartphone integration, a Meridian sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, six USB ports, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a dual-screen customizable display for the driver. Additional standard features include a fixed panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push button start, and proximity keyless entry. Available upgrades include quad-zone automatic climate control, an activity key, and a heated windshield with heated washer jets.

This Jaguar comes with the InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, featuring two screens with vibrant graphics and cutting-edge functions. For example, it automatically adjusts climate settings based on the number of occupants in the vehicle. Also, the standard navigation system can estimate your total range based on your driving patterns. It can even automatically locate charging stations along your route.

Still, the system has some faults. It can be quite laggy when starting up or responding to your inputs. Additionally, the menu layout is confusing the first few times you use it, so it’s best to get acclimated to the controls and commands before hitting the road.

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I-Pace Performance

I-Pace Engine: Exhilarating EV

The I-Pace is one of the quickest and quietest SUVs in the class. It comes with two electric motors that produce an impressive 394 horsepower, delivering rapid acceleration from a stop and good power on the freeway. This Jaguar can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just over four seconds. If there is a complaint, it's that power drains quickly under hard acceleration.

I-Pace Gas Mileage: Stellar Range

With an estimated range of 234 miles, the I-Pace is one of few vehicles that can go further than 200 miles on a single charge. Charging the I-Pace’s lithium-ion battery pack to 80% takes about an hour and a half using a 50 kW DC fast charger. With a Level 2 home charger, you can charge your I-Pace to 80% in about 10 hours. At the time of writing, Jaguar has not provided estimated times to reach a full charge.

I-Pace Ride and Handling: Agile, Accurate, and Agreeable

No matter your ride preference, the Jaguar I-Pace covers your needs with equal parts comfort and sportiness. In other words, the I-Pace has a comfortable ride over most surfaces, and it takes turns with poise.

Like every EV, the I-Pace has regenerative brakes. In this Jag, they offer good stopping power, but the transitions between friction and regenerative braking are rather abrupt. On the bright side, there are two braking modes that allow you to adjust how aggressive the regenerative braking is in the I-Pace.

I-Pace Off-Road Performance

This all-wheel-drive SUV can handle some light off-road duties. With the standard air suspension system, you can raise the vehicle 5.6 inches, allowing you to do things like wade through nearly 20 inches of water.

I-Pace Towing Capacity

Jaguar does not recommend towing a trailer with the I-Pace.

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I-Pace Reliability

Is the Jaguar I-Pace Reliable?

The I-Pace has not received a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Jaguar I-Pace Warranty

Jaguar covers the 2019 I-Pace with a five-year/60,000-mile new vehicle warranty and an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty. Complimentary scheduled maintenance is also included for five years or 60,000 miles.

Read more about reliability »

How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Jaguar I-Pace?

The cost of insuring a Jaguar I-Pace will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

I-Pace Safety

I-Pace Crash Test Results

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2020 I-Pace.

I-Pace Safety Features

Every I-Pace comes with a ton of safety features, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, parking sensors all around the vehicle, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a driver condition monitor, and traffic sign recognition. The standard park assist controls the steering to expertly navigate the I-Pace into a parallel or perpendicular parking space. There's also a clear exit monitor that alerts back-seat passengers to approaching obstacles, such as a bicyclist or an upcoming car, before they open their door.

Optional features include blind spot monitoring, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, high-speed automatic emergency braking, a surround-view parking camera system, and adaptive cruise control with steering assist.

Read more about safety »

F-Pace Dimensions and Weight

The 2020 F-Pace is about 15 feet, 6 inches long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,870 to 4,395 pounds. Its gross vehicle weight rating is between 5,420 and 5,620 pounds.

Where Is the Jaguar F-Pace Built?

Jaguar builds the F-Pace in the United Kingdom.

Which Jaguar I-Pace Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Jaguar I-Pace comes in three trim levels: S, SE, and HSE. Since all models come with the same impressive powertrain and deliver similar performance, you can focus on choosing the trim that has the technology and safety features you desire. Most shoppers will be more than pleased with the base I-Pace S and its abundance of standard features.

You can also add optional features to your new I-Pace S without having to step up to a new trim. Some packages include features like genuine leather upholstery and additional advanced safety systems.

Jaguar I-Pace S

The I-Pace S comes with synthetic leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a fixed panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and push-button start. The S also comes with a dual-screen infotainment system that features a 12.3-inch adaptive driver display, smartphone integration, a Meridian sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, six USB ports, three 12-volt outlets, navigation, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

There's also a multitude of standard safety features, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, parking sensors on every side, rear cross traffic alert, a clear exit alert for the back seat, parallel and perpendicular park assist, lane keep assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a driver condition monitor, and traffic sign recognition.

Jaguar I-Pace SE

Opt for the I-Pace SE if you want upgrades like a power liftgate and 10-way power-adjustable front seats with grained genuine leather and memory settings. This trim also adds blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, and high-speed automatic emergency braking.

Jaguar I-Pace HSE

The I-Pace HSE further enhances cabin comfort with genuine leather upholstery, 18-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and cooled front sports seats, heated rear seats, a hands-free liftgate, and an upgraded 15-speaker Meridian stereo. The HSE also adds a surround-view parking camera system. Adaptive cruise control with steering assist is available in this trim.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Jaguar dealer.

See 2020 Jaguar I-Pace specs and trims »

The Final Call

The I-Pace is Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle. In just its second year of production, it outshines other EVs that have been around for years. This luxury SUV has a long electric range, speedy acceleration, and lithe handling – a rare combination. It lives up to Jaguar’s reputation for luxury, with comfortable seating in a spacious, upscale cabin. Critics have few gripes with this SUV, aside from its laggy infotainment system and unrefined brake pedal feel.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Quick? Check. Nimble? Yep. Refined? Absolutely. Has the range to go somewhere? Kind of, if you don't leg it too much. The I-Pace certainly feels like a Jaguar, but at the same time it feels like something special when you're in it. … It rides, handles and goes more like a sport wagon that is fun to drive and interesting to look at. We dig it." -- Edmunds
  • "On initial impression, the Jaguar I-Pace sets the new standard for luxury electric vehicles with its … impressive refinement … and sharp driving dynamics. It's a welcome infusion of style and desirability into the EV market, which has often fallen short in those areas. Pulling together the elements that stir hearts and inspire driving with the technology that is advancing the automobile makes the I-Pace the most complete EV on the market." -- Car and Driver (2019)
  • "The I-Pace is arguably the best electric vehicle on sale today. I'm going to go ahead and argue that it is. While it lacks the cult status of a Tesla and its crossover styling will deter those who still complain about such things, it's a striking look that grew on me after just about five minutes of seeing it in person. The unique profile and proportions make it instantly stand out in the street, and its EV design considerations get people asking you about it." -- Jalopnik (2019)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: April 23, 2020

Very Low Demand: The Jaguar I-Pace is last in sales among luxury hybrid and electric SUVs so far this year, and it’s being outsold by its gasoline sibling, the Jaguar F-Pace almost 9 to 1. In addition, I-Pace sales have fallen by 26.6 percent to date in 2020 relative to the same timeframe in 2019.

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