2019 Jaguar I-Pace


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2019 Jaguar I-Pace Performance Review


Performance: 9.4

If you're looking for an exhilarating luxury electric SUV, you'll find it in the all-new 2019 Jaguar I-Pace. The fact that this is a battery electric vehicle works in its favor, with immediate acceleration, dynamic handling thanks to a low center of gravity, and the reduced expenses of replenishing electrons instead of gasoline among its advantages. The I-Pace boasts grin-inducing driving dynamics and one of the longest ranges available from an EV.

  • "Overall, the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace handles more like a tall car or hatchback than a traditional SUV. It's comfortable and quick. The surprising part is how agile it is off-road and on a track. … The I-Pace is not only the first EV for Jaguar, but is the first pure electric with this level of off-road capability. We also had a chance to push the vehicle on a track to get a feel of the all-wheel-drive capability. While I'm sure any heavy lapping would quickly drain the battery, it was instructive to feel how well the torque vectoring works in keeping the I-Pace pointed in the right direction when pushing the crossover hard through a corner." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It's quiet and quick, which is what you'd expect of a vehicle without an internal combustion engine and maximum torque on tap the moment you wriggle the big toe on your right foot. But what was also noticeable was a lovely fluidity to the chassis, steering, and powertrain. Some electric cars we've driven have a determinately digital demeanor; the refined and composed I-Pace feels organic and natural." -- Motor Trend
  • "The punch of performance from the batteries also makes you overlook the car's 4,800-pound curb weight, and the regenerative motors and gripping brakes are the perfect counter to the acceleration and speed you can achieve in this thing." -- Jalopnik

Acceleration and Power

As a battery electric vehicle, the I-Pace is powered by a set of electric motors and a single-speed transmission that generates 394 horsepower. That's more than enough juice to propel this heavy SUV to 60 mph in a blistering 4.5 seconds with hardly any noise to broadcast its launch. You can drive the I-Pace up to 234 miles on a single charge. An 80 percent charge takes less than an hour with a 100 kW DC charger. Getting a full recharge at home using a 220-volt charger requires almost 13 hours.

  • "It's genuinely fun, much more so than your average crossover SUV. It accelerates with urgency at any speed, surging forward even on a highway at the sorts of speeds where lesser EVs are running out of steam. Yes, the acceleration is far short of Ludicrous, but still capable of embarrassing plenty of properly quick cars, including Jaguar's own F-Type in supercharged V6 form." -- CNET
  • "The immediate power delivery combined with agile steering make the I-Pace enjoyable to drive. With the regenerative braking set to its most aggressive setting, you can drive the I-Pace by simply modulating the accelerator. It's not as quick as some high-end Teslas, but it's faster than most." -- Edmunds
  • "All this technology comes together seamlessly to provide a distinct driving experience. The instant torque provides acceleration best described as just short of neck-snapping. The I-Pace can accelerate to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 124 miles per hour. That speed comes on so quickly it makes two-lane passing a breeze." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

Standard components on the I-Pace include all-wheel drive, All Surface Progress control (a cruise control-like system for off-roading), and an adaptive air suspension system. Its low center of gravity helps this SUV keep its composure – even when cornering on the highway – and its steering is responsive. Two settings are available for the regenerative braking system: Low (for a more natural feeling brake) and High (for more aggressive regen braking and one-pedal driving).

  • "The best news about the Big Electric Cat is that it's actually enjoyable on the road. Some of this is because of its intrinsic design benefits. The heavy battery pack, housed in the floor, contributes to a low center of gravity as well as ideal 50/50 front/rear mass balance. Both of these aid not only in the vehicle's road-holding capabilities, but in its style of holding the road. Jaguar has always been adept at splitting the suspension difference between German plank and American couch, and the I-Pace follows this general trend, providing a ride that is connected without feeling overly harsh." -- Autoblog
  • "It was not hyperbole when I said the I-Pace could handle city streets, track driving and mountain climbing. … On the way to the race track, Jaguar wanted to show off the I-Pace's off-roading chops, which include a variable suspension with three settings, the taller one coming handy here, and Adaptive Surface Response on the First Edition model, which controls the throttle for you over rough conditions." -- Jalopnik
  • In terms of dynamics, the I-Pace drove superbly with precise steering, electrified quickness, and on-point handling, even if the ride was stiffer than I'd like on the thin sidewalls of the 22s." -- New York Daily News
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