The age of the practical electric car is here, and every auto manufacturer is tripping over its own feet to come up with an all-electric vehicle that can compete in a market that is currently still under the rule of electric giant Tesla. The Jaguar I-Pace is a surprising contender, with its fresh-faced look and fun-to-drive nature. It sports a futuristic exterior and interior, and while it may look like just another funky crossover SUV, this car delivers serious performance, excellent levels of comfort, and an interior to die for. With close to 400 horsepower and over 500 lb-ft of torque on offer, the 2022 Jaguar I-Pace will embarrass a bunch of traditional gas-powered sports cars off the line, while still carrying the groceries and kids. This side of the car market is heating up, especially in the USA, and the I-Pace has to contend with the likes of the Tesla Model X and Audi e-tron Sportback.
The Jaguar I-Pace skipped the 2021 model year and for 2022, the range is reduced from three to a single trim - HSE - which costs about the same as the old base S trim. There are a few extra standard driver-assistance features this year, including rear cross-traffic alert, auto high beams, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring. Wireless charging, a complimentary 4G data plan, and a surround-view camera is also now available. A new optional Bright appearance package adds minor exterior styling changes with chrome and gray accents. The infotainment system is overhauled and runs the new Pivi Pro software to make it easier to operate. It also comes with a new feature that shows you where there are charging stations, tells you how far you are from the nearest one, and indicates how long it will take to charge the battery. Last year's 7-kW on-board charger has been replaced with a faster new 11-kW one. Jaguar says this enables you to fully charge a dead battery at home in 8.6 hours, as opposed to 12.6 hours previously. Lastly, the palette of exterior paint colors have been revisited and several new hues have been added.
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The new Jaguar I-Pace takes on the form of a crossover SUV, a style that is massively popular these days for its practicality, but this style isn't exactly as eye-catching as a coupe or even a traditional sedan, so Jaguar had to pull out a few stops to make it look as good as it drives. The front end is unmistakably Jaguar with its gaping front grille and growling cat logo. The slim LED headlights are also familiar. The side profile clearly shows that the I-Pace is part of the crossover gang, and the rear end shares an SUV look. We think that the overall design looks good, and Jaguar has done a commendable job of making its all-electric crossover SUV look futuristic without losing that Jag essence. The sole remaining HSE model rolls on a set of 20-inch five-spoke bi-color alloys, but other 20-inch and 22-inch designs are offered too. LED headlights and LED daytime running lights are standard as well, as do power-folding mirrors and a power tailgate.
The I-Pace slots in below the medium-sized SUV class as a compact crossover SUV thanks to its slight dimensions, but thanks to a heavy battery pack, weighs much more than traditional gas-powered cars in this class. Total length is measured at 184.3 inches, and the wheelbase is 117.7 inches long. The I-Pace is 84.2 inches wide when you include the mirrors, and 79.2 inches in width, with them folded. Total height comes in at 61.3 inches. As we've mentioned, the battery packs add some serious weight: with all said and done, the I-Pace tips the scales at 4,784 pounds.
Paint colors play a supporting role in making the hard work of design teams shine through, and Jaguar knows how to put together one mean color palette. Highlighting the I-Pace's angular fascia and sharp rear end is a range of colors handpicked for the I-Pace which include only one no-cost option this year: Fuji White. Last year's no-cost Narvik Black has been discontinued. Caldera Red is new for this year and the cheapest extra-cost color at $300. The more sought after metallic colors are Santorini Black, Yulong White, Indus Silver, Borasco Grey, Firenze Red, and Caesium Blue. Eiger Grey and Portofino Blue are added to this list as new colors and all metallic colors will set owners back $750. Corris Grey has been dropped from that list. If you're after something a tad more exclusive, Jaguar offers its I-Pace in Farallon Pearl Black or Aruba (the latter replacing last year's Silicon Silver) for $1,550. If we had the privilege of buying a new I-Pace, we'd get one in Caesium Blue.
Yes it may look like a soccer mom car to some, with its trademark SUV rear liftgate and higher ride height, but don't judge a book by its cover: the I-Pace is a literal lightning bolt, and will blow the doors off of most traditional sports cars from traffic lights. Its electric motors produce close to 400 hp, but the main figure here is its ridiculous 512 lb-ft of torque. Driving around town in eco mode feels relaxed, but there's still a ton of power on offer, and when we say that, we mean it's there from the word go. This means that the I-Pace is one of the best city-driving cars we've ever taken for a test drive; it cuts through traffic without breaking a sweat and merging onto the highway is done in the blink of an eye. We love the duality of this compact crossover SUV that will get the kids to school, accelerate from 0 to 60 in only 4.5 seconds, and not use a drop of gasoline while pushing on to a top speed of 124 mph. Welcome to the future, folks.
With a zero to sixty sprint time in the mid-four-second range, you'd imagine the fully-electric I-Pace to have a serious turbocharged engine under the hood. Instead, you'll find two synchronous permanent magnet electric motors, which are packed concentrically to save space. Positioned on each axle, this setup makes the I-Pace an all-wheel-drive car, and with a low-mounted battery pack, creates a low center of gravity, which is a boon for the I-Pace's handling capabilities. Powering the twin electric motors in the 2022 Jaguar I-Pace is a 90-kWh battery which is made up of 432 high energy density lithium-ion pouch cells. All of this translates into a power output of 394 hp and 512 lb-ft of torque. Power is channeled through a single-speed transmission. An enhanced brake regeneration system feeds power back into the system for an increased range. The result of this setup is explosive acceleration when needed, and a serene driving experience when not in a hurry.
The I-Pace is a car with two distinct personalities; the one wants to race other cars at any given opportunity and exploit the 512 lb-ft of torque from every traffic light, but on the other hand, it must deliver a civilized driving experience for the majority of owners who will be driving this car with a modicum of responsibility. When it comes to the driving and handling experience, the I-Pace delivers a pleasing combination of dynamic ability and relaxed cruising. The standard active air suspension system melts away low-speed bumps and offers a relaxing driving experience when sitting at cruising speed. In the same breath, the I-Pace can be thrown around a set of corners with surprising glee: it feels agile despite its heavy curb weight, and there's lots of steering feedback. Push too hard and the I-Pace will turn to progressive understeer. One issue we experienced was with the braking system, which felt uneven and grabby.
What gas mileage? The all-electric I-Pace makes use of a 90-kWh battery pack to provide juice to its twin electric motors, but with a bias towards performance, the I-Pace suffers in terms of maximum range. The EPA stipulates ratings of 80/72/76 MPGe city/highway/combined and estimates that the electric Jaguar I-Pace will do a maximum of 234 miles on a single charge.
The I-Pace also suffers from a longer than average charging time. With the new 11-kW on-board AC wall box charger (using a 240-volt power supply), the I-Pace can be fully charged in 8.6 hours, while DC rapid charging at 50 kW provides up to 80 percent battery power in under 90 minutes. 15 minutes of charging at 100 kW will give you up to 63 miles of range.
If the exterior of the I-Pace didn't already give it away, the interior is a feast for the eyes. Jaguar has gone all out to make the interior of their electric compact crossover look as futuristic and classy as possible, and we think it looks fantastic. The first thing you'll notice when you set foot inside the I-Pace is how slick the cockpit design looks: the design team has streamlined the dashboard and there's a distinct lack of knobs and buttons. The other notable feature is the sense of space you get inside the I-Pace due to its large windshield, and a panoramic roof. The end result of all of these elements is an interior that feels every bit as classy as its higher-priced siblings, and we're yet to find a compact crossover SUV with an interior close to what is on offer here. The Jaguar I-Pace's interior puts the Tesla Model X to shame.
Compact crossover SUVs aren't as popular as they are because they're sexy, they are popular because they strike a balance between traditional sedan dynamics with the added benefit of SUV levels of interior space, and this is exactly what the Jaguar I-Pace SUV offers. Headroom in the front is measured at 39.9 inches, while headroom in the rear is 38.1 inches. The sporty bucket seats up front offer excellent support and there is a generous 40.9 inches of front legroom, dropping to 35 inches in the rear. The I-Pace will comfortably carry five average-sized adults.
The interior of the 2022 Jaguar I-Pace not only looks great, but the fit, finish, and choice of materials is also top-notch. The default HSE trim sports Windsor Leather sport seats in Ebony, Light Oyster, or Siena Tan; last year's Mars Red seats are no longer offered. The headliner in the I-Pace comes in Light Oyster Morzine, but Ebony Morzine or a choice between Ebony or Light Oyster Suedecloth can be specified at extra cost. In terms of trims, Jaguar offers the I-Pace with a Gloss Black veneer by default, but Monogram Aluminum, Gloss Charcoal Ash veneer, or Aluminum Weave Carbon Fiber are available, requiring an additional charge. It all sounds suitably luxurious, and trust us, it is.
With close to 400 hp and a zero to sixty time of 4.5 seconds, you'd think that the I-Pace would be some winged sports car if you've never seen one, but this compact crossover SUV foregoes the go-faster bits in favor of everyday practicality, and this becomes evident when you lift up the rear hatchback-style liftgate: there are miles and miles of trunk space on offer, which is perfect for small families and those who live an active lifestyle. Behind the rear seats, a healthy 25.3 cubic feet of trunk space is enough for a massive grocery run. Flip the rear seats down, and that space opens up to 53.6 cubic feet. The I-Pace's main competition comes from the Tesla Model X, which offers a massive 88 cubic feet, however.
The upmarket Jaguar I-Pace leaves little to the options list, and we are thoroughly impressed with the number of standard features on offer. Standard issue features include a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, heated leather-trimmed sport steering wheel, leather upholstery, 16-way electrically adjustable, heated and cooled front seats, two-zone climate control, ambient interior lighting, an interactive driver's display, keyless entry, as well as a universal HomeLink garage door opener. Notable exterior features include LED headlights and tail lights, a fixed panoramic roof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, power-folding mirrors, and a power tailgate. Standard driver assistance features are emergency braking, a driver condition monitor, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, as well as a head-up display and a rear camera with park assist. Features such as a heated windshield and heated steering wheel are also available as part of the Cold Climate pack.
As is to be expected from a fully electric car in 2022, the I-Pace is decked-out in display screens from head to toe. Besides the 12.3-inch interactive driver's display, the dual ten-inch top and five-inch bottom display screens in the I-Pace run the latest Pivi Pro software. They sit flush with the rest of the dashboard and look seriously slick. Jaguar includes navigation as standard and the system can show you all the charging stations in your area, the one closest to you, and even an estimate or how long it will take to charge the battery. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are included, as are an AM/FM radio, dynamic volume control, Bluetooth streaming and voice control, as well as SiriusXM satellite radio, five USB power sockets and three 12V power sockets. Sound is channeled through a 750-watt 15-speaker system which sounds amazing, especially when blasting Mountain by the Meatbodies.
Two recalls affected the 2020 Jaguar I-Pace. The first, issued in May 2019, was for a defective regenerative brake system, and the second, issued in February of 2020, was for missing seat fasteners on the passenger seat - the latter issue only affected a single vehicle, though. There have been no recalls since.
If you're worried about reliability, Jaguar will back the 2022 I-Pace with a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, a six-year/unlimited-mile corrosion protection warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile drivetrain warranty, as well as an impressive five-year/60,000-mile maintenance plan and roadside assistance for the same period or distance. Added to this, the I-Pace's batteries carry an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.
There have been no reviews of the Jaguar I-Pace by either the NHTSA or IIHS, which comes as no surprise, as this car is sold to a very niche market with low sales volumes, and its asking price doesn't help, either. What we can tell you is that 2018 models were put through their paces by the folks over at the Euro NCAP safety rating agency, and it passed with flying colors, scoring a full five stars. An added bonus is the fact that even in base form, the I-Pace comes packed with a good number of standard driver assistance features.
Despite not being subject to review by authorities, the I-Pace is given adequate levels of standard safety equipment and systems to keep occupants safe in the event of an accident. The 2022 Jaguar I-Pace comes standard with a six-airbag system, emergency brake assist, as well as LED headlights and traction control, but this only tells half the story. The sole HSE trim is fitted with a standard driver condition monitor, traffic sign recognition and adaptive speed control, lane keep assist, blind-spot assist, adaptive cruise control with steering assist and stop & go, blind-spot assist, a Clear Exit Monitor, rear pre-collision assist, as well as park assistance.
Most car manufacturers are in a tailspin to get an EV product to market, and as we've seen with the likes of Tesla, this can lead to shortcuts being taken, resulting in issues with panel fitment and interior fit and finish. Jaguar, on the other hand, is well versed in the ways of building good cars; the I-Pace brims with confidence and capability and offers great value for how much it costs - a lot more so this year. We think its crossover SUV body style and design features look great with its large 20-inch wheels, and we are in love with its sleek and stylish interior, which offers more refinement in comparison to the Tesla Model X. On the road, the I-Pace can be comfortable when needed, but also shows a sporty side, which outshines the Audi e-tron - not to mention the fact that it's blisteringly quick. Its charging times have now been improved thanks to the more powerful on-board charger, so if we can just get its range extended by a few miles, this crossover would be leagues ahead of the rest.
Not only is the 2022 Jaguar I-Pace one of the most accomplished cars in its segment, but it's also on the cheaper side of things when compared to competitors such as the Tesla Model X and Audi e-tron Sportback. The only 2022 trim left, the HSE, has a 2022 MSRP just $50 more than last year's entry-level S trim - a base price of $69,900 which excludes tax, registration, and a destination fee of $1,150. Last year's HSE had an MSRP of $80,900, so this represents a saving of $11,000 over last year, yet with a higher level of standard features. This is a lot less than its main rival from Tesla, with the Jaguar I-Pace's cost coming in $30k cheaper than the Model X's Long Range derivative.
Jaguar offers the 2022 Jaguar I-Pace in a single trim level this year - the HSE - dropping last year's S and SE trims. It is powered by twin electric motors driving all four wheels through a single-speed transmission and delivering 394 hp in total.
The HSE trim is essentially everything last year's HSE had. The SUV runs on 20-inch alloy wheels and has LED headlights and tail lights, a panoramic roof, power-folding mirrors, a power tailgate, and rain-sensing wipers. Inside, the standard features include Windsor leather upholstery, 16-way powered, heated, and cooled front seats, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and dual-zone climate control.
The infotainment system runs the new Pivi Pro software and has dual displays - a ten-inch and a five-inch unit. Features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, Bluetooth streaming, five USB ports, SiriusXM, and a 15-speaker Meridian audio system.
Standard safety and driver-assistance features include six airbags, a driver condition monitor, adaptive cruise control with automatic braking, steering assist, and stop & go, blind-spot assist, traffic-sign recognition, and lane-keep assist.
Fewer options are available this year, because the only trim left is the top HSE, which already has a full suite of features. Nevertheless, its appearance can be changed with either the Black or Bright exterior packs. The former costs $550 and blacks out all the exterior chrome trim, while the latter costs $350 and does the opposite, adding chrome for the exterior trim pieces and mirrors. The $900 Park Assist Pack adds a surround-view camera and a park assistant, while the $350 Cold Climate Pack adds a heated windshield and washer jets, as well as a heated steering wheel. There is also a $510 Premium Rear Seat Convenience Pack which offers premium leather seatback storage. Four-zone climate control costs $800 extra, a wireless charger is $350, and Wi-Fi with a data plan is $400.
There is only one 2022 Jaguar I-Pace and it's the top-line HSE with a high level of appointments and a full suite of driver-assistance features. It comes in at only $50 more than last year's base S trim and represents unprecedented value for money in terms of what we've been used to from Jaguar in this class. It might not be as big as a Tesla Model X, but it's better finished and a whopping $30,000 cheaper. There might be only one I-Pace left, but it's better value than ever.
Audi has launched a full-frontal electric assault on its competitors, and one of its weapons of choice is the e-tron Sportback, which combines SUV practicality with svelte looks. Under the skin, the e-tron packs a massive punch: there are two asynchronous electric motors in play, with a total power output of 402 hp and 490 lb-ft of torque. The zero to sixty sprint will take around 5.5 seconds to complete. Audi claims a maximum range of 220 miles, which is slightly less than you get from the I-Pace. There's no doubting the fact that the Audi e-tron is a quick car, but on the road, and especially when pushing on, it feels disconnected from the driver, and we will happily say that the I-Pace is the better driver's car. The interior is typically Audi with its clinically precise layout and fantastic build quality. Interior and cargo space is also good. We'd still go with the more entertaining Jaguar, thanks, especially since its price reduction keeps it within $800 of the base e-tron Sportback.
The Model X is Tesla's luxury SUV offering growing in popularity in the US, and features a ton of modern driver assistance tech along with brutal acceleration. Tesla's SUV is powered by a pair of electric motors: the front axle gets an AC permanent magnet synchronous motor while the rear axle gets its own AC induction motor. Together, the two motors produce a combined 670 horsepower in the Long Range model. We were blown away by this SUV's acceleration, which is listed by Tesla as only needing 3.8 seconds to get to 60 mph, as well as having an impressively long 360-mile range when driven with a light foot on a full charge. However, it is much pricier than the Jaguar - to the tune of $30,000. Both the exterior and interior are stylish, and there's also a ton of cargo space in the back. Build quality lags behind the Jaguar, however, and the infotainment system can be somewhat tricky to operate when driving. Overall, the Model X is a very compelling package, and would win this comparison if the build quality was up to scratch. We'd opt for the I-Pace here.
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