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2020 Jaguar I-Pace Review: A New Breed of Jaguar Warrior

by Aiden Eksteen

The Aztecs, Mayans, and many other ancient American civilizations worshipped the Jaguar as a symbol of power and strength, with the most accomplished Aztec fighters earning the title of 'Jaguar Warriors'. While it may not be bloodthirsty fanatic wielding a macuahuitl club, the 2020 Jaguar I-Pace EV is a new, modern breed of warrior forged to combat the ubiquitous threats of the twenty first century. With global warming being the world's most salient foe, this midsize electric SUV comes appropriately armed with two synchronous electric motors and a 90-kWh battery pack that muster up to 394 horsepower and 512 lb-ft of torque. With its new-age semblance, entertaining performance, and modern, commodious, and featureful cabin, the 2020 I-Pace aims to be a real crowd-pleaser, just like the athletic Aztec warriors of yore. However, there are many contenders vying for the EV SUV for the crown in the USA, including the Tesla Model X, Audi e-tron, and Mercedes-Benz EQC.

Read in this review:

8.5
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2020 Jaguar I-Pace Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs 2019 I-Pace?

For 2020, the Jaguar I-Pace retains its exterior looks, paint colors and wheels from the previous year's range, and the interior remains the same as well, but Jaguar has spent some time under the hood and has improved on a number of notable systems, resulting in an extended range and a more efficient powertrain setup overall. Software updates to the I-Pace's battery system have increased range by up to eight percent, and improvements to the cooling system have also been implemented. A more efficient eco driving-mode is now in place, and the regenerative braking system has also been enhanced.

Pros and Cons

  • Pleasant and engaging to drive
  • Exhilaratingly quick off-the-line
  • Futuristic aesthetics outside and in
  • Extensive suite of driver-assists
  • Decent safety rating and reliability
  • Below-average EV driving range
  • Inconveniently long charging times
  • There's just the one battery option
  • Notably weak braking performance

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2020 Jaguar I-Pace Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
S
Electric
Single Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$69,850
SE
Electric
Single Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$76,250
HSE
Electric
Single Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$80,900

I-Pace Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 184.3 in
  • Wheelbase 117.7 in
  • Height 61.3 in
  • Max Width 74.6 in
  • Front Width 64.7 in
  • Rear Width 65.5 in
  • Curb Weight 4,784.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Photon Red
  • Santorini Black Metallic
  • Yulong White Metallic
  • Corris Grey Metallic
  • Indus Silver Metallic
  • Firenze Red Metallic
  • Caesium Blue Metallic
  • Borasco Grey Metallic
  • Farallon Pearl Black Premium Metallic
  • Silicon Silver Premium Metallic
  • Fuji White
  • Narvik Black

I-Pace Performance

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Engine and Transmission

A synchronous permanent magnet electric motor is concentrically positioned onto both the front and rear axle of the I-Pace SUV to essentially render it an all-wheel drive electric vehicle and to save on space. Powering the electric motors is a low-mounted 90-kWh battery pack that comprises 432 high-energy lithium-ion pouch cells. In total, the I-Pace's powertrain generates up to 394 hp and 512 lb-ft, which is commanded through a single-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is explosive off the line and remains rigorous, instantaneous, and smooth at any speed. A fully-charged 2020 I-Pace EV offers a range of around 234 miles before running flat, after which you'll need around 10 hours to charge it to 80% using a 240-volt power supply.

  • Engine
    Electric
  • Transmission
    Single Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

I-Pace Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 80/72 mpg
* 2020 Jaguar I-Pace S AWD

I-Pace Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.9 in
  • Front Head Room 39.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.1 in

I-Pace Trunk and Cargo Space

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I-Pace Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    6 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Maintenance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2020 Jaguar I-Pace a good EV SUV?

The 2020 Jaguar I-Pace SUV has many qualities that help it stand out from the many other premium EVs on the market and even many of the comparative regular gasoline-run luxury 5-door SUVs. Performance-wise, the I-Pace EV will dominate many of its rivals when the lights turn as it's powertrain lends plenty of instantaneous low-down oomph. It's a really fun car to drive and it's impressively poised and surprisingly serene on the road, too. It's a futuristic-looking electric SUV and it comes standard with a good amount of creature comforts, conveniences, and technology in a cabin that's modern and commodious.

There are more and more electric cars entering the US market every year, many of which offer far better driving ranges than the I-Pace SUV's and super-fast charging times. Nevertheless, the I-Pace returns excellent fuel economy-equivalent figures of 80/72/76 MPGe on the city/highway/combined driving cycles. Because of its high price and low sales volumes, neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS have subjected the 2021 Jaguar I-Pace to review for its safety, but the Euro NCAP accorded the 2018 model with a positive rating. All the I-Pace needs to be a top contender is a longer driving range and faster charging times, apart from those drawbacks, it's a phenomenal vehicle.

๐Ÿš—What Jaguar I-Pace Model Should I Buy?

There are three trims that make up the first-generation I-Pace lineup, each equipped with the same magnificent powertrain. With the sticker price of the 2020 Jaguar I-Pace SUV ranging between $69,850 and $80,900, all are competitively priced in comparison to rivals as well as packed with value in the way of cosmetics and features. The mid-spec SE is the I-Pace we recommend as it comes standard-fit with daytime running lights, 20-inch alloy wheels and a power liftgate. It also gets leather seating upholstery and a bunch of advanced driver assists, including blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and high-speed emergency braking.

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