Comfortable and spacious. Take one look at the 2020 Jaguar I-Pace, and you may write the electric crossover SUV off for being cramped and uncomfortable. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Despite its unique design, the I-Pace is spacious and provides all-day comfort for all passengers.
Sweeping lines don’t eat into headroom or legroom, as the I-Pace offers a generous amount of space for passengers sitting in either one of the two rows. Despite measuring in at roughly the same size as a compact SUV, the I-Pace has an airy cabin that you won’t find in similarly sized vehicles. Aiding in the spaciousness is a plethora of small hideaways for random objects, like laptops underneath the rear seats.
The I-Pace’s seats are also a pleasant place to unwind after a day’s work. Supportive, well-bolstered, and finished in upscale upholstery, the seats impress nearly as much as the cabin’s design.
While the standard synthetic leather is fine, the genuine leather upholstery found on higher trims is much more impressive. Moving up to the range-topping HSE trim brings Windsor leather that'll truly blow your socks off. Pair it with the available performance seats and you have a recipe for seats that are luxurious and snug.
Standard features galore. With a starting price tag of $70,875, we wouldn’t say that the I-Pace is a strong value option. But, for what it’s worth, it comes with so many standard features, you’ll be wondering what you could possibly need as an option.
Even the base S trim comes with a panoramic roof, a 10-inch upper and a 5-inch lower touchscreen, six USB ports, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and a host of active safety features.
Of course, Jaguar offers a variety of available features including quad-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, and carbon-fiber trim. It never fails to feel like it belongs in the luxury segment.
Weight is just a number. Tipping the scales at 4,702 pounds, the I-Pace isn’t a lightweight vehicle. Weight, though, is just another number with the I-Pace, which has blistering performance.
The all-electric powertrain consists of two electric motors that produce 394 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque. Despite the weight, the I-Pace can get to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
While EVs are known for their blistering straight-line performance, the I-Pace also excels around corners thanks to its high-tech all-wheel-drive system. Poised handling, inspiring agility, and rewarding feedback all help it feel like one of the peppier electric vehicles on the market.
So-so range and fuel economy. Sorry to burst your bubble, but range anxiety is a real thing. With just 234 miles of range according to the EPA, the I-Pace lands lower down in the pack of available electric crossover SUVs. It bests the Audi e-tron’s 204-mile range but falls well behind Tesla Model X’s 328 miles.
Beyond range, the I-Pace also falls behind when it comes to fuel economy. It earns 76 miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) combined, which is below the Model X (96 MPGe) but just above the e-tron (74 MPGe). Compared to non-luxury offerings, like the Hyundai Kona Electric (120 MPGe), the I-Pace’s fuel economy figure leaves a lot to be desired.
Final thoughts. The 2020 Jaguar I-Pace rewrites what’s possible for an electric crossover SUV. Up until now, they’ve mostly been about having a lot of range and incredible performance in a straight line. The I-Pace brings great cornering capability into the mix, along with a stunning design, spacious cabin, and loads of luxury features.
While 234 miles of range should be enough for the majority of owners, we wish Jaguar would offer a few battery pack configurations for consumers seeking more. Other complaints are minor – the I-Pace’s infotainment system can be slow to respond and the brake pedal is oddly soft.
In terms of the competition, there are only two real options. The Tesla Model X has more range, better technology, and seating for up to seven – although it's over $15,000 more expensive. The Audi e-tron is almost $5,000 more expensive than the I-Pace, but comes with less range and isn’t as quick in a straight line.
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