How Does The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace Compare To The Tesla Model X?

NOV 4 2018 BY EVANNEX 36


Automotive writer Dan Neil is a bright spot at the Wall Street Journal, once a thoughtful conservative news source and now a leading venue for anti-Tesla rants. Neil famously deleted his Twitter account after a positive review of the Tesla Model 3 triggered a torrent of trollery.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Charles Morris. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: Tesla’s Model X and Jaguar’s I-Pace (Image: InsideEVs via Nicolas Joannès)

Neil recently tested the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace, and shared his impressions of the new electric crossover, including the inevitable comparison to the Tesla Model X.

Neil found the new Jag to be “brill, as the Brits would say: smart and sensual, quick and quiet, athletic and aesthetic, a class act all the way.” He also noted a few problems: “The lagging touch screen in my test car made me want to drive it off one of [the] Monterey Peninsula’s scenic cliffs.”

Neil notes that Jaguar has stolen a march on the German luxury brands, which are “still bravely in their foxholes.” Audi’s e-tron impressed journalists (including this correspondent) at an expansive extravaganza in San Francisco, but the bubble of credibility was quickly punctured when we learned that the company does not plan to ship any inventory to its US dealers – the e-tron will be available by special order only, and Audi of America President Scott Keogh said the wait for delivery could be a year or more. Porsche won’t commit to a launch date for its Taycan electric four-door coupe, but it might possibly, conceivably start to arrive by (maybe) spring 2020. Mercedes has shown off its new EQC electric SUV, which it tentatively expects to arrive in the US in 2020 (perhaps). BMW takes top honors for tentativeness – it recently showcased a concept called the Vision iNext, which may perchance come to market around 2021.

Above: Jaguar faces off against Tesla (Image: InsideEVs via Nicolas Joannès)

So Jaguar is the first legacy automaker to field a competitor for Model X, and Neil believes this is a competitive advantage that will be definitive for the brand, “especially among the next generation of car buyers in Europe and particularly China, where the government is effectively regulating gas cars off the market.”

A lot of “armchair quarterbacks” believe that once the legacy automakers finally decide to get serious about electrification, their superior resources will allow them to overtake Tesla quickly. More informed observers point out that differing missions(Tesla exists to sell EVs; Big Auto still hopes they’ll go away) make that scenario unlikely. Neil’s comparison of the Jag and the Tesla offers another reason not to count the Californians out. “It’s becoming obvious that Tesla’s advantage in powertrain tech won’t be so easily commodified or wished away,” he writes, then goes on to list some of the Tesla’s technical advantages over its challenger.

“The new I-Pace [with an EPA-estimated range of 234 miles, almost] matches the Tesla Model X 75D in range but it requires a 20% larger battery to do so,” writes Neil. “The Model X is also 14 inches longer and 400 pounds heavier, so a whole class above in size. And then there is charging. At a Level 2 home charger, a dead-empty I-Pace would take 12.9 hours to fully charge, according to Jaguar. For the same car at a public DC fast-charger (50 kW), 30 minutes would yield about 60 miles of extra range. That’s assuming, in the moment of need, you can find convenient DC fast charging. Chances are you’ll drive past one or more of Tesla’s hundreds of proprietary Supercharger stations along the way.”

Above: Model X and I-Pace on the road (Image: InsideEVs via Nicolas Joannès)

The I-Pace’s designers opted for a traditional user interface. In contrast to “the bone-chilling minimalism of a Tesla Model 3…the I-Pace UX looks like Mission Control with leather upholstery. There are a good number of physical rotary controllers, switches and ergonomic landmarks at hand, so you don’t always have to go ferreting around its torpid touch screen.”

Neil found plenty to like about the electric Jag: “All-wheel drive comes by way of AC synchronous motors fore and aft with integrated single-speed transmissions, delivering a combined 394 hp and 512 lb-ft of ready torque, enough to toss the little British space pod to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and top out at 124 mph. At low speeds and low demand the rear motor does all the work in near silence of oiled electrons. The tire roar is by far the loudest thing. But when you boot the I-Pace to full power, it sings to you, a spiraling aria analogous to an internal combustion car’s rising revs, coming out of the cabin loudspeakers. You can turn it off if you like, killjoy.”

Above: Germany’s NextMove compares the two SUVs in a head-to-head battle (Youtube: nextmove)

Meanwhile, another comparison recently surfaced between the Model X and I-Pace. As reported in Teslarati, Germany’s NextMove analyzed the efficiency of the two all-electric SUVs and found, “At speeds between 93 km/h (58 mph) and 110 km/h (68 mph), for example, the I-PACE showed an average consumption of 22.5 kWh/100 km (362 Wh/mi). The Model X, on the other hand, had a consumption of 17.5 kWh/100 km (282 Wh/mi). That makes the larger, heavier Model X around 23% more efficient than the Jaguar I-PACE.

NextMove also evaluated charging, and found that the Tesla outshone the Jaguar in this category as well. The German publication charged the I-PACE at an IONITY station at a Porsche dealership. IONITY’s charging stations are capable of providing up to 350 kW of output, but the I-PACE was limited to only 80-83 kW. However, Tesla’s Supercharger was able to recharge the Model X 90D at a level of over 100 kW.


Written by: Charles Morris; Source: Wall Street JournalTeslarati via nextmove

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36 Comments on "How Does The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace Compare To The Tesla Model X?"

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I don’t think there will be one model that surpasses Tesla. It will be just like the auto world is now – many makes and many models. This is not a winner take all games.

To say anything else is just being a fan boy.

Fair enough. I think the thrust of the article was to point out that Tesla does indeed have engineering advantages though. I still think the iPace is a nice vehicle, just not with the most advanced powertrain.

Correct. No model will surpass Tesla.

Agreed, the sooner the idea of a “Tesla killer” dies the better. Like the mobile/cell phone market there is no iPhone “killer”, but there are plenty of other phones that people prefer. Different people have their different opinions and requirements.

Unless the BEV market never expands beyond a niche couple of percent of the entire vehicle market there’s enough room for dozens of successful models and manufacturers, just as there is in the current vehicle market.

If you want a fast accelerating, expensive premium sedan then sure, Tesla may just be the best bet in that segment. Want an economic small CUV? Tesla will be at the bottom of your list.

So it’s not all that efficient. It’s not all that easy to make a compelling ev. The IPace is a good try, if you can get by the relatively low mileage range for the pack, everything else seems good.
Oh and having to close your twitter account because of Trolls is just sad. They don’t like your pov so they attack you incessantly.
Being a Bully, like our leader, that’s the American Way?
The constant drone of wait till the competition comes to crush Tesla has just become a joke, not something to hang your hat on year after year, as your short position erodes and continues to drain your bank account.

ease up on the politics snowflake

Nice: Snowflake as a slang term involves the derogatory usage of the word snowflake to make reference to people. Its meaning has varied, but may include a person who has an inflated sense of their own uniqueness, has an unwarranted sense of entitlement, or is easily offended and unable to deal with opposing opinions.
“It takes one to know one.”

You forgot the laggy infotainment system — that’s the other big complaint in most reviews (including this one). But other than, it seems to be pretty nice indeed 🙂

The point is that more and more people start buying EV’s.

It’s good that the Jaguar I-Pace can be bought, even if it isn’t the most efficient EV model. Some people will prefer to buy the Jaguar I-Pace instead of other EV models. And that’s alright. It will just add to the total Plug-In sales.

“… the Jaguar I-Pace can be bought….”

That point is up for discussion. My understanding is that Jaguar intends to build around 35,000 worldwide. Trying to buy one might end up as an exercise in frustration.

That’s more than Tesla makes of the Model X.


Tesla makes ~50,000 Model X per year.

(Admittedly, that’s not that much more than 35,000… Where does that number come from? Thus far I’ve always seen mention of only some 20,000…)

For the Model X, ~50k is world sales numbers, ~20k is US sales numbers.

The I-Pace is Jaguar’s first go at building an electric car, like the original Roadster was for Tesla. You can’t compare it to Tesla’s third car made with several years experience, if this were Jaguar’s third electric car fine. I think the I-Pace is an excellent start for Jaguar, there has to be a point where automakers jump into EVs, and then continue to grow from that point.

True. Maybe in version 2.0 Jag will not ignore aerodynamics.

And maybe Tesla will not ignore utility for Model X 2.0.

Like when they put a power 2nd row in their seven seater that didn’t fold flat. Or falcon doors canceling its ability to have roof rails……🤭

Not exactly the same: when Tesla made the Roadster, there was nothing to take inspiration from; and they were a small start-up, not an established car maker…

Having said that, it’s fair not to expect Jaguar’s first entry to be on par with Tesla’s amount of experience. But that is actually kinda the point: detractors are always claiming that Tesla has no real advantage, and legacy makers could make competitive products whenever they chose to do so… By now it’s obvious they actually can’t. They have to work on it just like Tesla had to — and they are behind.

What a piece of smelly bad coding YouTube has turned video viewing into.
Trying to PAUSE the video to READ the F-ing Translation, and it’s overlayed with other video options. They can’t seem to wait till the end of video to offer more suggestions.
Usability get’s an F.

That’s not bad coding — that’s bad UX design.

But yeah, I totally agree that it’s super annoying… Even though I can totally see the (selfish) motivation for this mis-feature.

With the iPace at a lower price point than the Model X and smaller, it makes me wonder whether Jaguar is making or losing money on this vehicle because of ZEV credits, or trying to get market share away from their competition. If the latter is the case, it begs the question how they will make money (going on the assumption that either case is a loss leader).

At this price point, if the I-Pace isn’t profitable, that would be a major fail on Jaguar’s part.

It makes me cringe when IPace and Model X are compared. I’m sure Jaguar is setting this up on purpose to try to seem relevant but they simply don’t compete. IPace is a raised hatchback sedan, while the Model X is an mid sized SUV.

Yes, I said it, the I-Pace is a SEDAN! Just look at its height, it is 1,565 mm (61.6 in), for reference, the Bolt is 1,600 mm (62.8 in). So the I-Pace has lower height than even a Bolt! Do we then call a Bolt an SUV too?

For reference, a real compact SUV like an NX has a height of 1,645.9 mm (64.8 in). And an SUV like a Model X has a height of 1,684 mm (66.3 in). (It can also seat 6-7 people)

The media should stop with falling for Jaguar’s marketing nonsense and call it what it is, and stop comparing it with SUVs and compare it with other sedans.

AS THE I-Pace is to a sedan, The X is akin to a minivan. Although the I-Pace is much more off-road capable than the X. And you can put stuff on the roof of the I-Pace.

Please don’t redefine words. Look up the definition of van.

Ironic considering the redefinition of SUV over the years.

Whatever the X is, it’s certainly not a traditional midsize SUV. At the very least it’s a fullsize.

While the Model X certainly has some similarities to a minivan, a real minivan doesn’t have a SUV-like elevated floor.

It’s true of course that the I-Pace is more off-road capable, thus actually being more of a SUV in terms of what these originally were — even though the shape (and construction) is very different…

In the end, neither of these two is a traditional SUV — and it depends entirely on you point of view which one is closer to that.

Yeah, but the I-Pace is much, much better looking than the X.

No it isn’t — just the opposite!

There. My opinion on this subjective point is obviously more valid.

If I thought cars were worth spending $70k – $80k on, I would choose the Jaguar I-Pace over the Model X. But I just don’t value cars that highly. Just like I would never spend $500 on jeans, or $100 on a t-shirt.

The motor design in Teslas is unique and a closely guarded secret. Munro and assocs. on their Model 3 teardown were clueless about the function of the four layered magnets in the motors, and reported that “Tesla would not share design details…” duh:)

Funny thing is that the I-Pace uses permanent magnet motors like the Model 3, which are normally more efficient than the induction motors in the Model X…

20% less efficient power storage
20% less efficient power utilization
20% slower charging

Same price.


If you want the most efficient EV, buy an Ioniq.

Model 3 is still the bargain of the decade. It can accomplish what a X and S can do for half the cost!