Autobahn Challenge: Will Jaguar I-PACE Keep Up With Tesla Model X?


Put a test driver in a Tesla Model X and a Jaguar I-Pace and hit the Autobahn. How does it turn out?

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We’ve seen and shared many a comparison between the Tesla Model X and the Jaguar I-Pace. Although these cars are not very similar in many ways, the fact of the matter is that there just aren’t that many BEVs on the market today and especially not of the SUV/CUV performance variety. And heck, anything comparing electric cars is exciting to us, not to mention it’s on the Autobahn.

Video Description via nextmove of YouTube:

Autobahn Challenge: Will the Jaguar I-PACE keep up with the Tesla Model X?

The Jaguar I-PACE is the first real contestor to the Tesla Model X. Journalists like to call it the Tesla Fighter. For the market launch, also Jaguar drew the direct comparison to Model X in a Drag Race Video 0 to 100 km/h. We tested the two in a direct comparison on the German Autobahn and wanted to know which car drives more efficiently and how they compare with regards to charging speed.

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25 Comments on "Autobahn Challenge: Will Jaguar I-PACE Keep Up With Tesla Model X?"

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It’s stunning to see this poor of a consumption level from the Jaguar for the exact reasons they cite. It’s lighter and smaller, yet consumes much more energy per mile. Could you imagine the backlash if a new Tesla were to perform like this? The pitchforks would be everywhere, and rightfully so. 155 miles of usable range at about 82mph? Yikes.

Any engineers or armchair researchers care to share what is decreasing the range so severely?

Lastly, the availability of faster chargers strikes again, even when planned at a dealership with the same parent company.

Jaguar is owned by Tata not VW Group, but you’re right about the performance issues. Power consumption at highway speeds is where the clever design work needs to be focused, Jaguar seemingly missed that part!

Thanks for the correction.

Jaguar isn’t owned by VW group. It’s owned by Tata Motors.

Form over function was the decision apparently. And it certainly does look more aggressive and masculine, doesn’t it?

It’s for two reasons: 1. Poor aerodynamics 2. Permanent magnet motor that cannot be put to sleep during cruise as is the case with dual motor Teslas

I think the two permanent magnet motors are more the reason for inefficiency than aerodynamics. The Cd for the I-Pace is 0.29 already (yes the Model X is 0.23 but that’s why it ended up shaped like that).

“The Tesla driver is having an extra cup of coffee, but will pass us later. The Tesla is superior at Autobahn driving.”
This is all you need to know about the comparison between the new Jaguar and the 4 years old, bigger and heavier Model X.

Tesla does have a hard time to sell their cars in Germany because they are not completely up to the German Autobahn standards. Jaguar should focus on the rest of Europe.

The Model X sells badly in Germany because the market for 100k€ Minivans isn’t that large. It outsells the Mercedes Vito AMG which is the only thing I can think of that is remotely comparable to the Model X. So maybe it isn’t selling badly at all but simply limited by the market capacity.

the point is – EVs are not made for the Autobahn. Serious, if you go from Jena to Berlin (A4 + A9) like they did in the Video ( ca 70% of this way has no speed limit at the Moment), every Truck is faster than the Jaguar or the Model X . the jaguar can just drive 200 km with an average speed of 130 kmh with one charge… the Tesla maybe 230 km??? now everybody can understand why this doesn’t work in Germany. imagine your ski trip from Berlin to South-Tirol – usually one tank filling and a 6h drive – how many charging stops do you need with a EV- for that trip – 4?? and a average speed of what? the same trip with an EV would last 12h.

How would 4 stops add 6 hours? I almost never stop and charge for more than a 1/2 hour.

I drove from Denmark to Italy in a model s 85d with the ap set to 150 km/h easily got 250 km between stops. Only charged to 80-90 percent, usually charged between 30 – 45 minutes. This can easily be done.

The lack of a sc network coupled with poor efficiency cripples the IPace for long distance driving.

iPace does very well despite the test parameters putting it at a disadvantage. iPace is only charged to 77% vs. Tesla’s 82% yet iPace makes the same trip same speed and same charging time. iPace’s 151 km one way would be 200 km at full charge per the parameters. iPace’s charging time was same as Teslas despite picking a charger that could not charge to iPace’s maximum. The Tesla has longer range, marginally better efficiency at highway but the iPace at $20K less did very well and with public charging. If one needed longer range, by all means spend $20K more. Probably Nelly’s first comment says it all when they choose cars, she gets the iPace and squeals with delight saying “You lose”. Tesla is in need of design refresh, especially getting rid of the head bonking (according to coworker who has an X and a new 3) and leaky falcon wings. iPace and new Audi eTron are looking to be excellent alternatives to the Tesla X. Despite the issues, I’ll still try for a used Tesla X in six months because it is US made. But the eTron’s 4K towing, $20K less and availability of US tax credit of… Read more »

The Tesla charged faster and had better per mile efficiency, so no, not the same charge time. The charge time on the Tesla is less per mile traveled or travel time, either way you look at it.

This also ignored the whole charging availability argument which is huge.

By mid next year charging availablilty in the US will be pretty much on or with each other, so for most people the last point is now pretty much irrelevant – it’s going to be more a question of which charging networks are more convenient for the trips you mostly take.

That comment is devoid of any grasp of reality. Public charging systems are a nightmare. I sometimes gaze enviously across the lot at the Tesla chargers as I get reamed by the networks – when they actually work.

The Nextmove lady can drive several Tesla every day as much as she likes, so she is excited to drive the new I-Pace.

They used a 350KW Ionity charger with cooled wires + CCE plug good for up to 400A and above 800V; the limit is not from the charger but from the I-Pace bms which limits to 200A max; this 200A limit was highlighted from Bjorn Nyland last month and German EV ‘youtuber’ Dirk Hennigsen in July.

Haha, more people should have seen this coming. Tesla has said many times that batteries are still constrained, making all those European claims seem somewhat disingenuous.

LOL that I-Pace is poor 😀 No, not just poor but piss poor.

This looks to be the general consensus that it has battery range problems that should have been corrected prior to release, this will bite the Jag in the backside unless they address the problem soon.
A simple Hi / Lo range gear box would resolve a lot of range issues.

Yet it had no practical effect in this test. The iPace made the same trip, same time, same charging and same return despite starting out at an inexplicable 5% less charge.

The test demonstrated that iPace was as practical an EV as a Tesla and had a much greater Wow! factor.

There was another direct comparison test made in July from EV youtuber Dirk Hennigsen, (it’s only couch talking video in German thou) : I-Pace versus his own S75D driving together 156km from GER – DK.
Dirk happened to charge also at an Ionity ultra-fast charger, just when a maintenance technician was present for a quick chat, so the 200A charge limit is not from the charger but from the I-Pace bms. The I-Pace used 29 KWh per 100km driving 80-130 kph where the S75D used only 20 KWh/100km for the same route.

His conclusion : the I-Pace uses 44% more KWh than the TS and 25% more KWh than the TX but charges 37% slower at max 80-84KW. So real driving consumption and range are far away from Jaguars advertised 480 km WLTP.
So all test-info from Nextmove, Dirk H. and Bjon Nyland are all consistently pointing to the same direction……

The Jaguar is just gorgeous.

That cannot be right. It said 36kWh/mile at 58 mph. In California, that is over $10/hr ($.28/kWh) at speeds that would get you killed on the highways. Electricity is generally even higher in Germany. They are truly screwed.

If that is true, its laughable. We’ve all been duped..