Jaguar I-PACE Named 2018 Professional Driver Car Of The Year

NOV 23 2018 BY MARK KANE 36

Jaguar I-PACE is truly a drivers car.

The Jaguar I-PACE won the 2018 Professional Driver Car of the Year award from the Professional Driver magazine after more than 100 judges tested over 60 vehicles in two days.

Additionally, the I-PACE won in the Green Car of the Year category too.

According to Professional Driver, the I-PACE generated unprecedented demand for test drives and at the same time received a torrent of positive feedback.

“The Jaguar I-Pace is the “game changer” that could allow private hire and chauffeur operators to go all-electric, said Mark Bursa, editor of Professional Driver Magazine: “The I-Pace generated unprecedented levels of enthusiasm at or two-day judging event in September, and we knew we had our likely winner even before we’d added up the scores.”“We’ve never had a car in such demand for test drives, and we’ve never had quite such a torrent of positive feedback as we had for our 2018 Professional Driver Car of the Year. As one judge commented: ‘This could be the game-changer we’ve been waiting for.’.”

“With a range of more than 250 miles on a single charge thanks to a 90kW lithium ion battery pack, and the ability to rapid charge from zero to 80% in 45 minutes, the I-Pace is a practical proposition for chauffeurs. The lack of a conventional engine gives I-Pace a short bonnet and a long cabin. This has maximised the cabin size, giving rear seat legroom and headroom comparable to an executive saloon, as well as providing a 656 litre boot that is capable of swallowing several suitcases.”

Mark Bursa continued: “The I-Pace is already securing orders from e-chauffeur companies. WeKnow Group is planning to run a major fleet out of Heathrow, while other big operators, including Parker Car Service, have ordered the cars. The I-Pace is fully ULEZ-compliant, and has the daily range to do just about any job without needing to recharge. This makes it a worthy winner of the 2018 Professional Driver Car of the Year Award.”

The Professional Driver Awards are among the most rigorous in the automotive industry. There are seven categories in total, and a two-day judging event is held in September. The Professional Driver Car of the Year is chosen from the seven category winners, and the awards are announced at the Professional Driver Awards dinner in November.”

Well, if the I-PACE is really so good, it should receive a lot of additional orders from companies on top of individual customers.

The Professional Driver Car of the Year category winners are as follows:

Chauffeur Car of the Year
Audi A8L 50 quattro

Executive Car of the Year
BMW 630d Gran Turismo

Green Car of the Year
Jaugar I-Pace EV400 Electric

MPV of the Year
Mercedes-Benz V220d Long

Luxury SUV of the Year
Audi Q8 50 quattro

Estate Car of the Year
Mazda 6 Tourer

Private Hire Car of the Year
Toyota Prius Excel

More about the Professional Driver Car of the Year Awards:

“Professional Driver magazine, launched in 2009, is the monthly publication for the UK private hire, chauffeur and taxi industry.

The Professional Driver Car of the Year Awards are now in their 10th year. Every shortlisted car is delivered to the venue for evaluation by more than 100 judges, comprising invited heads of leading chauffeur and private hire firms, experienced chauffeurs, as well as carefully chosen motoring editors and journalists.

This year, more than 60 vehicles were available for the judges to test on the day, giving them a rare chance to evaluate competing products back-to-back, in real-world conditions.

Cars are tested on a circular road route, taking in urban roads and motorway-standard dual-carriageways. Then the cars are given a full walk-round – judges and examine systems such as the sat-nav as well as the vital boot space – we even provide test luggage for comparison purposes.

The judges are asked to drive as many of the cars as possible, and have to ride in the back of the cars – so they experience the cars from the customer’s point of view. Then each judge completes a two-page questionnaire, allocating points out of 10 for various features of the cars.

At the end of the day, the scores are totalled for each car and divided by the number of test drives to which that car was subjected, giving an overall average score. Finally, the Professional Driver team factors in whole-life running costs, using data provided by Fleet Audits.

“This thorough and comprehensive process means we’re as certain as we can be that we’ve got a fair result – and we know how and why the results have been achieved,” said Professional Driver editor Mark Bursa.”

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36 Comments on "Jaguar I-PACE Named 2018 Professional Driver Car Of The Year"

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BoltEV (was SparkEV)

LOL ipace the EV with worst efficiency won the green car of the year.

Threader

All down voters have pre-orders

Doug B

Still far better than a gasser, don’t let perfection be the enemy of progress. Some people want efficiency, and some just want a fun car, seems like Jag went with the latter, and being an EV still got efficiency and the potential to run on solar. Whats not to like

BoltEV (was SparkEV)

Considering EVERY EV in market is more efficient than ipace, giving it green car award over others is ridiculously funny joke.

Matthew Kennel

It’s much more efficient than the other diesel and petrol cars they have on that list. And with typical fuel prices in UK, any long range EV is a good choice for those driving as a business. Their typical customers are wealthy conservative businessmen who don’t care about fuel efficiency (they aren’t paying for it), and expect a traditional luxury car experience to drive them to their appointments.

BoltEV (was SparkEV)

That’s like saying 15 MPG Posche is more efficient than 10 MPG V12 Lamborghini, so Posche should get green car award. Every model of Tesla is more efficient, so it’s not like we’re not comparing 10 MPG sports car gasser to Prius. iPace green car award is hilarious fail.

Dima

The IPace is widely reviewed as a really good car,

BenB

From what I read
“Now what has been driving a number of us nuts is that the I-Pace has a far bigger battery than the Model 3 typically ships with, and yet it has less range. The cause appears to be threefold: The car is an SUV and thus not as aerodynamic as the Tesla; the front motor Jaguar uses (which may be better off-road, but this hasn’t been confirmed) can’t be turned off to save energy; and the battery appears to have far higher protection against premature aging than the Tesla’s.

The battery’s life span is largely speculation, but it appears that Jaguar uses less of the battery than the Tesla does.”

Don’t just shut off a car because it has worst efficiency….you mean to say why would someone buy a Porsche when they can buy a much efficient Toyota?? Every car has its plus and minus, I think Jaguar needs some kudos to bring in a product for competition ahead of any Germans. I have driven it and it is not a trashy product as some so called “EV” experts call out to be.

Some Guy

I guess mediocre range on a big 95kWh battery due to poor efficiency does not matter. Bogus award.

Bill Howland

Yeah, it probably is not the very first thing a prospective I-Pace buyer would be concerned about. The car’s efficiency is reasonable but not Stellar.

It was rather like purchasing the early model “S”, s and “X”s and then driving them in cold weather. The Vampire Drain was absolutely atrocious, yet people still bought them since it was not their absolute #1 Concern. If you wanted an efficient plug-in at the time, there were used more efficient Roadsters, or else the much, much higher efficiency VOLT if that was a #1 concern.

I’m sure it irks people to no end that they’ve come to a different conclusion than the Johnny One Notes here.

Ben B

u mean to say you will never buy a Porsche since there is an efficient Toyota around…and Porsche makes substandard expensive cars?? If that is ur reasoning then I have nothing else to say

Steven

Finally there is compition in ev motoring.

ffbj

This just shows that there is not much competition among evs currently. Something new comes along, like the Bolt a few years ago, and it wins every award imaginable, and where is it today, languishing in the wake of the Tesla Model 3, selling token numbers of vehicles, in limited areas.
The same will be true of the Jaguar I-Pace, though, like the Bolt, it’s a decent vehicle with a few caveats, like efficiency.

Mint

Yup. In 20 months or less, the Y will have ramped up in production and the IPace will look very uncompetitive next to it.

David Murray

Possibly. But in 20 months Jaguar may also figure out a way to improve the efficiency. But the bottom line is, I don’t think the average customer is going to care that much about the efficiency. They care about the sticker price, the performance, the styling, the comfort, and the range. The range is good enough. Sure, it could be better with a more efficient drive system. But seriously.. that’s like saying that the Ford F150 doesn’t sell well because a Prius gets so much better fuel efficiency. But we all know that isn’t true.

Jason

@David Murphy: The average car buyer is not the same as the average EV buyer. It’s two different markets.

Separately, this magazine is focused on car buyers for professional use, e.g. as a business, so it’s average buyer is going to a whole different than a consumer.

DL

And the average EV driver is different than the average EV forum poster. A lot of us don’t drive more than 100 miles a day and fly when it’s more than that, so efficiency is not so important.

Alex

We still have to let settle down i-pace sales, but for now it’s doing well and is a match for Tesla cars in Europe.
Audi electric SUV will probably be a much tougher competitor in Europe than Tesla model S and X together.

Dima

The IPace is already Jaguar’s best selling model, and it has 20,000 orders from Waymo.

It won’t be the best selling car in the world – it will never be produced or sell at even a small fraction of the numbers something like a Toyota Corolla does, sure. Talking about being the best selling car, is comparing apples to oranges. It is a Jaguar – a luxury automobile, made for the small number of people who can afford the luxury of driving one.

Elemental

Were there any Teslas in this list of 60 cars? Probably not, otherwise I don’t see how the I-Pace could have been chosen in this category and I think Tesla would have placed in many of the other categories as well. I suspect we will see a lot of awards being handed out to the subpar EVs from the status quo auto industry. Small concessions to the fact that EVs are the obvious choice in regards to being green, but not admitting that they can dominate in pretty much every other category as well. I’m sure we’ll be seeing many more biased awards and reviews such as this, where Tesla is completely ignored. Big auto has to try to put the upstart disrupter in its place, at the back of the line. Sorry big auto, not going to work, you’re going to have to make a genuine effort to make good EVs in mass quantities in order to survive the Tesla tornado-hurricane-tsunami.

cfox

Yeah – if you go to the professional driver website, they talk about the award but give zero details, including the list of 60 cars. Makes it impossible to take them seriously.

TomArt

Yeah, clearly from their praise of the i-Pace, efficiency and range are critical. Tesla crushes the i-Pace in those categories.

However, Teslas are not built for chauffeur services – the sedans in particular are built around the driver, with only an average back seat in terms of comfort, legroom, and headroom.

Ben B

from what I read
“Now what has been driving a number of us nuts is that the I-Pace has a far bigger battery than the Model 3 typically ships with, and yet it has less range. The cause appears to be threefold: The car is an SUV and thus not as aerodynamic as the Tesla; the front motor Jaguar uses (which may be better off-road, but this hasn’t been confirmed) can’t be turned off to save energy; and the battery appears to have far higher protection against premature aging than the Tesla’s.

The battery’s life span is largely speculation, but it appears that Jaguar uses less of the battery than the Tesla does.”

Don’t just shut off a car because it has worst efficiency….you mean to say why would someone buy a Porsche when they can buy a much efficient Toyota?? Every car has its plus and minus, I think Jaguar needs some kudos to bring in a product for competition ahead of any Germans. I have driven it and it is not a trashy product as some so called “EV” experts call out to be.

Isaxgrl

The problem is, the ipace doesn’t look like a Jaguar. And why would I buy a Jaguar that doesn’t look like one. I wouldn’t.

JAYDEE

Maybe you should double check what Jaguars look like.. The I pace litteraly a mini fpace

Jason

A monthly trade magazine for “professional” drivers in the UK rated this car as best for driving other people around. (Did anyone notice the steering wheel is on the left side in the photo?)

I suspect if we ran a survey in the US for “Lyft” drivers, we might get a different response.

It just shows how hard it is to make a global car to satisfy local needs. There is no one car to rule them all.

Roy_H

So much missing information. What other cars competing? I would like to understand all the categories, what is the difference between Chauffeur, Executive, and Estate? I assume that all cars are put into one category or another and cannot compete in two or more categories. I wonder if the iPace would have won in one of the other categories if there was no “Green Car” category?

Dan F.

The iPace certainly has issues, big ones, namely range and efficiency which are not great. Hopefully they will be able to improve that sooner rather than later. If I was in the market for a $70k to $100k+ EV I would look hard at the Jag. Before trashing it I would recommend that readers of this website take a look at the Jaguar website. It’s a very attractive car both in appearance and content. White paint (insultingly $2k extra on a Tesla) is a no cost option along with black on the Jag and a really nice pallet of colors cost $575 extra. It starts at $69k very well equipped and is AWD only. I am not personally interested in owning any +/- 5000 lb. car, EV or not, but if I was and wanted an EV I’d take a hard look at the Jag.

Bill Howland

The car IS unbelievably impressive in person. When I first saw one at the Drive Electric event – I thought I was viewing a futuristic Concept vehicle -I had no idea initially I was viewing the In-Production I-Pace. Absolutely beautiful inside, and apparently much more rugged than other electric brands which cannot be taken off-road.

Phel

No one is taking a Jaguar off road lol.

Bill Howland

Nope – Bjorn Nyland did. It survived much better than his “X”.

TomArt

The X was not designed for off-road. It was shamelessly marketed toward the “soccer mom” suburban demographic. It was in Musk’s rhetoric repeatedly prior to release, and it was all through their early promotional literature. It was designed to have better usable space and access than a Q7, and to be faster than a 911. According to Musk, they succeeded. I don’t know, because I’ve never ridden in a Q7 or an X or a 911.

Henry

For a brief moment I thought “Professional Drivers” had something to do with performance, then I realized it was “Livery Drivers” – huge difference!

Mats Andreassen

How the hell did not Tesla win this? In what way is the iPace the game changer they’ve been waiting for? I don’t get this. None of the metrics beat Tesla, right?

eject

Yeah right. Tell your customer to get in the back of a Model S.

Jaimie

what a joke saying this. everyone knows hyundai has a very good efficiency.
400 km /250 miles with lets say 85kw real capacity , is stil over 20kw/100km. Kona does 450km / 280miles with only 64kw. 14,2kw/100 km. so put a 85kw battery in the kona and a wopping range of 600 km / 375 miles !!

the jag is a really great looking EV , best so far in my humble opinion, but range wise : FAIL