Jaguar I-Pace Competes With Tesla Model X Or Model 3? Maybe Both?


Jaguar I-Pace

If you’re looking for an EV SUV, Jag beats Tesla – though it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison. And it’s just as easy to say that Tesla beats Jag, too.

It all depends on how you define an SUV and whether or not you accept the comparison of the I-Pace to the Model X, or prefer to match the I-Pace to the Model 3.

Introduce a new electric vehicle and it’s almost impossible to avoid comparisons with Tesla. So with the debut of the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace at the Geneva Motor Show, we had to wonder how it stacks up against the offerings from Elon Musk’s all-electric car company.

Related – Jaguar I-Pace Priced From $70,495 U.S.

Jaguar I-Pace & Tesla Model X

Question is, which Tesla is the most appropriate comparison? Jaguar’s I-Pace is an all-wheel-drive SUV (according to the automaker), so the natural competitor is the Tesla Model X. But the Model X is considerably larger than the I-Pace – the X is 198.3 inches in length versus 184.3 inches for the Jag – so it’s not an apples-to-apples match-up. A closer match size-wise is the Tesla Model 3 sedan, which is only half an inch longer than the I-Pace – but it’s 4.5 inches lower in height and does not (yet) offer all-wheel drive. In other words, neither car perfectly aligns with the I-Pace.

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Tesla Model 3

See Also – Jaguar I-Pace – Everything We Know – Videos, Specs & Images Galore

With that in mind, the table below gives the basic outline of how things stack up. The Jaguar I-Pace is cheaper and quicker than the base Tesla Model X 75D, and is expected to return a slightly longer driving range, too. Of course, the I-Pace’s range advantage is due in part to it having a higher-capacity battery pack and being smaller overall.

If you need more performance or range, of course, Tesla is happy to oblige: the $96,000 Model X 100D will reach 60 miles per hour in a claimed 4.7 seconds and travels 295 miles per charge, while the $140,000 P100D does the deed in just 2.9 seconds and manages 289 miles.

For everyday driving, though, the Jaguar I-Pace looks like a steal compared to the Tesla Model X, but way overpriced compared to the Model 3. Take a look at the table below to see how it stacks up against the Model X and Model 3. For reference, the prices below are without destination charges and before any applicable federal or state tax incentives. Note that the standard Model 3 is not yet available. The cheapest Model 3 you can get right now is closer to $50,000.

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50 responses to "Jaguar I-Pace Competes With Tesla Model X Or Model 3? Maybe Both?"
  1. SparkEV says:

    I-Pace doesn’t compete with Tesla. It competes against Bolt, Leaf, i3, eGolf, and SmartED where they offer CCS.

    1. Vexar says:

      You got that right. Dominates in that market for premium features and acceleration. Also, looks more like a Chrysler than a Jaguar now. Way to go, Tata Automotive!

    2. Viking79 says:

      No, it really competes with Tesla (or at least offers other EV options). Go to the Jaguar website and build and price the I-Pace. It offers comparable performance level. It is a really nice luxury car, almost every option is configurable.

      It has features like heads up display, many interior choices including no leather options, premium leather, different headliner materials, different trim materials, 3 or 4 interior colors (all available now), safety features including ACC and high speed emergency braking.

      Pricing wise it is likely to be similar to a Model Y with similar equipment level.

      1. Stimpy says:

        A lot of options are not included on the Jag that are included on the Tesla such as heated front seats, automatic emergency braking, even DRLs! Yes really, the $70k base I-Pace doesn’t include daytime running lights!

        Of course the biggest single missing feature is the charging network.

        I still think it’s an excellent effort from Jaguar and probably the best EV yet from anyone other than Tesla.

        1. SparkEV says:

          Ipace isn’t the best when you consider the price. If GM made $80K EV, they’d probably do whole lot better. Same range as Bolt despite having 50% bigger battery is poor engineering. I thought Tesla X had awful efficiency, iPace is even worse.

          If anything, iPace is the worst EV on the market when you consider inefficiency and money.

          1. Viking79 says:

            GM makes an $80k EV (well plug in EV) to compete with Tesla. They sell about 25 a month.

            1. Viking79 says:

              plug in hybrid EV, sorry, no editing. The CT6 PHEV is of course the one I am talking about. $75k and no one buys it.

              1. SparkEV says:

                We’re talking about BEV, not PHV. GM’s “high end” PHV are lousy as you can see from Cadillac ELR having slower 0-60 MPH time than SparkEV.

                But when it comes to EV, SparkEV dominated in low end market, Bolt in ~30K market (post subsidy in absence of Tesla 3). If GM decided to get into ~80K BEV, at the very least they’d engineer better efficiency than Tesla X.

          2. Bill Howland says:

            “If GM made a $70,000 ev they’d do a better job”.

            I doubt it… That is roughly the price of a Caddy CT6 PHEV. So they already make ao-called luxury model.

            That joke of a car isn’t selling – even in China where it is made – probably because your typical Chinese isn’t that dumb. No one has been able to get as much as 22 miles all electric range, whereas the new Volt with the same battery is listed at 53 miles, and many I’ve talked to regularly get 70 miles and none of them are professional drivers.

            No wonder the ELR far outsold the CT6 PHEV. Even though I had the smaller of the 2 batteries, once during the fall I did get 60 miles all electric range without even trying very hard. Even though a GEN 1 I’d consider it an efficient EV. It most likely would have gotten even better with a GEN 2 Voltec.

            They clearly discontinued the WRONG CAR.

            If you watched some of the design videos of the I-Pace here at IEV’s, you’d see Jag appears to be trying to make a robust car.

            Its interior is of “LUXURY” quality. Tesla never even claimed the ‘S’ was a luxury car, and that probably also goes for the “X”. Even though the car can cost $130,000 or more. This is likely because the interior was never intended to be as ‘upscale’ as the I-Pace.

            In several years of course we’ll find out how ROBUST the car actually is – but the months of grueling testing Jag has done on the car satisfies me they are trying to make a car that really works.

            I don’t care that it has absolutely the biggest motors, or the fastest CCS, or the largest home charger. I have to sleep sometime, and the car might as well charge then.

            1. SparkEV says:

              You’re talking about PHV, which we know GM is lousy, and that includes ELR. For the money, ELR sucked.

              If I have $80K for a car, I also have a yacht I may want to tow. Tesla X allows towing, but IPace can’t even tow my kayak.

              Sure, I can see “luxury” appealing to some who wish to wait an hour at CCS on trips longer than 100 miles from home for some free charging Bolt and use their gasser to tow the yacht (or kayak). But most will opt for Tesla.

            2. God/Bacardi says:

              I agree with almost everything but Tesla does indeed claim itself to be a luxury vehicle and regularly touts its S is the best selling large luxury sedan…

              Even if the ELR debuted at a $49K MSRP, at best it might have double the sales…Depending who you ask, the ELR needed more range and/or more performance in addition to the lower price…

              The CT6 PHEV is again too expensive since the customer is paying a premium to have the vehicle built in a country most try to avoid, China…The performance is there, range, price and available features are all off…You’d imagine the US buyer who wants a CT6 PHEV might want the customer who’s the most interested in supercruise, yet it’s not offered on the PHEV variant because GM stated the battery took up too much trunk room which they didn’t want to further reduce with an option supercruise system…

              Rumors are there will be a XT4 CUV PHEV…

              1. wavelet says:

                Nope, Tesla is “premium”, not luxury. Do have examples where they called themselves “luxury”? Musk specifically never mention the word, AFAIK.
                Tesla S/X get compared to luxury ICE cars because they cost the same, but that’s because of the drivetrain cost to get a long-range BEV. Most reviews of the S/X I’ve seen mention the interior isn’t as luxurious as comparably priced ICE cars (I was very much surprised to hear about the lack of door/seat back storage pockets & grab handles/coat hooks above the doors) but that’s not necessarily a bad thing — some people care more about the performance.

            3. wavelet says:

              I suspect a major reason why the CT6 isn’t selling well in the US is that it’s made in China. I don’t think the usual Cadillac-buying demographic (who has lots of brand loyalty, IIRC) would consider a made-in-China car. Frankly, I was very much surprised when it was announced the car would be imported into the US for that reason alone.
              As to why it’s not selling in China, no idea.

        2. Viking79 says:

          High speed AEB is not included, low speed AEB is included on base trim. i.e., you need the radar with the ACC to get high speed AEB.

          Other standard safety features are LKAS, Traffic Sign Recognition, Adaptive Speed Limiter, Rear Camera, Driver Condition Monitor

    3. Terawatt says:

      Yeah right, it doesn’t compete with Tesla! It’s the most direct competitor in the entire marketplace, and I expect many Europeans besides me find it a very alluring alternative.

      It’s too early to tell how good it really is, but I frankly expect it to be at a significantly higher quality level than any Tesla (but then the $140k seems to be no better built than the $49k Model 3, perhaps even the reverse is true). And for me, the constant hype Tesla happily throws around has severely undermined my trust in the company. Their only advantage, for me, has been that they offered a more exciting product. I don’t think that’s really the case anymore. Therefore I can assure you that if I were in the market for something in this price range, I’d take a very good look at the i-Pace first, and a Tesla second.

      Sure, it’s smaller than the S and the X. But I don’t know anyone in Europe who don’t consider both these cars too big and think that’s one of their disadvantages.

      It will be interesting to see what happens to Model X sales in Norway, the only market in the world where any Tesla has ranked as one of the best-selling cars in the overall market (regardless of drivetrain technology). I for one expect the i-Pace to grab a big chunk from Model X, and I think Jaguar will supply enough cars if the demand is there (they have said they expect Norway to be its most important market initially).

      We don’t yet know the price or performance of the Model 3 with dual motors, but I think it’ll undercut the cat. But not by very much, and especially not if you pay for the promised one-day full autonomy that Tesla may or may not manage to deliver. The i-Pace is certainly not a competitor to the base Model 3, but then it’s really unfair to compare with a paper car that may in fact never materialize at all.

  2. mx says:

    Starting at $80,000, maybe it competes with the low end of the S market.

    It’s too high a price to compete with the Model 3.

    1. Verch says:

      Is it? What is a fully loaded 3 with AWD going to cost?

      Its 49k for the LR model,
      add AWD at 5K.
      Add 1k for shipping
      add 1 k for a color other than black
      Anyways you see where I am going, it starts to compete with the high end of the model 3.

    2. F150 Brian says:

      The starting price of $70,495 (including $995 freight, before government incentives) has already been announced.
      Please stop using made up numbers.

      Obviously there are options that increase the price, but the base seems to be pretty well equipped.

      It’s ~$9000 less expensive that the closest spec Model X.

      It may be about the same difference above an AWD premium Model 3.

      SOOOOOOOO, it doesn’t compete directly with either of them. This is nothing new in the auto industry

      1. Chris O says:

        Electrek calculated this car as equal in price with Model X/75 once specced out to the same level. So it looks like for the same money one could get a bigger car with nationwide supercharger support + steadily increasing autonomous capabilities.

        1. Terawatt says:

          It’s not possible to spec any Tesla to even the base level of the i-Pace, even if you pay over $150k. Basic technology that we expect in any new model except for the very bottom end is simply missing in Tesla – Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

          Even at max price the Tesla is likely to be much worse build quality, too.

          The Tesla will accelerate faster in a straight line, but it will brake worse, and if it’s an S or X it’ll handle worse and be less comfortable. Unlike every other manufacturer, Tesla makes EVs that are no more reliable than the average car if I understand Consumer Reports correctly. The LEAF for example has much fewer things that go wrong, and they do so much less frequently.

          To my mind, it looks a lot like things have been for many decades. American cars are unsophisticated too-big brute-force machines and don’t measure up to European, Japanese, and these days Korean products. Only one thing is new: it’s now the American that’s more expensive.

          I think a lot of people here seriously underestimate how positive Europeans will be to this car. Like Apple, Tesla has a cult following even outside the US, but also like Apple, it’s much smaller abroad than at home.

      2. Gasbag says:

        It’s ~$9000 less expensive that the closest spec Model X.

        …and 15k more than an AWD LR M3 which is faster and has access to a superior charging network.

        A direct comparison with an AWD Bolt might be more apropos. Of course neither is available just yet.

      3. Will says:

        So the source is electrek tesla second mouth piece. I would believe the auto company that built the car and says that it cost 70k

    3. Viking79 says:

      It starts at $70k, and the Model 3 starts at $50K (today). However, lets look at differences.

      90 kwh battery instead of 75? kwh battery. This would be a $9k update from Tesla. Add AWD and Air Suspension? $6k? SUV form factor? $5k. You are at $70k now for a similarly equipped Model Y

      I don’t think it is as much higher as you are thinking. The Jag is more luxurious as well, which will appeal to some. Features like the heads-up display and a huge variety in interior features, all individually selectable, etc.

      1. Chris O says:

        It’s one thing to have the bigger battery but note that Model 3 gets 310 miles EPA from its 75KWh battery vs a currently estimated 240 miles for i-Pace. With the 4WD upgrade Model 3 range will probably improve further.

        1. Viking79 says:

          In that sense we can’t really compare until Model Y arrives. The Model X gets notably worse than the Model S too. Also, things like tire selection could impact range 10 or 20% so not sure how those will factor in. I don’t think we know what tires it has.

      2. Gasbag says:

        90 kwh battery instead of 75? kwh battery. This would be a $9k update from Tesla.

        Wrong. Buyers with a functional brain care more about range. Eventually even dotards are going figure out that ~240 miles of range is less than 310 miles of a LR Tesla so The ipace doesn’t keep pace.

        The ipace also will almost certainly charge at less than 200 miles per hour on the nonexistent 100kw charging network. That means the ipace paces with The Bolt and Leaf but well behind the Hyundai ioniq, Nito, Kona, and TM3.

        1. Viking79 says:

          Hah, your funny, what was the difference in price between an X 75D and X 90D? I think it was actually $10k

          1. Viking79 says:

            Sorry, not able to edit. your = you’re

            1. Gasbag says:

              I may be funny and ugly etc but a TM3 compares nicely with an ipace. 310 miles vs ~240 miles of range and it costs 15k less and charges faster.

              Ipace specs are closer to a TM3 than a TX.

          2. Dan says:

            Closer to 20k

  3. mx says:

    It’s positioned at the top of the Jag brand, so, it’s there to stop the bloodbath migration to Tesla. And as it is electric it is the most PREMIUM Jaguar available right now.

  4. Chris O says:

    Without supercharger support it doesn’t really compete very well with any Tesla model. It’s great that its 100KW capable but that sort of infrastructure doesn’t exist yet outside the supercharger network. I wonder how many takers there are for an expensive car like that that for practical purposes is confined to a rather regional cycle.

    Of course once the announced 150-350KW infrastructure is actually in place it’s a different story.

    1. Viking79 says:

      Supercharging is a US concern, but I think might not be as large a deal in a year or two or in some other countries. Granted it means it isn’t great for long distance travel, that doesn’t mean all Tesla buyers buy for that purpose.

      1. Chris O says:

        I think having an acceptable answer to the question: “what happens when the juice starts running out?” is an important part of Tesla’s success. Jaguar is years from having an acceptable answer to that question.

      2. Stimpy says:

        It’s definitely worse in the US, but I’d say it’s a worldwide concern right now. There are more Superchargers in EU than there are 100kW CCS chargers.

        1. Will says:

          Thats is a lie. There is more ccs/chademeo chargers then tesla sc

          1. Bernhard says:

            Well, Tesla can use Chademo, the Jaguar cannot.
            And Stimpy talked about 100 kW CCS chargers, which you can count one a few hands currently…

            So before calling someone a liar, start reading comprehensively…

      3. Terawatt says:

        There are already much better public charger coverage in much of the world than Tesla-charger coverage. And in Europe it seems a given that the public chargers will also be more powerful in just a few years. I’ve seen Bjørn Nylands videos, so I’ve seen that “supercharging” can also mean 40 kW or even less, depending on demand.

        Right now I’d say Tesla still has an edge here not because of coverage but simplicity. To travel from Oslo to Malaga for example requires a user to research multiple providers in Norway, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, France and Spain, download a myriad of apps or learn about other payment solutions, decide whether to just buy single-charge sessions or some other deal (which may be time-based, energy-based, or some other creative option someone in marketing came up with!) and plan an awful lot in advance. Very few chargers have integrated card terminals (although pumps at gas stations everywhere do, plus you can walk inside and pay cash or by card)…

        Consolidation has started to happen and with multiple gas station chains entering the charging market this issue will go away soon. Once it does I doubt very much that the superchargers will seem particularly super in Europe at least.

  5. a-kindred-soul says:

    I think the only Tesla it competes with is the Y. And it’s there first.

    It might sell well until the Y arrives.

  6. God/Bacardi says:

    We can’t ignore that Tesla has a fixed MSRP and that the Jag’s can be negotiated and can also offer incentives…More importantly IEV had an article that 80% of EVs are LEASED…

    So comparing a Tesla MSRP to a Jag MSRP is only comparing a very small pricing minority and therefore very remedial…

    What will the Jag’s lease offer be? Tesla’s do not currently offer the highly subsidized EV leases that some EV models, such as the Bolt & e500, sometimes offer…Most automakers except Tesla offer purchase incentives and lease offers on a month to month basis…It’s quite possible that for certain months, that the total lease costs would be less for the I-Pace than on the base Model 3…

    1. dan says:

      Nobody sells luxury cars on discounts. When was the last time you went in to a Porsche dealership for a President’s day sale?

      1. God/Bacardi says:

        Today…All I did was go to Porsche dot com and clicked on “current offers” at the top…

        All leases are technically “discounted”…

        I’m not saying Tesla or the incentive based sales model are wrong, I’m saying comparing the pricing on a fixed MSRP vehicle to a negotiable MSRP vehicle when 80% of people lease is an utter waste of time…

  7. EVShopper says:

    In the US, the Jag will still have a $7500 rebate.

    I would like to see a comparison written up between the Jag I-Pace and an AWD spec’d Model S. Despite jag trying to market the i-Pace as an SUV, it clearly is not one. It’s more akin to an estate car (aka station wagon).

    1. Dan says:

      Yes, 75D at $75k which (I think) still comes w/free SCing is a much better and more real world usable choice.

      And the Jag is quite a ways off and may well only come with “options” included that raise the price.

  8. Bernhard says:

    The real question is if the Jaguar will sell AND be delivered in numbers. They were talking about 20000 units worldwide per year. The much discussed Model 3 already sells better than that in the US alone.

    1. Terawatt says:

      Yeah, since they’ve delivered over 3,000 since the start of production, on time as promised, in July 2017.

      Oh wait…

  9. Hauer says:

    The iPace is NOT an SUV.

    The word SUV has become meaningless.

    1. GibsonRS says:

      It has air suspension – so you can raise the ride height & it has a certified wade depth 0.5m – there is a video of it at JLR testing ground (where they test Land Rovers) There will also be a Land Rover model spun off the floorpan so they had to make it fit for purpose – so yes its more SUV than a lot of cars out there….. and probably the first SUV that’s actually fun to drive.

  10. Alex says:

    People talk about I-Pace. That means that Jag did something right. With these design and attention to details it is a remarkable car and the real first attempt to make an EV attractive. With all due respect to Tesla efforts their cars are not luxury in European terms. Tesla still beats everyone with SC network and decent efficiency – so, it is function against style. I can imagine having one fuctional car and one stylish car in my garage.

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