Jaguar I-PACE Test Drive Review – Much Praise, Just One Drawback
Jaguar I-PACE was very well received in a recent test drive review by Autocar, which valuated the I-PACE at a strong 4.5/5.
The first electric Jaguar has a fairly unique body style that makes it impossible to assign to any particular type, like SUV, for example.
With long-range of 480 km (298 miles) WLTP using a 90 kWh battery and 294 kW system output (dual-motor all-wheel drive with Jaguar’s in-house developed permanent magnet type electric motors) the I-PACE can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds.
On the exterior, the I-PACE is art, while the interior provides plenty of space both in the front and rear, especially given its medium outward size. Seats are comfortable and the infotainment layout combines a touchscreen with physical buttons.
Autocar says that the I-PACE is designed with verve and elegance. The fit and finish is a strong point of the car. Also, the trunk capacity (656-litre) is considered spacious.
The cool thing is that Jaguar provided a lot of settings that for example enables the driver to use or turn off creep mode acceleration (Tesla offers the choice here too). There is also an option to tune the sensitivity of the throttle or regenerative braking power (it’s possible to drive using a single pedal most of the time).
The car is quick, drives smooth and quiet and overtaking is described as brilliant.
Autocar finds one major drawback – the weight of 2,208 kg, which makes the I-PACE feel heavy like it is.
“We’ve tried this car in ridiculous places: through a riverbed, because it can wade 500mm; and up a steep gravel hill, where an electric four-wheel drive system shows huge potential, because it can stop and go at will and put as much or little torque as it wants to any corner.
And on a race circuit, where trailing the brakes (or, more realistically, a combo of the brakes and the front motor) means the car rotates nicely into a corner. Then when you come back on the power, it’s metered out pleasingly. The weight keeps it from being a real driver’s car, but it’s impressive.
It’s impressive on the road, too, where it’s very quiet, although you can turn up or down the enhanced ‘whoosh’ noise it makes under acceleration.
Drawbacks? There’s the ride, inevitably. There’s great weight distribution and a low centre of mass, but the perennial EV problem is that there’s so bloody much of it. This is a 2208kg car before you stick any options on it. The low centre of gravity means roll control is good, but you’re aware of body movements, and the will to control it means it’s sometimes unsettled.”
Other than that, the Jaguar I-PACE was called the best BEV. Well, we would complain a little bit about the on-board charging, which is only single-phase 7 kW, while in most European countries there are plenty of three-phase 22 kW charging stations. Of course, there is capability to use CCS Combo DC charging (up to around 100 kW) too.
Jaguar I-PACE on & off-road driving:
Bonus: Jaguar Unlock & Learn – Episode 1 The New All Electric I PACE