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.
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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.
Tesla Model 3
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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.