Head to Head: the 2021 Jaguar I-Pace vs the 2021 Tesla Model X

A silver 2021 Jaguar I-Pace against a white background.
2021 Jaguar I-Pace | Jaguar

The 2021 Jaguar I-Pace and 2021 Tesla Model X are two large luxury SUVs that may appeal to a large cross-section of car shoppers. They’re both electric, they’re both super nice, and they have decent Consumer Reports ratings. In fact, their ratings are so similar that you might have trouble deciding which one is right for you. Let’s break down those scores so you can choose between the I-Pace and Model X.

The Tesla Model X has a slightly better overall rating

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Tesla Model X a 65 for its overall score, compared to the 2021 Jaguar I-Pace’s 59. Both the 2021 Jaguar I-Pace and 2021 Tesla Model X have very similar road test scores; the I-Pace has an 83 and the Model X has an 82. 

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Tesla Model X a 5/5 for its acceleration. It can reach 0 to 60 in a super fast 4.9 seconds.The I-Pace is even faster, getting to 60 in just 4.3 seconds. 

Both transmissions score a perfect 5/5. Routine handling in the I-Pace is a 5/5 while the Model X is a 4/5; emergency handling in both receive a very good 4/5. The Tesla Model X’s max avoidance speed is 54 mph and the I-Pace is 52 mph.

Braking is fantastic in the X. It scores a 5/5 and can brake from 60 mph on wet pavement in 127 feet and dry pavement in 135 feet. The I-Pace gets a 4/5 and can brake from 60 mph on wet pavement in 136 feet and dry pavement in 142 feet. 

The X’s headlights score a not-great 2/5 and the I-Pace gets a slightly better 3/5.

The Jaguar I-Pace has a few more safety features

The 2021 Jaguar I-Pace comes standard with almost all of the recommended safety equipment. Standard in the I-Pace is forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking for the city, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and blind spot warning. It also has rear cross traffic warning, a rear view camera, anti lock brakes, traction and stability control, and daytime running lights. Emergency braking for the highway and blind spot warning are optional in the I-Pace. 

Neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA have crash-tested the 2021 Jaguar I-Pace.

The 2021 Tesla Model X comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist and lane departure warning. It also has a rear camera, anti lock brakes, traction and stability control, and daytime running lights. There’s no option to get blind spot warning or rear cross traffic warning. 

The IIHS hasn’t crash-tested the 2021 Tesla Model X, but the NHTSA has. It gives the 2021 Tesla Model X all good crash test-ratings.

Reliability in both is low, yet customer satisfaction is incredibly high

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Tesla Model X just a 2/5 for its predicted reliability. Although there are no reliability ratings for 2020, 2019 shows a poor reliability rating. Major problem spots in the 2019 include the drive system, climate system, and suspension. Other major problem areas include paint and trim, as well as body integrity and body hardware. The power equipment in the 2019 Tesla Model X didn’t get a great rating, either. 

Despite this poor reliability rating, Tesla Model X owners seem to love their SUVs. The owner satisfaction score is a perfect 5/5. Owners give the driving experience a 95 and comfort a 76. Styling gets an 85. Value is only a 26. 82% of people would buy their Tesla Model X again.

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Jaguar I-Pace just a 2/5 for its predicted reliability. There isn’t any additional data available about why they gave it such a low score.  

The 2021 Jaguar I-Pace has an excellent owner satisfaction score, at a 5/5. 82% of people would buy their Jaguar I-Pace again, which is second highest in its class.

The 2021 Jaguar I-Pace and 2021 Tesla Model X have such similar ratings that it’s nearly impossible to decide which is better. Without knowing the crash test ratings of both it’s even harder. Taking into account the low reliability and high owner satisfaction ratings of both SUVs, it seems that you’ll be happy with whichever SUV you buy – even if something goes wrong with it. When it comes to the I-Pace and the Model X, it really comes down to a style preference.

RELATED: Two Midsize Luxury SUVs With Terrible Reliability Ratings – And Near Perfect Owner Satisfaction