Trucks & SUVs

Is The Jaguar I-PACE an Electric SUV Competitor

Electrics cars are becoming more and more popular, and with the rising demand car manufacturers are working even harder than ever to produce better electric vehicles for a growing consumer base. Many companies have stepped up to the plate to bring their choices of hybrid or all-electric cars to the market, and Jaguar is no different. To many people, a Jaguar is your ‘ grandfather’s car’ but they still have a lot of modern styling and impressive performance for luxury-oriented vehicles. The 2020 I-PACE is Jaguar’s electric SUV, but how does it stack up against competitors?

The electric SUV market

There aren’t a lot of options for completely electric SUVs on the market, and that could be due to several reasons. For one, plug-in hybrids are more common still, and the range on completely electric cars is intimidating to some owners. With a vehicle that is completely electric, you don’t have the option to pull over to your nearest gas station when you get fuel, you have to find a charging station or return home and wait for your car’s battery to recharge. That doesn’t mean the fully-electric SUVs are a bad thing, and their range and reliability are getting better each and every year.

Jaguar I-Pace
Jaguar I-Pace | Jaguar

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The standard I-PACE can take you as far as 234 miles on a single charge without sacrificing comfortable ride quality and sporty driving experience. The suspension expertly absorbs bumps and imperfections in the road while the steering and acceleration feel just as nice as if you were driving the manufacturer’s F-Type sports car. All of that wraps into a practical SUV that has everything to offer except a gas-powered engine — and we might just be okay with that.

Unexpected results

The Jaguar I-PACE isn’t an overly popular SUV option, and for the price, many consumers looking to buy an all-electric SUV seem to be leaning towards the Tesla market, regardless of the notorious reliability problems Tesla SUVs have had over the past few years. The I-PACE may not have the Tesla badge or brand but it is by no means a step down from the Model X.

Black interior of the 2021 Jaguar I-Pace
The 2021 I-Pace gets tech updates taken from across the JLR corporate house, including a new Pivo Pro infotainment system and 11-kW on-board charger.

The outside of the I-PACE is sleek and modern, combining everything that we love about SUVs with everything we like about sports cars. It’s aggressive front end and sloping hood give the car a stocky yet modern appearance, and the rear roofline makes it look less like your standard boxy SUV and more like a high-end exotic car.

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The interior won’t disappoint you either as it is decked with high-quality materials from the dash to the back seats. The soft-touch leather covers the dashboard, door panels, and well-padded seats to give you that expensive feeling, which you’d expect from a car that has a starting price of $69,850.