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The 2020 Jaguar I-Pace Is the Best Hatchback of the Year

The quite literal electrifying performance of the 2020 Jaguar I-Pace is enough to entice just about any driver. However, it’s the all-around excellence of the 2020 I-Pace that’s sparking intrigue in the automotive industry.

The Jaguar I-Pace stands head and shoulders above the other entries on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the “13 Best Hatchbacks for 2020”. The luxury EV has a higher performance score than all other contenders. Additionally, it has more plush features than the majority of the other models.

Simply put, the 2020 Jaguar I-Pace is the best hot hatch you can buy — that is, if you can afford it. The 2020 I-Pace has a hefty starting MSRP of $69,850. That makes it the second-most expensive vehicle on U.S. News’ list after the 2020 Audi e-tron.

Eco-conscious daily driver or electric-powered racer?

A Jaguar I-Pace displayed in a showroom
A Jaguar I-Pace on display | Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

One of the most significant advantages of the 2020 Jaguar I-Pace is that it can be whatever you need it to be. 

Are you looking for a pin-you-back-to-your-seat performance hatch? The I-Pace’s dual electric motors will get the job done. Together, these motors churn out 394 hp and 512 lb-ft of torque. The result is an EV hatchback that can reach a top speed of 124 MPH and rocket from 0-60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds, according to Jaguar.

Those who want to make the most out of the eco-friendly performance of this luxury hatchback may be pleasantly surprised. U.S. News & World Report’s rave review of the 2020 Jaguar I-Pace states, “the I-Pace is one of the few vehicles that can go further than 200 miles on a single charge.”

The Jaguar I-Pace utilizes regenerative braking, which can be enhanced at will via the touchscreen to combat heavy traffic, to make the most of its 90 kHw lithium-ion battery. You can make the most out of every charge by getting an EPA-estimated range of 234 miles — provided you take it easy on the accelerator.

The Jaguar I-Pace delivers features and comfort galore

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U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hatchbacks” blurb on the I-Pace didn’t even need to touch on the vehicle’s interior to get its point across. Incredible performance aside, this new Jaguar offers a lot to love.

Elegant styling and premium craftsmanship are found throughout the interior, and the controls on the floating center console are cleanly laid out below the infotainment display. 

Synthetic leather seats are standard, but most trim levels come with genuine leather. Shoppers have the option to equip available performance seats with added lateral support or sports seats that help keep the driver in place while cornering.

What keeps the Jaguar I-Pace from being perfect?

Jaguar is making strides in developing better in-car technology for the future. However, its current product leaves something to be desired.

U.S. News & World Report lists the slow-to-respond infotainment system as one of the vehicle’s most notable cons. Drivers might notice some lag time and bugs when navigating the I-Pace’s dual 12.3-inch infotainment display.

CNET notes that Jaguar recently added Apple CarPlay to its vehicles, which might help mitigate the problem, and it comes standard on the I-Pace. Drivers may have better luck getting around the general lagginess by utilizing the simplified interface. It’s also possible to get around the touchscreen lag by using Siri.

Regardless, drivers are in for a treat when they get behind the wheel of the 2020 Jaguar I-Pace, despite the minor technological struggles it may have.