Why the 2021 Jaguar I-Pace Just Can’t Keep Up With the 2021 Porsche Cayenne

The 2021 Jaguar I-Pace and 2021 Porsche Cayenne are rivals in a class stacked with high-quality luxury SUVs. Yet even with all of their positive attributes, the Jaguar I-Pace isn’t quite as good as the Porsche Cayenne. Consumer Reports rates each of these SUVs in a variety of categories, including giving them each a road test and evaluating their safety equipment. A comparison of what Consumer Reports shows what the Cayenne has that the I-Pace is lacking.

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The Porsche Cayenne destroys the Jaguar I-Pace’s overall score

The Cayenne scores a respectable 81 overall, while the I-Pace only gets a 59. The Cayenne’s road test score is higher too, at an 87 to the I-Pace’s 82. Despite this, the I-Pace is slightly quicker off the line, going from 0 to 60 in 4.3 seconds. It takes the Cayenne 6.5 seconds. 

The Cayenne’s braking is better. It can brake from 60 mph on dry pavement in 131 feet. On wet pavement that becomes 140 feet. The I-Pace can brake from 60 mph on wet pavement in 136 feet and dry pavement in 142 feet. 

Safety in the Cayenne is better

Consumer Reports recommends a slew of advanced safety features that car shoppers should look for when car shopping. These include forward-collision warning, and automatic emergency braking at city and highway speeds. Lane-keeping assistance, lane departure warning, and pedestrian detection are also important. Blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning are other safety features which are becoming more common and are important.

Rearview cameras are standard in all new cars. You should also look for anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and daytime running lights.

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne comes standard with nearly all of these features. The exceptions are lane-keeping assist and blind-spot warning, which are optional. Unfortunately, rear cross-traffic warning isn’t available. 

The 2021 Jaguar I-Pace also 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 Porsche Cayenne or the 2021 Jaguar I-Pace.

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne has a better reliability rating

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Porsche Cayenne a 3/5 for its predicted reliability. Although there are no reliability ratings for 2020, 2019 shows an average reliability rating. Problem spots in the 2019 include the engine minor, brakes, and power equipment.

Despite this mediocre reliability rating, Porsche Cayenne owners seem to love their SUVs. The owner satisfaction score is a 4/5. Most notably, the driving experience and comfort are a 92. Styling receives an 85. Value, however, is just a 35. 

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. 

It seems that while the 2021 Porsche Cayenne has a better overall rating, the 2021 Jaguar I-Pace is still a solid SUV. I-Pace owners are certainly happy with their SUV. 

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