DRIVE 90kWh battery, 2 electric motors
0-100KM/H 4.8sec (claimed)
WEIGHT 2133kg • PRICE $127,620
LIKE: Dynamics; updated charging system is a game-changer; legroom; utility
DISLIKE: Friction brakes underdone; price hike; typical JLR option silliness
IF YOU ASSESS the Jaguar I-Pace on paper, depending on your worldview, you get two different answers to what it is. From the badge alone it can understandably be pigeonholed as a luxury SUV with a strong focus on efficiency and comfort above all else.
Peer over the specs sheet and you get the idea that things aren’t so simple. Near enough 300kW and 700Nm, all-wheel drive, and a 0-100km/h sprint of four-point something seconds. That’s real performance car stuff.
But what works, in theory, doesn’t always translate to the real world. Could the I-Pace be the most overlooked performance car on sale in Australia?
Updated for 2021, the electric Jag has received some tweaks, mainly to do with infotainment, home charging solutions, and additional exterior styling options. We have the cheapest of the identically powered three-variant range, the S, on test, which starts at $127,620 – a chunky $4760 increase for this model year.
That means when you compare the I-Pace against traditional ICE rivals like the Audi SQ5 TFSI ($101,136), BMW X3 M40i ($113,900), and Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 ($120,600) it’s already at a bit of a price disadvantage. However, none of those listed can match the Brit in terms of power. It’s a well-sung hymnbook now, but the big benefit of the electric powertrain is the immediacy of its response. With a 90kWh battery, and an electric motor on each axle, the I-Pace uses its 294kW and 696Nm outputs to great effect. Some of the greatest atmo engines available today can only dream of responding to throttle inputs with this kind of urgency.
For an EV, the straight-line acceleration is nothing extreme. A claimed 0-100km/h time of 4.8 seconds is half a second slower than its supercharged 5.0-liter V8 sibling, the F-Pace SVR, and the I-Pace steps off the line with a solid whoomph rather than a vicious whack. Top speed is limited to 200km/h, and the I-Pace is running out of puff north of 130km/h, but it focuses more on deploying power effectively at speeds that will keep your local constabulary happy.
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