Jaguar I-Pace is ‘Impossible to Ignore,’ say Critics

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Kelley Blue Book provides a rundown on the Jaguar I-Pace and why you might want to buy it instead of the Tesla Model X.

The I-Pace packs a 90 kWh battery pack that helps produce 394 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque, while delivering a range of 234 miles. Impressive, right? It gets even better. Jaguar rates the 0-60 miles per hour time at 4.5 seconds and the top-speed at 124 mph.

Now, in his video review, Kelley Blue Book’s Micah Muzio puts those numbers to the test and  vehemently praises the I-Pace’s ride and handling. “The underfloor battery pack contributes to a low center of gravity, while quick steering and stout road-holding generate genuine driving fun,” he says. “[Meanwhile] the ride is commendable refined, with suspension elements swiped from the Jaguar F-Type and air suspension nabbed from Land Rover.” 

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However, when it comes to charging the I-Pace, if you plan to drive the vehicle a lot, then using the standard 120V household socket may not be a great idea.

 

‘The ride is commendable refined, with suspension elements swiped from the Jaguar F-Type and air suspension nabbed from Land Rover.’

 

“We tried [charging the battery with a standard household outlet] from Friday night to Monday morning and only racked up 118 miles of range. With a 240V charger, the zero to 100% takes 12.9 hours. Use a 50 kW DC fast-charger and 80% comes after only 90 minutes,” he says.

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Inside, the I-Pace offers a fair amount of practicality, however, and quite notably, KBB has been left a bit unimpressed by the infotainment system. “Depending on what you’re searching for, the menu structure can feel overly complex and in my experience, the response times are awfully slow,” says Muzio. Luckily, customers do get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Yet, this does mean that Jaguar needs to work harder on its infotainment and other digital services if it wants to successfully reinvent itself as a high-tech, EV-driven brand.

Nevertheless, KBB’s overall verdict on the I-Pace remains positive. “Among electric cars, many are soulless and sterile,” says Muzo. “This electrified Jag is anything but. It has tons of character … [and is] impossible to ignore.” We couldn’t agree more.

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