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Jaguar's first EV offers style, speed, comfort and zero emissions. Here's how to get one
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8 October 2021

Remember the days when a Jag was either a gloriously fast roadster or an iconoclastic luxury saloon beloved of rather raffish company directors? Get real, sunshine: this is the 21st century and every landlord’s favourite car brand is now more likely to be an SUV or, even more on-trend, an all-electric SUV.

Enter the I-Pace, a stunning-looking zero-emissions car that has taken its class by storm since 2018. In fact, Jaguar was the first established luxury car brand to design its own electric vehicle from scratch. It then charged into a marketplace seemingly dominated at that stage by Tesla and it has come out the other side triumphant: the I-Pace has won fans for its styling, SUV practicality and long-range capability.

Under its floor is a huge battery pack that drives all four wheels via two electric motors – one at the front and one at the back. That 90kWh battery gives the car exceptional performance and an official range of 292 miles, superior to most of its closest competitors.

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As for trims, even the entry-level S spec features lots of luxuries, including keyless entry, dual-zone climate control and ambient interior lighting. Upgrading to SE gets you bigger wheels, adaptive cruise control and additional safety kit. Range-topping HSE cars also have heated rear seats and matrix LED headlights.

On the road, the I-Pace can, despite its svelte looks, feel a little heavy, which is no surprise because, at nearly 2.2 tonnes, it is actually a little heavy. However, it handles well and goes like an express train when you put your foot down. It is quiet, too, and even rides well, although sharp irregularities can catch out an I-Pace riding on the bigger, 20in wheels.

Inside, it’s even more impressive. The driving position is low for an SUV and the seats offer plenty of support. All I-Paces get a slick 12.3in digital display, which lets the driver decide exactly what information they want to see directly in front of them. They also get a partly touch-sensitive panel, lower on the centre console, which is used to control the secondary systems, including the climate control.

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The infotainment touchscreen looks great, too, and the use of plush materials in all the right places lends the Jag an air of real quality. Space is plentiful, with room for two lanky individuals to sit behind two equally tall people. Boot space is reasonable and there’s a much smaller, additional boot at the front of the car, where you might expect to find a conventional engine.

The I-Pace has been around since 2018, so there are plenty on the used market. Expect to pay around £45,000 for a 2018 S car. Up that to £50,000 for a 2019 example, and between £50,000 and £60,000 for a higher-spec model or a 2020 car.

 

BUYER BEWARE

Extended loan This is the only way to check for random software and electronic issues that can rear their head.

Updates A full Jaguar service history should ensure the car is up to date with all its critical software updates. Also, the I-Pace is a revolutionary new model so check your chosen vehicle's Jaguar workshop record to see if you're buying someone else's problem. 

Brakes Check their condition because like all EVs, they don't get much use thanks to regen.

Interior Infotainment system can take a while to initialise but once up and running be sure everything works. 

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Annual road tax will be free, but you will pay a luxury car tax supplement. It’s a fixed sum levied on cars that cost over £40,000 when new and currently stands at £325 a year.

Insurance costs will be on the high side and servicing is required every year.

The I-Pace comes from new with a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty and the battery itself is covered for eight years from new, with a 100,000-mile limit.

There was the option when buying new of changing the standard suspension set-up for air suspension and that’s worth seeking out on a used car.

Our pick

I-Pace EV400 S: Even the most basic I-Pace is handsomely equipped, and this S version has so far been the biggest seller, which means tracking down a good used one should be easier. We’d look for one of these and keep those costs down.

I-Pace EV400 SE: Sitting neatly between the popular S and the top-spec HSE, the SE is worth a punt if you value the addition of larger alloys, a high-speed emergency braking system and adaptive cruise control.

Ones we found

2018 I-Pace EV400 S, 20,000 miles, £44,965

2018 I-Pace EV400 HSE, 5000 miles, £57,000

2019 I-Pace EV400 SE, 12,000 miles, £61,995

2020 I-Pace EV400 HSE, 6000 miles, £63,995

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Tony41 9 July 2020

2 errors

Had my ipace for a year and agree with the positive points but there are 2 errors in the negative points. 1. The luxury car tax was scrapped this year for BEV's and I did not have to pay it in June. 2. Service interval is not 1 year but 21k miles or 2 years.
Harry P 9 July 2020

Charging

I have not had any issues with my I-pace charging, but have had issues with the Rolec charger which failed and had to be replaced. I would certainly choose a higher quality charger if installing another and one with an integral charge cable, in order to avoid the need to remove and install the cable each time. I have not had to use a public charge point as partially due to lockdown, I have not yet completed any journeys exceeding 200 miles. As regards Lambo58 comments the Tesla 3 I tried had rattles coming from the dash area and also the from around the o/s/r door trim. Given the reports about the build issues with the early Tesla 3. I was not prepared to gamble on the build quality and much preferred the I-pace for its practicality, being a hatchback and having a far more attractive interior.

Harry P 9 July 2020

Personal experience

Having had my I-Pace since November last year, I can state that it is the most impressive car I have personally driven. The official range stated by all EV manufacturers is false and misleading. 220 miles is a more realistic figure from my own experience and so far in 8 months and 5,000 miles, I have not had to use a single public charge point, my low mileage requirement being one of the factors that steered me towards and EV. The other was the massive BIK tax and fuel saving of seven and half thousand pounds a year compared to my previous 2 litre diesel SUV. The build quality of the vehicle, which is assembled in Austria, is excellent and inspires confidence in the long-term reliability of the vehicle. I did look at the Tesla 3 but was underwhelmed by the design of the interior and the many rattles coming from the facia and door trims. The I-Pace has given me a vehicle with incredible performance and superb comfort and refinement. If you can live with the restricted range of an EV, then I would highly recommend an I-Pace

slowlane 9 July 2020

Harry P wrote:

Harry P wrote:

Having had my I-Pace since November last year, I can state that it is the most impressive car I have personally driven. The official range stated by all EV manufacturers is false and misleading. 220 miles is a more realistic figure from my own experience and so far in 8 months and 5,000 miles, I have not had to use a single public charge point, my low mileage requirement being one of the factors that steered me towards and EV. The other was the massive BIK tax and fuel saving of seven and half thousand pounds a year compared to my previous 2 litre diesel SUV. The build quality of the vehicle, which is assembled in Austria, is excellent and inspires confidence in the long-term reliability of the vehicle. I did look at the Tesla 3 but was underwhelmed by the design of the interior and the many rattles coming from the facia and door trims. The I-Pace has given me a vehicle with incredible performance and superb comfort and refinement. If you can live with the restricted range of an EV, then I would highly recommend an I-Pace

I have owned my I-Pace since March 2019 and agree with Harry P about its overall quality and performance.  In winter I was getting about 210-220 miles range, and now (July) the reliable range is about 230-250 depending on the mix of motorway and A-road used.  So yes, range is not impressive but, so far, reliability does not seem to be an issue

Marc 9 July 2020

slowlane wrote:

slowlane wrote:

Harry P wrote:

Having had my I-Pace since November last year, I can state that it is the most impressive car I have personally driven. The official range stated by all EV manufacturers is false and misleading. 220 miles is a more realistic figure from my own experience and so far in 8 months and 5,000 miles, I have not had to use a single public charge point, my low mileage requirement being one of the factors that steered me towards and EV. The other was the massive BIK tax and fuel saving of seven and half thousand pounds a year compared to my previous 2 litre diesel SUV. The build quality of the vehicle, which is assembled in Austria, is excellent and inspires confidence in the long-term reliability of the vehicle. I did look at the Tesla 3 but was underwhelmed by the design of the interior and the many rattles coming from the facia and door trims. The I-Pace has given me a vehicle with incredible performance and superb comfort and refinement. If you can live with the restricted range of an EV, then I would highly recommend an I-Pace

I have owned my I-Pace since March 2019 and agree with Harry P about its overall quality and performance.  In winter I was getting about 210-220 miles range, and now (July) the reliable range is about 230-250 depending on the mix of motorway and A-road used.  So yes, range is not impressive but, so far, reliability does not seem to be an issue

If you don't mind me asking. Have you had any issues with charging your car?  As in receiving a message telling you the charge is initialising but then never going into recharge.

slowlane 9 July 2020

Charging on AC and DC (CCS)

Charging on AC and DC (CCS) has been faultless so far, except with Ecotricity motorway-located chargers.  However, there have been charging software issues that had to be addressed by JLR and most I-Paces were updated through a succession of service campaigns.  The main UK user forum (ipaceforums) has useful discussion on the topic.

Marc 9 July 2020

slowlane wrote:

slowlane wrote:

Charging on AC and DC (CCS) has been faultless so far, except with Ecotricity motorway-located chargers.  However, there have been charging software issues that had to be addressed by JLR and most I-Paces were updated through a succession of service campaigns.  The main UK user forum (ipaceforums) has useful discussion on the topic.

Marc 9 July 2020

slowlane wrote:

slowlane wrote:

Charging on AC and DC (CCS) has been faultless so far, except with Ecotricity motorway-located chargers.  However, there have been charging software issues that had to be addressed by JLR and most I-Paces were updated through a succession of service campaigns.  The main UK user forum (ipaceforums) has useful discussion on the topic.

Thanks.  Just curious. A neighbour has an I Pace, he originally had a lot of issues, mainly around charging, to the point where the car was completely unusable, both the dealer and Jaguar were incredibly unhelpful.  He eventually got the car replaced and the new one has been okay, so far. 

Not too sure why my first reply disappeared, seems to be an issue when using it from a mobile device, this website is as bad as Autocars journalistic objectivity.

lambo58 9 July 2020

What rattles and squeaks? My

What rattles and squeaks? My wifes one year old car is perfectly sound in body and drivetrain. Too many journalists as in Car-wow and Harrys garage have testified to the increasingly solid build quality of the Teslas which is why I take what you say with an enormous pinch of salt.

As for charging, Why dont you do a long drive and find out how appaling they are to recharge.