The Jaguar I-Pace sport crossover is a landmark vehicle: for the EV industry, for Jaguar, for enthusiast drivers, and for Elon Musk, who needs to check his rear-view mirror. Finally, someone has built a car that matches and surpasses Tesla. Surprisingly, it isn’t one of the likeliest suspects — Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, or Porsche — but rather JAG-you-are, if you pronounce the name as the Queen and founder Sir William Lyons intended.
The 2019 I-Pace is a compact four-door crossover, 12 inches shorter than the Tesla Model S, with a 240-mile range that equals the Model S 75D. In our tests, it showed outstanding performance on racetracks, dirt roads, through water, and on public roads. The price will be $70,000 to $95,000 when it arrives late summer or fall 2018 in the US. And you want one, even if the I-Pace center stack display is smaller than Tesla’s, the back seat is not as roomy, and there is no 300-plus-mile version yet to match the 100D.
The stylized center console has the gear selector and diving modes on the face, plus driver and passenger-seat heating and cooling controls. Underneath is a small storage area, suitable for phones and wallets.
I spent two days driving the Jaguar I-Pace in southwest Portugal on all the road types mentioned above. This is a fabulously good-looking car, cat-quick, capable of one-pedal driving when the regenerative braking mode is set to high, and capable even in my non-expert hands of hitting 120 mph at the end of the longest straightaway at the Algarve International Circuit track (2.9 miles, 17 turns, a potential Formula 1 venue).