Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
Every Jaguar I-Pace has four-wheel drive courtesy of two electric motors – one at the front, the other at the rear.
Together they pump out 395bhp, which is enough for 0-60mph in 4.5sec. That’s slower than the monstrously rapid Tesla Model S and Model X, but plenty to pin you back in your seat and significantly faster than the vast majority of cars, including all electric SUV rivals except the Model X.
Our only criticism is that it doesn’t control its mass quite as smoothly as the Audi E-tron, which is the most comfortable electric SUV you can buy. The I-Pace exhibits more vertical movement over crests, and sways a little from side to side over uneven surfaces, but it is by no means uncomfortable.
Those same movements are discernible even with the optional adaptive set-up in its softest Comfort mode, but you can flick it into a firmer Dynamic mode that tightens up the body control. On the downside, doing that means road imperfections are transmitted through to the interior as thuds, whereas in Comfort mode the I-Pace can absorb initial impacts better than a Mercedes EQC.
You’ll feel the weight of the Jaguar I-Pace shifting on to its outside wheels when you turn in to a corner at speed, but it hangs on to your chosen line gamely – as long as you don't encounter mid-corner bumps, which tend to upset its balance a touch.
Fortunately, despite its sharp accelerator responses and stunning performance, the I-Pace makes it easy to pull away smoothly because its power delivery is nice and progressive.
Road and wind noise are generally well contained, especially on the test cars we've tried that are fitted with laminated side windows.
Depending on how vigorously you drive, the electric motors are either near-silent or make a sound like the Starship Enterprise going into warp speed. Secret Trekkies might enjoy this feature, although it's probably not advisable to demonstrate it on a first date.