What's the used Jaguar I-Pace estate like?
Think Jaguar and what springs to mind? A premium British manufacturer of luxury and sporting cars, with a heritage stretching all the way back to glorious roadsters like the innovative XK120, through iconoclastic E-Types and groundbreaking XJ saloons up to the more modern classics like the XE and XF and the glamorous F-Type. It even makes SUVs these days, as exemplified by the E-Pace and the F-Pace, but what you might not expect it to make is a stunning looking all-electric zero-emissions car that has since 2018 literally taken its class by storm. It’s called the I-Pace.
It was in fact the first established luxury car brand to design its own electric car from scratch, and all in a remarkably short period of just four years. It then charged into a marketplace seemingly dominated at that stage by the Tesla brand, and it’s come out the other side triumphant - the on-trend I-Pace has won fans for its cab-forward styling, SUV practicality and long range capability.
The I-Pace has a huge battery pack under its floor and 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, and, in our real-world test, it achieved 258 miles, an outstanding figure and higher than any other electric car in its top class.
Trim-wise, you get a choice of three. 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, and range-topping HSE cars also have heated rear seats and matrix LED headlights that can automatically adjust their light pattern to avoid dazzling other drivers while retaining full-beam illumination.
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, don’t think this translates into leisurely performance, far from it. Put your foot down and it goes like an express train, instantly, and with a 0 to 62mph time of under five seconds it’s incredibly quick. It’s quiet, too, the refinement only ruined at higher speeds by a little road noise. It rides well, most of the time, although sharp road irregularities can catch the car out, especially if you’re in an I-Pace riding on the 20in wheels. There is the option when buying new of changing the standard suspension set-up for an air suspension too.
The Jag’s battery pack is located low down, and with a correspondingly low centre of gravity and even weight distribution it’s no surprise it handles well. The steering initially feels overly heavy, but on the move this heft becomes welcome. All in, the I-Pace has enough dynamic ability to satisfy a keen driver, even if it falls short of an electric car revolution.
Inside, it’s even more impressive, however. The driving position is relatively low for an SUV and the steering wheel and seat have plenty of electric adjustment in them. The seats look great and offer plenty of support. Forward visibility is excellent, but the shallow rear window restricts vision behind you. Luckily, rear-view cameras are standard on all versions.
Indeed, look around inside and you’ll like what you see. All I-Paces forgo traditional analogue instrument dials for a slick 12.3in digital display, which lets the driver decide exactly what information they want to be displayed directly in front of them, and in what configuration. You also get a partly touch-sensitive panel lower down the centre console, which replaces standard buttons and is used to control secondary systems, including those for the climate control.
The infotainment touchscreen provides modern graphics, but some of the commands can take a fraction longer than you’d like to flick through and it’s not always the most intuitive of displays. However, overall the use of some plush materials in all the right places lends the Jag an air of high quality. It all feels reassuringly solid, too. Space is plentiful, with room for two lanky individuals to sit behind someone equally tall. The middle seat is a little hard, though, so the third rear passenger might not want to travel far. Boot space is reasonable, too, and there’s a much smaller additional boot at the front of the car, where of course you might expect to find a conventional engine.
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