What's the used Jaguar I-Pace estate like?
The Jaguar I-Pace isn't your typical used Jaguar, because that would be either a saloon or sports car with a stonking engine under the bonnet. The I-Pace doesn't have an engine under its bonnet. In fact, it doesn't have an engine at all.
Beneath this electric SUV's floor, the I-Pace has a huge battery pack that provides power to all four wheels via two electric motors: one at the front and one at the back, with a total output of 395bhp. That 90kWh battery gives the car great performance and an official range of 292 miles. In our real-world test, it achieved an impressive 258 miles.
This was an exceptional figure a few years ago, but rivals are increasingly overtaking it as the years go on – the I-Pace hasn't improved its range since 2018. For example, the Skoda Enyaq 80 and (especially) the Tesla Model 3 Long Range can go further on a single charge.
Trim-wise, you get a choice of three. Even the entry-level S spec features lots of luxuries, including LED headlights, a 12.3in infotainment system with DAB radio and a rear view camera, plus automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and traffic sign recognition.
If you upgrade to SE, Jaguar gives you bigger 20in wheels, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and an electric tailgate. Range-topping HSE cars have heated and cooled front seats plus heated rear seats, along with 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 considering it is nearly 2.2 tonnes. 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, with only a little road noise creeping in at higher speeds. It also rides well most of the time, although sharp road irregularities can catch the car out, especially if your I-Pace has the bigger 20in wheels. Stick with an S model with 18in wheels, or try and find an I-Pace with the optional air suspension setup for the best ride.
The battery pack is located low down, and with a correspondingly low centre of gravity and even weight distribution it handles rather 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. Its driving position is relatively low for an SUV, and the steering wheel and seat have plenty of electric adjustment. The seats look great, too, and offer plenty of support. Forward visibility is excellent, but the shallow rear window restricts vision behind you. Luckily, a rear-view camera is standard on all versions.
All I-Paces forgo traditional analogue instrument dials in favour of a slick digital display that 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 on 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 systems to use. However, the interior still has an air of quality to it with plenty of plush materials in all the right places. 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.
During 2023, the I-Pace received a minor facelift. The most obvious change is the front "grille". What used to be a textured panel (reminiscent of combustion powered Jaguars) is now a smooth service finished in grey paint. A revised Jaguar logo also sits in its centre, while there are some other subtle styling tweaks dotted around the general exterior, too. Inside, it's mostly the same as it was before, but the interior does feature an updated infotainment system.
Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Jaguar I-Pace estate?
Inspect the bodywork for any scuffs and dents – these might be expensive to fix – and the alloy wheels for any damage caused by striking the kerb. It’s also worth checking the electrical toys, including the rear tailgate, to make sure all are operational.
What are the most common problems with a used Jaguar I-Pace estate?
This recall relates to the friction brakes (ie, not the regenerative brakes that most EVs have to slow the vehicle down whilst also recuperating energy to put back into the battery) because these may not comply with current vehicle braking regulations. It applies to I-Paces built from 23 August 2017 until 11 April 2019, and requires a software update to be performed at a Jaguar dealer.
Is a used Jaguar I-Pace estate reliable?
The I-Pace performed poorly in our 2023 What Car? Reliability Survey, coming eighth out of nine cars in the electric car class. This isn't the first time it's proven itself troublesome, either, because it's been like this ever since it was initially released. As a brand, Jaguar ranked 29th out of 32 manufacturers featured – also poor.
What used Jaguar I-Pace estate will I get for my budget?
The I-Pace is an expensive new car, but there are plenty of reasonably priced used examples around. You'll only need around £24,000 to pick up a 2020 S model with around 40,000 miles on its clock. A HSE rises in price by a few thousand pounds.
If you'd like a non-facelift 2023 example, have at least £45,000 to spend. If you'd like the facelifted car, up that budget to around £60,000.
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How much does it cost to run a Jaguar I-Pace estate?
There are no fuel costs, of course, but a full charge will cost around £10 on an Economy 7 night rate, although as with all electric cars how much you pay for your charge depends on where you’re charging it. From the latest 150kW public chargers, it can obtain an 80% charge in 46 minutes, although this rises to 85 minutes from the more common 50kW chargers.
In our real range tests the costs for charging and running an I-Pace ran roughly as follows
Miles per kWh: 2.6
Full charge cost: £11.87
Cost per mile in electricity: £0.047
Annual road tax is free. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click on the link.
Insurance and servicing
Insurance costs will be on the high side, but that's expected given the performance of the vehicle. The Jaguar I-Pace comes from new with a three-year/unlimited mileage warranty and the battery is covered for eight years from new, with a 100,000-mile limit. Servicing is required every two years or 21,000 miles, and generally costs around £200. However, the service required every six and 10 years is much more involved and costs considerably more since coolant, brake fluid, gear box oil and, apparently, a number of hoses need to be renewed.
Which used Jaguar I-Pace estate should I buy?
There's only one 'engine' option, and even the most basic (if you can call it that) I-Pace is handsomely equipped, this being the popular S version. We’d seek that one out for the value it offers.
Our favourite Jaguar I-Pace: EV 400 S
What alternatives should I consider to a used Jaguar I-Pace estate?
The Tesla Model 3 is available for similar money to the I-Pace. It's not as SUV, being more of an executive-car style, but the Model 3 rivals it for all-electric performance and range. Reliability isn't as damning, either.
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