How to spec a Jaguar I-Pace

Our guide to Jaguar's electric SUV covers which version to buy, which options to choose and how much to pay for it all...

Jaguar I-Pace options to choose and avoid

How to spec a Jaguar I-Pace

Until recently, Jaguar had as much experience of building electric cars as it did breeding cattle, yet its first effort, the Jaguar I-Pace SUV, proved to be among the best in its class and earned five stars in our road test. There’s no need to look past entry-level S trim when buying because this has most of your equipment needs covered, but here’s how to add some extra luxury without blowing your budget. And if you want more detail on what the I-Pace is like to live with, don't forget to check out our full review.

Jaguar I-Pace options to choose

Jaguar I-Pace metallic paint

1. Metallic paint (£735)

We consistently recommend going for metallic paint, because it adds value to your car and helps you to stand out from the crowd. Upgrading to one of the eight metallic options (from the standard black or white) only costs £735. You can spend more for a premium paint, but we wouldn’t.

Jaguar I-Pace options to choose

Jaguar I-Pace interior

2. Drive Pack (£1785)

Although spending £1785 on a single options pack sounds expensive, Jaguar’s Drive Pack bundles in a lot of extra tech that will make driving easier and safer. Among its contents, you'll find adaptive cruise control, blindspot monitoring and a high-speed emergency braking system, plus power-folding door mirrors.

Jaguar I-Pace options to choose

Jaguar I-Pace boot

3. Powered Gesture Tailgate (£525)

If you’ve ever struggled with bags of shopping or suitcases in order to fish your car’s key out of your pocket to open the boot, you’ll appreciate Jaguar’s gesture-controlled tailgate. Instead of dropping your bags, just wave your foot under the I-Pace’s rear bumper and the boot will magically open for you.

Jaguar I-Pace options to avoid

Jaguar I-Pace alloy wheels

1. Alloy wheels (up to £5040)

You can spend a lot on larger alloy wheels for the I-Pace, replacing the standard car’s 18in rims with huge alternatives (up to 22in) in a variety of different styles. Trouble is, these are expensive – costing more than £5000 in some cases – and cause you to feel more of the road surface's lumps and bumps than you would with the smaller wheels. We'd stick with the smaller wheels.

Jaguar I-Pace options to avoid

Jaguar I-Pace centre console

2. Active Air Suspension (£1100)

Active Air Suspension usually helps cars to feel at their most comfortable, but the truth is that the I-Pace’s standard setup is good enough that we don't think you need spend £1100 on an upgrade. That said, if you’re planning on venturing off road, you might find it useful that the air suspension is height adjustable at the push of a button.

Jaguar I-Pace: best buy

Jaguar I-Pace front and side
  • Model: 294kW EV400 S
  • List price: £64,495
  • Target Price: £61,459
  • Options we'd add: Drive Pack (£1785), Metallic paint (£735), Powered Gesture Tailgate (£525)

  • Cost of options: £3045

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