New BMW iX3 vs Jaguar I-Pace: verdict

The new BMW iX3 electric SUV treads a less radical path than its proven Jaguar I-Pace rival, but is it the way to go?...

BMW iX3 vs Jaguar I-Pace rears

Our verdict

If you’re after a quick yet comfortable SUV, the I-Pace is a fine choice. Go gently on its accelerator pedal and more than 250 miles of range is possible, plus it’s spacious and good to drive. However, the iX3’s overall grades are even more impressive and push the I-Pace into second place here.

No, the iX3 can’t go quite as far on a full charge, but its ability to top up at a faster rate means long journeys should pose no fear. It’s more fun to drive, too. But where it really wins us over is with its practical, well-built interior, proper buttons and brilliant infotainment system.

Factor in a lower price, lower running costs and a longer kit list and the iX3’s case looks even stronger.

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1st – BMW iX3

BMW iX3 2021 front

For More enjoyable handling; large, practical boot; easy-to-use infotainment; well equipped; competitive PCP rates
Against Firmer ride; no Target Price discounts; lack of a four-wheel drive option
Recommended options None

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace 2021 front

For Stronger acceleration; comfy ride; better range; keen discounts
Against Not as practical; pricey on a PCP; fiddly touch-sensitive controls; slower rapid charging rate
Recommended options Metallic paint (£735)

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: BMW iX3

BMW iX3 2021 badge

Engine Electric motor
Peak power 282bhp
Peak torque 295lb ft
Gearbox Single-speed automatic
0-60mph 6.2sec
30-70mph 5.3sec
Top speed 112mph
30-0mph 10.8sec
70-0mph 58.7m
Noise @ 30mph 59.2dB
Noise @ 70mph 65.2dB
Kerb weight 2260kg
Wheels/tyres (std) 245/45 R20 (f), 275/40 R20 (r)
Real-world range 192 miles
Official range 285 miles
Efficiency 2.6 miles/kWh
Maximum charging rate 150kW
7kW home wallbox (0-100%) 11hr 30min
Rapid charger, peak rate (10-80%) 27min
CO2 emissions 0g/km

Specifications: Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace 2021 badge

Engine Twin electric motors
Peak power 395bhp
Peak torque 513lb ft
Gearbox Single-speed automatic
0-60mph 4.3sec
30-70mph 3.4sec
Top speed 124mph
30-0mph 11.6sec
70-0mph 59.6m
Noise @ 30mph 59.4dB
Noise @ 70mph 64.8dB
Kerb weight 2208kg
Wheels/tyres (std) 235/60 R19
Real-world range 211 miles
Official range 292 miles
Efficiency 2.5 miles/kWh
Maximum charging rate 100kW
7kW home wallbox (0-100%) 12hr 45min
Rapid charger, peak rate (10-80%) 44min
CO2 emissions 0g/km

Weather conditions Damp

Cars pictured

BMW iX3 Premier Edition Pro with Mineral White metallic paint

Jaguar I-Pace S with Fuji White metallic paint, privacy glass (£395), black exterior pack (£360) and 18in alloy wheels (no-cost option)

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