New Jaguar I-Pace vs Tesla Model S

The electric car market is amping up with the arrival of the Jaguar I-Pace SUV. Has the Tesla Model S finally met its match?...

Jaguar I-Pace vs Tesla Model S

Our verdict

If you read the September edition of What Car? magazine, you’ll have seen a different outcome in this very same test, with the Model S coming out on top. But a couple of things have changed since then.

First, Tesla’s pricing has increased, which has swung the finances in favour of the I-Pace – although the Model S does now come with a Premium Upgrades Package, which includes heated seats.

Second, the first I-Pace we tested was a pre-production model, and software tweaks made since then have endowed the car a much more impressive real-world range.

It’s an extremely close-run thing, but the I-Pace just clinches the win. It’s not quite as good to drive as the Model S, nor is it as practical, but for real-world range and ownership costs – two crucial areas for Electric car buyers – it has the Tesla beaten. It's more comfortable and classier inside, too.

However, the fact that this is such a close-run test shows how far ahead of its time the Model S was. 

1st Jaguar I-Pace

Rated 5/5

Jaguar I-Pace

For Plusher interior; superior range; better low-speed ride; better resale values

Against Not as practical; slower to charge

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2nd Tesla Model S

Rated 4/5

Tesla Model S

For More agile handling; massive boot; access to Tesla Superchargers

Against Mixed interior quality; woeful reliability record; pricey options

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Specifications: Jaguar I-Pace EV400 SE

Engine Two electric motors

List price £69,495

Target price £65,995

Battery size 90kWh

Peak power 394bhp

Peak torque 513lb ft

Gearbox Single-speed automatic

0-60mph 4.5sec

Top speed 124mph

Real range 253 miles

Cost of full charge £11.87

Electricity cost per mile 4.7p

Electricity cost per 12k miles £564

CO2 emissions 0g/km

Specifications: Tesla Model S 75D

Engine Two electric motors

List price £72,350

Target price £68,850

Battery size 75kWh

Peak power 362bhp

Peak torque 487lb ft

Gearbox Single-speed automatic

0-60mph 4.3sec

Top speed 140mph

Real range 204 miles

Cost of full charge £10.09

Electricity cost per mile 4.9p

Electricity cost per 12k miles £588

CO2 emissions 0g/km

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