New Mercedes EQC vs Jaguar I-Pace

As Mercedes’ first dedicated electric car and a luxury SUV, the EQC goes toe-to-toe with the Jaguar I-Pace. Let’s see which one comes out on top...

Jaguar I-Pace driving

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

There’s barely any cost differential for company car tax between the two cars and, with no discounts available, just a few hundred pounds between them for cash buyers. Both will qualify for the £3500 government grant that’s available on all pure electric cars.

Things are rather more one-sided if you’re looking to pay in other ways. On a three-year PCP finance deal (with a £7500 deposit and a limit of 10,000 miles per year), the I-Pace will cost you £220 per month less. If you lease over the same period, the I-Pace is £315 per month cheaper. That’s partly because the I-Pace is predicted to retain more of its value after three years, but also because there are fewer leasing deals available for the EQC at present.

In terms of energy usage, the I-Pace will use less electricity, but that represents a saving of just £288 over three years and 36,000 miles. Both will take around 12-13 hours to go from empty to fully charged using a regular 7.2kW home charging point. And both can charge at higher rates when you’re out and about – the I-Pace at up to 100kW and the EQC at 110kW. At those rates, they can get from nearly empty to 80% in 40-50 minutes. However, most public CCS chargers (the type of rapid charging plug both cars use) are able to deliver just 50kW, pushing the 80% charging time up to around 90 minutes.

Mercedes EQC driving

You get luxuries galore in both, including leather seats (heated in the front), ambient lighting, an electric tailgate and keyless entry. On top of that, the I-Pace has a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a heated windscreen and adaptive cruise control, while the EQC adds a head-up display, privacy glass and the opening sunroof we mentioned earlier.

There’s plenty of safety kit, too, with automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, lane-keeping assistance and blindspot monitoring all standard. Both cars earned a full five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, although the EQC had better scores for adult, child and pedestrian protection.

Neither manufacturer shone in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, with Mercedes ending up 24th and Jaguar 26th out of 31.

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