New Tesla Model 3 vs Jaguar I-Pace

After three years of hype, Tesla’s cheapest electric car, the Model 3, has finally arrived in the UK. Jaguar’s I-Pace will show whether it’s a damp squib or a spark of genius...

New Tesla Model 3 vs Jaguar I-Pace

Our verdict

If we truly are in the twilight years of the internal combustion engine, these two electric cars give assurance that there’s plenty to look forward to in the future.

Take nothing away from the Jaguar I-Pace: it’s still a brilliant premium electric car with an impressive amount of kit, a nice interior and a fantastic real-world range.

But also believe the hype: the Tesla Model 3 is every bit as good as everyone with a deposit down has been hoping for. It’s probably no exaggeration to say that Tesla’s future depends on the success of this car, but it has set a new benchmark at this price range for electric cars, so much so that it makes a compelling argument for switching from a fossil-fuelled rival.

It’s rapid, great to drive, remarkably comfy on the motorway and rather practical, and it offers all of that at an impressive price.

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1st – Tesla Model 3 

Tesla Model 3 rear

For Incredible performance; brilliant handling; loads of luggage space; faster charging; slower predicted depreciation 

Against Firm ride at low speeds; expensive finance deals; Tesla reliability concerns

Recommended options Full Self-Driving Capability (£5800)

What Car? rating 5 out of 5 stars

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2nd - Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace rear

For Fantastic real-world range; bigger boot aperture; cheaper on a PCP finance deal; great to drive

Against Not quite as agile; relies on the inferior public rapid charging network 

Recommended options Drive Assist Pack (£2300)

What Car? rating 5 out of 5 stars

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Specifications: Jaguar I-Pace EV400 S

  • Engine Electric motors x2
  • List price £64,496 (*before £3500 government grant)
  • Target price £64,496 (*before £3500 government grant)
  • Power 394bhp
  • Torque 513lb ft
  • Gearbox Single-speed automatic
  • 0-60mph 4.6sec
  • Top speed 124mpg
  • Official range 292 miles (WLTP)
  • Real Range 253 miles
  • CO2 emissions 0g/km

Specifications: Tesla Model 3 Performance with Performance Upgrade

  • Engine Electric motors x2
  • List price £56,640 (*before £3500 government grant)
  • Target price £56,640 (*before £3500 government grant)
  • Power 444bhp
  • Torque 471lb ft
  • Gearbox Single-speed automatic
  • 0-60mph 3.7sec
  • Top speed 162mph
  • Official range 329 miles (WLTP)
  • Real Range 239 miles
  • CO2 emissions 0g/km

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