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Used electric SUVs: Jaguar I-Pace vs Mercedes EQC verdict

Our favourite used electric SUV, the Jaguar I-Pace, now faces an equally prestigious (and similarly priced) challenger, the Mercedes EQC. Can the I-Pace retain its crown?...

New Mercedes EQC vs Jaguar I-Pace

Our verdict

Range is clearly one of the most important features of an electric car. After all, longer ranges have transformed electric cars from toys for city dwellers to viable daily transport for many of us.

The Mercedes EQC has a good range, but our Real Range tests show that it’s beaten so soundly by the Jaguar I-Pace (253 miles to 208) that it was always going to struggle to triumph over the I-Pace. It’s a good electric car in the wider class because it's quick, easy to drive, extremely quiet, spacious enough for most uses, packed with toys, and impressive on the safety front – but those qualities aren’t enough for it to take the spoils.

The I-Pace is quicker, just as well-equipped and even roomier in the rear seats. It’s also more entertaining to drive and more comfortable on the whole, despite its firmer ride. Add in its lower price, and sealing this win becomes inevitable.

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1st – Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace driving

For Quicker; longer range; more comfortable overall; tidier to drive; well-equipped; cheaper
Against Harder to see out of; less flexible rear seating; not as quiet or easy to drive smoothly

What Car? rating Five stars out of five

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2nd – Mercedes EQC

Mercedes EQC driving

For Amazingly quiet at speed; strong performance; great driving position; well-equipped
Against Wallowy handling; fidgety ride; more expensive to buy and service; unexceptional range

What Car? rating Four stars out of five

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Specifications: Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE

Engine 2x electric motors
Power 394bhp
Torque 513lb ft
Gearbox single-speed automatic
0-60mph 4.6sec
Top speed 124mph
Official range 292 miles (WLTP)
Test Real Range 253 miles
CO2 emissions 0g/km (WLTP)

Specifications: Mercedes EQC 400 4Matic AMG Line Premium Plus

Engine 2x electric motors
Power 402bhp
Torque 560lb ft 
Gearbox single-speed automatic
0-60mph 4.9sec
Top speed 112mph
Official range 259 miles (WLTP)
Test Real Range 208 miles
CO2 emissions 0g/km (WLTP)