Used test: Jaguar I-Pace vs Tesla Model S

Two premium electric cars do zero-emissions battle as we line up a Jag and a Tesla. Bought used they'll save you a packet, too, but which should you buy?...

Tesla Model S

Our Verdict

It’s a close-run thing, this test, especially as both cars are still fairly evenly priced, despite being a couple of years old. 

The Model S is good to drive and is even more practical than the I-Pace. It’s a hugely desirable car that still has the ability to turn heads. Only a slight question mark over its build quality and reliability can dampen its admittedly massive showroom appeal. 

However, the I-Pace is a brilliant premium electric car. It has a significantly longer real-world range between charges, according to our tests, and its interior looks and feels of a far higher quality than the Model S. It rides more smoothly, too, and its resale figures are likely to be better. 

For those reasons the I-Pace is our used pick, but we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to take a chance on the Model S. If this is the future it’s looking rosy. 


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1st – Jaguar I-Pace EV400 SE

Jaguar I-Pace

For Plusher interior; brilliant driving position; longer real-world range; better low-speed ride and resale values

Against Not as practical; slower to charge 

5 out of 5 stars

Read the full used Jaguar I-Pace review 


2nd – Tesla Model S 75D

Tesla Model S

For More agile handling; massive boot; more charging options 

Against Mixed interior quality; poor reliability record; smaller real-world range

4 out of 5 stars

Read the full used Tesla Model S review


Specifications: Jaguar I-Pace EV400 SE

Electric motors x 2

Power 394bhp

Torque 513lb ft

0-60mph 4.5sec

Top speed 123mph

Real Range test: 253 miles


Specifications: Tesla Model S75D

Electric motors x 2l

Power 362bhp

Torque 487lb ft

0-60mph 4.3sec

Top speed 140mph

Real range test: 204 miles

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