Beginning a New Era: 2019 Jaguar I-Pace HSE Test Drive

2019 Jaguar I-Pace HSE Test Drive
— by Omar Rana

Jaguar is the first luxury brand out of the gates with a full electric-vehicle to take on Tesla. While Audi and Mercedes-Benz will be adding their electric-crossovers to the mix in the coming months, it's a very bold move in Jaguar's part to take on Tesla head-on. Now, when I learned I'd be spending a week with the all-new Jaguar I-Pace, I was pretty excited to experience what having a full electric-vehicle as my daily-driver would feel like.

But before we get into my week with this pretty kitty, I'd like to point out that while this baby is certainly spectacular, some car shoppers may not be ready to go full electric just yet. There are just so many aspects that have to be taken into consideration when purchasing an electric-car. And we'll address those aspects in this review.    2019 Jaguar I-Pace HSE Test Drive

2019 Jaguar I-Pace HSE Exterior

In our opinion, we think the Jaguar I-Pace is definitely more stylish than the Audi e-tron, Mercedes-Benz EQC, and the Tesla Model X. Jaguar Director of Design, Ian Callum, said that the Jaguar I-Pace’s “electric powertrain offered us unprecedented design freedom.” To optimize the range of the Jaguar I-Pace, designers had to work hard to reduce drag. The design elements that help improve aerodynamics and achieve a drag coefficient of just 0.29Cd include a low hood, sweeping roofline, and squared-off rear. Airflow and battery cooling are assisted by slots in the grille which open and close when needed and by redirecting air through the hood scoop. If you look closely, you’ll notice the top part of the grille rolls right up into the hood scoop.
Now, the Tesla Model X is a rival to the Jaguar I-Pace for obvious reasons - however, the Jaguar I-Pace is definitely smaller than the Tesla Model X. The Jaguar I-Pace sits on a wheelbase that measures 117.7-inches with an overall length of 184.3-inches. The Model X actually sits on a shorter wheelbase at 116.7-inches but the length comes in at 198.3 inches - a full 14-inches longer than the Jaguar I-Pace. Standard ground clearance for the Jaguar I-Pace comes in at 5.6-inches and 7.8-inches when the suspension is raised. The Model X has 5.4-inches at a low setting and 8.2-inches when raised.

The Jaguar I-Pace HSE model I tested here carries a starting price of $80,500 and comes with 20-inch wheels and the very chic Premium LED headlights with signature DRL.

 2019 Jaguar I-Pace HSE Test Drive

2019 Jaguar I-Pace HSE Interior

Since the Audi and the Benz aren’t out yet, we’re going to stay away from them. When it comes to the Jaguar I-Pace and Model X, the Jaguar I-Pace takes the win. In terms of luxury, quality, design - the Jaguar I-Pace is better. While we’re not a fan of Tesla’s giant screens, their infotainment is flawless of any issues, glitches, or delays. Jaguar uses a complex system called Touch Pro Duo that takes some getting used to. The system consists of a 10 and 5-inch. touchscreen displays to control several functions and EV settings. Other standard options on the Jaguar I-Pace include a configurable 12.3-in. driver display (very informative and has 3D navigation), Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Bluetooth, 6 USB ports, a Meridian sound system, dual-zone climate control, a panoramic roof and a range of driver assist tech. Of course, you also get the ability to find the nearest charging station. All that comes at a starting price of $69,500.

Everything is standard on the range-topping Jaguar I-Pace HSE we tested here. However, if you go for the Jaguar I-Pace S or SE, you would have to pay $500 for heated front seats, $1000 for heated rear seats, $530 for heated steering, $970 for a heads-up display, and more. Our favorite option is the $200 Activity Key, which is basically a wristband that becomes the key. Simply place your wrist near the Jaguar logo on the trunk to lock/unlock and get in and start/stop your Jaguar I-Pace. If you end up making that your main key, you can deactivate the key fob.

Rear legroom comes in at 35-in. and max cargo capacity at 25.3 ft³.

 2019 Jaguar I-Pace HSE Test Drive

2019 Jaguar I-Pace HSE Performance

Power for the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace comes from two electric motors that get their juice from a 90 kWh lithium-ion batter. Working together, they produce a total of 394 horsepower with a peak torque of 512 lb-ft. 0 to 60 mph comes in just 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 124 mph. Fuel economy wise, you will get an EPA-rated 80/72 MPGe* and a range of 234 miles when the Jaguar I-Pace is fully charged.
Speaking of charge, the Jaguar I-Pace can go from 0-80% in 85 minutes when using a 50 kW DC fast charger. However, keep in mind that there are many things that affect the full charge of an electric-vehicle’s battery. We tested the Jaguar I-Pace in the NY-area in mid-December when the temperature was about 40°F. Now, Jaguar quotes the full range at 234 miles, but we were getting 177 due to the impact the low temperature was having on the battery. In order to mitigate this, the I-Pace has a preconditioning system but that only adds a few additional miles to the total range.

2019 Jaguar I-Pace HSE Test Drive

2019 Jaguar I-Pace HSE Safety

Along with a long list of standard safety features, the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace comes standard with a few advanced driver assist technologies including a rearview camera, lane keep assist, emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, and more. Adaptive cruise control can be added as an extra option. 2019 Jaguar I-Pace HSE Test Drive

2019 Jaguar I-Pace HSE Overall

While the Jaguar I-Pace carries a base price of $69,500** - you can add options and quickly hit over $85,000. The fully-loaded 2019 Jaguar I-Pace HSE that we test drove carries an MSRP of $86,720, which is still less than the Tesla Model X which starts at $88,000. So, If you’re in the market for a Model X, the I-Pace is a no brainer. Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Jaguar dealership for a test drive today.

*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
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