What the critics say
The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace
The latest crossover with no engine under its hood “could finally be the vehicle that changes everything for Jaguar.” Due to arrive in the fall, the battery-powered I-Pace will be the first luxury plug-in SUV from a mainstream brand, and it also happens to be “a handsome machine from every angle” and “the best-built Jaguar in the 83-year history of the brand.” Jaguar badly needs a big seller besides its F-Pace, and providing the first true alternative to Tesla’s Model X ought to be the answer.
The I-Pace promises a 0 to 60 mph sprint in 4.5 seconds—“enough to shove you back into the seat and elicit a giggle or two.” It also has a range of 240 miles between charges, which matches the similarly priced entry-level Model X. “As ever, Jaguar is counting on design to set it apart”; in this case, by offering familiar luxury styling. And despite being no bigger than the brand’s fuel-powered F-Pace, the I-Pace is far more spacious inside.
“Quiet and quick,” the I-Pace feels sorted out at every level. There’s “a lovely fluidity to the chassis, steering, and power train,” and like the Jaguars of old, the vehicle beautifully combines “grace, pace, and space.” Sure, Tesla pointed the way forward. But “the future just got real.”