Jaguar I-PACE – Coming To US Showrooms In 2019
- Price: $69,500
- Horsepower/Torque: 394/512 lb-ft
- Battery: 90 kWh
- Range: 234 miles
- 0-60: 4.5 seconds
If styling sells cars, the Jaguar I-PACE should be a runaway success. The car is drop-dead gorgeous in a way the original XK-E was back in 1963. We got a chance to drive one back in June of 2018 in Portugal and it is a stunning car to pilot on twisty back roads. The I-PACE rewards its driver with lightning-fast acceleration and cat-quick reflexes, making getting there a joyous experience.
Dual motors give the car 4-wheel drive capability that is simply superior to any gasoline-powered SUV on the market. Set the controls on the steering wheel and the I-PACE delivers just the right amount of torque to each wheel to manage uphill starts on slippery slopes without any sense of drama. It can also manage downhill slopes with similar ease. This is an electric car you really could take on the Rubicon Trail, assuming taking a $70,000 automobile off road is a smart thing to do.
If the I-PACE has any drawbacks, it is in the area of efficiency and electronics. The car manages only 2.6 miles per kilowatt-hour, which requires more frequent stops for recharging than its 90 kWh battery might suggest. Some testers have also complained that its graphic interface is slow to load and clunky to operate.
But those criticisms only apply if your priorities are on electronic doodads. The I-PACE is a proper driver’s car as befits its Jaguar pedigree.