Fast, refined and the first of its kind from a European manufacturer, but how does Jaguar’s I-Pace deal with UK roads?
The first premium all-electric large car from an established European brand, on UK roads for the very first time.The Jaguar I-Pace may look like a rather funky but quite conventional SUV — and that strategy is quite deliberate, as you can tell from the entirely needless front grille — but underneath that rather pleasing shape lies a revolution, and so it would be were this an Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz or Porsche. But it’s a little old Jaguar, and while BMW has the more narrowly defined i3 further down the scale, at this price point Jaguar has beaten the lot to market.As previously reported, the I-Pace comes in a single mechanical specification, with a combined 394bhp from its front and rear electric motors, fed by a lithium ion battery pack laid out low down and entirely within a wheelbase that’s some 116mm longer than that of an F-Pace, despite it being a physically shorter car.All electric cars are heavy, although the I-Pace’s 2133kg kerb weight is similar to that of its closest conceptual rival, the Tesla Model S; but they are also laden with torque, meaning that so long as they have the traction, they are quick off the line. And the I-Pace is: 0-62mph in 4.8sec, if you please. …read more