2021 Jaguar I-Pace
The 2021 Jaguar I-Pace is a fascinating all-electric crossover that looks good and drives well. Its luxury designation and price will limit its mainstream popularity, but there’s no denying that the I-Pace’s futuristic facade captures the imagination. This ute boasts an EPA-rated range of 253 miles plus fast-charging capability and instantaneous acceleration. The I-Pace also handles more like a sports car than a five-seat crossover, with its controlled demeanor and tactile steering. Inside, the Jag shows off with the cutting-edge design, ample passenger space, and popular features. Although it fell short of its claimed driving range in our real-world test and was slow to charge using a common outlet, the 2021 I-Pace proves that EVs can be electrifying in other ways.
What’s New for 2021?
For 2021, Jaguar gives the I-Pace a handful of improvements. The SUV now offers a complimentary 4G data plan, a 360-degree camera system, and wireless charging. The optional Bright package adds chrome exterior trim, Atlas Grey accents, and other minor styling changes. Inside, there’s a new infotainment system that’s said to be easier to operate than the one it replaces. Plus, it gains a feature that tells you where the nearest charging stations are and how long it should take to restore the battery. The I-Pace also receives an 11.0-kW onboard charger that delivers quicker at-home charging than the old 7.0-kW version. Now, it’ll take you 8.6 hours to fully recharge a dead battery versus 12.6 hours before, according to Jaguar.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The I-Pace boasts standard all-wheel-drive thanks to two electric motors that produce a combined 394 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque. That energy provides quick and effortless acceleration to zip between city stoplights and pass slowpokes on the highway. The I-Pace has a comfortable ride courtesy of its standard air suspension as well as satisfying steering feedback. A hefty battery pack beneath the floor provides a low center of gravity that gives the electrified Jag an extra dose of agility and stability. While the version we tested was unquestionably fun to drive, it’s uneven braking behavior when coming to a stop was a shortcoming.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
Every I-Pace features a 90.0-kWh battery pack that provides an EPA-rated driving range of 253 miles. For comparison, the Audi e-Tron has an estimated range of up to 204 miles and the Tesla Model X, up to 295 miles. Still, the electric Jag includes a standard DC fast-charging port that allows 80 percent of its battery to be replenished in as little as 40 minutes. Those without access to the fastest charging option will have to wait a claimed 8.6 hours to fully replenish the battery using the more common 240-volt AC outlet. This is an improvement over last year’s model, which required almost 13 hours to charge this way. The difference? Jaguar upgraded the I-Pace’s onboard charger from a 7.0-kW unit to one with 11.0 kilowatts.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Jaguar complements the I-Pace’s stylish exterior with a sophisticated cabin that boasts a flashy dashboard and ample passenger space. While the front seats are nicely bolstered, they’re not the most comfortable on prolonged trips. Of course, the I-Pace can be outfitted with many desirable features such as four-zone climate control, a head-up display, heated front, and rear seats, various choices of leather upholstery, and more. Its cubby storage is highlighted by a versatile center console that features a useful bin under the armrest and a tray below the center stack. In the back, we managed to fit seven carry-on suitcases in the cargo area and 18 with the rear seats folded.