When I was offered to test the Jaguar I-Pace EV, I didn’t want to get my hopes up as I had been disappointed with the F-Pace and then quite impressed by the smaller E-Pace, so wasn't sure if Jaguar could make a decent SUV that also happened to be electric.
But I was excited to drive another electric car and OH how wrong I was to doubt Jaguar this time!! The I-Pace is BEAUTIFUL! Not only is the exterior stunning but the interior has all kinds of exciting luxuries too. We found it incredibly practical for our family and it was great to see a Jaguar that really ticks all the boxes that you expect a luxury car brand to have considered. The door handles which are your first sensory touch of the car pop out of the doors as requested like on the Tesla Model S, however, the I-Pace door handles are disappointingly plastic and I would expect to find them on a less expensive electric car like the Hyundai Kona EV. In Jaguar's favour you can unlock each of the doors individually, which is a fantastic BabyDrive feature.
There is also a child safety lock on the driver's door panel for the rear doors and windows.
While we are talking about the Kona EV, it brings me to the battery life of the I-Pace, which seemed to diminish a lot more quickly than that of the Kona EV, and both are said to have a similar 450km range. I also found using the air-conditioning, heated seats or stereo all diminished the Jaguar's charge a lot more quickly.
All these features are controlled through the I-Pace's beautiful double screen media interface which is much more modern than that of the F-Pace and E-Pace. The stereo system and speakers have great sound quality and definitely made our daughter's favourite toddler tunes much more bearable to listen to!
The screens seem intuitive to use and the Jaguar I-Pace does have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too which is great. There is the top screen for sat-nav, media, phone, cameras etc.
The lower screen contains seat and air-con controls that are simple to navigate and use.
Storage throughout the Jaguar I-Pace has been well considered and the central console storage box is so deep and long you could definitely lose some unfavourable toddler trinkets in there without having to try too hard 😉
The boot is a really good size and fits thirteen bags, which is a practical amount of shopping. It's comparable to the Tesla Model S which fits fifteen shopping bags and the Range Rover Velar which fits fourteen. All types of prams and strollers fit well in the boot with shopping bags too.
The rear seats of the I-Pace are very comfortable, but although it's a VERY wide car I could only fit two child seats in the back as there simply wasn't room for a third in the middle.
Legroom is especially good in the I-Pace, with a 182cm passenger being able to sit easily in front of rear or forward-facing child seats which is a fantastic BabyDrive feature.
The I-Pace has an enormous glass ceiling which does make the interior lovely and light and bright and great for rear passengers to watch the trees and birds while driving along.
The Jaguar I-Pace is a wonderful car to drive, it feels so elegant and glides smoothly and extremely quietly along the road. It makes a gentle reversing “bong” sound that isn’t really heard inside the car, which is a refreshing change from shrill beeps and alarms.
I did find a couple of Jaguar nuances, though. There seemed to be a slight grating underfoot on the brake pedal on occasion as if the anti-lock brakes had come on and the reversing camera image wouldn’t come on for 24 hours of my test week.
Luckily the visibility is good in the I-Pace and I found, with the enormous glass roof as well, that the interior felt light and spacious. When the camera did work the image was fantastically clear and crisp and made parking and manoeuvring very easy and the parking sensors can be easily muted on the right on the screen.
The Jaguar I-Pace scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2018 and has six airbags as standard. There are seat belt removal reminders in all rear seats.