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2019 Jaguar I-Pace - What It Offers That Tesla Models Do Not

We tested the battery electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace this week and looked for things that Jaguar includes in its new crossover that Tesla does not offer. The list is pretty long.

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This past week, Torque News had an opportunity to test the new 2019 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE. The quick summary of our test is that the I-Pace is now our favorite Jaguar and we have tested every current model except the E-Pace.

Jaguar's I-Pace takes a form and price point that no current Tesla model does. It is a two-row, all-wheel drive crossover built more for all-road capability than an SUV-type crossover. Tesla does not make a crossover this size. Nor does Tesla have a crossover vehicle in the price range of the I-Pace. The I-Pace starts at about $71,000 and a fully-loaded model like our HSE tester runs up to the low $90Ks. Our tester had an as-tested price including destination and delivery of $89,310. The Tesla Model X, by comparison, starts at about $90K and can rise to about $160K with all options. Jaguar dealers can also discount a new Jaguar. Tesla will not. The price point and size of the I-Pace are just the start of the differences between the offerings Jaguar and Tesla have.

Crossovers Should Have Roof Racks
The Tesla Model X has a lot going for it, notably the unique gullwing doors. However, those doors also preclude the Model X from being a true crossover. Every vehicle with any outdoor activity focus should have a roof rack to carry gear in a pod, bikes, paddle boards, snowboards, kayaks, and all that jazz. Tesla's Model X can't do that. As our top of page image shows, the I-Pace can.

i-pace seatsLuxury Cars Should Have Leather Available
If you prefer plastic-based seats or cloth, that's great. We like microfiber suede and leather in combination with heat and ventilation in our luxury cars. But you can't get that in a Tesla. Because Tesla has decided that you shouldn't. Jaguar offers the best leather in the world. Ours had red Windsor leather and it was amazing.

EVs Should Have A Special $7,500 Tax Break
We're being a bit cheeky here since our coverage often takes aim at tax breaks for luxury EVs, but the Jaguar I-Pace has a substantially better tax break for buyers. Jaguar buyers enjoy a $7,500 tax credit and there is no end in sight. Tesla buyers get just $3,750 now, $1,875 after July 1st, and nothing a year from now. Tesla's Model 3 sales have killed the tax break for Tesla shoppers.

All Vehicles Should Have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Tesla has a fantastic UI and an infotainment system that is simply groundbreaking. Yet, it does not have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integration. There are plusses and minuses to every infotainment package, but cars with price tags around $20K now are commonly offering both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The best thing about this technology is that if you are for some reason dead set against it, you can simply not use it. If you do use it, you know the upsides. Tesla does not offer this technology, Jaguar does, and we found it to be perfect in its operation. Oh, and AAA says that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be less distracting than automakers' native systems. So it's "safer."

Jaguar I-PaceA Note About Quickness
One thing that both the I-Pace and all Tesla vehicles share is amazing performance. The I-Pace can accelerate to 60 MPH in about 4.5 seconds, but if you are an EV fan and have driven some, you understand it is the instant torque that is the difference maker. The 510 lb-ft of torque the I-Pace packs enables amazing performance at this price point. Tesla does not have a vehicle in this segment yet, but when the company does offer it, will it have the same performance at this price point? We think the answer is "yes" but we will be waiting - and waiting - and waiting to find out.

Included Maintenence
Maintenance is not included with the Model X. Tesla offers plans to sell you the maintenance it recommends. Why does Tesla need to sting you for things like tire rotations and inspections after it charges you $160K? Jaguar includes maintenance - for all of its vehicles - for five years.

Tesla has its strengths, and they are well known. Autopilot. Superchargers. We felt it was fair to point out things that Jaguar has that Tesla does not. What have we left out?

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Skarphedinn Holm (not verified)    February 4, 2019 - 2:19PM

And the Model X is a big suv while the i-pace is basically a small hatchback so those two should not be mentioned in the same sentence and never compared cause they are not comparable!

Tony King (not verified)    February 4, 2019 - 3:55PM

How much did Jag pay you for this biased tripe???
I've driven both and there's no comparison.
If they were to knock another $20k off the base price of the Jag it would be priced correctly.

Stephen Pace (not verified)    February 4, 2019 - 6:13PM

How sure are you that a Jaguar dealer will offer money off the I-PACE? Did you try? My understanding is because Magna Steyr is only making 13k of them per year, they aren't in stock and many dealers won't have any (since many of the 13k were pre-ordered). Dealers don't typically discount such limited edition vehicles.

John Goreham    February 4, 2019 - 7:21PM

In reply to by Stephen Pace (not verified)

First I was very unsure. So I checked with Jaguar PR that dealers were allowed to discount. I know they are independent companies, but dealers do sometimes agree to the "no dicker sticker" marketing plans of their automaker-partners. The place I bought my Subaru for example. Anyway, Jag confirmed dealers can deal. Will they? I have no idea. If they are all sold out for the coming year, why would they? Later though, they won't have to break a cardinal rule to offer buyers a discount. In the story, I didn't say they would. I said they could.

DeanMcManis (not verified)    February 5, 2019 - 3:02AM

It's a nice article John. If fairly biased against Tesla and for the iPace. It is interesting that you consider the iPace's smaller size a ding against Tesla because they do not offer a small crossover. The Model X is clearly in a different class with about 50%+ more interior space than the iPace, which has far less interior storage than even a Honda CR-V. The interior space is comparable to the $37k Chevy Bolt, as is the Jag's 234 mile battery range. The base Model X starts at about the same price as your loaded HSE tester, but starts with 270miles of range, offering similar acceleration to the iPace. The Model X Performance model starts at $117K (3.5 sec 0-60/289 mi range) and the available ludicrous mode does add $20K more, but it provides supercar-like 2.8 sec, 0-60 capability. With those points said, I do like the Jaguar iPace. It has a beautiful design inside and out, and would be a worthy rival for the Porsche Macan Turbo, which says a lot. Even though Tesla comparisons are inevitable, it is fair to say that the Jaguar iPace is poised to fill the demand for a smaller, European, sport, luxury crossover, EV. And currently the only close competitor in that slot looks to be the upcoming Audi E-Tron. Jaguar deserves credit in being the first to market in this class, and it looks like they did a very good job in their engineering and design to make it competitive, not only against other established EVs, but importantly against the gas powered rivals that own 95% of this market.

Dave (not verified)    September 28, 2019 - 2:27AM

Hi, I traded a Model X for I-PACE in April of 2019.

A couple things you forgot that I-PACE has that Tesla does not. Blind spot monitoring in the side mirrors themselves (Elon doesn't like the drag of side mirrors, so he refuses to put blind spot monitoring in the very mirrors we look at to change lanes); and the option for a Head Up Display (HUD), which I truly love.

Stephen O Pace (not verified)    September 29, 2019 - 11:41PM

@Dave: Tesla doesn't put blindspot monitoring in the mirrors because they put it on the center display of the S and X. You can literally see if someone is in your blindspot by looking at the lines on either side of the vehicle representation.

Dave (not verified)    September 30, 2019 - 9:07AM

In reply to by Stephen O Pace (not verified)

Hi, Stephen. I'm familiar with the representation of the vehicle and lane display that you're referring to in the center display -- I had it both in my Model S and X. However, you still have to be looking down at it to see, instead of it being in the mirrors themselves. This always bothered me. And in Model 3, you don't even have the front driver display anymore. It's something Tesla could easily fix by upgrading their mirrors, something they refuse to do.

DeanMcManis (not verified)    September 30, 2019 - 2:29PM

I think that it is just a design choice, and that Tesla was working to design a very clean, simple interior design. But with that said I have grown to rely on the side mirror blind spot warnings, and heads up display warnings, and seat buzzer in my Cadillac ELR. The nice part as you mention is that you are normally looking at the side mirrors when changing lanes, so having the warning there makes the most sense. If there is a car in my blind spots then the mirrors light up yellow, and if I signal to change lanes and there is a car there then the yellow lights on the mirror flash and the driver's seat buzzes to warn me. And if someone stops suddenly in front of me and I am not already stepping on the brakes, then bright red HUD lights shine on my windshield, and the seat buzzes. Another feature that I have seen in some other cars is an aerial view which shows 360 degrees from above with your car in the center.