Say hello to…
…the Jaguar I-Pace, the all-electric SUV, which has been given a refresh, after first being launched in 2018.
Among the design changes are a new grey grille instead of the gloss black lozenge pattern, and a new black and silver Jaguar badge.
There’s also a revised trim line-up:
- R-Dynamic S
- R-Dynamic SE Black
- R-Dynamic HSE Black
- 400 SPORT
Standard equipment includes LED headlights, 19-inch diamond turned wheels, duo leather sport seats and a powered tailgate.
SE Black adds wireless device charging, configurable cabin lighting, and 20-inch diamond turned wheels.
HSE Black adds a fixed panoramic roof, head-up display, Meridian 3D surround sound system, and 16-way heated and cooled electric driver memory front seats.
The flagship 400 SPORT upgrades the wheels to 22-inches, and the seats to Windsor leather, and adds electronic air suspension, and JaguarDrive with adaptive surface response.
Is The Jaguar I-Pace Suitable For My Fleet
The I-Pace has a 90kWh battery (85kWh of which is useable), and its claimed WLTP range is just shy of 300 miles, although the furthest journey we did during our week-long test was 42 miles. For that we achieved an average real word economy of 39kWh/100 miles, and our predicted range for a fully charged battery was 221 miles.
If you’re doing a long journey and need to top-up en route, Jaguar has partnered with Plugsurfing, which gives access to a public charging network of 400,000 points across 27 European countries and 700 separate charge point operators, including Ubitricity, Osprey, Ionity and char.gy.
As for charging time, using an ultra-rapid 100kW DC charger adds 78 miles of range (WLTP) in just 15 minutes, while an 11kW charger can add up to 33 miles of range per hour (a full charge takes 8.6 hours), and a 7kW charger adds up to 22 miles of charge per hour (a full charge takes about 13 hours).
Handily, if you only want to add enough range to get to your destination, you can set charging to stop when the battery reaches a specific level. There’s also a low cost hours feature, which is ideal if you have a cheaper electricity tariff overnight. Preconditioning can be set either using the vehicle touchscreen or the Jaguar Remote app.
Range in the I-Pace is clearly not an issue as Jaguar says some models are coming back with 100,000 miles on the clock and it’s not uncommon for the I-Pace to be leased with 30,000 mile annual contracts.
As we reported earlier this year, Jaguar plans to launch a used leasing product for the I-Pace soon, ahead of the model being phased out by 2025.
That’s good news for SMEs as there are still plenty of user choosers and salary sacrifice drivers who want to get their hands on an I-Pace – true fleet sales volumes between January and September 2023 reached 1,167.
Leasing A Jaguar I-Pace
With a list price that starts at £69,995, leasing rates are predictably north of £1,000 a month. Intelligent Car Leasing is offering the entry-level R-Dynamic S for £1,122 a month on a 3+36 contract with an annual 10,000 mile limit.
Gensen predicts a monthly maintenance cost of £74.45 for a 20,000 mile a year contract, while Class 1A NIC is £16.83 a month.
Driving A Jaguar I-Pace
Acceleration in the I-Pace is rapid, even by EV standards, with a 0-62mph time of just 4.8 seconds (rival the Mercedes EQC takes 5.1 seconds), and despite being a heavy 2.2-tonne electric SUV it doesn’t feel it.
The ride was a little unsettled on an uneven country road but it was sublime on a motorway, with an impressively quiet cabin.
The interior boasts premium textiles, a full leather steering wheel, and JLR’s Pivi Pro infotainment system, which connects wirelessly to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, features what3words navigation, and over-the-air software updates.
Boot space is a reasonable 505 litres with the seats up (slightly ahead of the 500l offered in the Mercedes EQC).
The sloping roofline and shallow rear window does mean a restricted view when reversing but a rear-view camera is standard.
FleetandLeasing.com Verdict On The Jaguar I-Pace
The I-Pace still holds its own in a now crowded electric SUV market.
- Model: I-Pace R-Dynamic HSE Black EV400
- Power: 394hp
- Torque: 696Nm
- Max speed: 124mph
- 0-62mph: 4.8s
- Official range: 292 miles
- Test range: 221 miles
- CO2 emissions: 0g/km
- BIK tax band 2022/23: 2%