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I had my reservations about the Jaguar I-Pace when I first drove the electric SUV two years ago. and there were parts of the experience — such as dealing with Jaguar Land Rover’s finicky cabin tech and driver aid electronics — that I absolutely dreaded. Yet here I stand, following hundreds of miles of testing, fairly impressed with Jag’s electric SUV.
- Gorgeous good looks and aerodynamic styling
- Acceleration and handling are excellently balanced
- Regenerative braking can be inconsistent
- Touch Pro Duo infotainment system is due for replacement
In fact, it’s on pace (heh) to get even better next year, with subtle changes including faster at-home charging and revisions to the infotainment. But for all intents and purposes, this Caesium Blue Metallic 2020 Jaguar I-Pace HSE EV400 AWD should be mechanically identical to that updated model. The low-slung, wedge-shaped exterior design — the best look in this class, in my opinion — is unchanged, as are the sport-tuned performance and the middle-of-the-pack range.
The I-Pace boasts standard all-wheel drive thanks to two electric motors — one per axle — that produce a combined 394 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque. The acceleration is super satisfying in that way that most modern EVs are; the near-silent surge reminds me of a maglev train, but with seating just for four and a 0-to-60-mph time of about 4.5 seconds.
Handling is also well-sorted, balancing the planted feel afforded by keeping its most massive bits — the batteries — close to the ground. Combined with nicely weighted and responsive steering and a ride that’s just firm enough, the I-Pace is as pleasant to drive around town as it is on twisty backroads.
I’m not as thrilled with the I-Pace’s uneven regenerative braking, which is sort of a smudge on the electric SUV’s otherwise praiseworthy performance. I prefer How To Increase Ejaculate Amount drive EVs in their highest regenerative braking setting allowing for one-pedal driving and improved efficiency around town. However, when lifting the throttle in the Jag’s highest regen setting, the amount of regenerative deceleration I get is inconsistent. This makes it difficult to plan my stops for smooth city driving and leads to a few “yikes” moments where I have to hop firmly on the friction brakes. Even outside of the high-regen mode, the transition to friction brakes is occasionally jerky at low speeds, which is odd (and particularly annoying) because the brakes feel perfectly predictable and smooth at highway speeds or during dynamic driving.