Jaguar I-Pace vs Tesla Model X 75D: How do they compare?
After more than a year of teasing, Jaguar has finally revealed the production version of the I-Pace, its first electric car. An SUV to take on the Tesla Model X, the I-Pace starts at just under £60,000 (after government incentives) and is powered by two electric motors with an output of just under 400 horsepower.
Although falling short of the hypercar performance of the Model X P100D, the I-Pace is more than a match for the 75D version of the X - and anyway, the flagship P100D costs almost twice as much as an entry-level I-Pace.
Penned by design ace Ian Callum, the I-Pace slots into Jaguar’s SUV range between the larger F-Pace and compact E-Pace, but being electric is somewhat in a league of its own.
But enough of how the I-Pace fits into Jaguar’s own stable - here’s how it compares against its closest rival, the Tesla Model X 75D.
A quick word on range, because this is of course the number everyone loves to talk about when it comes to electric vehicles. Have you ever read about the range of a petrol or diesel car, or seen it discussed quite so passionately? No, me neither…
Anyway, there are three different standards by which electric car range can be measured. Jaguar gives the figure for WLTP, or worldwide harmonised light vehicle test procedure, but head over to Tesla’s UK website and you’ll see range given as an NEDC (new European driving cycle) figure. To confuse things further, the test that calls itself “new” is now the old test.
The I-Pace does a claimed 298 WLTP miles, which is 336 NEDC miles. The Model X 75D does a claimed 259 NEDC miles, so the Jag wins somewhat comfortably. As it should go without saying, real-world mileage will vary based on driving style, weather and temperature, battery age and condition, and all sorts of other factors which affect petrol cars too, but aren’t talked about.
So that’s the I-Pace at a glance. Would you buy one over the Model X? Let me know in the comments below.