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The Top Gear car review:Jaguar I-Pace
Final thoughts and pick of the range
Let’s start with the caveats, shall we. The I-Pace isn’t a cheap car, it’s not an EV for the masses in the same way as the $35,000 Tesla Model 3 is. It remains a premium vehicle that’s priced accordingly. However, it is an electric car that you’ll actually want to own, which, if you’ve ever seen a G-Wiz or a first-gen Nissan Leaf, is a novelty.
We also can’t deny that there are still issues around range anxiety, despite the fact that a real-world 200-mile range will comfortably cover the needs of the majority of buyers. Even so, some won’t even consider it. But it’s a learning process and we’re all in it together. What won’t put people off is the way the I-Pace drives: acceleration is in the senior leagues, handling is surprisingly tight, and the way all that performance is available in an instant, is loutishly addictive.
Sure, it strips away a lot of the interaction we love with gearboxes and engines with individual characters, but it’s rewarding in a new and exciting way. It’s also comfortable, quiet, spacious, well-built… all the things that, if we’re honest, matter day-to-day. The I-Pace won’t be for everyone, but hats off to Jaguar for making a car that steps boldly into the unknown, and shows those pesky Germans the way.