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Long-term review

Jaguar I-Pace - long-term review

£69,995 OTR/ £78,490 as tested/ £785pcm
Published: 17 Feb 2020
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SPEC HIGHLIGHTS

  • SPEC

    Jaguar I-Pace

  • Range

    273 miles

  • ENGINE

    1cc

  • BHP

    400bhp

  • 0-62

    4.8s

Jaguar I-Pace vs real life: how practical is it?

I've mentioned before that the I-Pace's boot isn't huge. Not compared with an SUV's anyway. It's 580 litres if you're counting, a decent volume, but it's too shallow to ingest tall stuff.

Seats-down it easily copes with my standard weekly measurement – a pushbike with it wheels on. Some friends of mine want to buy this i-Pace when I've finished the test, and they can get their cello in there, if they split-fold just the one-third portion.

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There's also masses of space for stuff and devices, including a vast armrest box, a tray under the climate-control screen, and trays under the back seats.

Beneath the boot floor is a shallow compartment that seems destined to be used for cable storage. Except sometimes you're going to want to charge-up with stuff in the boot. It'd be a faff to take out your bags in the rain just to reach the cable. So use that under-floor space from something else. 

Instead put the cables in the front boot. It's 27 litres, which is easily enough for the main 7kW lead. And also the 'granny cable', for charging from an ordinary house three-pin socket. That cable has an integrated box of safety and supply-regulating electronics, technically known as EVSE. The granny cable is handy for acquiring a top-up pretty well anywhere, but at about 45 hours for a full charge I really do mean just a top-up.

BTW people think EV cables must be thick as fire-hoses to take high-power charging. But no. The cable you carry with you is only for the 7kW charging. DC rapid chargers, the things you use when you're on a journey, do indeed have cables that are fat as your fist. But they're permanently attached to the charging station, like a petrol pump hose is. You don't carry them.
 

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